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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: November 2012

Where has the time gone?

It’s Tuesday night, and I’m sitting in Irwin attempting to write a paper for my FYS and then study for a precalc exam I have on Friday. Today, I completed my final presentation for my Urban Ecology class, and I also completed the last step of the pledge process for Alpha Kappa Psi, which was the fraternal exam. The pledge process has lasted all semester, and initiation is this Sunday!

It’s just incredibly hard for me to handle all of this at once. I can’t believe it’s less than two weeks until finals, and then I’ll be done with my first semester of college. It’s definitely bittersweet – I’m thankful that I’m getting into new classes next semester, but it’s also going to get more in depth for my major(s) (if I ever decide what I want to do within business) and I’ll be going my own direction.

I do plan on doing a vlog this week and uploading it. It’ll be the first one I’ve ever done, so keep an eye out for that! Oh, and if you haven’t seen Rotnei Clarke’s incredible last-second shot of the Butler-Marquette game last week at the Maui Invitational, I’ve uploaded it here as well. It was definitely an incredible shot. Go dawgs!

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Thanksgiving Break

Well, unfortunately, it is Saturday. Usually that’s not an unfortunate thing, but after being off campus and out of class all week it is unfortunate due to having to get back to campus tomorrow! It’s really bittersweet, because I’m glad to get back and only have two weeks before finals, but at the same time they’re going to be an incredibly hard two weeks. I can’t even begin to explain the amount of papers, projects, and reviews I have to do in the next three weeks. How I’ll get through the next few weeks is completely beyond me, but ready or not it’s about to begin!

This past week has been great. I spent a few days in Washington D.C. again, came home on Tuesday for the first time in over three months, visited all of my amazing family, and also ate a lot of amazing food. My mom’s birthday was coincidentally on Thanksgiving this year, so it was extra special! My favorite food by far was Pumpkin Pie; it’s the best. I did have to work on Black Friday from 8AM – 4PM at J. Crew, which was hard after shopping until 3AM that night but I managed. My best Black Friday deal was definitely buying a pair of Lucky jeans for only $11! It was great, but it’s time to get this show on the road!

Here’s a video that already has 1+ million views uploaded today of people fighting over deals last night at Black Friday. Thankfully I didn’t witness anything, though!

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I guess you could call it an epiphany,

As I’m sitting here, listening to the conversations around me “Oh, you’re flying to Atlanta, too?” “Yeah, it’s just a connection though. I’m flying to Minneapolis.” “Oh! I’m connecting and then flying to Houston!” I can’t help but wonder – what caused this? How can I sit here in one place now, and then in two hours be sitting somewhere 600 miles away, only waiting to be 600 miles further away yet again? How did the world become this connected?

I do love this concept, though. I’ve been tossing around the idea of staying connected, and I can’t wait for my future – not necessarily that I want to rush the next few years of college, but for the fact that I love being connected and being a part of something bigger. I’ve recently decided that I do want to double major in International Business & Marketing, and this has been brought on by the thought of maintaining a network with the expanding global economy and society. The world is growing and changing, and I want to be a part of it on the front line. That sounds really cheesy, but I’ve always loved the idea of International Business.

What brought on this “epiphany” is the fact that I’m currently sitting in an airport – waiting for my AirTran flight back to Atlanta, and then further onto Washington D.C. You could say that I’m obsessed with the city, or with flying, but I can’t help it. It gives me such an adrenaline rush. I do plan on studying abroad with my International Business degree, but I also plan on doing the Semester in Washington program that Butler sponsors.

That’s all the time I have for now, but I actually will only be in D.C. only temporarily – until Tuesday – and then I’ll be home for Thanksgiving. It will be the first time I actually get to be home in over three months. Here’s a song appropriate to flying, but also what got me through to 6AM this morning when writing a paper. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Part 1.5

Yeah, so my last blog post I said I’d make a part two to it and yeah…I have yet to be able to find the time to actually make that possible. This has been the craziest week of my life on campus, and I’ve averaged probably 4 hours of sleep every night just because I have so much stuff going on.

