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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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Archive: September 2012

Sometimes the road gets tough, I don’t know why

First and foremost- HAPPY FRIDAY! I’m SO thankful it’s finally Friday, because I had a rough, yet interesting week. From exams to papers and assignment due left and right, I cannot wait to just relax…which won’t happen until Sunday. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, because I have my “Get Real” event on Saturday.

The “Get Real” event is hosted by the College of Business for the introductory business course that all business majors take. Basically what it is, is an adventure course consisting of high-ropes and low-ropes courses used to create a team-bonding experience/atmosphere. We have to do it as a class because we’re required to write a business plan by the end of the semester, therefore we are going to see how well we work together as a team. I enjoy my team members and I’m very interested to see as to how well we work together in a physical environment. It’ll be interesting.

After the event, I’m going with a bunch of friends on Saturday night to a “Sk80′s” event that SGA is hosting where everyone is supposed to dress up in 80′s clothing and we’re going roller skating. It’s going to be an interesting night considering I don’t own a single item of clothing that looks vintage; I’m more into it because my friends are dressing up and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

P.s. The title is just a Lana Del Rey lyric, nothing in particular. She’s the top played artist on my iTunes right now…haha. Check her out, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Lana Del Rey taking the top 4 spots, actually.

7 Quick Steps to Baking a Cake – Ross Hall Style

Okay, this goes back to one of my first posts discussing how I love to be one of those people who throws surprise parties instead of having one thrown for myself. Yesterday was my friend Whitney’s birthday, so a few friends and I decided to throw a party/bake a cake for her birthday! I also documented our experience via pictures, and will break down the easiest way to make a good cake while lacking the “proper” resources to do so in pictures.

  • Ingredients Necessary – 2 Betty Crocker “Shake ‘n Pour” Confetti Cupcake Mix bottles. Just because it says “cupcake” doesn’t mean it won’t make for a good cake…because it did! Icing and sprinkles are a nice touch, too, but any kind will do.
Cake Mix

Step 1 - Assemble Ingredients

Step 2 - Add water to "Shake 'n Pour" ....and shake.

Step 3 - Pour batter into pan. (& then enjoy the leftover cake batter of course)

Step 4 - Bake! We baked ours in my resident hall's kitchen for about 35 minutes.

Step 5 - Pull cake from oven and let cool.

Step 6 - Add icing & smooth it after it cools for about an hour.

Step 7 - Enjoy! Happy Birthday, Whitney!

The cake came out really good, and even though it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing sight to see, it tasted delicious! And all we had to purchase was the icing, the shake and pour mix, and the pan, which we got all of it for about $10 from Marsh. I was please, and Whitney was as well.

Thanks for reading!

My…obsessions?

To give you a little more insight on who I am and what I do (when I’m not doing homework), I figured I’d make a list of my favorite items/things to do. I’m always on the go, whether I’m aimlessly walking around campus or if my friends are going somewhere off campus, I always jump at the opportunity to go with them and explore what I haven’t yet.

Here are a few things that I really, really enjoy, and probably will for the next four years:

  • Fossil (brand) – I love love LOVE everything about Fossil- from watches, clothing, and leather pieces, I own it all…..almost. But seriously…I own 6 watches (so far), a leather watch box, a leather camera case, a leather valet tray, several wallets, a pair of shoes, several jackets / sweaters, jeans, t-shirts, and button-ups. It helps that I was employed by Fossil to not only fuel this obsession by allowing me to purchase all of the clothing with money I earned, but by also giving me a nice discount, too! Fossil’s products are high-quality and will definitely last…who could argue with a guaranteed 11-year warranty on all of their watches? My obsession has calmed down since I lost my discount because I came to school…but it’ll pick back up when I got home for breaks!
  • Concerts - Back in Knoxville, there were always a bunch of concerts to go to…but it’s definitely not as popular of a destination as Indianapolis is for concerts. Over the past four years alone I’ve seen so many different artists, including some of my favorites such as Passion Pit, Lights, Relient K, Fun., Jack’s Mannequin (which is now just Andrew McMahon), and many more. While I’m in Indy, though, I do plan on seeing several other artists that I have yet to see, including Matt & Kim, Pretty Lights, and I do plan on attending the Life in Color (Dayglow) tour stop in Indy. I’m sure there will be a lot more shows this upcoming year I plan on attending, too!
  • Mountain Hardwear - For some reason most people in the Midwest don’t know what Mountain Hardwear is, and that’s just so unbelievable to me. I just purchased my first Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man jacket back in March with money I received for my birthday, and didn’t really get to wear it much then because it was getting warmer back home, and now I’m finally getting a chance to wear it because it’s getting cold again! I only own one Monkey Man jacket in grey so far, but I’m definitely pleased and plan on purchasing another one in red, and maybe even one more in black because they’re just so warm/comfortable.
Fossil Watches

My watch collection....to date. More to come.

There are definitely a lot more things I “enjoy,” but this is just a short list. Plus, I have a cake to bake…more to come tomorrow about that! Happy Monday!

The Price is RIGHT!

