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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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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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Struggle Bussing – Spring Break Edition

As I sit in a meeting for my business group, I find myself really struggling to focus on anything – including writing this blog. I’ve never been more ready for a Friday – not just a break – in my ENTIRE life. I’ve had more meetings in the past week, and I can’t even think straight even more. Let alone I stayed up until 6AM last night doing homework (and praying for a delayed start that never came).

The only reason I'm alive right now: caramel frappuccinos.

One thing that has gotten me through this week alone has been caramel frappuccinos from Starbucks. I don’t even like caramel, but they are SO good. Coffee has definitely been a necessity in order to even live with all the midterms, papers, and variety of group projects assigned! Thankfully I have a lot to look forward to on Friday, though, because not only is the the start of spring break, but it’s also my birthday! I do have a business calculus exam to prepare for, but it won’t stop me from being excited about the entire day because I get to go to the Old Spaghetti Factory Friday night in order to celebrate, and I’m ecstatic about that! We don’t have an Old Spaghetti Factory back home so the only chance I ever get to eat there is if I’m either in Indianapolis or if I’m in Nashville for some reason, but needless to say I’m pumped. Only four classes separate me from relaxation, friends, and family!

 

PetFit & The “Top Dawg” Competition

This blog post will be the first blog post to really show off my some-what “creative” side. As a business major, I don’t really get to work with my creativity as much as I’d like, so whenever I get the opportunity to make something as creative / innovative as possible – I jump at the chance.

First and foremost, like I’ve been talking about a lot this first semester, I am taking the “Freshman Business Experience,” or FBE for short. It’s an introductory class and overviews all of the majors within the College of Business in order to give students a feel as to what each individualized major is like, and you actually get the opportunity to put each major to use when writing a 15 page, yes, 15 page business plan.

Long story short, the theme this year was based all around the “fitness” industry, and my team decided to expand and do animal fitness. We came up with an idea of a pet fitness/wellness center, and we were required to make a 2 minute pitch to “pitch” our idea at a panel of judges in order to attempt to get funding (not real funding, though), so I decided to make a video and here it is!

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It’s not really the greatest, but I’m also a business major so please keep in mind that design is not my major. The class was great overall, and it’s made me decide to pursue International Business as a major with double major of Marketing. I do plan on declaring my major when coming back from winter break, which starts for me next Tuesday! I’m incredibly excited, as I’m sure everyone else is as well!

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.

My Introduction

That's me!

Hey everybody, I’m Austin, and I’m a freshman at Butler from Knoxville, Tennessee. I’m currently a Business Exploratory major with a strong interest in Economics and Entrepreneurship. I’m looking at getting involved in men’s club volleyball and lacrosse, “the Drift” (Butler’s yearbook, for those of you who don’t know), and watching all kinds of sporting events, including basketball! When I’m not walking around campus aimlessly, you can usually find me in Ross hall. Go Dawgs!