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Archive: February 2013

Getting My Spring Buff On

I’ve been called many names in my day, but “buff” or “jacked” have not come up often (or at least not in a tone). Thankfully, the HRC has provided a program to help me change this.

It’s called Sweat to Spring Break. You choose a location, and the number of miles that it is distant from Indianapolis, the number of minutes you must spend in the gym. I have selected a city in South Carolina. The self-competition started at the beginning of the semester and will end when Spring Break starts. That’s nearly a week away.

Oh dear.

So I’ve fallen behind. Apparently, in order to succeed in this competition, one needs to be “consistent” and “dedicated.” Pshaw. This has been a busy semester. Why do I have to defend myself? I don’t need to put up with this interrogation! It’s still possible, I just have to buckle down for the next week. With a free T-shirt at stake, I can probably accomplish anything.

Of Interviews, Ice Storms, and Galoshes

My foot slurping into a puddle is not a satisfying sensation. In fact, it’s downright dreadful (it should be known that wet socks are as annoying as loud chewers or people who take phone calls in the library). As I walked through downtown Chicago the day after a snowstorm, the purpose of galoshes became very clear.

I was in Chicago last Friday for my interview with the JET program. It was a one-day affair fueled by granola bars and made possible through the wonderful vehicles of Megabus.

Getting onto the Megabus was spectacular. A double-decker bus always means business. Not to mention the Wi-Fi (incredibly slow, but still). There were even outlets for individual seats. I felt like I was riding first class, bus style.

The interview went very well, but I mainly say that because I have to wait two months to hear the results, and I don’t have the emotional energy to worry about it for that amount of time. So for the next two months, you won’t hear a word about it from me. You’ll know when I get the news, because I’ll either be rejoicing in the streets or moping for a solid week.

A Shift In Perspective

It’s easy to go through a day thinking nothing new, doing nothing new. This video breaks through the walls that routine constructs and offers a new perspective of the ordinary. Do yourself a favor and watch the first five minutes of this video. I guarantee that’s all it will take to convince you to watch the rest.

 

3 Reasons to Choose Butler

I was asked to be on a panel today to answer questions for students and parents considering attending Butler. It brought me back to the time when I was looking at universities, and I thought I would take a moment to outline some of the factors that lead me to Butler.

1) Location: The campus is a twenty minute drive from Indianapolis, meaning it is close to a big city and all of the benefits that come with it. There is always something going on around the city. At the same time, campus is a bit removed from downtown, meaning you won’t get lost in the crowds and bustling streets of an urban campus. This porridge was neither too hot nor too cold.

2) Size: At approximately 4,000 undergrad students, I knew that I would be getting into something bigger than my high school, but not so big that I could fall through the cracks. The class size is where this really pays off: most of my classes have between ten and twenty students. The professors are very open to meeting with students outside of class, and understanding and generous enough to help with almost any problem.

3) Students: In the middle of my decision-making, I met with some students from the English Department. They were indicative of the enthusiastic and involved students that flourish on this came. They made me excited to be one of those students who was  part of the Butler Way.

While these are just a small percentage of the reasons to come to Butler, they were a significant part of my decision.

Looking for more reasons? Here’s a video put together by the Office of Admissions:

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The City of Laughter and Blue People

Chicago. It’s a fantastic place to visit, and it’s just a hop and a skip away from Indianapolis. Some say Chicago is the apple of the Midwest’s eye. I guess that’s why they call it the Big Apple.

The PuLSE office put together a trip on Saturday to visit Chicago, and I made sure to sign up as soon as humanly possible. Here was the schedule for the evening. After driving three hours by charter bus, we arrived at Second City to watch some great improv and sketch comedy. We laughed, we cried (from laughing), and then we ate pizza.

The pizza was Giardano’s, a legendary name in Chi-town. After gorging myself on what must have been several pounds of cheese and tomato sauce (realizing that I would probably be blocked up for days), we saw the Blue Man Group perform. And although it was my fifth time seeing it, I enjoyed the entire production.

That same night we drove back. Even the late night ride was enjoyable, since they played the movie “Just Go With It.” I’ll say right now that I think Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston make a great couple.

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Valentine’s Day: Bro Edition

Valentine’s Day is the day of couples, right? WRONG. I decided to take this day and give it to the people. The single people. Because we’re all single people, aren’t we? And I don’t think anyone should tell you that being a single person (as opposed to a double person?) is a problem.

