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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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Roommate Haircuts

As everyone knows, college students carry the stereotype as being “broke college students.” Well, I have proven this stereotype to be true to all of the guys in my unit when my roommate practically almost shaved my head last Tuesday. I never got the chance to blog about it due to the chaotic week I had last week, which is why I practically fell off the side of the earth!

Anyways, my roommate shaved my head in the community bathroom of my unit for the second time on Tuesday. He cut my hair last time, too, and he actually did a pretty good job! Here’s what was left of my hair prior to cutting it….

The evidence of what was left…

Unfortunately, it was 15 degrees Wednesday morning…so walking around with no hair was miserable. I was so cold, and the little hair I had left was frozen! It was cold, but I feel like my hair looks a lot nicer when it’s shorter.

My First Chicago Experience

Unlike most people at Butler, I had never been to Chicago prior to this past weekend…and it was AMAZING. I loved it, and I would definitely go back if I had the chance. It was definitely one of the nicest, most charming cities I’d ever been to, and I can’t wait to go back.  I got to stay in the Palmer House Hilton, which was beautiful, for the annual Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity’s Principle Business Leadership Institute (PBLI). Both were awesome, and I got to meet a bunch of people from all over the Midwest at other schools who were awesome.

We also got to walk around Millennium Park which was beautiful. I got to see the bean and a bunch of other “tourist” sights. It was incredible, and I especially loved Michigan Avenue. I do plan on going back and shopping at the Magnificent Mile the next opportunity I get!

The face!

The bean!

My Valentine’s “Date”

Happy Friday! First and foremost, I did not actually have an official date this Valentine’s Day, therefore my best friend Emily and I went out to dinner together because she didn’t have one, either. But like a regular date/Valentine’s Day, I surprised her with flowers! She was really shocked, but loved them. I forgot to buy a vase to go along with them so we had to use a Marco’s cup as a vase. This is the way it turned out:

I did good, right?

Although the Marco’s cup takes away from it, I still think I did alright. After my Chinese class last night we went to dinner at Olive Garden! Olive Garden is LITERALLY my favorite restaurant! We had a blast, and ended up coming back to Butler and she helped me with my laundry! It wasn’t such a bad holiday for either of us after all!

A Very Parks & Recreation Valentine’s Day

Thursday is Valentine’s Day, and although I don’t necessarily have a Valentine’s Date – well, except for a friend date with my best friend Emily – I’m going to celebrate by giving out cards!

Valentine’s Day makes me feel very nostalgic. I remember back home when it was Valentine’s Day in elementary school that we would pass out Valentine’s Day cards in class and it was great getting a personal “card” (always premade ones, usually spongebob or something – you get the point) from every in the class as well as giving out personal cards to everyone else, too. This Valentine’s Day I do want to do this once again with the friends I’ve made at Butler – except for this time with humorous Valentine’s Day cards from Parks and Recreation! I found a variety of these online, whether it be through Instagram or Tumblr, there are a ton of great cards that bring back a lot of memories, too! Although these are from Parks and Recreation, there are some other cards I plan on giving out to my closest friends – you should use some of these, too, if you like the show!

 

Now there are honestly plenty of other ones I would use, too, but I just have a new-found love of Parks and Recreation so all of these are completely appropriate.  I’ll probably spend most of my free time on Thursday catching up to where the season is now, but I don’t know anyone who has watched it that doesn’t love it! If you haven’t watched it, YOU NEED TO. That is all.

Dick’s Last Resort

On Friday, a group of my best friends and I got together to celebrate my best friend Emily’s birthday at a new restaurant downtown – called Dick’s Last Resort. This isn’t your typical restaurant, though. We showed up and were greeted by a group of hosts, hostesses, waiters, and more who were all screaming and having a good time, so we knew it was going to be a good time.

When we sat down, our waitress came up (wearing a pink tutu over her jeans) and pretty much screamed at us trying to figure out what we wanted to order. When she brought our drinks back, she just casually threw straws at my friend Kerry who was sitting beside me to intentionally hit her. They also tied plastic bibs around all of our necks, too! The thing is with this restaurant is that their purpose is to be mean, rude, and crude – but in a fun way. When we told the waitress it was my friend Emily’s birthday, she made her a hat that specifically said “high maintenance birthday girl” and got her this giant high chair to sit on, and made her eventually get up on stage and dance in front of everyone in the restaurant – it was HILARIOUS!

Going to the restaurant was a fun experience, and it just opened in downtown Indy – right next to Circle Centre. There are also other restaurants in Chicago, Myrtle Beach, and Gatlinburg! I’ve been to the original one in Myrtle Beach, and I live near Gatlinburg and have been to that one as well – they were both a blast, and the one in Indy is, too. I definitely recommend checking it out if you want to laugh and have a good time with friends!

My friend Emily sitting in her high chair!

Indiana “Weather”

Well, as a newly Indiana resident as of this year, I can now (like everyone else on campus) that Indiana weather is seriously insane. I thought that Tennessee weather was crazy, going from 20 one day to 50 the next, but that’s the case here. Today the weather was SO nice, but unfortunately I couldn’t take advantage of it. I had too much homework and other responsibilities, but hopefully spring will be coming around soon!

