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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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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!

My First “ZipTrip”

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!

A day in the life of a Butler student (part 1)

Okay, so this will be the first part of a two part blog that I’ve been planning on doing. This part will consist of just a daily breakdown of how a typical day of my life consists, and how busy/entertaining college actually has been for me.

  • 3:49AM – The time I went to bed last night. I know, due to the fact that I sent a text message and fell asleep right after. I stayed up due to a large amount of homework / a presentation I had to finish.
  • 8:15AM – My alarm went off. This is the usual time M/W/F. I got up and got in the shower. 8:40AM – I ran to ResCo and get breakfast before class.
  • 9:00AM – My FYS class. Today a group consisting of 5 other people in my class and I had to give a 30 slide PowerPoint Presentation over “zombie” economics. Ick. Class was dismissed at 9:49AM; it was snowing as I was on my way to my 10AM PreCalc class!
  • I left my PreCalc class and headed back to ResCo to sit with a few of my friends who wanted to eat lunch, and even captured this screenshoot on my phone in order to prove that it was snowing at 11:15AM.

Proof of the snow. Sort of. It was 70 degrees, yesterday.
  • It’s 12:33PM, and I’m getting ready to pack up my stuff and head to my 1PM FBE, or Freshman Business Experience class. After class, I plan on staying over to work with my business group on our business plan for the Top Dawg Business Plan competition, which is what FBE is based around. That probably won’t be finished until about 3:30PMish. Who knows…
  • I plan on running to Starbucks around 3:45PM to meet up with a friend, and then back to my room I’d say around 4:15PM to begin studying for an exam I have tomorrow in my Urban Ecology class. There’s a call-out meeting tonight for the BU Ski & Snowboard club at 7pm, I’m going to try to make it to that. And then back to my room to study some more and begin preparing for the other few exams I have this week.

My days are a lot more extensive than that, though. I usually have to fit in working from 5:30-9PM, but I just can’t today. I have so much going on that it’d cause so much stress and pain for the remainder of the week. The second part of this blog post will be a lot more…engaging. I’m hoping I can get to it this week, if not, I’ll have it by the end of the semester. It’s a surprise, though, so I can’t reveal what it is!

Oh, and I’ve had this song on repeat for the past 24 hours. It’s so good. I love both Calvin Harris & Florence Welch. Happy Monday!

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Happy Winter! I mean, Halloween?

It doesn’t seem like fall is, well, fall anymore – it feels like it’s becoming winter very soon. I’ve been bundling up in layers on a daily basis in order to make it through the past few days, which have been excruciatingly cold and windy. Perhaps the wind is a side-effect of Hurricane Sandy, but it’s still been really cold. I mean, come on, today’s “real feel” was at 33….and it doesn’t get THAT cold in Tennessee until at least after Thanksgiving! It’s crazy! At least I’ll be working tonight, so I won’t really have to be outside…especially because it’ll get colder.

Proof of today’s weather.

Also speaking of Sandy (yes, we are on a first-name basis), it’s so unfortunate to hear about what happened. My thought go out to all of those without power and for their losses. My friends who live in D.C. luckily were able to remain safe, and their classes were canceled on both Monday and Tuesday. I wish Butler would have done that to save me from this cold weather! But in all seriousness, this winter is going to be a challenge for me.

Check out this awesome time-lapse of Hurricane Sandy hitting New York City. Right around 42 seconds the power on the right side of the city goes out. It’s creepy, yet really intriguing.

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Happy Halloween!

Greek Life

Call me crazy, but before I made it to Butler, I only jokingly ever threw around the idea of “Going Greek.” I didn’t ever think of Greek life as an opportunity for me, but once I got here, my opinions changed pretty quickly. It was clear when I got on campus that Greek life had pretty wide influence on campus, and not necessarily just social fraternities and sororities. There are also fraternities that deal with different majors/colleges on campus, including Alpha Kappa Psi, which I had mentioned before is the professional business fraternity. There’s really a “fraternity” for different perspectives around campus. Some are based on majors, including education, pharmacy, and performing arts, and there are also several honorary and service fraternities. Because these “fraternities” aren’t necessarily social fraternities, they aren’t just for men; women can join sever of them, too!

Today I received an email from a guy that’s a part of the Phi Delta Theta chapter at Butler, and I set up an interest meeting tomorrow with him and he’s also going to give me a house tour in order for me to see what Phi Delta Theta is truly about. I’m pretty excited to get to know more about the fraternity and the brothers that are a part of the organization.

