Boilers & Beyond – Abbi Eldridge

Abbi has been a Brand Ambassador for all four years of her Purdue career and we’re so sad to lose her! To catch up on her post graduate plans, keep reading.

Hi Abbi! How are you today?

I am doing good!

I’m glad, do you want to get started by telling us where you are from and why you chose Purdue?

I am from Goshen, Indiana, and I chose Purdue because it is a good distance from home, I really loved the environment on campus, and my dad was a huge Boilermaker fan!

That’s awesome! So did your dad go here for college?

No, actually my Grandma lived in West Lafayette, so he has always been a Purdue fan.

You have a real connection here then! So, what are you studying?

I am a senior majoring in Spanish as well as Linguistics, with a minor in Communication so graduation is around the corner for me!

It’s coming up so fast! Are you excited, anxious, indifferent?

I am nervous because I do not have a job lined up yet, but I am really excited to have a break from school finally!

That’s so exciting! Do you have any post graduation plans, or are you just pursuing new experiences?

My first plan is to find a job! I am thinking about going to grad school as well, but I am not sure when that will happen as of right now. I know for sure I will be taking a short break from school! I am also getting married soon, so I will be planning my wedding after graduation.

Awe! So many new chapters ahead! How far out is your wedding?

It’s March 5th, 2022, so less than a year away! We are getting married in the Dominican Republic so I am really excited.

What is your position with Purdue Dining & Culinary?

I am a Senior Brand Ambassador, I have worked in this position for four years, and my favorite part about working this position is that I get a lot of freedom and creativity.

How would you describe this position to someone who doesn’t know what a Brand Ambassador does?

The Brand Ambassador position entails a lot, but typically we uphold and represent the PD&C brand, especially through social media. We also create and promote Purdue Dining & Culinary initiatives/events.

How have you had to adapt your responsibilities in your position during the pandemic?

This position has had to change over the past year. We don’t have as many in person events, so our platform has shifted from covering and planning events to adapting to what the students really need during this period. I have also learned a lot more about graphic design to keep our content as interesting and creative as possible.

Isn’t it crazy how much has changed this past year? Anyway, you seem to have a lot of school and work on your plate, what do you like to do in your free time? 

I have recently learned that I love to exercise, so I watch lots of Lilly Sabri workout videos. I take walks around the Celery Bog too. I really enjoy planning my wedding as well. 

As a senior, what do you think you will miss most about Purdue, or college in general?

I think I will miss that you get to meet so many new people all the time, and that there is literally always something to do on campus.

We agree, the opportunities here are awesome! So, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

Latin America for sure, specifically Colombia; that’s where I found myself.

How did you fall in love with Colombia?

I went there on a study abroad and it was one of the best moments of my life. 

Do you think you will actually end up living there are some point?

I really do, if not Colombia I know that I will live in Latin America some time within the next 5 years.

That’s so fun! Okay… now onto some questions to reflect on your college experience: If someone wrote a biography about you/your college experience, what would it be titled?

Oh wow, this is an interesting one. I’d probably have to title it “Stressed, Depressed, but Still Well Dressed!”

Oh my gosh, that’s a really good one! Alright Abbi, the final question for you: what words of wisdom or advice do you wish you could’ve given yourself as a freshman?

I would tell myself to not stress the little things. If you get a bad grade on a paper, or miss a few classes one week, you are not going to ruin your future and your career. It does not determine anything about your self worth. I would also tell myself that there is never a better time than now, don’t miss out on opportunities when they are presented to you.

Wonderful advice! Thank you so much for talking with us today Abbi, we are so sad to be losing you as a Brand Ambassador, but we are looking forward to seeing success in all of your future endeavors!

We hope you enjoyed our Boilers & Beyond article! We’re so close to the end of the semester Boilers so good luck on studying and know PD&C will always be here to keep you full and energized!


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