The weather has been getting me fairly upset recently, though. I’ve really been missing sunshine and sunny weather and everything that is summer. Last week when it was in the upper-50s, I took advantage of it and even wore shorts! There were a good amount of people wearing shorts and spring clothing on campus today, and someone was even laying out on the mall studying. I decided it was a great opportunity for a photo-op, too, so here is a photo of the mystery student.

The student is to the right, just lounging out on the mall.

#BraveryWins – The Super Bowl

As everyone knows, Super Bowl Sunday is a time for hanging out with friends and family, enjoying great food, watching an okay game of football (depending on who’s playing; I didn’t particularly care for either teams this year), the half time performance, and last – but not least – the commercials! My family isn’t a huge football family, but we usually watch the Super Bowl just because of everything else it entails. This year, Beyoncé KILLED the half-time show! I thought it was epic, and probably one of the better ones yet!

In particular, this year’s commercials were a lot better than the ones prior. I don’t necessarily look for the commercials that are the funniest or the most vulgar, but more over the one’s that stand out to me. This year, Audi takes the cake for the “Best Commercial” in my opinion. I love Audi cars, personally, and this commercial was just really well done and was executed really nicely. Check it out here.

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Another commercial I really liked was Jeep‘s Half-Time show ad, titled “Whole Again.” This commercial was a nice piece leading from the half-time performance into commercials again, and it had a lot of meaning to go with it, too. Check it out here, too!

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FF: Spring Break

In my last blog post, I talked about how I joined the ZipCar program on Butler’s campus, and it’s honestly been the best choice I’ve made since deciding to come here. Today I made a trip to Cincinnati with my friend Emily to pick up one of my friends from home. We started our trip at 7AM, and it ended back at Butler around 11AM. It was a really fast trip, really, and it’s the longest distance I’ve ever drove in one setting, but it was fun!

This entire program has gotten me really excited for my spring break, which actually starts on my birthday (March 8th)! Although I’m not leaving on the 8th, my friend Emily and I are heading to either Washington D.C. or to New York City, and if we do make it to the “Big Apple,” we’re hopefully going to see the Atlantic 10 Championship in Brooklyn. I’m incredibly excited for Spring Break in general, though, because I just love travelling all together.

Speaking of my best friends, here's a picture of Emily, Nicole, and I from an ugly sweater party we attended!

My First “ZipTrip”

What’s a “ZipTrip,” you may ask? Well, a ZipTrip is known as a trip you take from renting a ZipCar, which is a program here on Butler’s campus. A ZipCar is a car that you can rent for an hour, multiple hours, a day, or multiple days for a charge when joining the ZipCar program, which I joined because I don’t have a car.

I joined the ZipCar program when I got back on campus earlier this semester and finally got my “ZipCard,” which is a card which unlocks and locks the car from a sensor on the window, and the keys are in the car which you use to start it. There are two ZipCars on campus, too, which are a Honda InSight and a Ford Focus, and I chose the InSight (only because it was the only one available; I prefer Fords).

For my first ZipTrip, I drove downtown to Circle Centre Mall in order to return a pair of shoes, and then to Regions to my bank. I only rented the car for only an hour and a half for about 14$, and it’s only about 8$ an hour! It’s incredibly convenient, and it comes with gas and insurance which comes a part of the membership. I definitely plan on taking more ZipTrips throughout the year, too, and would recommend the program to anyone!

The two ZipCars that are available on Butler's campus!

“Spring” Semester of a Business Major

Happy FRIDAY! The second week of the semester is over now, and everything is pretty much in full swing. I’m really starting to get the hang of all of my classes, too, even though I haven’t gotten all of my books from the bookstore yet (you can buy awesome Butler apparel here that you can’t find in store, too). For the most part I am doing well, too, besides the fact that I’m horrible at foreign languages! My class schedule looks like this, too.

  • FYS 102 - Scary Stories - This class is pretty much a continuation of my year-long FYS that’s a part of Butler’s CORE curriculum. It’s pretty philosophical, too, and I really enjoy it.
  • LE 263 - Legal Environment of Business – This class is a mix between a history course and a business course (obviously). It’s pretty much the introductory course to business law.
  • MA 125 - Business Calculus – Self explanatory. It’s also horrible, too.
  • EI 201 - Real Business Experience – In this course I’m responsible to actually create a business and run it for about a month for a chance to make a profit! Any profits that are made are also split to however many people help with the business.
  • CN 101 – Beginning Chinese – Self explanatory again. This class is actually really fun. I took Latin in high school and never really got the chance to learn a language that can be spoken, but I have so far. My Chinese name is 柯德威, which means noble power & virtue. In English it’s written like Ke De wei.

That’s it for not. While thinking back on these first two weeks of the second semester, it’s really making me miss the first two weeks of the first semester. Welcome Week was by far one of the best weeks of my life, and I had so much fun. In honor of Welcome Week, I found this video on YouTube posted by the Office of Admission and it’s a variety of film clips from Welcome Week that’s getting me really excited for the Class of 2017! Check it out!

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