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Hi I'm Katie, I am a junior at Butler. I am a Strategic Communication major with a focus in Public Relations. I love being involved in campus and hold positions in College Mentors for Kids and Dawg Pound. I am also a Butler Student Ambassador, Morton Finney Scholar, and a member of Pi Beta Phi. I am huge Indy sports fan! Currently I am studying abroad in Sydney Australia!

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Archive: September 2011

Tell Me What To Do

As an exploratory major I honestly have no idea what I want to do. People always say, “you must have some idea” but I really don’t. Being undecided was a huge reason as to why I chose Butler. This may confuse some people. Let me explain.

The exploratory program is really great at Butler, yes it is a program, being exploratory is better than being undecided at other schools because your advisers and faculty really help you try to figure out what you want to do. I am currently in the exploratory class, which is LC 103. This class allows you to take skills test and personality assessments to see what your strengths are. It also allows you to job shadow in areas where you would be interested. On top of that speakers from the different colleges at Butler come to speak to you about their college and what majors are involved.

On all my tests I always test high in leadership and communication. This is not that shocking to me but some skills can be shocking! The other day I scored sort of high in creativity. I really do not think I am creative at all.

So if anyone has any idea what I should do with my life please inform me. Until then I will be exploring my options here at Butler, until hopefully end of sophomore year when I really want to be able to decide.

Since this week I have no homework, I have been finding a lot of extra time to find really dumb YouTube videos. Basically without homework I do not know what to do with myself…

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Concert Craziness

I’m so glad Butler is so close to the city and big venues. It makes it so much easier to be able to attend concerts and different events going around in the city! A couple weeks ago at Clowes, The Fray had a concert! It was so awesome. I had really good tickets so I was so pumped! They were so good live, and it was such a good setting.

Isaac, the singer for The Fray!

Then last night I got to see Tyga, Kelly Rowland, T-Pain, and Chris Brown with my best friend Nicole! I was so thankful because my best friend’s family gave me these tickets and we were second row! It was such a fun concert. I felt bad for people who had to sit in the lawn because it was raining so hard, and on top of that it was cold, so I was glad to be under the covering. I have a lot of pictures but I will just show one of each artist!

Opening act, Tyga, so good!

Second Act, Kelly Rowland, she brought back old school songs! I loved it!

T-Pain! We learned he can actually dance!

I never realized how attractive Chris Brown is... oh and he's a good dancer :)

Basically it was so amazing, and I wish every person could have experienced the absolute craziness I experienced and not only that, but GROWN MEN crying over Chris Brown. I can’t wait until my next concert in two weekends, Mac Miller, I can only expect great things.

One last thing, it’s my brother’s birthday. He’s really old, 31! Just kidding. Hope he has a good one!

24 Hours and Counting

In 24 hours I take my first college exam. I am freaking out. Exams in college count for way more of your grade than they do in high school, and that scares me. Not only that this test is over the Hindu religion with words that I cannot even pronounce. If you know me around campus, and do not see me studying please yell at me!

I have started to realize where are good places for me to study and where are bad places. I don’t understand how anyone could study in their room. I cannot focus whatsoever in my room. There are way too many distractions. Honestly what has helped me is going to Jordan Hall!

Jordan Hall!

Jordan Hall usually has a lot of classrooms that stay unlocked for students to study in. I like it better than Irwin because I feel like I can spread things out more and really get more accomplished. Even though I don’t really like Irwin, I love the science library that is stuck between Holcomb and the Pharmacy building!

Science Library!I have my own little special hidden place there, but last time it was taken so obviously not that hidden anymore. I am able to focus so well in that library because barely anyone talks. You could possibly hear a pin drop in their. Also if I am struggling to focus I go to HRC and run. Even though I hate running, it usually helps me focus on my homework!

The track at the HRC!

Good luck to everyone taking exams this week. If my exam goes well you may hear about it on here, but if it is not so hot… well let’s just ignore that!

And I know this is old, but can we please give Brad Stevens a shout out for making Butler proud with his dance moves? I know it’s college football season, but I can’t help but get a little excited about college basketball.

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Spreading the Butler Love

As I said in a previous blog, I went to Wabash and Purdue this past weekend. It was so much fun! I had some pretty interesting experiences along the way so I thought I would share them.

Driving up to Purdue, to pick up my best friend Sara, was exhausting. Before I left to pick her up I did a team bonding experience that day for my Freshmen Business Experience class. It was really fun, but so tiring. We did a low ropes course and a high ropes course. The high ropes course was awesome and I got to swing down from the top, which I was really nervous about, but I am so glad I did it. Get Real day, which is what they call our team bonding day, started at 9 and ended at 330ish. When I got back to my dorm I packed, showered, and left. I needed a break, but did not have time!

This is how I got down from the high ropes course, so awesome!

On my way to Purdue I needed to stop and get gas. I didn’t think getting gas would turn into a Butler alumni party. On the back of my car I have two stickers, a Butler sticker and my Butler parking sticker, this caused quite the stir. A man pulled up behind me and started talking to me. At first I thought this was extremely weird, but then he explained to me he went to Butler and wished me the best of luck! Then when he left, the car beside me noticed my Butler shirt and asked if I went to school there. I told them that I was a freshman. The whole car freaked out. The couple in the car got engaged in Holcomb Gardens and they were also both alumni. For being such a small school I feel like Butler love is all around!

The Butler sticker that caused all the alumni to talk to me!

Anyway I picked up my best friend Sara and we drove to Wabash. Wabash is so pretty! It reminds me so much of Butler besides the fact it is an all men college. My weekend was great. I was so glad to be able to see some of my closest friends from high school, and then watch my best friend play baseball! No worries though I put Butler everywhere in my best friends room, mainly on their white board! I hope everyone had a great and safe weekend!

