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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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Back to Butler

Here I am again, late night blogging, but I’m back on campus after an awesome fall break! If you haven’t read my past few blogs, I spent my fall break with one of my best friends in Washington D.C. who attends Georgetown. While there, we explored every aspect of the city- from the monuments to the malls, we relied on the metro to get us from place to place when we decided we were sick of walking. We ended up in Arlington, Virginia on several occasions…sometimes on purpose, sometimes on accident.

The U.S. Capitol building at night!

The view of the Lincoln Memorial & Washington Monument from the bay.

Although I’ve been to Washington D.C. several times, I never get sick of seeing the Washington Monument. Unfortunately, it was gated off and closed due to an earthquake that caused cracks and damage to the monument. That was unfortunate, but it is being repaired!

When I got back to Indy this morning at about 11:30, campus was dead. I ended up taking I’d say a 5ish hour nap after unpacking and what not, and by the time I woke up at 6:30 it was a whole different world. Campus was filled with life once again, and everyone was preparing for the full work-week we have ahead of us. It’s great to be back on campus, though. Happy Monday, all!

So close, yet so far

It’s Monday- the week just began, but it’s a short week! Fall break is on Thursday and Friday, and I’ve not been so excited for a break since I don’t even remember. It’s not that far away, but it feels like it! The reason why I’m so excited, even though it’s a short break, I’m actually flying to Washington D.C. to visit my best friend from high school who goes to Georgetown. We’re going to go to different places, including the National Zoo and a variety of other monuments. I’m incredibly excited!

I also love love LOVE flying, and cannot wait to be up in the air again! I flew for the first time this past April to Salt Lake City, Utah, to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference, or ICDC for short. That was one of my greatest experiences in high school by far, and I definitely recommend the organization as a whole itself.  And also Salt Lake City was BEAUTIFUL. Here’s a picture I took when we landed, and there was still snow on the mountains!

View from the Salt Lake City International Airport

All in all, it was a great experience. Happy Monday, and here’s to a great week!

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!

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.

7 Quick Steps to Baking a Cake – Ross Hall Style

Okay, this goes back to one of my first posts discussing how I love to be one of those people who throws surprise parties instead of having one thrown for myself. Yesterday was my friend Whitney’s birthday, so a few friends and I decided to throw a party/bake a cake for her birthday! I also documented our experience via pictures, and will break down the easiest way to make a good cake while lacking the “proper” resources to do so in pictures.

  • Ingredients Necessary – 2 Betty Crocker “Shake ‘n Pour” Confetti Cupcake Mix bottles. Just because it says “cupcake” doesn’t mean it won’t make for a good cake…because it did! Icing and sprinkles are a nice touch, too, but any kind will do.
Cake Mix

Step 1 - Assemble Ingredients

Step 2 - Add water to "Shake 'n Pour" ....and shake.

Step 3 - Pour batter into pan. (& then enjoy the leftover cake batter of course)

Step 4 - Bake! We baked ours in my resident hall's kitchen for about 35 minutes.

Step 5 - Pull cake from oven and let cool.

Step 6 - Add icing & smooth it after it cools for about an hour.

Step 7 - Enjoy! Happy Birthday, Whitney!

The cake came out really good, and even though it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing sight to see, it tasted delicious! And all we had to purchase was the icing, the shake and pour mix, and the pan, which we got all of it for about $10 from Marsh. I was please, and Whitney was as well.

Thanks for reading!