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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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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.

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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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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Are we done yet?

Here it is- my obligatory “complain about homework” blog! Between this week and last week, I’ve had two mid terms and 3 papers to write…and it’s incredibly hard to get focused with all of this beautiful weather outside. I actually just got back my Urban Ecology exam on Monday and I made an 89 on it, which is completely surprising considering I’m a business major and can’t stand anything science related. I can’t complain much, though- the semester is half way over, and it’s only 23 days until Thanksgiving Break! (but who’s counting, eh?)

This week I have an algebra exam and a paper about zombies for my FYS due on Friday, as well as a short paper for my Urban Ecology class due tomorrow. I’ve been trying different ways and areas to study in, and I still haven’t found a good spot to study in and it’s been over two months since I’ve been on campus! I’ll figure it out soon enough.

I’ve discovered that I’m actually capable of doing homework while listening to music, and some of my favorite bands/artists to listen to while studying are M83, Lana Del Rey, The XX, and Imagine Dragons. Not necessarily sure why, but they just help me focus. This song in particular is one of my favorites by M83. You should check them out if you don’t know them!

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Back to Butler

Here I am again, late night blogging, but I’m back on campus after an awesome fall break! If you haven’t read my past few blogs, I spent my fall break with one of my best friends in Washington D.C. who attends Georgetown. While there, we explored every aspect of the city- from the monuments to the malls, we relied on the metro to get us from place to place when we decided we were sick of walking. We ended up in Arlington, Virginia on several occasions…sometimes on purpose, sometimes on accident.

The U.S. Capitol building at night!

The view of the Lincoln Memorial & Washington Monument from the bay.

Although I’ve been to Washington D.C. several times, I never get sick of seeing the Washington Monument. Unfortunately, it was gated off and closed due to an earthquake that caused cracks and damage to the monument. That was unfortunate, but it is being repaired!

When I got back to Indy this morning at about 11:30, campus was dead. I ended up taking I’d say a 5ish hour nap after unpacking and what not, and by the time I woke up at 6:30 it was a whole different world. Campus was filled with life once again, and everyone was preparing for the full work-week we have ahead of us. It’s great to be back on campus, though. Happy Monday, all!

So close, yet so far

It’s Monday- the week just began, but it’s a short week! Fall break is on Thursday and Friday, and I’ve not been so excited for a break since I don’t even remember. It’s not that far away, but it feels like it! The reason why I’m so excited, even though it’s a short break, I’m actually flying to Washington D.C. to visit my best friend from high school who goes to Georgetown. We’re going to go to different places, including the National Zoo and a variety of other monuments. I’m incredibly excited!

I also love love LOVE flying, and cannot wait to be up in the air again! I flew for the first time this past April to Salt Lake City, Utah, to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference, or ICDC for short. That was one of my greatest experiences in high school by far, and I definitely recommend the organization as a whole itself.  And also Salt Lake City was BEAUTIFUL. Here’s a picture I took when we landed, and there was still snow on the mountains!

View from the Salt Lake City International Airport

All in all, it was a great experience. Happy Monday, and here’s to a great week!

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!

Happy Labor Day! But wait, there’s more!

Today was a great day…and not just because I didn’t have class! Today I figured out how to log in to my blog (thanks to Andre!), and today is also my roommate’s birthday! If you’re anything like I am, then you love being the person to throw surprise parties instead of having one thrown for you. Throwing the surprise birthday party was so easy on Labor Day because he went out of town on Saturday and didn’t come back until this morning. With the help of some great friends I’ve made over the past few weeks (and a trip to Target) we were capable of making this magic happen in my room:

 

Surprise!

Also, here’s a quick glance at my room! Like you can see in this picture, I had and always have people in my room, whether it be from my closest friends to just random people who stop by the check out what’s going on in my room. My roommate was surprised by the room decorations, and he claims to enjoy them as well. I bought him a new wallet, and my friend Katie baked him a cake! We also ordered Chinese food for his birthday from a restaurant in the Glendale area named King Dragon. It was cheap AND good, and it fed six of my friends and I for $28! I’m not big into oriental food whatsoever, so I was thoroughly impressed by how good it was!

I would go on and on about how good my day was today, but honestly I have yet to have a bad day here…and I need to finish up some homework. Happy Labor Day, all!