Like Andre posted before, The Price is Right is coming to Butler next month, and I couldn’t be any more EXCITED! It’s cheesy, but The Price is Right brings back so many good memories of when I was back home and how my grandmother and I always talked about how we were going to be on the show one day. Although she’s back in Tennessee and won’t be able to come up for it, my friends and I got floor seats courtesy of SGA! I certainly plan on calling her while the show is going on so she knows what exactly is happening, even if she is watching!

A group of friends and I plan on coordinating what we’re wearing, which will probably be just jeans and shirts we got from welcome week that say B(U) Welcome Week 2012 just so we all match. Look for us in the crowd; there will be about 10 of us, and I’m sure we’ll be going crazy even if we don’t get picked to be a part of one of the games!

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Greek Life

Call me crazy, but before I made it to Butler, I only jokingly ever threw around the idea of “Going Greek.” I didn’t ever think of Greek life as an opportunity for me, but once I got here, my opinions changed pretty quickly. It was clear when I got on campus that Greek life had pretty wide influence on campus, and not necessarily just social fraternities and sororities. There are also fraternities that deal with different majors/colleges on campus, including Alpha Kappa Psi, which I had mentioned before is the professional business fraternity. There’s really a “fraternity” for different perspectives around campus. Some are based on majors, including education, pharmacy, and performing arts, and there are also several honorary and service fraternities. Because these “fraternities” aren’t necessarily social fraternities, they aren’t just for men; women can join sever of them, too!

Today I received an email from a guy that’s a part of the Phi Delta Theta chapter at Butler, and I set up an interest meeting tomorrow with him and he’s also going to give me a house tour in order for me to see what Phi Delta Theta is truly about. I’m pretty excited to get to know more about the fraternity and the brothers that are a part of the organization.

I also received a bid from Alpha Kappa Psi today! I made it past the first interview, which was yesterday, and now I get to continue on with rush and get to know more about this fraternity, too. Because Alpha Kappa Psi isn’t a part of the same type of fraternity organization, I’m also allowed the opportunity to get to know and potentially rush to be a part of Phi Delta Theta. It all might sound confusing (because it was at first..trust me), but I’m starting to get used to it. I can’t wait to find out more about both fraternities, and I will definitely post more about them when I find more out!

Sky Zone

My friend Jensey and I at Sky Zone!

Thanks for reading! Here’s a picture of my friend Jensey and I at Sky Zone last week, which was a blast! And also, here’s a song that’s been stuck in my head lately. Enjoy!

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A Month in Review – Where am I now?

As I’m sitting in Gallahue Hall (the science building on campus) studying for my urban ecology and algebra exams that are coming up, the sun started to set. It was the first time I’ve actually watched the sun go down, and Gallahue is one of the best spots to watch it because it has so much natural lighting (most of the buildings on campus do though). Anyways, as the sun was going down I started reminiscing on times back home and the memories I’ve made at Butler so far.

Sunset

The Sunset at Gallahue Hall

I truly feel at home here, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me. It’s hard to think that I’ve been in college a month already, and let me tell you-it’s been the best month of my life. Really what I’m trying to say is, is that choosing Butler has been the best decision I’ve ever made. Butler has so much to offer- over 140 student organizations, 15 fraternities and sororities, and an abundance of intramural/club sports. At the moment I’m really interested in joining Alpha Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Theta, College Democrats, and probably playing intramural table tennis. I still have plenty of time to decide, and that’s one of the best things about being in college.

This past weekend was great. I went to both Sky Zone and Fiesta Indianapolis, but I’ll save blogging about both events for next time. Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone has a great week!

It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta Get Down on Friday

It’s FRIDAY! I love Friday’s on campus. Everyone’s incredibly happy that it’s the weekend, and there’s always a bunch of stuff going on. Besides studying for a few exams I have next week, this weekend I plan on really just relaxing. Tonight I’m going on a trip to Sky Zone that SGA, which is an indoor trampoline park. I’ve never been to anything like it, so I’m really excited to check it out. If you don’t know what Sky Zone is, here’s a video that will give you a good idea what about 70 college students will be doing tonight!

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Other than that, I will be studying for both my Urban Ecology and Algebra exams all day Saturday that I have on Monday and Tuesday. I’m not necessarily sure what to expect, but I’m going to study hard and try my best for an A! I might take a break and venture off campus to visit Irish Fest since SGA is also sponsoring a shuttle to both that and Fiesta Indianapolis tomorrow.

Happy Friday, all!

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Sweater weather is better weather.

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, fall is FINALLY here! It’s also come a lot sooner in Indy than it would if I were back in Tennessee-that’s for certain. I woke up this this morning and was shocked when I saw that it was 52 degrees at 8:30…but I’m loving it! Fall is my favorite season of the year, and it’s absolutely the BEST time to visit campus! The first time I visited Butler was last October, and as soon as I arrived on campus I knew that I would spend my next four years here…and here I am! Today I’m wearing jeans and a thermal and I feel so comfortable/warm; I almost just want to curl up and watch a movie instead of going to my next class!