With that being said, you could probably assume that I’m more than ready for Thanksgiving break. I’m not necessarily ready for what stands between myself and Thanksgiving break, though…today alone I have to work from 5-7, meet with my business group from 7-7:30, go to the Speakers Lab from 7:30-8 for my FBE presentation, and take my final exam as a pledge for Alpha Kappa Psi from 8-9. Between now and 5, I have to finish my part of the presentation as well as work on a paper I have due tomorrow for my 9AM class, AS WELL AS study for an exam I have tomorrow for my business class. Tonight’s not looking that promising for sleep for me as well, considering all I have to do.

Oh, and I let my roommate practically shave my head yesterday. That was…interesting. It’s not all gone, but it is mostly. I’ll have pictures of that within the next few days, though!

And what better way is there to look forward to Thanksgiving break than to watch the opening of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, right? Enjoy!

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A day in the life of a Butler student (part 1)

Okay, so this will be the first part of a two part blog that I’ve been planning on doing. This part will consist of just a daily breakdown of how a typical day of my life consists, and how busy/entertaining college actually has been for me.

  • 3:49AM – The time I went to bed last night. I know, due to the fact that I sent a text message and fell asleep right after. I stayed up due to a large amount of homework / a presentation I had to finish.
  • 8:15AM – My alarm went off. This is the usual time M/W/F. I got up and got in the shower. 8:40AM – I ran to ResCo and get breakfast before class.
  • 9:00AM – My FYS class. Today a group consisting of 5 other people in my class and I had to give a 30 slide PowerPoint Presentation over “zombie” economics. Ick. Class was dismissed at 9:49AM; it was snowing as I was on my way to my 10AM PreCalc class!
  • I left my PreCalc class and headed back to ResCo to sit with a few of my friends who wanted to eat lunch, and even captured this screenshoot on my phone in order to prove that it was snowing at 11:15AM.

Proof of the snow. Sort of. It was 70 degrees, yesterday.
  • It’s 12:33PM, and I’m getting ready to pack up my stuff and head to my 1PM FBE, or Freshman Business Experience class. After class, I plan on staying over to work with my business group on our business plan for the Top Dawg Business Plan competition, which is what FBE is based around. That probably won’t be finished until about 3:30PMish. Who knows…
  • I plan on running to Starbucks around 3:45PM to meet up with a friend, and then back to my room I’d say around 4:15PM to begin studying for an exam I have tomorrow in my Urban Ecology class. There’s a call-out meeting tonight for the BU Ski & Snowboard club at 7pm, I’m going to try to make it to that. And then back to my room to study some more and begin preparing for the other few exams I have this week.

My days are a lot more extensive than that, though. I usually have to fit in working from 5:30-9PM, but I just can’t today. I have so much going on that it’d cause so much stress and pain for the remainder of the week. The second part of this blog post will be a lot more…engaging. I’m hoping I can get to it this week, if not, I’ll have it by the end of the semester. It’s a surprise, though, so I can’t reveal what it is!

Oh, and I’ve had this song on repeat for the past 24 hours. It’s so good. I love both Calvin Harris & Florence Welch. Happy Monday!

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Windows 8 – The New Windows

First and foremost can I just say oh my………….that is all. I just the updated to the new Windows 8 yesterday and I’m so impressed with the new update. It’s seriously so innovative. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s truly incredible. I’m still learning a lot but I REALLY like it so far.

My personal start up screen for the new Windows. You can customize the tiles, colors, and even download applications now!

I’ve never really fallen into the whole Apple craze; I only have an iPod touch because it was given to me. Other than that I just really like the Windows look. It’s so classic, and now even better with all the new features. I’m still not fully used to it yet, but I know I’ll love it even more when I do get used to it!

Next Semester – Fast Forward

Today was the day that I FINALLY was able to register for next semester. It’s strange that my first semester of college is winding up, though. It’s all felt like one huge blur – but I’m ready for a new, fresh start.

