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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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First and foremost, I apologize for the lack of posts lately; my life has been flipped upside down this past week, and I barely have time to do, well, really anything besides work. While this is not a bad thing, I have yet to really blog about my experiences with classes ending, finals, and the final phases of my student run business – the Butler Bed Buddy. I have personally been working endlessly on closing out our business for the current semester, and it has been insane.

We actually received a full order of 1,250 units of bed buddies, which are a pillow / stuffed animal modeled after Butler Blue II. For those who don’t know much about it, check out my other blog here about it. Anyways, 1,250 units is A LOT, and we ended up using pretty much the entire RBE “War Room” as storage. It’s known as the “war room” because that’s where all students in the Real Business Experience program meet as teams in order to form & run their businesses.

 

The war room….AKA the Butler Bed Buddy storage room for now..

 

These bags (each filled with about 100 bed buddies) came in last Friday, and I have been working relentlessly in order to get out all current orders for people who have preordered online all semester. As of today we have gotten rid of about 4 & 1/2 bags, and we’re estimating to get rid of the rest of the half-full bag by Saturday, which is when I actually move out. :(

All in all, this has been a really great semester. I have been really pleased with my RBE team as a whole, even though we weren’t as organized as I would have liked for us to be. Here’s to hoping that next semester is better! I will blog more about the finals I have tomorrow night, so say a prayer or just hope I do good!

 

Transformation Tuesday – College Edition

Like I’ve done before, this is similar to “Throwback Thursday.” In this blog I will instead to use examples of how exactly I’ve grown throughout the semester. College honestly taught me more than I could have imagined about myself, and it’s been a great experience this far!

  1. College is hard - Socially and mentally, college is the most difficult experience I’ve had. I’ve met so many different people that I cannot imagine how my life would be without meeting them. I also learned that academically, there is nothing like college. I also cannot imagine being in high school again, going to school from 8-3 – I simply just couldn’t do it. I also nap pretty much daily!
  2. Time management - I still find it hard to balance time between my friends and school. Usually I’m with most of my friends, and even though I try to do homework it just usually doesn’t work. I’ve officially decided that studying in one of the academic buildings or even Irwin is the best setting for me to study – especially without my friends.
  3. People change - I made friends in the beginning of the year who are not nearly the same as they used to be. Or maybe they are, and I just never noticed. Some people get involved with Greek life and usually let it consume their lives or classes change at the break of the semester and you just don’t run into the same people again. I’ve learned that this happens for the best though because it’s given me the opportunity to meet other people outside of my comfort zone.

As I get register for the first semester of my sophomore year at Butler, I find myself literally stopping and thinking of how fast my freshman year flew by, and how I tried my best to take advantage of every moment I had. If I had any advice to any upcoming freshman it would be to make the most out of your freshman year of college – there’s nothing like it. Here’s a still-motion video of the Class of 2016 making a B(U), short for Be United, which was the theme of my freshman class.

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The Butler Bed Buddy – Part Two

As of today, I can officially announce that my student-run business, the Butler Bed Buddy, was approved for a $5,000 loan to continue onto the next semester of the Real Business Experience! As a part of the first semester of the Real Business Experience program, students are required to go in front of an actual funding panel that the College of Business brings in (which are usually alumni of the College of Business) in order to hear our proposition for our business. Businesses are allowed to ask for a maximum amount of a $5,000 loan for the second semester, which they put to use in continuing their businesses full force! All of the loans are funded through the College of Business and, of course, have to be repaid at the end of the semester.

I’m really happy to be a part of the Butler Bed Buddy team, which is modeled off of our mascot Butler Blue II. This class has truly shown me why I want to be a part of the College of Business as well as becoming a global entrepreneur in the future as well. My business will be using the $5,000 loan we were approved for in order to order more products to hopefully wholesale to local companies in order for them to sell the Butler Bed Buddy as well!

 

My group members and I after we presented this morning!

