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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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Missing in Action – Spring?

This past week has been, well, interesting – to say the least. Classes are back in full swing after a relaxing spring break, and with the NCAA March Madness coming to an end for the Butler men’s basketball team, well, it’s pretty much back to the real world for now. With basketball gone and school going full-force after spring break, I’ve pretty much left my productivity somewhere that is unknown, and I haven’t been able to find it. All I want to do lately is sleep and relax, but I guess that’s just because it was the first week back from spring break.

Snow..........it just now finally stopped!

Speaking of things “MIA,” has anyone seen the season of spring around anywhere? Butler received 6 inches of snow last night alone, and more fell pretty much all day until about 3PM today. Let alone classes weren’t canceled, which I was fairly bitter about when I first woke up this morning. The campus really looks its best in the snow, I will admit. It’s so picturesque, and I honestly feel like everything looks fake! The snow makes for me wanting to be even less productive as is, and I just want to really get into bed and watch a movie or something, instead of the two papers I have to write as well as the calculus homework I haven’t started yet…Boo. I’m actually going to get started on that and then maybe afterwards I’ll be able to enjoy the snow, and perhaps join a snowball fight that is know to happen on campus, whether it be on the Butler Mall or at one of the residence halls! Hopefully spring will come back, and the weather will warm up again (like it was on Saturday)!

Big East Bound

As you may know, rumor has been going around since January about Butler joining the “Catholic 7″ to form a new Big East conference. Today the rumor was confirmed – Butler is leaving the Atlantic 10 after one season in order to become a part of a stronger conference that is both academically & athletically focused at the same time, particularly focusing on men’s basketball. This move for Butler truly means so much to the university, and I believe wholeheartedly that this move will bring great things to Butler! From more national recognition through playing with the other elite schools in the new Big East, only great things are to come from joining it.

I can’t wait to see the new rivalries that come about next season due to the conference move. I’m predicting that the biggest rivalries that Butler will face in the conference will be between Georgetown, Xavier, Marquette, Villanova (considering President Danko came from Villanova), and perhaps Depaul (since the university has a strong alumni base in Chicago). There are just so many good teams within the new Big East that there’s no possible way for there to be just one rivalry. I’m going to try my hardest to be at every game, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for both Butler and this new powerhouse of an athletic conference! Here’s a video of President Danko announcing the confirmation of joining the new Big East.

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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!

#ThrowbackThursday

I may or may not regret this post after now, but here we go: Happy Throwback Thursday everyone! Throwback Thursday is defined by Urban Dictionary as “when you put a picture from a ‘while’ ago on your social media sites.” This is can usually be found on Instagram & Twitter by “hash-tagging.” or attaching a # sign before words, such as my title.

Freshman in high school vs. freshman in college. Crazy, right?

Anyways, I may or may not do this regularly as a blog from here on out where I post older pictures of something and write about the memories they bring back, too. This picture, for example, was taken in 2008 when I was a freshman in high school. It’s weirdfor me to think back to that period of time in my life, but I’m sure it is for everyone as well. As a freshman in high school, I would have never imagined myself in the shoes that I’m in now, and I would have never imagined myself to be at Butler, either! Back then I was just concerned with getting through each day, and now I’m so goal-oriented, yet I still feel like I can remember my entire freshman year like it was yesterday.  Looking back, I haven’t kept a consistent friend base that I can reminisce with due to all of my friends and I going our separate ways, but it was definitely for the best for all of us. I cannot wait to see what my future holds, but I’m going to take advantage of the time I have now!

This post was also brought upon by looking at an old picture of Butler Blue III that was posted on Facebook earlier as a puppy! Here’s the photo of baby Blue that has me feeling oh so nostalgic currently. Enjoy!

Butler Blue III! Isn't he the cutest?

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!

 

Cue the Snowpocalypse

It is now 11:00 PM, and the snow has yet to stop falling. Today was a typical day. I woke up earlier than usual for a presentation for my RBE class for the Butler Bed Buddy, and then gave a presentation. After class I walked to my room and took a nap for about an hour before going to Atherton in order to present the Butler Bed Buddy to passer-byers who were headed to lunch.  After which, I went back to my room and laid back down because I wasn’t feeling well. It was a regular day – a Tuesday.

Beginning of all of the snow!

Well, to my surprise, when I woke up around 5 from my second nap (which is slightly sad) there was snow EVERYWHERE, and it hasn’t stopped! The campus is covered in white, and it’s really nice to see because we don’t get that much snow back home! It’s somewhat of a double-edged sword, though – I want more than anything to be out of class tomorrow (and the snow is giving me hope for it), but I also have a peer-editing review session in one of my classes and another review for my business calculus exam on Friday! Either way I’m going to be glad that it happened, but hopefully it happens soon and I find out whether or not I need to set my alarm. I love snow days!

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!

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.