This is a list of my classes for next semester:

  • FYS 102: Scary Stories – The Metaphor of a Zombie: This is just a continuation of my FYS that I’m currently taking this semester, which is about zombies. It’s a blast, and I really enjoy my professor and my entire class. It shouldn’t be too different.
  • MA 125: Business Calculus: Well, you can guess what this is about…
  • EI 201: Real Business Experience: This class is the second part to EI 101 Freshman Business Experience, which is what I’m currently in right now. Most people wait until sophomore year to take this course, but I wanted to get it out of the way this next semester.
  • PCA 241: Music in Action: This class is for my Perspective in the Creative Arts credit, which is part of the CORE curriculum at Butler. I don’t know much about it, but I’ll find out soon enough.
  • CN 101: Beginning Chinese: Well, yeah. I decided to take Chinese next semester because I think I’ve decided I want to major in International Business, which requires a foreign language. I’ve never been able to speak a foreign language (I took Latin in high school) so this will be really interesting.
  • MS 100: Basic Excel: Luckily this course I just take for the month of April due it it being only a one hour course. All business majors have to have excel, and I don’t have to officially until the end of the year!

Well, that’s my schedule. I’m at 17 hours for the semester, and it seems like a lot but I know I can do it. I’m currently taking 14 credit hours now, and it’s not that difficult. Registration might possibly be the most stressful part of college though. Oh well, at least that’s over with!

Day-by-day breakdown of my schedule for next semester. It's not that complicated- I swear!

Four More Years

This is what I wanted my first blog to be about of the week – the election. I’m SO thankful it’s over, and although I would have been content with either outcome of the election – I’m VERY pleased about the outcome! Barack Obama successfully clinched the re-election over Mitt Romney. I even donated money to attempt to get Obama reelected – and it did!

I have so many emotions running through my mind right now. I’m too excited to sleep. Sometimes I wish that Butler was a little bit more on the liberal side, but hey – it’s pretty moderate, and I can deal with that. This is a picture my friend sent me from the College Democrats of America chapter at Georgetown – they were watching live updates, and as soon as Obama tipped past 270 they all ran to the White House.

An Obama rally my friend attended tonight!

 

On a positive note – if you’re looking for a more politically moderate school, Butler is a good place to be. I have friends who are Republicans and I also have friends who are Democrat – it’s an even split. That’s just an inside look!

Oppa Gagnam Style

Okay, EVERYONE knows about Psy‘s music video “Gagnam Style,” obviously, but that’s besides the point – I’m recently becoming obsessed with watching parodies of other people doing the Gagnam Style dance. I truly laugh and smile like no other when watching these parodies – they’re some of the best parodies I’ve ever seen of anything.

My favorite one, by far, is MIT’s parody of it. It’s hysterical!

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My next favorite, by far, is the University of Oregon Duck parody of it.

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These seriously are two of the funniest parodies I could find, but I’m SURE I’ll find more. I’m thinking that I’m going to have to try and get others on board to do a Butler parody of it, especially with basketball season coming up it’d be great to incorporate that into it. Who’s with me?

The Struggle Bus

This is it – the last few weeks of the semester. It’s really strange to think about. It’s all been a whirlwind, truly, because it feels like just yesterday was move-in day. I’m feeling really nostalgic, yet really anxious at the same time; I’m not necessarily ready for this semester to end, but I’m more than ready for next semester to begin.

You see, I’m not one for routines. Or structure, for that matter. I enjoy being spontaneous, and this semester isn’t really that spontaneous to me. That’s why I guess I’ve hopped onto “the struggle bus.” I’m moreover stuck in the stage of B+ to A-/A range, and that’s how I’m struggling. I want more than anything to make As, yet I’m struggling to maintain the few point differences between to the two! I didn’t even take high school as seriously as I’m taking college, which makes me know that I could’ve done much better in high school. Oh well.

Oh, and today’s November 1st! Fun fact – a year ago today is when I submitted my Early Action application to Butler, and guess what? It paid off! It’s also family weekend this weekend, but mine isn’t coming up due to the drive (7ish hours) and the fact that they’ll be making the drive once again for Thanksgiving.  Neither really necessarily help with my nostalgic feelings currently, but it’s nice to reminisce from time to time! I’ll use this weekend to catch up on school work and movies on Netflix while all of my friends are out with their families!

My roommate Layne, my friend Jensey, two SOGs, and myself at the Play Fair during Welcome Week. Nostalgia at its finest.