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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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Spring Break – Road Trip Edition

Happy SPRING BREAK! My spring break has gotten off to a terrific start! I’m spending most of my spring break at home, where the weather has been terrific, too, but I’m actually in Atlanta currently for a few days visiting my sisters who live here. I brought my friend Emily home for the week, and we drove from Indy to Knoxville on Saturday night. It was my first time driving a long distance without my parents, and I actually liked being on the open road.

While in Atlanta, my friend Emily and I have spent most of our time shopping and getting ready for warm weather. Most of our purchases have come from American Eagle, Buckle, and H&M, which is also where a majority of my closet has become since being at Butler. We’ve also spend a lot of time in a variety of the cultural districts in Atlanta, such as Atlantic Station, the Olympic Park, and even hung out at Ikea just for fun. I’ll blog about the rest of my trip as my week progresses. Happy Spring Break, everyone!

The view from Atlantic Station. I love Atlanta!

#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!

 

Family Birthdays

Since this is my first year away from home at college, of course it is normal for my family to get together more than they usually would if I were home. Let me explain this – my mom, my mom’s fiance, and my younger sister all live in Tennessee, and both of my older sisters live in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. It’s been hard being away at school because due to all of us having incredibly busy lives and living in three different states, we haven’t all been together as once, well, since I believe Christmas of 2011. It gets hard for me personally at times, but it is just going to make the next time we all get together even more worth it!

My family at Abuelo's!

My family at Abuelo's! I miss them!

My family got together yesterday in Chattanooga (which is the halfway point for my mom and my sisters to meet) for my older sister Jena’s birthday. She turned 25, and everyone except for myself was able to attend her birthday dinner at Abuelo’s . While my mom did attempt to FaceTime me while the family was at dinner, I was actually asleep and didn’t answer! It was sad, but I am hoping that we can all at least be together at some point next week for dinner perhaps. Anything, really, I just miss being with all of them at once, but I will at least get to see all of them next week (whether it is all together or separate) next week when I go home for spring break, and then go to stay with my sisters for a few days! Needless to say, I’m beyond excited to see all of them and my dad as well next week!

Looking Back

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.