That’s right. We’re getting down to the final moments of the semester. It’s flown by, and now all of campus stands on the precipice of two of the busiest weeks of the year. Some find themselves cramming a semester’s worth of review into these weeks. Others are sitting down to write those ten page papers that (we hope) are due in a week or so. Others find themselves preparing for projects on projects.
As always, Facebook becomes the easiest means of wasting time. But do you wanna know the worst part? The December weather has decided to act out during these busy days, blessing us with 65 degree days. I didn’t wear my winter coat all weekend, and even last night I was out on the porch chatting it up with my roommates. GAHHH!! WHY MUST WE BE CURSED WITH THIS INCREDIBLE WINTER!
In classic fashion, I decided to set up a scrimmage of ultimate today as a nice study break. Hopefully the rain that’s trying to become a factor holds off around 5 PM tonight. I still want to be active! Although who’s to say, if snow does hit us soon, maybe I’ll still be heading out to toss a frisbee around. The sky’s the limit.
They finally did it guys. They made education fun. This is International Education Week, and in celebration, a number of events have been set up around campus, one of which I attended this evening. A sign-up was offered to anyone who wanted to go to India Palace, and I decided I would see if there was any space left.
When I went to check and it turned out there were a few spots left for free food, this was my initial reaction:
When I spend my time cooking for myself, a free meal now not only means that I don’t have to pay for it, but I also don’t have to prepare it or clean it up.
In all seriousness, I think that International Education is incredibly important. There are two directions that a society can take: they can either close themselves off or open up. Any experience internationally is a move outwards, opening are eyes to how many other types of people exist, and gives us the opportunity to hear new ideas, challenge our own, and grow as a person. Plus, who doesn’t love Mango Lassi?
So what is welcome week? I picked up on this great video from the people who are taking care of this huge task, one that always turns out to be a great experience for the first years that its geared towards as well as the people who are organizing it.
Today’s post comes to you at the initiation of the most hyped moment of the Butler year: Welcome Week!
Put your hands up if you're excited!
Possibly the most exciting, energy-packed week, Welcome Week takes huge amounts of planning and preparation. Most of this is carried out by the incredible staff at the PuLSE Office, including Caroline Huck-Watson and Rob Miller.
Those guys! Caroline and Rob, aren't they great!
The other part of the equation comes from the scores of student volunteers who take it upon themselves to be the face of Butler that welcomes the new freshmen. SOGs (Student Orientation Guides) are perhaps the most outgoing students on campus. We’re in love with this university and not afraid to show it!
We're also goofy
Top 10 ways to spend your last days of freedom:
10) Shopping: Finagle your parents into shopping with you, subtly dropping hints about how you’ll be all on your own for a couple months.
9) Enjoy the Weather: With a recent bout of rainstorms, I find I best appreciate the lightning while sitting under a tree or next to a light pole. But do whatever works for you. (Appreciate at your own risk).
Hometown Friends: Hang out with those people who you no longer have to prove anything to. So what if you do weird voices, awkward dances, or make the same jokes that have annoyed them for years. As soon as you get to campus, those jokes will be pristine.
7) Laze about: [Author felt too lazy to elaborate]
6) Read: Dig into that stack of books that have been recommended for months now. That way, when you enter classes with half of the Hunger Games read, you’ll be so conflicted over whether you should do work or read that neither will get done. The Campaign comes highly recommended.
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5) Movies: Be that hip, gnat of a personality that always asks people if they’ve seen the latest blockbusters–be sure to finish off with the flippant “Oh, it’s pretty good. You should check it out.”
4) Shark Week: Miss the olympics? Here’s another way to blow your time in front of a tv!
3) For those in relationships: Appreciate the time you have together!
2) For those single ladies (and gents): revel in your freedom! (Because this is a feel-good blog post, and I don’t want anyone to feel like they’re missing out.)
1)Run a 5k whilst undergoing intestinal distress: Ok, this may come more from personal experience. And this really shouldn’t be advised. Maybe I have the numbers backwards…
Oh wait, here’s the real number one.
#1) Political Debates: ‘Tis the season to get into arguments with friends, family, and strangers trying to escape your biting debate points over the various candidates views of the economic situation, Healthcare reform, and tax policy. Just remember, to end any such argument in a friendly manner, reaffirm that the whole system is broke, and that things were better back in the day. You, before all those immigrants came across the pond (1492 I believe), when it was just the lands, the tribes, and a noticeable absence of Super PACs.