Purpose @ Peace to help students find paths

Students visiting booths at WPU's career fair

By Izabelle Dessi

Purpose @ Peace is an engagement fair held for students and other community members to get the full experience of what William Peace is all about. 

Different aspects of Peace are put on full display for everyone at the annual event, which will take place Tuesday, Sept. 14 from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Main Lawn. 

There are faculty members from different majors, as well as information on internships, part-time jobs and student organizations. The idea is to allow students to be free to explore what Peace has to offer in one convenient event. 

“It’s a great opportunity to connect with peers and community members but also to find a place for you at Peace,” said Ashley Borders, assistant director of student involvement. “Even if you think that you’ve already found that, it’s definitely a good way to just kind of see what else is out there, and kind of find maybe your next path.”

This event helps open students’ eyes to something they did not even know Peace offered or might be interested in for the new school year. The Barone Meatball Food Truck will also be available to grab a bite to eat.

“I think that it’s had an impact of helping students really kind of see like what they’re interested in without committing to anything quite yet, and giving them a taste of different options that they might not have known anything about just because it wasn’t something that they’ve come across before,” said Borders.

The event is put on by a collaboration between the offices of student involvement and academic and career advising. The rain date is Sept. 21.

Purpose @ Peace was first held in 2018 but was not held last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event has received the Outstanding Advising Program Award from the National Academic Advising Association. 

This video from 2019 will give you an idea of what the event is like.