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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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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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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!

A Very Parks & Recreation Valentine’s Day

Thursday is Valentine’s Day, and although I don’t necessarily have a Valentine’s Date – well, except for a friend date with my best friend Emily – I’m going to celebrate by giving out cards!

Valentine’s Day makes me feel very nostalgic. I remember back home when it was Valentine’s Day in elementary school that we would pass out Valentine’s Day cards in class and it was great getting a personal “card” (always premade ones, usually spongebob or something – you get the point) from every in the class as well as giving out personal cards to everyone else, too. This Valentine’s Day I do want to do this once again with the friends I’ve made at Butler – except for this time with humorous Valentine’s Day cards from Parks and Recreation! I found a variety of these online, whether it be through Instagram or Tumblr, there are a ton of great cards that bring back a lot of memories, too! Although these are from Parks and Recreation, there are some other cards I plan on giving out to my closest friends – you should use some of these, too, if you like the show!

 

Now there are honestly plenty of other ones I would use, too, but I just have a new-found love of Parks and Recreation so all of these are completely appropriate.  I’ll probably spend most of my free time on Thursday catching up to where the season is now, but I don’t know anyone who has watched it that doesn’t love it! If you haven’t watched it, YOU NEED TO. That is all.

Dick’s Last Resort

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!

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.

Sometimes the road gets tough, I don’t know why

First and foremost- HAPPY FRIDAY! I’m SO thankful it’s finally Friday, because I had a rough, yet interesting week. From exams to papers and assignment due left and right, I cannot wait to just relax…which won’t happen until Sunday. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, because I have my “Get Real” event on Saturday.

The “Get Real” event is hosted by the College of Business for the introductory business course that all business majors take. Basically what it is, is an adventure course consisting of high-ropes and low-ropes courses used to create a team-bonding experience/atmosphere. We have to do it as a class because we’re required to write a business plan by the end of the semester, therefore we are going to see how well we work together as a team. I enjoy my team members and I’m very interested to see as to how well we work together in a physical environment. It’ll be interesting.

After the event, I’m going with a bunch of friends on Saturday night to a “Sk80′s” event that SGA is hosting where everyone is supposed to dress up in 80′s clothing and we’re going roller skating. It’s going to be an interesting night considering I don’t own a single item of clothing that looks vintage; I’m more into it because my friends are dressing up and I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

P.s. The title is just a Lana Del Rey lyric, nothing in particular. She’s the top played artist on my iTunes right now…haha. Check her out, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Lana Del Rey taking the top 4 spots, actually.

The Price is RIGHT!

Like Andre posted before, The Price is Right is coming to Butler next month, and I couldn’t be any more EXCITED! It’s cheesy, but The Price is Right brings back so many good memories of when I was back home and how my grandmother and I always talked about how we were going to be on the show one day. Although she’s back in Tennessee and won’t be able to come up for it, my friends and I got floor seats courtesy of SGA! I certainly plan on calling her while the show is going on so she knows what exactly is happening, even if she is watching!

A group of friends and I plan on coordinating what we’re wearing, which will probably be just jeans and shirts we got from welcome week that say B(U) Welcome Week 2012 just so we all match. Look for us in the crowd; there will be about 10 of us, and I’m sure we’ll be going crazy even if we don’t get picked to be a part of one of the games!

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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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Rain, rain, go away.

Today, like most days for the past week, it rained on campus. I like rainy days occasionally, but campus isn’t as lively as I’d like for it to be on rainy days! Also, I have discovered that I don’t own appropriate rain “gear” to make it in Indiana. I guess I’m not really that prepared for the rain here is because in Tennessee the rain water is constantly flowing…but Tennessee also has a lot more hills than Indiana. So when campus floods, I’m usually drenched and my shoes are SOAKED because the campus is flat, but I’m slowly beginning to learn the Indiana/Butler ways of life.

Although I’m not a huge fan of rain, the campus is always prettier right after a rain shower…always. Yesterday was the nicest it has been on campus in a while, so my friend Jensey and I took advantage of it and laid around in her hammock! We hung it up right outside of Atherton Union in between two trees. I had never actually laid in a hammock before, either, and I’m not sure if that’s strange, but I hope not! Regardless, it was INCREDIBLE!

My friend Jensey and I just "hanging out"

 

Dr. Johnson, Butler’s Vice President for Student Affairs, stopped by while my friends Katie and Jensey were laying in it and took their picture, and he even posted it on his Twitter! He loved the fact that we were all relaxing while studying, or attempting to at least. Anyways, the hammock was amazing, and we can’t hang in it when it’s raining outside, so I’m looking forward to finding more great spots to “hang out” around campus when it gets nicer!

As for now, I will leave you guys with one of my favorite songs by my favorite band Passion Pit. Coincidentally, my neighbors were just blasting it, so I’m gonna have to stop by and compliment them on their music taste. Take a listen, enjoy, and have a great afternoon!

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