The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology has been a great place for my first year at Purdue. The department is small enough that students get a lot of attention and plenty of opportunities. The faculty have an interest in what the students do and are very encouraging of students. Scheduling problems often occur as classes fill up or one needs to switch out of a class. I have had problems with filled up classes or needing to find alternate courses and the staff have always been able to help me the moment I ask.
The students are tight-knit and there are plenty of chances for interactions between others with the same interests. Botany club brings together many of the students in the department and those from other departments with an interest in plants. The department also has frequent chances to bond with cookouts and other events. It has been a great beginning, and I look forward to the future.