Speaking of classes- I’m loving my classes and class schedule. This is what my week looks like for the most part:

  • FYS : Scary Stories – The Metaphor of a Zombie. - Yes, my FYS, which part of Butler’s CORE Curriculum, is about Zombies, but it’s also so much more at the same time. The class is very philosophical which is difficult to understand unless you’re actually in the class. I’m glad to be with the group of people I am with in the class as well as having such an awesome professor!  This class will probably be talked about a lot in future posts just because it keeps me always questioning things & on the edge of my seat.
  • NW: Urban Ecology - This class is about the ecology of not only Butler but also the entire city of Indianapolis (which is really interesting once analyzed). Everything we do in the lecture part of class we always follow up with a hands-on lab, and so far we’ve explored the city of Indianapolis and the Holcomb Gardens and I’ve only had the lab twice! This class also part of Butler’s CORE curriculum.
  • Algebra - Okay, so as part of the College of Business I’m only required to take Business Calculus….if I had tested into it. So my algebra class is basically a preparatory class and I’ll take Business Calculus next semester.
  • EI 101 : Freshman Business Experience - This is my favorite class by far not only because it’s a business class but it’s also the introduction to my major-once they finalize it-Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The class is very team-oriented and I’ve met a lot of people with similar interests that I have in the class, which is what college is about, right?

That’s all of my classes for the semester. It might not seem like much, but it is 14 hours and my adviser and I felt that 14 hours was a good amount for my first semester of college.

There’s a lot of stuff happening on campus lately. This past Friday my friends and I attended the Chiddy Bang show at Clowes which was a BLAST! My friend Whitney and I got separated from the rest of our group, but we ended up sitting in the very middle of the eighth row so getting separated wasn’t that big of a deal for me at least.

Chiddy Bang Concert

Chiddy Bang really knows how to put on a show!

There’s a lot more stuff going on campus soon, but I’m gonna save that for another post because I have to run to class. Have a great day, everyone, and I hope the weather is as enjoyable where you are as it is here on campus!

Today’s the day!

Actually, today isn’t necessarily the day of anything significant. In fact, it’s quite the opposite (for myself at least). First and foremost, I want to reintroduce myself and let you know a little more about who I am, and who I’ve become in the last two weeks alone, before I go on about my day. My name’s Austin, and I’m a freshman in the College of Business as a Business Exploratory major until the newest major, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, is approved by the university. I like to take pictures in my spare time, and I’m usually aimlessly wandering around campus looking for new places to study. So far I’ve really enjoyed studying in the Ruth Lilly Science Library, which is tucked away in the corner of the Holcomb Building. It has so much natural lighting, as you can see here.

 

A cloudy view during my study session at the Ruth Lilly Science Library yesterday.

Anyways, like I said earlier in my post, today isn’t necessarily the day for anything in particular. Today was more over a lazy day for me because it’s the first day since I moved on campus that I didn’t have a single meeting to attend! I’ve also been really productive. I’ve done some homework at the library (of course), went to the Castleton Square Mall with a few friends, and I’m now finishing up some late-night laundry while finishing the rest of my homework. It’s been a good night!

Looks like my laundry’s finished, but I’m gonna leave you guys with another song to celebrate Butlerpalooza…which is TOMORROW! For those of you who don’t know, Butlerpalooza is an annual music festival that SGA helps put on and both Smash Mouth AND Chiddy Bang are performing! I couldn’t be even more excited for the show! Enjoy!

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Rain, rain, go away.

Today, like most days for the past week, it rained on campus. I like rainy days occasionally, but campus isn’t as lively as I’d like for it to be on rainy days! Also, I have discovered that I don’t own appropriate rain “gear” to make it in Indiana. I guess I’m not really that prepared for the rain here is because in Tennessee the rain water is constantly flowing…but Tennessee also has a lot more hills than Indiana. So when campus floods, I’m usually drenched and my shoes are SOAKED because the campus is flat, but I’m slowly beginning to learn the Indiana/Butler ways of life.

Although I’m not a huge fan of rain, the campus is always prettier right after a rain shower…always. Yesterday was the nicest it has been on campus in a while, so my friend Jensey and I took advantage of it and laid around in her hammock! We hung it up right outside of Atherton Union in between two trees. I had never actually laid in a hammock before, either, and I’m not sure if that’s strange, but I hope not! Regardless, it was INCREDIBLE!

My friend Jensey and I just "hanging out"

 

Dr. Johnson, Butler’s Vice President for Student Affairs, stopped by while my friends Katie and Jensey were laying in it and took their picture, and he even posted it on his Twitter! He loved the fact that we were all relaxing while studying, or attempting to at least. Anyways, the hammock was amazing, and we can’t hang in it when it’s raining outside, so I’m looking forward to finding more great spots to “hang out” around campus when it gets nicer!

As for now, I will leave you guys with one of my favorite songs by my favorite band Passion Pit. Coincidentally, my neighbors were just blasting it, so I’m gonna have to stop by and compliment them on their music taste. Take a listen, enjoy, and have a great afternoon!

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