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.
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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While most people look to the weekend for their parties, I find myself looking to the weekends for a chance to toss a disc around. That or studying. Although I’ll admit I didn’t study quite as much as I should have.
It started on Thursday. As President of the Club Frisbee Team, I wanted to find a chance to pit our squad against another school without having to travel miles for an entire weekend extravaganza against teams three times our size with way more work invested into their skills. I found the Wabash team, of similar size and skill, who agreed to come out and play us for a scrimmage match. After a hard fought battle in which each of us proved how well we can do (as well as how many mistakes we are capable of), we came out on top, 15-13.
Sometimes I ask myself "Why is that frisbee getting bigger?"
It was one of my proudest moments as a leader on this campus. Not just organizing, but also seeing all of our players get out there and do their best with everything we’ve taught and practiced.*sniff* They grow up so fast!
The next event was the Frisbee Fling, a philanthropy event but on by Alpha Chi Omega. More relaxed of an atmosphere, the fraternities and sororities got together to play some relaxed games in support of the Julian Center.
And then it hits me.
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You learn from your mistakes right? Well, a few of my friends learned quite a bit from a weekend in Rome. I can walk you through some of the snafus (and who doesn’t love that word?).
Traveling by Coach...Always Preferable
1) We arrived in Rome, and I stayed with a family in the city. They rented a bungalow on the beach about an hour away. They got lost on the way there, taking the wrong bus and advice from a crazy-eyed man that landed them in an unlit park. On the bright side, they found a lemon.
2) When I visited them at the beach, we wanted to take a bus to a grocery store, but after two hours of waiting, we took the first bus we saw back to the bungalow. Two seconds after we left, we saw the bus we had been waiting for pull into the parking lot.
3) These mistakes and others culminated in the final train back to Perugia being missed, which lead my three friend to spend a few hours chilling by the Roman Forum and Coliseum as they waited for the next train.
Tip: with a good attitude, any trip riddled with mistakes becomes an adventure.
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