I also received a bid from Alpha Kappa Psi today! I made it past the first interview, which was yesterday, and now I get to continue on with rush and get to know more about this fraternity, too. Because Alpha Kappa Psi isn’t a part of the same type of fraternity organization, I’m also allowed the opportunity to get to know and potentially rush to be a part of Phi Delta Theta. It all might sound confusing (because it was at first..trust me), but I’m starting to get used to it. I can’t wait to find out more about both fraternities, and I will definitely post more about them when I find more out!

Sky Zone

My friend Jensey and I at Sky Zone!

Thanks for reading! Here’s a picture of my friend Jensey and I at Sky Zone last week, which was a blast! And also, here’s a song that’s been stuck in my head lately. Enjoy!

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A Month in Review – Where am I now?

As I’m sitting in Gallahue Hall (the science building on campus) studying for my urban ecology and algebra exams that are coming up, the sun started to set. It was the first time I’ve actually watched the sun go down, and Gallahue is one of the best spots to watch it because it has so much natural lighting (most of the buildings on campus do though). Anyways, as the sun was going down I started reminiscing on times back home and the memories I’ve made at Butler so far.

Sunset

The Sunset at Gallahue Hall

I truly feel at home here, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me. It’s hard to think that I’ve been in college a month already, and let me tell you-it’s been the best month of my life. Really what I’m trying to say is, is that choosing Butler has been the best decision I’ve ever made. Butler has so much to offer- over 140 student organizations, 15 fraternities and sororities, and an abundance of intramural/club sports. At the moment I’m really interested in joining Alpha Kappa Psi, Phi Delta Theta, College Democrats, and probably playing intramural table tennis. I still have plenty of time to decide, and that’s one of the best things about being in college.

This past weekend was great. I went to both Sky Zone and Fiesta Indianapolis, but I’ll save blogging about both events for next time. Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone has a great week!

Sweater weather is better weather.

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, fall is FINALLY here! It’s also come a lot sooner in Indy than it would if I were back in Tennessee-that’s for certain. I woke up this this morning and was shocked when I saw that it was 52 degrees at 8:30…but I’m loving it! Fall is my favorite season of the year, and it’s absolutely the BEST time to visit campus! The first time I visited Butler was last October, and as soon as I arrived on campus I knew that I would spend my next four years here…and here I am! Today I’m wearing jeans and a thermal and I feel so comfortable/warm; I almost just want to curl up and watch a movie instead of going to my next class!

Speaking of classes- I’m loving my classes and class schedule. This is what my week looks like for the most part:

  • FYS : Scary Stories – The Metaphor of a Zombie. - Yes, my FYS, which part of Butler’s CORE Curriculum, is about Zombies, but it’s also so much more at the same time. The class is very philosophical which is difficult to understand unless you’re actually in the class. I’m glad to be with the group of people I am with in the class as well as having such an awesome professor!  This class will probably be talked about a lot in future posts just because it keeps me always questioning things & on the edge of my seat.
  • NW: Urban Ecology - This class is about the ecology of not only Butler but also the entire city of Indianapolis (which is really interesting once analyzed). Everything we do in the lecture part of class we always follow up with a hands-on lab, and so far we’ve explored the city of Indianapolis and the Holcomb Gardens and I’ve only had the lab twice! This class also part of Butler’s CORE curriculum.
  • Algebra - Okay, so as part of the College of Business I’m only required to take Business Calculus….if I had tested into it. So my algebra class is basically a preparatory class and I’ll take Business Calculus next semester.
  • EI 101 : Freshman Business Experience - This is my favorite class by far not only because it’s a business class but it’s also the introduction to my major-once they finalize it-Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The class is very team-oriented and I’ve met a lot of people with similar interests that I have in the class, which is what college is about, right?

That’s all of my classes for the semester. It might not seem like much, but it is 14 hours and my adviser and I felt that 14 hours was a good amount for my first semester of college.

There’s a lot of stuff happening on campus lately. This past Friday my friends and I attended the Chiddy Bang show at Clowes which was a BLAST! My friend Whitney and I got separated from the rest of our group, but we ended up sitting in the very middle of the eighth row so getting separated wasn’t that big of a deal for me at least.

Chiddy Bang Concert

Chiddy Bang really knows how to put on a show!

There’s a lot more stuff going on campus soon, but I’m gonna save that for another post because I have to run to class. Have a great day, everyone, and I hope the weather is as enjoyable where you are as it is here on campus!