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One Week Till School

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).

8) 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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One Week Till School Pt. 2

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.

How to Bring in the New Year?

What is the best way to bring in the new year? We all know the basics: watching the ball drop at midnight, singing “Auld Lang Syne,” writing 2011 instead of 2012 for the next several weeks…But how does the rest of the world welcome the changing of the year?

That's me! And my brother (left)! Moments after the polar plunge. Brrrrr...

1. China: it is customary to eat fish and tofu, representative of excess and wealth. But don’t finish your plate, because that means you’ve used up all of your excess!

2. Denmark: the Danish save up old dishes throughout the year, so that on New Years Day, they can throw them at the doors of their friends. The more shattered dishes at one’s doorstep, the more loved the resident!

3. Latin and South America: seeking happiness, these citizens wear colorful underwear to bless the coming year in certain ways (red for love, yellow for luck, etc). I’m still not sure how people are made aware of their choice, since I didn’t have the means to “research” this…

4. Turkey: in an odd form of selfishness, the Turkish people partake in community service or volunteer events, all intended to bring them happiness for the year. Those being helped are not too concerned with this contradiction.

5. Estonia: seven meals eaten in one day to herald a fortuitous year. What the Estonians don’t account for are the stomach aches and indigestion. But hey, they only have up to go from there!

Personally, I started the year by jumping off a chair, cleaning my ears, taking a nap, and (in years past) jumping into a frigid river as part of the Polar Plunge. I hope your year begins in your own way, and whatever the traditions may your year be blessed!

Research citations: Travelandleisure.com and Urbantitan.com