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Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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College So Far: Part II

Let’s get ready for SOPH.MORE.YEAR. (I couldn’t fit the ‘o’ in, deal.)

Ashley did this to me while I was innocently trying to study.


Ochem I: I took this over the summer at Xavier University. I cried a lot.

Anatomy: Physiology not included. This is taught by Dr. Hatcher, who’s a crazy awesome dude (that’s right, I just called an ER doctor and Vietnam War veteran a “dude”). I was really glad I took anatomy in high school so I was familiar with this class. It was not a cake walk.

Intro to Creative Writing: This turned into a primarily poetry class despite the course description saying it would have prose in it. Ugh. I hate poetry. I did, however, learn a lot about the writing process and how to edit. So that was good.

19th Century Europe: I took AP Euro in high school. 40% of it was this era in history in Europe. I destroyed this class with my mad European history skills.

East Asian Interactions (GHS): You have to take two Global and Historical Studies (GHS) classes to graduate. I chose this because I love Asia. I learned about samurai and ancient China. I actually really enjoyed it!

Lifetime Fitness activity and class: I took Strength and Conditioning as my activity, so I ran on a treadmill every day like a pro. In November I got a cough that wouldn’t go away and running made my chest hurt, sooo that made strength and conditioning hard.

Healthcare Ethics: Iiiit was interesting. That’s all I’m going to say. Requirement you have to do, the end.


Pathogenic Microbiology: Taught by Martin Sheen as Robert E. Lee in Gettysburg, aka Dr. Shellhaas. I loved this class so hard. I have a thing for bacteria. This class had a lab where we got to practice staining techniques and look at squirmy bacteria under a microscope. We also got to play with bunsen burners. Woo!

Modernizing and Contemporary Europe (GHS): It just wasn’t fair to Europe classes at this point. This class started at exactly where 19th Century Europe did. I, again, tore it apart. We did get to watch a BBC rendition of Charles Dickens’s Hard Times, as well as All Quiet on the Western Front. I loved both.

Ochem 2: I cried more.

Symphonic Band: SO FUN! I missed playing tuba! I had a great time in the band, but could no longer fit it in my schedule. :(

Physiology: A nightmare. But I got through it. Anatomy was a lot better because it was “This thing goes here.” Physiology was “this thing goes here and does this and this and this and this and–” yeah.

PX200: Same ol’. Had to do a learning service project, and that’s when I joined PAWS! HOORAY!



I didn’t do a whole lot of activities sophomore year. In fact, I did none. But a group of crazies decided to start up a game of Humans vs Zombies, and I was up for a late evening patrol of campus looking for zombies to pelt with Nerf missiles. This is also the year the game was banned from campus.

I remember winter being particularly cold that year. Like, freeze your snot two feet out the door cold. We still lived in Schwitzer so the commute to class was hardly bothersome. That would all change when we moved to the apartment village. DUN DUN DUN!

This project is getting overly ambitious for 1:21 AM. My ‘u’ key is now rebelling, whereas my ‘s’ key is behaving. Is something living in my keyboard?

College So Far: An Epic Tale, Part I

Listen, I have a lot of things going on, but I thought right now would be a good time to break it down for you and tell you about my experiences here at Butler. Year by year. This is going to require a lot of digging on Facebook to find the proper pictures.


Move-in day!!

My shirt does, in fact, say TEAM AWESOME. This is the first day I met my roomies!! Move-in was crazy, and it was hot, and our room was very crowded and awkward because we set up the beds to be three in a row. No one manned up to take a bunk. Ashley eventually did, though. So here’s a picture of our dorm, circa December in Schwitzer Hall!

My side of our redesigned room!

We probably had the coolest dorm in the Lower Level. Let’s not lie.

Let’s discuss the classes I took as a pre-pharmacy freshman.


Calculus: Didn’t jive so well with the teacher and withdrew sometime in September after the first test. Happens.

General Chemistry: With Dr. Kirsch, still one of my favorites! He’s so funny. I think his teaching style was also the reason I did so well in that class.

PX100: I’m not sure if the pharmacy program still does it this way, but this was an “intro to pharmacy” class I took once a week that required a job shadow and a bunch of videos and reflection papers.

Music: A Living Language: I thought this class was sort of a joke, but only because I had played in my high school band for seven years and I had a pretty good appreciation for music. It was easy and we got to watch movies, and I saw a young Yo-Yo Ma!

Man, I really slacked fall semester once I dropped calculus. In my defense, chemistry was 5 days a week plus a lab. So there.


Calculus: Second time’s a charm? I got a great prof who was really good at teaching us math, and I did decently in the class. YAY!

GenChem 2: Same gen chem. Different course title. Still with Dr. Kirsch and it was fun! I think this was the semester he told us about alcohol metabolism in the liver.

Cell Biology: This was our pharmacy biology requirement, or at least it was when I was a freshman. I liked it because it was very specific for things we needed to know, like the in-depth ways ATP is made and how DNA is synthesized. Very useful for microbio and clinical biochemistry later!

Intro to Psychology: SO. FUN. I actually learned a lot of things about eyes and brains and neurons and sleep that came in handy for down the road. I would highly recommend taking psych for this division requirement for any pre-health people. :) We watched a lot of videos and I always thought my prof looked like Severus Snape. In a good way.


I joined Butler’s Shotokan Karate Club! It was a really awesome experience, especially with my background and interest in Japanese culture. Shotokan is a national league of karate-ness (I should be their spokesperson) that is raw, un-Americanized karate! I got to punch the air and yell in Hinkle’s west gym. That was practice every other day. Awesome.

While freshman year was awkward in many, MANY ways, Kass and Ashley and I had a lot of fun navigating college and figuring out that 8 AM classes are to be avoided at all costs, no matter how early we had gotten up in high school.