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Honors Ambassadors

The Purdue Honors College ambassadors are here to ease your transition to Purdue and provide a strong source of knowledge as you prepare for the next step in your jouney. Feel Free to contact our ambassadors by emailing purduehcambassadors@gmail.com.

Get to know our friendly ambassadors below!

Abidemi Aregbe

Abidemi Aregbe

Major: Biochemistry Major with a Minor in French

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
My favorite thing about the Honors College are the Evolution of Ideas courses because they allow me to pursue my interests outside of my major or minor.

Extracurricular Activities:
Purdue Muslim Student Association, Purdue Student Farm Organization, French Club, and research.


Rithika Athreya

Rithika Athreya

Major: First Year Engineering (Considering Chemical Engineering) with a Minor in Biochemistry

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
My favorite part about the Honors College is the tight-knit community that combines residential and academic life. I can meet my professors and FHPs to ask questions about my schoolwork or help on getting opportunities for research. And, I unwind with my floor-mates by watching movies, playing games, and going out for dinner. There are so many people here to support you and make Purdue feel like home!

Extracurricular Activities:
I am involved in the Women in Engineering Program at Purdue. I am on the leadership team in I2D2 which is a program that introduces engineering to elementary school students with STEM activities. I am also a part of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Undergraduate Research Society.


Erin Brown

Erin Brown

Major: Finance Major, CIT Minor

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
The sense of community with people from a wide variety of majors. I love seeing what my friends in engineering, film, and animal science are learning and comparing it to what I’m learning in my classes!

Extracurricular Activities:
Cru, Purdue Accounting Association, and the Larsen Leaders Academy.


Clayton Hicks

Clayton Hicks

Major: Biochemistry and Philosophy Double Major

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
I love the interdisciplinary community. The opportunity to work with others that think differently not only prepares someone for a job in the workplace, but it also helps you learn how others think and how to better explain ideas to different groups of individuals.

Extracurricular Activities:
Cru, Old Masters, College Mentos for Kids, PFSB, BGR Team Leader, Purdue Ag Council, Dean’s Scholar Peer Mentor, undergrad research, playing piano and guitar.


Isaac Lindell

Isaac Lindell

Major: Accounting & Finance Double Major

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
The access to people who are as excited to learn as I am is a great thing to have.

Extracurricular Activities:
Honors College Racing Crew, Young Life, and playing guitar


Lauren MacKenzie

Lauren MacKenzie

Majors: Creative Writing and Professional Writing Double Major

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
My favorite thing about the Honors College is that forges a bond between academic and social life unlike any other community I've experienced on Purdue's campus. It has provided me the opportunity to learn from people with different perspectives, and has lead me to develop unique interests and skills. The Honors College has served as a platform for me to broaden my friendships and delve deeper into my passions.

Extracurricular Activities:
In addition to serving as an ambassador, I am also an Honors Mentor, and work with first year students in the Evolution of Ideas course. Beyond the Honors College, I am the social media and marketing director for the Student English Association as well as an editor of the Bell Tower literary magazine.


Riya Mehta

Riya Mehta

Major: Computer Engineering Major with a Minor in Business Economics

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
The amount of resources available within the honors community is amazing; they have enabled me to explore my diverse interests, both academic and extracurricular, from the moment I got here. I also value how close the honors community is, I love being surrounded by people who are respectful, hardworking and have diverse backgrounds and interests!

Extracurricular Activities:
I am a volunteer on the Women in Engineering I2D2 team and am part of the Society of Women Engineers. I am also in the IEEE Computing Society and Industrial Relations Committee.


Rachel Mendez

Rachel Mendez

Major: Pharmacy Major with a Minor in Spanish

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
My favorite thing about the Honors College is the importance of community. There’s always events to help relieve stress, whether they be house specific or college wide. They are the perfect environment to meet other members of the college!

Extracurricular Activities:
Purdue Symphony Orchestra, Kappa Epsilon, Society of Nuclear Pharmacy


Lily Peck

Lily Peck

Major: Genetics and Classical Studies Double Major

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
My favorite thing about the Honors College is that it is a living and learning community. My neighbors are not just friends who I can have fun and bond with, but also peers who I can study with and learn from. This overlap helps to unite residential and academic life, and really helps me to balance these both.

Extracurricular Activities:
The Honors College Residential Society, Cycling Club (I also race multiple cycling disciplines, and have ridden my bicycle from coast to coast and from Mexico to Canada!), Honors Biology Program (Including the Bio195 research lab!)


Hawk Pusey

Hawk Pusey

Major: English Education

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
Whether it is students, faculty, or instructors, the people at Honors are my favorite part of Honors.

Extracurricular Activities:
I work at Greyhouse Coffee Supply Co. and I volunteer as a 6th Grade Mentor. Outside of school I also like to run.


Abigail Putman

Abigail Putman

Major: Public Health

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
The community of people.

Extracurricular Activities:
I’m a 6th grade mentor at my church and coach gymnastics on the weekends.


Hunter Spalding

Hunter Spalding

Major: Psychological Sciences and Sociology Double Major

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
Being with like-minded and goal-oriented students like me.

Extracurricular Activities:
Honors College Ambassador, Health and Human Sciences Student Council, Public Relations Committee for PUDM, The Society. I collect Chapsticks!


Kaitlin Stone

Kaitlin Stone

Major: Health Sciences Major with Minors in Psychology and Spanish on Pre-Med Track

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
I absolutely love all of the people I've met. Going in, I was worried everyone would be weird, and we definitely are, but in the best way possible. Everyone is so similar in terms of motivation and determination in academics, but so unique in big ways, such as a variety of majors/minors, or small ways, like my Midwestern friends say "Ope" and I say "Oop."

Extracurricular Activities:
I am a member of Timmy Global Health, Caduceus Club, and the Nutrition Society. I also will be joining a research lab in the spring and hope to become a Group X Instructor at the CoRec!


Caitlin Truffer

Caitlin Truffer

Major: Nutrition and Dietetics Major on Pre-Med Track

Favorite Part About the Honors College:
My favorite thing about the honors college is the community. Purdue is a big campus, but being a member of the honors college allows me to be apart of a larger school environment while still developing close friendships with like-minded students.

Fun Fact:
Nutrition Society; Caduceus (Pre-Med) Club; St. Thomas Aquinas Eucharistic Minister; Disney Appreciation Club; Volunteer at Lyles-Porter Cooking Demonstrations