Typically for most students summer is a time to relax and enjoy life. For me summer is all about saving money, which means I need to stop spending money. Unfortunately my friends love to spend money it seems like. I really don’t have that option right now. Here’s why:
#1. Study Abroad (hopefully)
Next year I plan on studying abroad in Australia during the spring semester. While I hope that it all works out that means I really need to save money in order to do all the things I want. I also am trying to figure out how much flights are from Australia to Japan so that I can possibly visit family there.
#2. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
Say whatever you want, but I must attend the Justin Timberlake concert. I am willing to forgo all other summer concerts just to see him in December. This probably seems extremely ridiculous, but I can’t help it. Buying Justin Timberlake tickets though isn’t cheap, which is just another reason among others why saving money is mandatory this summer.
More importantly I pay for a lot of my own things. I pay for gas, my clothes (except for work, thanks dad) and going out with friends. On the top of those things gas is the most important, however, sometimes I forget that minor detail and spend gas money on other things. I am trying to work on that.
While this summer will still somewhat be fun, I definitely need to save as much as I can. This probably means that I will need to teach myself something so I can consume my time without shopping…
Tagged: australia, clothes, concerts, gas, jobs, justin timberlake, money, saving, shopping, spending, study abroad, Summer
I have definitely been slacking with the blogs lately, but with everyone leaving and packing up it has been kind of crazy to get everything that I need to get accomplished done! So I thought I would throw out a few songs that I have been listening to while I pack.
#1. The Paper Kites – Bloom
This song is a little mellow, but I can’t stop listening to it. It kind of goes with the mood of moving out of the house. The mixture of the two voices of the girl and guy are really sweet.
#2. Logic – All I Do
If you know me then you knew there would have to be some rap on this list. I really like this song because of the beat behind it. It’s a pretty simple beat, but the piano background is what gets me. It’s not like the typical rap I listen to that is intense, this is way more laid back, which is a change of pace for me.
#3. Venice – The Lighthouse and the Whalers
So lately I have been listening to a lot of indie bands and this is one of them. I think you can start to see a pattern in the type of indie bands I like, but I really just like the way they sing. I like voices that don’t sound so mainstream and this guys voice definitely doesn’t sound like the norm that’s out there.
This music Monday may not have been eventful, but it’s difficult when I’m still trying to pack my life away, so hopefully tomorrow I can give a full blog about what’s going on! There are a lot of new things that I can’t wait to share. Until then happy packing everyone!
Recently I changed my Facebook name to incorporate my middle name, Miki. If you never read my blog before then you probably don’t know that I am half Japanese. Miki in Japanese means future hope. At first I used to hate my name, let me explain.
Throwback: When I was younger I used to hate that I was even half Japanese. A lot of the time I got made fun of for having different eyes or being told by others that I am suppose to be good at math because I am Asian. Being different to me meant that I would just get made fun of. When I was younger I didn’t understand why out of all my siblings I looked the most Asian. I would get made fun of things I brought to lunch. I don’t want to make this some sob story. I will not say I was bullied because I think bully is very intense word, and that’s not what happened to me.
Now: I have realized how proud to be who I am. How many people can say they were born in a different country in America? I can. I love that I can have authentic Japanese food from my mom, and I love that I have two amazing cultures to learn from. Being different is not a bad thing, if anything it is a good thing. Being different has brought me so many opportunities, and has also opened my eyes to a lot of different things. Now that I have realized this I am definitely open to so much more. It makes me sad that there are still people today in society who think different is bad, because in reality different is what has gotten us to today.
So yes my middle name is Miki, and while it took me a while to realize that it doesn’t suck to have a middle name that is a Disney character it took my longer to realize that everyone should be proud of what they stand for, and who they are.
When I was little!
I have not been able to blog a lot, because it seems like all I am doing lately is either finishing projects or studying for finals. It is that time of the year where everything is starting to wrap. Seniors are starting to realize their time is coming to an end. Freshmen can’t believe they’ve made it through one year of college, and here I sit thinking about how half of my undergraduate is almost done.
It is a little depressing when you think about it. Every time I see families touring Butler I get a little jealous, because they are in that stage of excitement when you realize that you are finally going to college. I remember my registration day at Butler and how I couldn’t imagine that I would ever be here, and now that I am here I just want to continuously relive freshmen year. I am pretty sure though that my parents would not enjoy me reliving freshmen year over and over with how much money they would be spending, but Butler was free I would do it over and over again except for the finals part.
