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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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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!
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!
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?
As I’ve spent, well, really all of my winter break reflecting on how incredible 2012 has been for me, I can’t help but think of where I was this time last year. It was about this time that I had begun getting all of my acceptance letters from where I had applied to schools early including Butler, which was one of the first ones I received my acceptance from! (And as you can tell with the way things worked out- I’M HERE!)
Here’s a list of 4 things that I’m really grateful for and have helped improve my life for the better in the past 366 days.
- First and foremost, Butler University has been the single-handed greatest thing to happen to me this year. I have been blessed with so many opportunities within the university within the past semester alone, and I don’t even know where to begin stating how much I love the door college has opened for me.
- Not just my friends, but my family as well have dramatically changed my life this year. From the memories of my last semester of high school with completing my high school’s yearbook as editor-in-chief, the incredible memories I made with people over the summer, and also all of my new friends I’ve made have truly made this year something special. Even reconnecting with family members whom I had lost touch with have made this year more special than anything, and I can’t wait to make all of them proud as well.
- Traveling as much as I have this past year has truly been a privilege as well. Before 2012, I had never flown on an airplane – period. This year alone I’ve flown 10 different times to a variety of destinations, including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and Washington D.C.. Flying/traveling is a new passion I have discovered this year, and thus has inspired me to major in International Business.
- Believe it or not, working while being home has been a great experience, too. Being a student blogger for Butler has truly been a great experience, but also working for both J. Crew and Fossil have been blessings (and curses) for a variety of reasons. I’ve met great people at both places, and I’ve learned a lot more through business from both places that have really made me feel like I want to be a businessman in the future (as cheesy as that sounds).
This is just a short-and-sweet list, but I could go on for days about each topic and even further in-depth, but I won’t. 2012 has truly been the best year of my life, and I have incredibly high expectations to see where 2013 will take me! Happy New Year, all!
Pictures don't do justice how great this year truly has been.