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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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The Only Boy Left

Well, it is now Tuesday, January 8th, and I am pretty much the only soul in East Tennessee that has yet to leave for school once again, meaning I don’t really have anyone to hang out with because all of my friends are either busy at school or work, and I don’t really have many things to do on my own.

I chose not to go through recruitment, or rush, which is starting tomorrow back at Butler. Basically all of my friends are rushing, so I’ll probably be one of the few independents, or non-Greek affiliated students that I am pretty much friends with!

While I will be home for the next few days, I plan on catching up on movies I have yet to watch, seeing family members one last time, and watch the rest of Parks and Recreation. I’m almost caught up for the new season!

 

Parks and Recreation - The Greatest Show EVER.

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!