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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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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!

My First Chicago Experience

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!

The face!

The bean!

Get REAL

 

Today I had my “Get Real” business experience, which is a core part of Butler’s College of Business‘s curriculum. Like I explained in my previous post, it’s an all day event (9-4 to be exact) consisting of high ropes (38 feet high in the air, actually) and low ropes courses meant to challenge the participant physically, emotionally, and mentally…and let me be the first to tell you, it does. I never thought I had a few of heights, but when it comes to being almost 40 feet above ground and just attached to a wire- I definitely do.

The most challenging/exhilarating/best all around activity was definitely the “Breathtaker Swing,” which does exactly as the name says it would. You’re attached to a cable wire that hangs in the center of the course, and you’re sitting on the edge of a platform (once again 40 feet above ground) and yeah…you can predict what happens next. You’re supposed to slide off of the edge of the platform, which you drop down incredibly fast and you swing back and forth until you’ve stopped and they unhook your “claws,” which is what you’re attached to, and then you’re back on the ground. Needless to say, it definitely gave me and everyone else that participated an adrenaline rush.

When I toured Butler, I knew that the College of Business hosted such an event, but I didn’t realize how life changing it was. It sounds incredibly cheesy, but between the two events I feel a new trust/bond with everyone that was in my group for the day, and I also learned a lot by myself. I definitely recommend checking out one of the the open dates for the high ropes course, which as as follows:

Friday, Oct. 5 9:00pm – 2:30am (night course)
Friday, Oct. 19 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Saturday, Nov. 3 10:00am – 2:30pm

 

These dates/times are free of charge, and open to everyone! I definitely recommend it for the non-faint-of-heart types. Happy October, all!

My Freshman Business Experience class photo at our Get Real experience!

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!