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Josie Rhodes

Major: Political Science
Minors: Forensic Science, Human Rights, History

Josie Rhodes

Hello future Boilermakers! My name is Josie T. Rhodes. I majored in Political Science with minors in Forensic Sciences, Human Rights Studies, and History at Purdue University.

I was part of an undergraduate research team focused on text analysis of State of the State addresses from each of the 50 states. On campus, I am involved with the College of Liberal Arts as a Dean’s Ambassador. Off campus, I was a volunteer with the Distinguished Young Women of Grant County, Indiana, a scholarship program for high school senior girls, as well as a volunteer at the VA hospital. I had the opportunity to participate in an ElectHer conference on campus, which prepares young women with the resources and networking connections they need to run for public office. In addition to academics and extracurriculars, I also worked on campus at Purdue Rally Line, where I have fundraised over $35,000 for the university since my freshman year.

I chose to study political science at Purdue because I am especially interested in constitutional law and plan to pursue my Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (JD) after graduation. Purdue has so many great resources for undergraduate students who may be interested in graduate or professional school. Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts has gone above and beyond to help me create a plan for my future.

One of my favorite Purdue experiences has been connecting with alumni through my job at Purdue Rally Line. At Rally Line, I have had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of Purdue alumni from every college and every major. I love hearing their stories and fond memories of their time studying at Purdue. From engineers at NASA to elementary school teachers here in West Lafayette, Purdue alumni have traveled the globe to impact their communities and respective fields of study. I have been amazed by the generosity of Purdue alumni to support the next generation of Boilermakers.

Every year we have Purdue Day of Giving on campus. Purdue Day of Giving is like Purdue’s very own holiday in which the university fundraises across campus for 24 hours. On Day of Giving 2019, Purdue raised $41,596,596 with 21,420 total gifts pledged. 

As a native Hoosier, I felt completely at-home on Purdue’s campus. West Lafayette has so much to offer, capturing the feel of a small Midwestern town, but with international reach and opportunities. I love the diversity of experiences that can be found on campus, from first-generation college students from around the globe to fourth-generation Boilermaker Hoosiers. There are so many unique opportunities for students on campus. As part of Purdue’s 150th anniversary celebration last year, I had the amazing opportunity to attend Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s “What IF We Lose Control of Technology?” fireside chat. There is always something new and exciting happening on campus! Hope to see you on campus soon!