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Hi! I'm Andre. I'm a senior double major in Political Science and Spanish at Butler and I'll be graduating in 2014.

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Archive: January 2014

Throwback Tuesday: Iwo Jima

Last weekend us Butler interns went on a tour of D.C. and one of the first stops we made was to the Iwo Jima memorial. It is right next to the Arlington National Cemetary and it honors all of our nation’s marines. One of the cool aspects of the memorial is that when you walk around it, it appears as though the soldiers are lifting the flag upright.

From the memorial you can see the U.S. Capitol Building and the Washington Monument. It’s definitely a beautiful sight to see. Also near the monument are other monuments from other countries thanking the United States for their involvement in World War 2. One includes a really cool monument donated by The Netherlands to the U.S.

There are so many other awesome monuments in the city and I want to take the opportunity to try to see most of them! Hopefully I can find the time!

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Music Monday: DC Livin

Today’s Music Monday is dedicated to the song “Chillin” by Wale featuring Lady Gaga. Since I’m in D.C. this semester, I’ve been trying to expand my musical selection to artists from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area. The funny thing about this music video is that a lot of scenes are places I’ve visited or seen while here so it’s nice that I’m already starting to recognize things despite only having been here a week!

Yesterday I got to see a ton of sights as I went with my roommates shopping around the city in Georgetown. We went to a ton of stores but I ended up only getting something from Ralph Lauren. The great thing about having roommates that are from the area is that they know where everything is!

The only downside to yesterday was the cold and the fact that there was construction on the subway so it made every trip ten times as long. Fortunately for us, we just so happened to catch the subway right when it was approaching so it ended up working out!

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Meeting A Quarterback

Last week during my internship, they were holding a health fair and in order to entice people to attend, the Washington Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins was there! I’m not much of a football aficionado, even though I can pretend to care when I have to, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to meet a pro NFL player even though I didn’t really know him. I waited in line for about 25 minutes but I eventually got close enough and got a picture with him.

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After he took a picture with me, he then signed one of the magazines they were handing out. He was extremely nice while meeting me and was pretty tall. Now that I’ve met him, I’m sure my sports prowess will rub off on him and the Redskins will win the Super Bowl next year.

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In the heat of meeting him, I totally forgot that there was a health fair going on! So even though I didn’t get a flu shot like the event intended, I was able to spin a wheel and won a mood ring. In case you were wondering, when I put it on it said I was depressed…… Awkward…….

First Day of Work!

Today was my first day at my internship in the Capitol building and it was pretty exciting. It was a bit overwhelming meeting so many new people and getting so much information but overall it was such a fun experience. I felt so important being where the history happens.

So apparently the citizens of DC literally freak out even when there is hardly any snow and it’s quite entertaining. The city is only expecting to get 5 inches of snow and there is already talk that there might be a declared state of emergency. It’s pretty funny considering 5 inches of snow is considered child’s play for Indianapolis.

After my internship was over I walked outside and saw that not only was it snowing but the area was literally deserted. I had never seen it so empty! I would’ve tried to enjoy the serenity of it all but it was so cold and windy that I had to find shelter ASAP! Hopefully the weather is better tomorrow!

The day before the storm

The day before the storm

Tour of DC

Today our internship coordinator/teacher Ivo took all of us Butler interns out to see the city. It was a 5 hour tour but we definitely saw a lot! We first got to see a lot of the neighborhood we currently live in and got to see all of the grocery stores and shops around us that are cheap and good to visit.

We also got to see where each intern is going to be working during the semester and also other sites in the city. One of the first major stops we made was to the Iwo Jima memorial and learned about the history of it.

The final stop we made was to the White House! It was great seeing my future home up close and personal. ;) And in good ole André fashion, I twerked in front of it. What better way to celebrate being at the White House than doing some good old fashioned Americana twerking!?

Just like Miley taught us!

Just like Miley taught us!

Moved In!

Yesterday I officially moved into my room in DC! I started the day by waking up at 4 AM, yes 4, and going to the bus station. Then I rode the bus to the airport and waited until my flight left. While in the airport I got a breakfast sandwich from Potbelly’s that was delicious.

