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About Me:

Hey, I'm Austin, and I'm currently a freshman here at Butler! I'm an ENTJ, a travel junkie, and an entrepreneur. I'm an Alpha Kappa Psi brother & True Blue Mentor, as well as being a part of Entrepreneurship & Innovation club, the volunteer center, and a student production crew member at the brand new Schrott Center. I also am a part of the student-run business, the Butler Bed Buddy. I'm always looking for something to get involved with on campus as well. Go Dawgs!

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First and foremost, I apologize for the lack of posts lately; my life has been flipped upside down this past week, and I barely have time to do, well, really anything besides work. While this is not a bad thing, I have yet to really blog about my experiences with classes ending, finals, and the final phases of my student run business – the Butler Bed Buddy. I have personally been working endlessly on closing out our business for the current semester, and it has been insane.

We actually received a full order of 1,250 units of bed buddies, which are a pillow / stuffed animal modeled after Butler Blue II. For those who don’t know much about it, check out my other blog here about it. Anyways, 1,250 units is A LOT, and we ended up using pretty much the entire RBE “War Room” as storage. It’s known as the “war room” because that’s where all students in the Real Business Experience program meet as teams in order to form & run their businesses.

 

The war room….AKA the Butler Bed Buddy storage room for now..

 

These bags (each filled with about 100 bed buddies) came in last Friday, and I have been working relentlessly in order to get out all current orders for people who have preordered online all semester. As of today we have gotten rid of about 4 & 1/2 bags, and we’re estimating to get rid of the rest of the half-full bag by Saturday, which is when I actually move out. :(

All in all, this has been a really great semester. I have been really pleased with my RBE team as a whole, even though we weren’t as organized as I would have liked for us to be. Here’s to hoping that next semester is better! I will blog more about the finals I have tomorrow night, so say a prayer or just hope I do good!

 

Throwback (Friday) – DECA Edition

If you don’t know what DECA is, well, you definitely missed out! DECA, which is previously known as Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a club on both the high school and collegiate levels for anyone interested in any form of business, whether it be marketing, distribution, accounting, economics, and more! I was a part of it during my senior year of high school, and I really regret not being a part of it before then. In fact, I’ve considered getting a group of friends of mine to start a Collegiate DECA chapter on campus!

It was actually this week of last year that I was able to attend the annual DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Salt Lake City, Utah! The week I spent in Salt Lake City at ICDC getting to network with members from other DECA chapters all around the world was awesome- and I revisit pictures, and even met a few people while I was at ICDC who were incoming freshman to Butler, too! Small world, right? I’m writing this as a “throwback” post because I currently have friend’s at this year’s ICDC, which is actually hosted in Anaheim, California, which is right outside of LA. Needless to say, I’m INCREDIBLY jealous, but I’m glad I got to experience Salt Lake City & all that DECA ICDC had to offer. Who knows, maybe ICDC will come to Indianapolis one day?

Temple Square which is home to the founding Mormon Church!

A picture of one of the light poles that was put in at the great Salt Lake for the 2002 Winter Olympics!

My friend Mary and I on the subway in Salt Lake City. Mary was an exchange student at ICDC!

Picking My Major

When I came to Butler, I, like most ignorant freshman, thought I had decided what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I came to Butler set on majoring in some sort of business, yet I didn’t know exactly what concentration. While I have enjoyed my time as a part of the College of Business, I have found myself exploring other areas through research and experiences within my classes lately. I know I would be good at business, but I had no clue if I would remotely be good at anything else, which is ultimately why I chose to come into Butler as a business exploratory student. This is similar to an undeclared / exploratory major, but you are focused within the College of Business and don’t explore other classes / courses of study. This is good for most people I’ve met, but if I had one recommendation for incoming students it would be this:

Come into Butler as a regular exploratory student and explore your options.

Lately, I have been exploring the option of majoring Management Information Systems (MIS for short) and even Computer Science. While I don’t know much about either program, I have found myself in a dilemma of thinking I would prefer majoring in Computer Science over MIS, but I don’t want to jump to conclusions. I believe I have decided that I’m going to sit in a Computer Science class before the end of the year is over and even speak with the department head about taking an introductory course next semester. My advice for anyone coming into Butler would be to not limit yourself – I thought I would do business the rest of my life, but I have recently found other things I’ve been interested in.