While finals do tend to stress people out, they are not that bad. We don’t have classes so it is just completely time to study. It just depends if you spend that time wisely. I am not going to lie I’m a little stressed out because I’m not a big test person, but either way finals must go on, so if you take a final and think man I just failed that just always think “On to the next one”
At a lot of other schools there is a week at the end of semester called Dead Week. This is the week where you are supposed to be preparing for finals and getting everything set for the stressful week that is ahead. Unfortunately, at Butler dead week doesn’t exist, so this week has been completely insane. Today at 215 PM I will finally be able to say that I am completely done with everything for this week, and I can relax. To say I am excited is an understatement.
Here is a little snapshot of what I had to do this week:
Promotional Writing 15-20 minute group presentation
Spanish 102 Cultural Project 20 minute group presentation
Arts Administration 10 minute presentation
Design and Production online portfolio
Global and Historical Studies research paper 5-6 pages
All this on top of still completely assignments for the classes, as well as trying to figure out my life with summer jobs, and balancing sorority craziness. Thankfully the company I am talking with for my possible summer job is extremely understanding. To explain the sorority craziness, this week is not only our philanthropy week but also our senior week. This means that we have to do a lot more than usual, which is totally fine besides it is the craziest week ever. However, I am extremely excited for our philanthropy event as well as senior week. I love the seniors and will miss them so much!
Tomorrow expect to see a blog of complete excitement from me. By then I will have been probably a complete 24 hours stress free, that is until Sunday when I realize I need to start studying for finals. Good luck to all the students out there! We are almost done! Here’s a video of how I look during finals week.
Working at Forever 21 for three years has definitely affected my life in many ways. While I met some amazing and also very interesting people there I also learned that saving your paycheck is more important than spending money on clothes and rings. Although sometimes you just can’t help but by things.
Every one in while Forever 21 will have these insane sales where everything is an additional 50% off of clearance item, which is ridiculous because items such as rings are then only 50 cents. Do you really think I would pass that up? This whole sale is what started my ring obsession. It doesn’t help that most rings there at only $2.80 anyway, but the on sale it just makes everything ten times worse.
All the rings I currently own!
As you can see from the picture above it might be getting a little crazy, but trust me it cannot just be any ring that can make it into my collection. I am extremely picky, but I will still probably be adding many more to this. The sad thing is that I know when one is missing… Happy ring shopping!
Recently our blogging staff found out that our boss, Kristen, is leaving for another job. While we are all very excited for her and the new job it was a sad day for myself and the 5 other bloggers. My experience at Butler with bosses has been unlike any other job. Many of the bosses are people that you can confide in and they will try and help you in any way. As Kristen leaves I wanted to share with you my favorite moments with my boss.
1.) Blogger meetings
Usually when employers hear meetings it always sounds like they are moaning and groaning about it and don’t want to attend. With blogger meetings it is completely different. I actually look forward to our meetings because not only does Kristen get us food, but it is usually an hour of laughing. For Kristen’s sake, so she doesn’t get a heart attack when reading this, WE DO ACCOMPLISH THINGS IN OUR MEETINGS. They are actually very well organized it is just that the bloggers are all extremely funny in my opinion and so we laugh a lot.
2.) Random times in Kristen’s office
If you have ever been to Butler Office of Admissions typically everyone’s door is open unless a meeting is going on. Everyone there is extremely nice and will help you in anyway possible! Kristen’s office is no different and I’m sure I have kept her from work about a trillion times, but every time I’m in the admissions office I know that I can always stop by and talk to her. Whether I have something serious or just stopping by to say hi I know that I will probably be there for at least 20 minutes and will laugh every moment I am there!
3.) Blogger Parties
Yes, we do get end of the semester parties. It is pretty awesome. Usually Kristen would invite us to her house and we would eat and play games. It may seem really simple, but little things like that is what I love because it is always a nice time to catch up. Some times I can’t read everyone’s blogs all the time and I can’t stop by Kristen’s office that often so it was nice to have the parties so we could all catch up. Also, I will miss seeing Kristen’s crazy cat.
I’m sure our next boss will be awesome too, but it will be sad to see Kristen to leave. Until then I think the blogging staff is just hoping we don’t see her cry, because then we will all probably start to cry too.
Typically when I write the Music Monday blogs I am writing about artists that I can’t stop listening to and really like. This Music Monday I thought I would talk about someone who I thought I would never listen to again after one song, but now keep finding more and more songs that I can’t stop listening to.
The artist that I am talking about is Alex Clare. After his song “Too Close” hit the airwaves this past year I thought I would never listen to anything else by him, because of how overplayed it was. That all changed the other day when I was listening to 8tracks and an acoustic version of an Etta James cover of Damn Your Eyes came on. I had no idea it was Alex Clare and ended up loving his rendition of it. The reason why I decided to write this blog is because 5 minutes ago I found another song on 8tracks that I like. Who was it by? Alex Clare. I’m starting to think Alex Clare is haunting me now, because I said I would never listen to him again.
