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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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Posts Tagged “2012”

Final Move

As I wait for people to start moving in today, I thought it would be a good time to blog before things get hectic on campus later. I’m mostly excited for Block Party later so I can get some free things and explore and join clubs I wasn’t able to last year. I’m also excited to reunite with all my friends once they move in.

Impatiently waiting for residents to arrive and displaying how tired I am...

I have already received assignments for some of my classes so I’ll start doing those to entertain me this morning. I only have to read for two classes and they shouldn’t take me long to do so I probably will still be bored. Well, I guess I’ll get back to doing my job!

Couldn’t Stay Away

Today was sort of an off day since students weren’t moving in today so I had a lot of free time to get laundry done and run errands. Campus was actually pretty quiet today, which I’m sure will change really soon once everyone moves in tomorrow! But as of right now, things are pretty calm.

Since I was a little bored, I decided to visit my old stomping grounds at the Collegian. It was so great seeing everyone and catching up. I guess I couldn’t even stay away for a week! I had to quit this semester since I am starting as an RA but it was definitely weird being in the office and not having to do anything for a change. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit again soon during the semester!

Lauren and I reunited in the Collegian office!

People Galore

Yesterday freshmen were allowed to move onto campus and it has been hectic ever since! They have been invading all the buildings and it is basically mayhem. Well not really, but it’s close. I tried going to the bookstore yesterday but decided against it since there were so many of them trying to get books! So hopefully things will be clear today and I’ll be able to finish getting the rest of my books.

Since freshmen moved in yesterday, that means my 10 freshmen residents also moved in! It was very exciting and we’ve all bonded and gotten to know each other already. I had my first unit meeting with them yesterday and it made me excited for the year already!

My friend Elizabeth and I were reunited since she's working as a Student Orientation Guide

Almost Here

The semester is almost about to start and I’ve yet to get things organized in my room. I have everything unpacked but now it’s just a matter of actually putting them in the right spots. Things were actually more organized when I first got unpacked but now as I’ve been doing things all week, I’ve just been throwing things everywhere.

My desk is my biggest problem… I just picked up my books from the bookstore so they’re taking up most of my desk but I’ve also been using it to hold my clothes, papers, supplies, and everything else really. Since I’ll have more free time tomorrow, hopefully I’ll be able to getting around to do that.

It's not as clean as I would like it but it's getting there!

Photo Shoot

RA training has continued and it has continued to be fun. Last night we went to the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner downtown and it was delicious! I had chicken marsala and pasta which was amazing. I highly recommend it if anyone plans to go. I would’ve had ice cream as well but I started to get a tummy ache so I couldn’t finish. But I definitely plan to go back since I love Italian food.

Today the RAs in my building walked across campus and took pictures for a bulletin board and had a mini photo shoot. We each had to take a solo picture and a group picture. I ended up taking my solo picture in Holcomb Gardens, which was great because it was a beautiful day! The weather was perfect and I wish I could’ve stayed forever. I can’t wait until I have more free time so I can go back and study!

The beautiful day today in Holcomb Gardens

Butler Return

I have officially moved all of my things back to Butler. I got back Wednesday but it took me two days to get my room how I want it. No, I’m not just that slow, I’ve had RA training this week! Yesterday we did icebreakers and got to know each other which was fun, especially seeing all of the other RAs in the other buildings.

Today we find out all of the people in our units so I’m really looking forward to that. I have to make doortags to put people’s names on their doors and I have to decorate the FIVE bulletin boards in my hallway. I have to do this along with other RA training activities today so my day will definitely be busy!

My room with all my stuff in it. Hopefully it stays this neat during the year!

Packing Bonanza

Since I’m moving back into Butler this week, I have to start doing some last minute packing today. Even though I’m trying to bring back only the things I use and need, it seems that somehow each year my load gets larger! And you would think I would learn from the previous two years of moving to realize that getting ready the day before is always stressful. Oh well.

I also have to run to Target to get some last minute items for my room like posters and containers to carry my stuff in. I also have to get a haircut as soon as I get to Butler to add to the pressure because I’m long overdue for one. I’m just mostly looking forward to being on an empty campus for a week.

Some of the many things I have to start packing up........ I definitely have a fun night ahead of me!

Academics

I think the most important thing about colleges like Butler that gets lost in the fray of information is all the academic opportunities. Besides all the majors in all six colleges, there are also resources that can help you in your classes.

The Writer’s Studio is open to all students to help with any writing assignment that a student might have. Whether you need help with coming up with ideas or want someone to look over work you have done, there are students in the writer’s studio that can help.But if someone has a speaking assignment such as a PowerPoint presentation or a speech, there is also the Speakers Lab that students can go to for help with how to get started or for ideas on how to improve a completed presentation.

I love that both of these are available since writing or giving presentations might not be strongpoints for many students.

Here’s a video for more information on academic resources for students:

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Olympics Basketball

Instead of being captivated by the swimming events in the Olympics, I’ve instead been heavily invested in watching the USA men’s basketball team in this year’s Olympics! I’ve been mostly enjoying it since we’ve been demolishing all of the teams we’ve played, which is great because I hate sitting through a whole game only for my team to lose. I also like it because it’s not every day that you see Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, who happen to be my two favorite basketball players, play on the same team.

Since I haven’t been watching all the other events, I have been trying to feel as though I’ve been supporting all the other athletes by checking the medal totals on Yahoo every day and as of right now the USA is tied with China with the most medals won. Hopefully by the end of the Olympics we will be able to pull away and win the most! As you can tell, the Olympics usually bring out the competitive side of me! Either we win or I’ll be a very unhappy camper!

Here’s a video of the USA basketball team

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How To: Buy Textbooks

Since the beginning of the semester is rapidly unfortunately approaching, I decided to do a post about how to buy textbooks from the Butler bookstore.

1. Go to the Butler bookstore website

2. After you’ve created an account and logged in, click the section that says textbooks and course materials.

3. Use your class schedule to find which books you need for your classes

4. After you’ve finished adding all your books to the shopping cart, you can then purchase your books that you can pick up once you arrive to campus.

It’s also good to know that you can purchase your books through other sites such as Amazon for cheaper options. But make sure you have the exact ISBN numbers from the bookstore website!