Music Festival Galore

Although spring is technically here calendar wise, spring weather is right around the corner! With spring also comes a variety of different music festivals, too. I find myself to be a big concert-goer, and I take advantage of a good show anytime I can. Like Andre said in one of his most recent posts, the Lollapalooza lineup was recently released, and I wish more than anything that I could go! Unfortunately it’s in the middle of summer, and I live about 9ish hours from Chicago, and it just ultimately wouldn’t be worth it for how much I’d have to scalp tickets for.

There are several good festivals that I’m actually considering going to, which are closer than Chicago. I really would love to attend the Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware, but it’s about the same distance from my house as Chicago is, so it wouldn’t really be worth it, either! I’m probably going to be attending the Bunbury Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. It includes bands such as FUN., MGMT, The National, Walk the Moon, and more! MGMT is who I’m most excited for, because I saw FUN. when they toured with Paramore and opened for them in 2010. Here are a few of the songs that I became addicted to when I (and most people) first got addicted to MGMT. Check them out!

Kids – MGMT

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Electric Feel – MGMT

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Dawgs vs. Dayton

If you don’t really watch college basketball, then you don’t really know how the Butler Bulldogs throw down. Yesterday was the kickoff for the Atlantic 10 tournament, and Butler was seeded number 5, meaning we didn’t receive a bye round. Butler then played number 12 seed Dayton, and it was an intense game. I usually wouldn’t be able to watch games on TV, but because I was home on spring break I was due to having NBCSN! The game was intense, like I said prior, and I was nervous due to the fact that the last time we played Dayton Rotnei Clarke got hurt. It turns out that this game Rotnei scored the most points, though.

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It was a really close game, but the great Butler Bulldogs pulled out the win to play again today against La Salle, which will be an interesting game as well. If you get the opportunity, check it out on NBCSN or watch the live stream on the Atlantic 10’s website!

The Butler Bed Buddy

Sorry for the lack of blogging lately, guys! I’ve been so busy with a variety of things going on in my life at the moment, and a lot of it is actually to do with a student-run business that I helped start in my Real Business Experience (RBE) course. Our business is known as the Butler Bed Buddy, and we sell a pillow / stuffed animal that is modeled after Butler Blue II. This is what our product looks like thus far:

The Butler Bed Buddy!

The course is modeled for the university’s College of Business to loan students money to help start a business, with the goal of being able to pay off the loan & make a profit by the end of the semester. Our team has been able so far this semester to outsource our product to a manufacturer in China, build an entire website on our own, get licensing through the university to use an appropriate logo, and also more approvals to sell in certain areas on campus as well. It has taken a lot of effort, time, and work, but it’s definitely worth-while. This class has been the most hands-on class I’ve ever had, and I’ve enjoyed every aspect of it so far.

What the actual Butler Bed Buddy will look like.

The best part of the business thus far has been being able to provide a unique product to alumni, students, and families all across the United States. We’re currently selling the Butler Bed Buddy for 25$, and you can view our website above to see more information. The Butler Bed Buddy will also look like the image to the left – we were in between whether or not we were going to use the “B” or use the logo, but we got licensing to use the logo approved and that’s what we’re using. I’m going to blog about the class & business more throughout the semester, but if you’d like to follow up with us more you should like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for constant updates on our business! More to come soon!

Weekend Recap

Since this past weekend was an extended weekend, I decided to come home (like I said in my last blog). Of course, I missed the biggest basketball game of the year versus Gonzaga, which I actually had a wristband for, but that’s besides the point. I had a great weekend back at home, and I actually had the opportunity to pick up things that I had forgot to bring back to Butler from the break, but I took care of that!

When my bus arrived in Knoxville, there was snow all over the roads, cars, and sidewalks, even downtown! The bus had made a stop at a red light and it began to slide down a hill due to the snow, which was crazy, and according to the weather on my phone it’s supposed to snow not once- but twice- this week!

It's gonna be a cold week!

I’m on my way back to Butler now, and I’m also writing this on my iPhone again! It’s crazy how great technology is, isn’t it?

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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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.

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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