Ultimately, you should explore all options before it’s too late. I’m glad I decided this at the end of my freshman year before it’s too late, so I definitely recommend exploring everything – even majors not within whatever specific college you plan on majoring within.

Transformation Tuesday – College Edition

Like I’ve done before, this is similar to “Throwback Thursday.” In this blog I will instead to use examples of how exactly I’ve grown throughout the semester. College honestly taught me more than I could have imagined about myself, and it’s been a great experience this far!

  1. College is hard - Socially and mentally, college is the most difficult experience I’ve had. I’ve met so many different people that I cannot imagine how my life would be without meeting them. I also learned that academically, there is nothing like college. I also cannot imagine being in high school again, going to school from 8-3 – I simply just couldn’t do it. I also nap pretty much daily!
  2. Time management - I still find it hard to balance time between my friends and school. Usually I’m with most of my friends, and even though I try to do homework it just usually doesn’t work. I’ve officially decided that studying in one of the academic buildings or even Irwin is the best setting for me to study – especially without my friends.
  3. People change - I made friends in the beginning of the year who are not nearly the same as they used to be. Or maybe they are, and I just never noticed. Some people get involved with Greek life and usually let it consume their lives or classes change at the break of the semester and you just don’t run into the same people again. I’ve learned that this happens for the best though because it’s given me the opportunity to meet other people outside of my comfort zone.

As I get register for the first semester of my sophomore year at Butler, I find myself literally stopping and thinking of how fast my freshman year flew by, and how I tried my best to take advantage of every moment I had. If I had any advice to any upcoming freshman it would be to make the most out of your freshman year of college – there’s nothing like it. Here’s a still-motion video of the Class of 2016 making a B(U), short for Be United, which was the theme of my freshman class.

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The Walking / Talking Dead

As most people know, The Walking Dead has been a huge success in recent history of TV. The show has been one of my personal favorites, and it also inspired me to enroll in my current FYS that I’ve blogged multiple times earlier in the semester about, which is about monster & zombies. Much more have been dedicated to the actual show than just a few classes, though – entire parodies, games, merchandise in retail stores, and much, much more. AMC also hosts another show titled “The Talking Dead,” which is a talk show (obviously) that brings in celebrity guests to talk about the show! Retta (who plays Donna Meagle), which is one of my favorite characters in another one of my favorite shows, Parks and Recreation, has guest starred on it, too!

Some parodies that have come up have included a mock Toy Story / Walking into, which features all of the toys posing as characters from The Walking Dead. It brings a slight twist as to I could never watching a zombie version of one of my favorite children’s movies…but check out the video here. It’s amazing what people do with their spare time!

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The Butler Bed Buddy – Part Two

As of today, I can officially announce that my student-run business, the Butler Bed Buddy, was approved for a $5,000 loan to continue onto the next semester of the Real Business Experience! As a part of the first semester of the Real Business Experience program, students are required to go in front of an actual funding panel that the College of Business brings in (which are usually alumni of the College of Business) in order to hear our proposition for our business. Businesses are allowed to ask for a maximum amount of a $5,000 loan for the second semester, which they put to use in continuing their businesses full force! All of the loans are funded through the College of Business and, of course, have to be repaid at the end of the semester.

I’m really happy to be a part of the Butler Bed Buddy team, which is modeled off of our mascot Butler Blue II. This class has truly shown me why I want to be a part of the College of Business as well as becoming a global entrepreneur in the future as well. My business will be using the $5,000 loan we were approved for in order to order more products to hopefully wholesale to local companies in order for them to sell the Butler Bed Buddy as well!

 

My group members and I after we presented this morning!

My First NBA Game

Unlike most of my regular Tuesdays, today was pretty extraordinary due to the fact that I was more productive today alone than I usually find myself to be on my off days on Tuesday and Thursday where I usually only have once class. Today was different, though – my only class was canceled, and I was still incredibly productive! I was able to edit a total of 15 pages of the final copy of the business plan for my business group, Butler Bed Buddy, and I met in several different meetings as well as working on my final presentation that is on Thursday for my business group.

Besides usual school work and whatnot, I actually got to attend my first NBA game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – and I got to see the Indiana Pacers play the Cleveland Cavaliers!