The point is for this Music Monday, don’t judge an artist by their first single. Their CD could actually be a really well developed tone of amazing beats and really good lyrics that you would never know about. Below is the two songs from Alex Clare that I can’t stop listening to, but I’m sure the more I listen to his album the more I will find.
Today I had a potential student shadow me in one of my classes, and it started to make me think about the things that caused me to love Butler and how I know I picked the right school. It is that time of year where many students try to decide between different schools. If you are anything like me in the time of decision making it usually takes forever. This is true for my senior year when I came down to two schools and waited until the last week to decide. If you are reading this I hope you are a current high school senior deciding between Butler and somewhere, and I hope this post can help you see why you should pick Butler.
#1. Small class sizes, personal relationships w/professors
I know this probably seems obvious. Butler is a small school so it would be expected to have small class sizes. The reality is though that it is so important to Butler to keep classrooms having that personal connection to those in your class along with your professor. I tell many students looking into Butler that I never have a problem communicating with my professors. Most of my professors will email me back within an hour of me emailing them. I know many students who have professors numbers and contact them regularly about class. Either way your professor is willing to make anyway possible to make sure that you feel comfortable in the class and understand the topics being discussed. Having a small class size makes participation easy and actually allows you to think about what is going on, not just sitting there through lecture after lecture.
#2. Internships, Indianapolis, and Alumni
While we may be a small school the amount of opportunities we have here as students is insane. Indianapolis is the 12th largest city in the nation and with that comes major benefits. In Indianapolis we have something that can accommodate any major. Whether your into the arts (Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra), sports (Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Indians, Indiana Ice), business (top ranked companies), medicine/pharmaceuticals (Eli Lilly Headquarters). The list goes on and on. I barely even covered anything for business because of how many great opportunities there are. We also have amazing alumni who are willing to provide anything they can to better our chances while at Butler and after. If you don’t want to stay in Indianapolis then you don’t have to, Butler has connections wherever the road may take you. On top of that we have the Internship and Career Services center that can help you with your resume, interview skills, and so much more. They even provide services to alumni.
#3. The Butler Way
This is something that no other school will have. It is called the Butler Way for a reason, and while many people who don’t go to Butler correlate it with Butler basketball the truth is that it is something that many students at Butler strive for. Outside of Hinkle Fieldhouse you will find a bust of legendary Tony Hinkle and underneath it shares the five values of the Butler Way. Those are: humility, passion, unity, servanthood, and thankfulness. I’m not going to generalize and say that every student at Butler strives for this as I said previously it something that “MANY” students strive for. I know I strive for it, and I know many people who strive for it to. It is so profound that many speakers that come here from Fortune 500 companies will go back to The Butler Way and explain how it works in their business. It has also been mentioned as being part of Butler basketball success.
Tony Hinkle with The Butler Way
I think I could have talked about the typical reasons why I like Butler like I usually do. For example, how beautiful the campus is, Butler basketball, my sorority, my friends, Blue 2 and Blue 3, but you get that all on your tour. You see how happy students are on campus, and how welcoming they are. Instead I wanted to share with you what you wouldn’t know on the tour. With that I wish all of the seniors good luck! It’s definitely not an easy decision, but if you choose Butler I am so excited for you to experience the best four years of your life.
Tagged: Alumni, butler, Colts, Hinkle, ICE, IMA, Indianapolis, Indians, Internship and Career Services, Pacers, The Butler Way
Thank goodness, spring seems to finally be here. I say seems because you never know with Indiana, it may change back to the 30′s in two days and I will be back to blogging about snowing. Lets hope not.
When spring and warm weather come back on to campus it gets back to being the place that I have come to love. If you have ever visited Butler then you know about the mall. The mall is a large grassy area that goes directly down the middle of our campus. These past couple of days have been awesome, because students have been coming out to the mall to layout, play sports, hang out with friends, or even take a nap. From a tour guides perspective it’s awesome, because this is exactly what college is all about, but especially Butler.
This is the mall. On Sunday it was completely full with students doing so many different activities!
When the weather gets warmer you really see the awesome things about Butler. You see how even though we are a small campus and seem to know everyone you still see people out on the mall that you have never seen in your life. You get to see how amazing our campus looks. Not to brag, but our campus seriously looks like a movie scene. I know I may be biased, but come on a sunny day at Butler and take a look for yourself and come take a tour with me!