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Top 100 Butler Students

Last Friday, Butler University honored some of its most outstanding students at a dinner ceremony. I know this because I was one of those students being awarded. Awesome right? Now I don’t want this to be a bragging post, because who can stand that? Also, I wasn’t even in the top 100 students. I was in the top 102, the result of a tie in the judging. So it’s no big deal.

What was a big deal was seeing all of my peers, some who I remember meeting on my first day at campus at the Honors Program orientation, when most of us were glad that we were meeting people who were similar to ourselves. Some of my best friends were in attendance, and my parents–who had been able to come down for the event–were only slightly peeved when I was away from the table talking to these friends.

In one moment the dinner was an ego boost, but more than that it was a humbling experience. Not only was it a good reminder that there were a hundred and one other students equally or more motivated than I am to achieve success, but also that it was this group of individuals that really represents Butler at its best, a group of students who are as active in sports, leadership roles, and service as they are in their academics.

Post #100

I’ve made it! And my how the time flies. Post number one hundred. That should mean I’m entering into my 34th week of writing for Butler, and that makes me one happy camper. Let me take a break from the routine in order to express why it’s so great to have a chance to give back to the school that’s given me so much.

College has been all about listening to others (professors and peers) while ultimately listening to myself. It is far enough from home that I have had the space to grow into my own with the support to keep me from falling apart. I’ve spent my time trying to figure out what I’m good at, but more what I want to make of my life. It’s a scholarly place of asking the deep questions as well as a place to make life long friends.

Before

Yet I’m sure that leaving Butler will not be a sad time. Leaving my friends will be tough, but I can only smile as I walk across the stage to receive my diploma, knowing everything that Butler has helped to teach me (about the world, as well as myself) and how far I have come since I took those tentative first steps onto campus, a freshmen who had no idea what to expect.

After. Look how far I've come! (I'm mainly referring to the facial hair)