Aashika Parekh

Aashika Parekh
UX Design (CGT)

What made you decide to choose your specific major?

I always gravitated towards the medical side, however, after going through high school I quickly realized that biology and chemistry were definitely not my strengths! I still wanted to do something that incorporated medicine and I happened to stumble upon User Experience Design. This major is the perfect balance of computer science, psychology, and graphic design! I’m developing the human side of technology, and I believe it’s truly my life’s calling!

What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?

Absolutely no midterms and final exams! Our curriculum is all hands-on. Instead of sitting in huge lecture rooms, we jump into projects and work on real-world prototypes on the very first day!

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

I don’t think I can choose one! The entire journey of working on a UX project is exhilarating to me. I love everything from the research, to the stakeholder interviews, to sketching designs, to building high-fidelity prototypes, to documentation, and finally, iterations, which means repeating the entire process with a better solution!  

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

I love staying active and meeting new people! I’m currently a member of the Purdue UX Design club and Women In Technology club. After classes, you can probably see me playing volleyball at the corec or trying out new study spots around campus.

What do you know about your program of study now that you wish someone had told you when you were choosing a major?

Purdue transfers almost all AP and dual enrollment credits from your past school, so make sure to send in your transcripts as soon as possible! This will help you when trying to find on-campus housing and clear up your schedule for more enjoyable electives! Don’t be scared to try something new! There are a ton of courses and programs available at Purdue. Choose a major that inspires you to wake up in the morning without an alarm clock. This is coming from a night owl who has had many early morning classes! I guarantee you that if you truly like what your studying, you won’t mind going the extra mile to ace that project or master the chapter.

What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?

One bleeder at a time. When you’re stressed about finals, friends, mental/physical health, or everything else that life throws at you, slow down and breathe. Take it one step at a time, as slowly as you need to. At times you’ll feel that your entire world is falling apart but only focus on the things that you can control. You got this, one bleeder at a time!


Have questions? Email me at parekh22@purdue.edu