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Welcome to finals week my fellow Boilermakers!

Wow, has this semester flown by! It feels like just yesterday we were all returning back to campus! Though I love all the breaks we have throughout the school year, Christmas break is one of my favorites! There are so many wonderful traditions this time of year!
Last week the Horticulture Club had our annual Christmas party. We gathered at Dr. Dana’s home in Lafayette. We had a carry in dinner and a white elephant gift exchange as well. In the exchange the Hort. Club tradition is to pass around the Pinecone Santa. I ended up with it last year, so it was my year to return it, hidden in a gift to wait and see who got it this year. Luckily, the only Santa I got this year was on a plate that says “cookies for Santa” along with a mug and some Christmas dish towels.
In my family, we have some special traditions that we do together. One day over break we set aside for all the grandkids and my aunts to all go to my Grandma’s house to make Christmas cookies together. Thankfully she has a large kitchen for us to do this in because we make many different cookies as well as dipped candies too.
Another one of my favorite traditions is going to church on Christmas Eve with my family. Usually it is a late service, around midnight, so that by the end it is Christmas morning. The music always sounds good because we sing Christmas songs that everyone is familiar with. In our church, we put large wooden candle holders in the windows that we only use for the Christmas Eve service. My favorite part is the last song. We stand in a circle and sing Silent Night. Everyone has hand held candles and we turn out the lights and sing in just the candle light. It is a very beautiful way to remember the real reason for the season!
Looking forward to the summer now, I plan to have another summer internship. I am going to intern with a company from back home called Tech Services Inc. My mom worked at TSI for almost 20 years, and I am proud to follow in her foot steps and work there too. I might even get to sit at what was her desk too. TSI is an ag research company. They have plots in several different states across the U.S. and work with corn, soybeans and wheat. At this point, I am not entirely sure what it is exactly I will be doing, however they told me I would get to move around and experience many different jobs throughout the summer.
As we are heading into finals week I wish everyone the very best! Keep your head up and continue to work hard! Safe travels for everyone going home, where ever home is for you!

Have a safe, relaxing break and a Blessed Christmas!
See you in 2018!

As always, Boiler Up & Hammer Down!!

~Ashley

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Hey there everyone!

Can you believe that we are already in week 11 of the semester? I sure can't! I hope everyone’s semesters are going well! Mine has been going alright, very busy!

Around mid- September one of the main events that happened to me and my family is that my dad got married! My bother Andrew and I gained a step mom, Jill, along with two step siblings, Justin and Alyson. I also gained another dog, named Wren. The wedding was very small, but special. Below is me and the new additions to our family.

October was also a busy month for me. I attended the College of Agriculture Career fair to search for a potential summer internship. I had a phone interview with a company and am still waiting to hear back from them. I am looking forward to finding out what my summer plans will end up being! Also in on October, 8th I had a birthday, marking my 2 decades in this world! I can’t believe that I am 20! I had a great fall break/birthday weekend spent with family and friends.

As many of you know, I am a member of the Purdue Horticulture Club. This last month we took our fall trip to Chicago. We visited the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garfield Park Conservatory. We had a great trip and got to see some neat plants that you defiantly don’t see on a daily basis. On our way home we also stopped at Fair Oaks Farm at their new restaurant, Farmhouse. I recommend visiting all of these neat places if you get the chance! Pictured below is a neat bridge at the Chicago Botanic Garden as well as a unique plant that we saw.


I just recently I signed my first apartment lease! I am excited to live with and build my friendship with the wonderful friends I have meet here at Purdue. We will be living in the apartments right across from the horticulture building. I like the dorm life, but couldn’t be more excited to live in an apartment starting my junior year!

As we all look forward to Thanksgiving break, I hope everyone enjoys the last weeks of the semester! I wish you all the best of luck! Keep cheering on the Boilers! Basketball season is up next!!

Go Boilers!

Ashley Thurman
athurma@purdue.edu
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