This is how you cultivate a truly platonic friendship.

For that reason I got a rose for my good friend Brian. Brian’s my bro. So really, I got him a brose. See what I did there? And then I got him some chocolates and wrote up a little card, cause my momma always taught me to hand-write my cards.

What should we take away from this story. It could be that the little things are what make a friendship last. Or that everyone deserves to feel loved, even if they’re not in a relationship. Or even that I had a test that day, and this was a good way to take my mind off of it so that I wouldn’t over think it and freak myself out.

Jump-Tastic

Sky Zone! Where dreams come to soar, where the inner Spiderman is drawn out of all of us, and where people go to jump, induce nausea, and injure themselves trying that new daring trick that would have made them look so fly (pun mildly intended).

It was a free trip to one of the coolest places in Indianapolis. After an excitement filled bus ride during which my friends and I formed one of the world’s greatest dodge ball teams (Carmel Cavaliers HOOOOO!!!!) and getting lost around Fishers, we arrived. At this point we learned that we would be jumping without shoes OR socks (ewwww, some said) I forged ahead undaunted! I quickly learned that I wasn’t very good at dodge ball, was the world champion of trampoline long jump, and that there is little more disgusting than going to a public bathroom without footwear.YouTube Preview Image

The night ended with free pizza and drinks. It’s important to rehydrate after all of that jumping (that’s why I had three cups of Dr. Pepper). I also got a free sweat band, which at this point may be more sweat than band. If you’re looking for a fun way to burn some calories and work on your trampoline dunking (that’s right, I did an alley-oop on a ten foot rim) then check out Sky Zone!

ICS is the Best!

When preparing for those life changing events, it’s good to have some support. That’s exactly what the Internship and Career Services Office does. Don’t believe me? Well it’s not like I’ve mentioned this once or twice before, but I am adamant in this assertion.

Snazziest kid on campus. Who wouldn't hire him? No really, tell me, and I'll go change their mind.

After being called in to an interview in Chicago for a fantastic opportunity, I realized that this wasn’t the sort of thing that I would ever want to drop the ball on. So I called up the office, set up an appointment for a mock interview, and prepared for it.

They were more helpful than I could have imagined. They prepared questions, recorded a twenty minute interview, and then walked me through the recording to show me how I could improve, and where I was doing well.

I’m not gonna make any bets, but I am almost certain that I won’t walk out of that interview disappointed with my own performance. And that’s all I can ask for.

Wreck-It Ralph Rocked It

My faith in Disney was nearly destroyed when Home on the Range was played across the nation. I don’t think I even had the willpower to finish it. That’s why I’m thankful for Wreck-It Ralph; it has restored my faith in the Disney name.

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The movie was a whimsical journey through video games, where the imaginative power of the writers made the rules of the game subject to change. We saw Ralph travel through his own classic Mario-style game, through a racing game that was a mix between Mario Kart and Strawberry Shortcake, and thought a thrilling alien-incinerating world.

The jokes came quick and often, and there wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t entertained or left wondering when it would be over. And, as any Disney movie, there’s a heartfelt message at the end that, although not entirely original, was cathartic nonetheless.

So where has Disney’s resurgence come from? I’ll take a stab and link it to their acquisition of Pixar. “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” goes the old adage, and Disney took this a step further and thought they’d buy ‘em. Need evidence? Look at the new Disney animation short. If this doesn’t have clear Pixar roots, then I’m a salty pirate.

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Marvelous Moroccan Meals

Walking into Poccadio, the new Moroccan Grill in Indianapolis, I immediately knew that I had encountered something wonderful. It’s that moment where my nose smells food that it doesn’t know, and all I want to do is taste every crazy smell until my stomach says “No more!”

That’s exactly what happened. Approaching the entrance timidly (as one does when they are in an unfamiliar place about to order unfamiliar food), I was greeted by a smiling face. I was asked if this was my first time, and when I said, “Yes” they immediately loaded a plate up with samples and allowed me to try everything until I was certain of what I wanted to order. “A great business model,” my stomach later confirmed.Poccadio Moroccan Grill and Gourmet Sandwiches on Urbanspoon

Then, as I wrapped up eating my sandwich they gave me a “Poccadio” membership card that would give me a free meal after ten meals (or something similar). Now that I officially have inside connections there, all you need to tell them is that you know “Andrew” and they’ll give you some free samples and a membership card. I’m that awesome.