The college search is a long and stressful process, but when you find the right college it just fits! Stepping foot on Butler’s campus, even in the midst of the madness of the Final Four being in Indianapolis, I still felt right at home on my tour. All of the students, not just my tour guide, were friendly and willing to offer any advice that they had. They seemed very balanced between being concerned about their academics, but also not wanting to miss out on opportunities outside of the classroom, such as extracurricular activities and participating in the Final Four activities. I knew that these were my kind of people!
That being said, I wish someone had told me a few things about touring schools and the college process looking back on it. Ask the tour guide and current students questions about their experiences and what they’re involved in. It will give you a better insight into the campus and what you could get involved in. Don’t be discouraged by the little things, like community bathrooms, because you will make the experience what it should be. Finally, dream big from the beginning! Find a school that you feel at home at that will challenge you to be the best that you can be and never hesitate from taking advantage of it. That is what Butler has done for me, and I wish I would have learned that earlier.
I’ve found that college truly is the most amazing time of your life (and I’m only two years in!). Push through that college search and find your home. Keep your energy up through it, investigate, and dream big. It will all pay off in the end!
Butler University ’15
Finance and Marketing Major
Butler Student Ambassador
Alternative Spring Break-Reflections Chair
Council for Presidential Affairs-Operations Committee
Student Orientation Guide
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With spring break drawing nearer, I wondered what the attendance would be for the Xavier game. My parents had not been to a Butler men’s basketball game this season, so I looked into getting them tickets for the last home game. Unfortunately, all of the home tickets were sold out about two months ago.
The previous week, I had heard that the students section still had unclaimed tickets (as a student, we can attend all home games for free). My business major mind made me think of the opportunity costs Butler would take if the remaining tickets were not sold. We’re not a top Midwestern school for nothing, so I assumed Butler would be smart enough to sell those extra tickets to the public.
And I was right! I went into the ticket office Wednesday to see if they had any extra tickets. I explained that I was a student and my parents had not had a chance to attend a game this season. Without hesitation, they helped me get two tickets before they even offered them to the public. Seriously, I called that morning and got the same recording telling me the tickets were sold out. Being the caring institution that Butler is, I got VIP access to the ticket office just from being a student, and my parents and I had a great weekend. For those of you who didn’t check the score, Butler won 67-62! GO DAWGS!
When I was in the midst of my college search, finding a school that offered one-one-one attention was important to me. I quickly realized that this type of care and consideration would not happen at a larger school, which is just one of the many reasons I chose Butler. I recommend that you consider the same when narrowing down your school. It can make all the difference in the world.
L. Oswaldo Ramirez-Ruiz
Butler University 2014
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Junior and senior year of high school can be a bit tough when it comes to thinking about all of the different possibilities for college. I know when I was going through the process, I believed that I had to have my mind set on my major, and stick to it; especially since I was applying for scholarships in my desired major, Vocal Performance. I really wish someone had told me that I should keep my mind and options open to involvement in other activities and even other majors. When I came to Butler, the sense of community here gave me much incentive to get involved in that community. I gained many new interests such as the business of music and service work, to name a few. These interests led me to decide to change my major to Arts Administration Music.
This experience is the reason that I want to share this advice with others: you are not bound to one degree, and it is wise to diversify your interests and take classes in multiple colleges. Even if you have a scholarship for your college, there are ways to work it out. I would even suggest asking questions about things outside of the college you plan on applying to. I believe in a well-rounded, diverse, and cultured education, and using experiences to build character and perspective. My involvements in various disciplines at Butler has prepared me to handle a multitude of situations and given me an edge in the job market.
The last bit of guidance I want to give is that going to college is a time to roam outside of your comfort zone. I have benefited greatly from doing this and diving into everything I do, head first. Expect to meet an array of people with different backgrounds and stories. I advise to indulge in getting to know these people, and make relationships whenever you can. On student guided tours at colleges you are applying to, get to know the tour guide or any other students you meet. Ask them what they have learned by attending their respective university that they never expected to learn. You will gain more insight about the university this way than any website, book, or statistics. With that said, we look forward to seeing you on campus soon!
Butler University ’14
Arts Administration Music Major
Help Heal Haiti: Butler Chapter
Freshly Brewed Women’s A Capella Group
Epsilon Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi: Director of New Member Education
Office of Admissions: Butler University Student Ambassador
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