Our original seats...in the middle of the upper balcony. Ick!

The game was overall great, and while initially my friends from Alpha Kappa Psi I went with didn’t get great seats, a few of us actually moved down to the lower level by sneaking down there! We were able to sit in the lower level through the entire second half of the game, which the Pacers actually won after coming back from being down around 20 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter! Overall, it was definitely a great experience for my first NBA game, and I can’t wait to go back again!

Where we ended up moving to in the lower level..it was awesome!

 

Crunch Time

The title of this blog says it all – it’s “crunch time.” There’s ~1 month until my freshman year is over, and it’s all gone by WAY too fast! I cannot believe it, either! It just seemed like I blinked once in September, and here I am in April now. I’m currently in the process of taking my last midterms – 2 today, actually (in Business Law & Business Calculus… :( ) – and then I’ll be preparing for my final exams!

My classes this semester have definitely been a lot more in-depth & business oriented, which has been great, and I can’t wait to further more into my concentration of International Business! I haven’t taken an IB class yet, but I can’t wait to actually start with it. Speaking of “business oriented,” my business law class has really grown on me a lot this semester. In the beginning, I didn’t really care for it because it seemed more like a history class, but as time has progressed I have really began to pick up interest & try my best to participate even more in class willingly. Hopefully my exams today go well, but I do feel pretty prepared for them so that definitely is a plus! Studying to music has been my best study habit thus far, and I’ve really found myself listening to really up-beat / electronic music in order to study, especially Krewella’s (not de Vil) latest song on repeat. If you haven’t heard of them, listen to this song! They’re from Chicago, and they produce really good music!

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Music Festival Galore

Although spring is technically here calendar wise, spring weather is right around the corner! With spring also comes a variety of different music festivals, too. I find myself to be a big concert-goer, and I take advantage of a good show anytime I can. Like Andre said in one of his most recent posts, the Lollapalooza lineup was recently released, and I wish more than anything that I could go! Unfortunately it’s in the middle of summer, and I live about 9ish hours from Chicago, and it just ultimately wouldn’t be worth it for how much I’d have to scalp tickets for.

There are several good festivals that I’m actually considering going to, which are closer than Chicago. I really would love to attend the Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware, but it’s about the same distance from my house as Chicago is, so it wouldn’t really be worth it, either! I’m probably going to be attending the Bunbury Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. It includes bands such as FUN., MGMT, The National, Walk the Moon, and more! MGMT is who I’m most excited for, because I saw FUN. when they toured with Paramore and opened for them in 2010. Here are a few of the songs that I became addicted to when I (and most people) first got addicted to MGMT. Check them out!

Kids – MGMT

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Electric Feel – MGMT

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5K’s for Fun

As a whole, society has really pushed itself towards getting active, fit, and having fun at the same time. This can be said for multiple reasons – whether it’s to prevent disease, inspired by a family member or friend, or heck – why not – to get ready for the next apocalypse (whatever that may be). Society has really gone far for running 5ks & marathons just for personal health, though – people run for fun, now!

I don’t necessarily blame them, either. I’ve come up with a list of 3 different 5Ks I plan on doing for fun, and the best part is that they’re all themed! From what I can tell, the Color Me Rad 5K was the first that I remember surfacing that made me say, “Man, I really want to do that!” There are several variations of it now, too, so if you can’t get into one of them you should definitely check out the Graffiti Run or the Color Run as well.

While those seem fun and all, on my list of 3 the Color Me Rad tour is probably my third preference on the 5Ks I’d prefer to do. There are two other ones that really sparked my interest – titled Run For Your Lives – and it’s Zombie themed. How it’s worked is that you start out with 3 “lives,” or flags, and you try to get to the finish line without your flags being taken from your belt by a zombie, or a person that registered not to run, but to take flags from people instead. It’s an obstacle course as well, challenging the runner to get through as well. And there’s a big celebration at the end of it, too! Check out the promotional video below, and you’ll see why this is my first choice!

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The second 5K I plan on doing is called the Electric Run, which is essentially just a giant rave / 5K. It takes place at night, and it seems like it’d be incredibly fun as well. There is a giant celebration party at the end of it, too, and it just seems like it’d be a lot of fun to be a part of as well! Check out the promotional video as well!

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