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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!

 

Picking My Major

When I came to Butler, I, like most ignorant freshman, thought I had decided what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I came to Butler set on majoring in some sort of business, yet I didn’t know exactly what concentration. While I have enjoyed my time as a part of the College of Business, I have found myself exploring other areas through research and experiences within my classes lately. I know I would be good at business, but I had no clue if I would remotely be good at anything else, which is ultimately why I chose to come into Butler as a business exploratory student. This is similar to an undeclared / exploratory major, but you are focused within the College of Business and don’t explore other classes / courses of study. This is good for most people I’ve met, but if I had one recommendation for incoming students it would be this:

Come into Butler as a regular exploratory student and explore your options.

Lately, I have been exploring the option of majoring Management Information Systems (MIS for short) and even Computer Science. While I don’t know much about either program, I have found myself in a dilemma of thinking I would prefer majoring in Computer Science over MIS, but I don’t want to jump to conclusions. I believe I have decided that I’m going to sit in a Computer Science class before the end of the year is over and even speak with the department head about taking an introductory course next semester. My advice for anyone coming into Butler would be to not limit yourself – I thought I would do business the rest of my life, but I have recently found other things I’ve been interested in.

Ultimately, you should explore all options before it’s too late. I’m glad I decided this at the end of my freshman year before it’s too late, so I definitely recommend exploring everything – even majors not within whatever specific college you plan on majoring within.

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!

My First NBA Game

Unlike most of my regular Tuesdays, today was pretty extraordinary due to the fact that I was more productive today alone than I usually find myself to be on my off days on Tuesday and Thursday where I usually only have once class. Today was different, though – my only class was canceled, and I was still incredibly productive! I was able to edit a total of 15 pages of the final copy of the business plan for my business group, Butler Bed Buddy, and I met in several different meetings as well as working on my final presentation that is on Thursday for my business group.

Besides usual school work and whatnot, I actually got to attend my first NBA game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – and I got to see the Indiana Pacers play the Cleveland Cavaliers!

Our original seats...in the middle of the upper balcony. Ick!

The game was overall great, and while initially my friends from Alpha Kappa Psi I went with didn’t get great seats, a few of us actually moved down to the lower level by sneaking down there! We were able to sit in the lower level through the entire second half of the game, which the Pacers actually won after coming back from being down around 20 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter! Overall, it was definitely a great experience for my first NBA game, and I can’t wait to go back again!

Where we ended up moving to in the lower level..it was awesome!

 

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!

 

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!

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!

Part 1.5

Yeah, so my last blog post I said I’d make a part two to it and yeah…I have yet to be able to find the time to actually make that possible. This has been the craziest week of my life on campus, and I’ve averaged probably 4 hours of sleep every night just because I have so much stuff going on.

With that being said, you could probably assume that I’m more than ready for Thanksgiving break. I’m not necessarily ready for what stands between myself and Thanksgiving break, though…today alone I have to work from 5-7, meet with my business group from 7-7:30, go to the Speakers Lab from 7:30-8 for my FBE presentation, and take my final exam as a pledge for Alpha Kappa Psi from 8-9. Between now and 5, I have to finish my part of the presentation as well as work on a paper I have due tomorrow for my 9AM class, AS WELL AS study for an exam I have tomorrow for my business class. Tonight’s not looking that promising for sleep for me as well, considering all I have to do.

Oh, and I let my roommate practically shave my head yesterday. That was…interesting. It’s not all gone, but it is mostly. I’ll have pictures of that within the next few days, though!

And what better way is there to look forward to Thanksgiving break than to watch the opening of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, right? Enjoy!

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