As I’ve spent, well, really all of my winter break reflecting on how incredible 2012 has been for me, I can’t help but think of where I was this time last year. It was about this time that I had begun getting all of my acceptance letters from where I had applied to schools early including Butler, which was one of the first ones I received my acceptance from! (And as you can tell with the way things worked out- I’M HERE!)
Here’s a list of 4 things that I’m really grateful for and have helped improve my life for the better in the past 366 days.
- First and foremost, Butler University has been the single-handed greatest thing to happen to me this year. I have been blessed with so many opportunities within the university within the past semester alone, and I don’t even know where to begin stating how much I love the door college has opened for me.
- Not just my friends, but my family as well have dramatically changed my life this year. From the memories of my last semester of high school with completing my high school’s yearbook as editor-in-chief, the incredible memories I made with people over the summer, and also all of my new friends I’ve made have truly made this year something special. Even reconnecting with family members whom I had lost touch with have made this year more special than anything, and I can’t wait to make all of them proud as well.
- Traveling as much as I have this past year has truly been a privilege as well. Before 2012, I had never flown on an airplane – period. This year alone I’ve flown 10 different times to a variety of destinations, including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and Washington D.C.. Flying/traveling is a new passion I have discovered this year, and thus has inspired me to major in International Business.
- Believe it or not, working while being home has been a great experience, too. Being a student blogger for Butler has truly been a great experience, but also working for both J. Crew and Fossil have been blessings (and curses) for a variety of reasons. I’ve met great people at both places, and I’ve learned a lot more through business from both places that have really made me feel like I want to be a businessman in the future (as cheesy as that sounds).
This is just a short-and-sweet list, but I could go on for days about each topic and even further in-depth, but I won’t. 2012 has truly been the best year of my life, and I have incredibly high expectations to see where 2013 will take me! Happy New Year, all!
Pictures don't do justice how great this year truly has been.
Of course Christmas was a few days ago, but I feel like I’m missing out because all of my fellow bloggers live in the Midwest and I do not, meaning I do not get snow as often as they do….including this past blizzard in Indiana. All it’s been here in Tennessee is dark and dreary with no snow! This is fairly unusual because even last year, with how warm it was, it snowed. This video shows an accurate representation of the difference between how it was snowing in Indiana and actually how it was in Tennessee.
Okay, so I did not shoot this video, but someone was actually on their way to Tennessee and videoed the difference from Indiana and Tennessee. Where I live in Knoxville, it didn’t even snow at all like the video shows so I wish I could have at least seen that!
I’m thinking I may just do my very first vlog in a few days showing what I received for Christmas, so be on the lookout for that!
Okay, so in my household my mom finds it to be of her best interest to put all of our Christmas presents, including from “Santa,” to come at least a week early…..and I’m not joking. My mom put out so many presents a week early, and she still wasn’t done shopping so she ended up putting more out two days before Christmas.
- The first time Santa came was last Friday, and then he came again on Sunday night.
Even though my youngest sister is 17 and my mom leaves our presents before Christmas Eve, she still insists to put that our gifts are from “Santa.” While this is nice and reminds me of my childhood, it’d remind me a lot more if Santa left gifts the night of Christmas eve and not the week prior.
P.s. Mom – I love you!
Unless you don’t own some sort of calendar or for some reason just don’t know what the date is today, it is December 21st, which is the day the Mayan calendar “ends.” Yeah, we saw how well that worked out! I remember thinking of today when I was a kid in 4th or 5th grade and being terribly afraid of what to expect, and it’s just so crazy seeing how far I’ve come since then!
Speaking of the “end of the world,” Ke$ha’s new album Warrior (featuring Die Young) was just released a few weeks ago, and I’ve had it on repeat ever since being home. Warrior in particular is my favorite song, but I do really like all of the songs all together. Give it a listen, and I’d definitely recommend purchasing it because all of the songs are good!
P.s. – this was posted using my iPhone 5 yet again!
I, Austin, have officially conformed…..to team iPhone! I am actually one of the last members of my household to switch over to the iPhone, but I actually have the best one yet! My mom has the 4S while my dad still holds onto the iPhone 3G (yes, 3G…not even 3GS) as long as he can!
I purchased my white iPhone 5 the other day and I have yet to put it down! It’s truly an awesome phone, and I’m not honestly sure how I’ve gone all these years without owning one..but I own one now! If you have a chance to purchase one – I HIGHLY recommend it! They truly are easy to use….I even posted this blog using Safari from my phone!
My iPhone 5!
Well, well, well….the holiday season is upon us and today was my first day back at my summer/seasonal job back home at J. Crew! It was hectic, per usual, due to a good sale we were having (and I’m not just saying that) and all of the customers finishing up last-minute Christmas shopping.
I enjoy working at J. Crew not only because I get to help people buy awesome clothes, but I also get a discount on those awesome clothes! I get 30% off both at retail stores and factory stores as well. Most of the clothes I wear are from J. Crew, and I really wouldn’t have it any other way just because the clothes are really great and not a bad price with my discount!
Here’s one of my favorite songs from the band Discovery, which consists of both Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend and Wesley Miles from Ra Ra Riot. Personally, I think Discovery is better than both Vampire Weekend & Ra Ra Riot, but both members got really busy with both bands so there hasn’t been any new music released for quite some time….it’s quite disappointing.
Okay, finals week is officially here…….and I’m freaking out. I stayed up until 5AM last night writing and perfecting my final FYS paper, and got up at 8:45 to go eat breakfast with my roommate before I turned my paper in at 9:30. Needless to say, I was exhausted afterwards. I did have a nice talk with my FYS professor from about 9:30 – 10:15, though, and that’s one of the many things I’ve found to really enjoy about being at Butler is the fact that I can just talk to my professors about anything, even things not related to class.
I did end up taking a “nap” from about 10:30AM to 2:30PM today…so I feel a little bit better. I’m studying for my 8AM business final that’s tomorrow, and I’m not really sure if I’m prepared for it or not…
Other than that, I have two finals on Wednesday, and then I am done for the semester. I fly home for the semester break on Thursday, the 14th, and classes don’t start back again until January 14th! I have an entire month off, which I’m not really used to whatsoever. It’ll be a nice break though, and I’m really excited for it! Hopefully I can just get through finals first..
And like the other bloggers said before, we did have our Christmas party on Sunday and it was a BLAST! We made a gingerbread house…and then ate it, of course!
Butler Blogging Christmas Party!
It’s hard to believe…but finals week is practically upon us! Today is the last day of classes for the semester, and in all of my classes we’re reviewing for our finals i.e. final paper in my FYS, final exam in my pre-calculus class, and if the team who won the “Top Dawg” Competition from my class win the entire class, my business final is optional! Hopefully that happens, otherwise it will the hardest final I have.
Because it’s the week before finals, the university held a university-wide “stress-less” week, offering a bunch of stress relievers all week, including yoga classes, a camel-petting activity, and an art exhibit as well! I only got to partake in the camel-petting, which the story about that is behind when we had a lock-down several weeks back BUPD’s email autocorrected “canal” to say “camel,” and then it just developed from there…
This song, as well as the entire “xx” album by The xx, is the only thing getting my through studying for finals and finals weeks. Check them out – you won’t be disappointed!