After the plane ride and waiting for my luggage, I noticed that a girl was wearing a Butler shirt near me. I approached her and it turns out she’s here for the internship program too! So we ended up catching a taxi together to our apartments since we live in the same building and luckily got to split the cost.

I was the last of my roommates to arrive but I’ve yet to meet them but I’m excited to nonetheless. Now my main focus is figuring out how to navigate the city! I forgot a ton of stuff at home so I’ve been trying to find my way around to a Target. I’ve only found my way to a CVS so far but I’m still hunting. Wish me luck!

My stash of food on my first day! I refuse to go hungry in a big city!

My stash of food on my first day! I refuse to go hungry in a big city!

 

Late Packing

I leave for D.C. in less than 24 hours and in regular André fashion, I haven’t started packing yet. It hasn’t hit me yet that I’ll be living there for the next few months. I guess it’ll probably seem real once I’m there. I don’t even know who I’m living with yet so that’ll be fun meeting my roommates for the first time!

I’ve already downloaded a D.C. metro app already for my trip. Everyone who has gone before claims it’s oh so easy to navigate but I’ll believe it when I see it. The app is tailored so it tells you where to go based on your location and it has gotten rave reviews so I’m sure it’ll work its way out once I’m there.

I hate to cut this blog short but I have to get started packing…. It’s hard figuring out which clothes I’m bringing with me immediately and which clothes I plan on having mailed to me in a week. It’s hard because I want to bring everything!

The totality of my packing so far..... Not very much....

The totality of my packing so far….. Not very much….

My Legacy Lives On

I can already tell my presence on campus is being missed profusely. Since I’m going to be in D.C. this semester, all my friends stuck on campus have been trying to find a way to fill the holes in their hearts. Even my residents from when I was an RA texted me telling me how much they missed me. I definitely felt like a celebrity the love.

On a more serious note, I have been missing everyone on campus and it has been weird seeing the semester start and me not going to class/being with everyone. I don’t think this semester will hit me until I finally move into D.C. My pals Lisa and Elissa took a photo with my RA photo that’s still hanging up in the building. Looks like my legacy is still living on!

Currently I’m a ball of nerves and excitement for my new adventure this semester. I’m hoping I don’t somehow get lost and end up in New York City. Although, now that I think about it, that would be kind of fun.

I'm still on the board!

I’m still on the board!

 

Television Tuesday: Orange is the New Black

This winter break I’ve invested in Netflix, as I’ve previously discussed. It has saved me from extreme boredom and has been entertaining me as I continue to fill out law school applications during break. Unlike all my friends, I don’t move into my apartment in D.C. until next week. The abundance of movies and tv shows at my fingertips is astounding!

The newest show I’ve gotten into is Orange Is The New Black. It’s a show about a woman, Piper, who gets thrown in prison after a crime she committed like 15 years ago. She’s not what a viewer would consider the typical jail type which adds to the humor. It’s a dark comedy so while being funny it also has more serious elements at times. The show also goes into the backstories of various inmates as well. It gets risqué at times so it might not be for everyone.

I have gotten so addicted to it that I’ve gotten through the whole season in two days. The second season is supposed to be premiering on Netflix sometime this year so I’m excited for it to get started back up again! Ellen Degeneres did a funny skit involving a scene on the show fairly recently that I enjoyed:

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Why I Chose Butler

I decided to make a post today discussing some of the reasons why I decided to come to Butler. I originally heard of Butler because of its successful basketball program and did a little research on it and ended up deciding to come! I’ve always gone to small private schools my whole life so seeing that Butler only had a couple thousand students was really appealing to me. Another good thing about Butler for me was that it’s still in a big city so there’s always stuff to do and always plenty of opportunities to get involved or find employment.

Overall, coming to Butler has probably been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made not only because of all the awesome people I’ve met, but also because of the knowledge I’ve gained and opportunities I’ve been part of that I would have never had if I had gone to another school.

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