Hank's dorm has a cubbie in their hallway, Sara and I found this extremely entertaining to take pictures in.

Oh and I guess I use a lot of exclamation points in my blogs, so Rachel I hope this was not as bad as my other blog! And also I am obsessed with this commercial, but seriously who doesn’t love some party rock and hamsters!

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Get Pumped!

In the coming month I have a lot going on! I am so excited for all of it though, so I want to share with you what I have planned! Today I get to see The Fray at Clowes! I really hope they play all of my favorite songs, which are not their extremely popular ones, so I hope they just play their album, but if not it should still be awesome! Then tomorrow I have my get real day for business where we do a lot of team bonding with our business team, and get to do the high ropes course! It’s all day, so I can only imagine how exhausted I might be at the end of the day. I am also going to Wabash tomorrow night to visit my best friend, Hank, and then watch him play baseball on Sunday morning! He’s been playing really well so I am so excited to be able to cheer him on! I guess you could say this weekend is quite eventful!

This gives an idea on how close colleges are to Butler! It's only about an hour to Purdue and Wabash!

I am kind of mad about this picture because they are showing IUPUI’s mascot, the jaguar, instead of the awesome bulldog.

On September 25th, I get to go to Chris Brown at Verizon! My best friend, Nicole, is coming with me. My favorite family in the world gave us the tickets and so I am really thankful! I just got the tickets from them yesterday! It’s nice still living so close to the city because all the concert venues are so close!

Our Chris Brown tickets!

Not only do I get to see Chris Brown that weekend, but my best friend, Sara, from Purdue is coming up to see me! Even though I am really excited about the next couple weeks in September, I really can’t wait until October starts because there is so much going on. I will probably write another blog that is about getting pumped because in October it is my sister’s wedding, Mac Miller concert at the Old National Center, Purdue to go see friends, homecoming, and Fall Break. I am getting so excited!

I can’t stop listening to this! It gets me so pumped for the weekend!

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Future Bulldogs!

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of tours on campus. I feel pretty pathetic since that was me just a few years ago, but I still aww every time I see perspective students. I can only hope that they consider Butler as their next home!

I toured Butler only one time. I live so close to Butler that the high school I went to would play basketball games at Hinkle, and also I went to a lot of Butler basketball games with my friend Nicole, so I did not really feel like I needed to tour as much as others. The first time and last time I toured Butler I went with my best friend Nicole! We were juniors and everyone else in our group were seniors. It was pretty cool to see where I could possibly be in a few years. There are a couple tips that I have for those of you who plan to tour Butler!

Nicole and I at a Butler game our junior year of HS

1. Come when students are in session!
Try and come when school is still in session at Butler. Try avoiding breaks, such as Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, or Christmas Break, which by the way our Thanksgiving Break is a week long and Christmas Break is a month long! Coming to campus when classes are in session is such a good time because you really get to see what campus is like. You will see people playing frisbee, students walking to classes, or just random fun that happens on campus all the time!

2. Do not come with a friend!
For me coming with my best friend Nicole was awesome because we both had an interest in coming to Butler. I do know other people that went on campus tours with their friends and it was not as great of an experience. Sometimes people let others influence them more than expected , so I would say to come to Butler with an open mind and maybe do not bring your closest friend.

3. Sit in on a class or come on one of the days towards your specific major!
Sitting on a class is great because most college classes are not like high school at all. There is a lot more discussion involved and a deeper level of thinking that goes on. Many professors that I have do not talk much, but instead want to hear what you have to say. Also, there are specific days towards certain majors that allow new students to come see what it may be like!

A communication class at Butler!

 

I did not follow any of these tips when I was looking at schools. I only toured Butler once during the summer, and I definitely did not sit in on classes or anything like that. One could say that I went into Butler blind, but in my opinion I picked the best school for me. I love Butler, and so I hope that when people are touring they feel the same way!

Oh and I’m not really into country music, but I cannot get this song out of my head!

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Kids These Days

Yesterday, I went home to go help my mom move some furniture out of our house. We are getting new carpet and new hardwood floors. Actually, the first time I went home was labor day and my room was already cleared out… Thanks Mom. Anyway, before I went home yesterday I stopped by brother’s house to see my niece and nephew! My brother and his wife live on the outskirts of Broad Ripple, which is pretty close to campus! I was so glad to see my nephew, Sam, and my niece, Olivia. They are quite the handful but they are so goofy!

Here's my niece and nephew trying to do silly faces... I did not get that memo!

After I saw Sam and Olivia, I went home to help my mom move furniture but more importantly to eat some awesome Japanese food. My mom is Japanese and so being on campus I definitely miss the food she makes. Last night, we had gyoza (potstickers), miso soup, and rice. I was so happy, but I definitely ate way too much!

The meal my Mom made for me!

Not only was I excited about food, but also about the package my mom got from Japan! My aunt sent over my mom’s kimono from when she had her 20th celebration. This kimono is what my sister will be wearing to take pictures in before her wedding! My sister is getting married on October 8th, so I am really excited! I will show you guys the obi, which is what is used to keep the kimono together. It is so pretty! I’ll show you everything together once my sister gets married!

So pretty!!!

Even though I went home, I was so excited to come back to the dorms. My mom told me I would miss her cooking and I totally agree. Now I am back to crazy homework, campus food, and dorm life!

Before I go here’s a video that I thought was so cool that I saw the other day on my friend’s facebook, plus I love the song in it! Hope you like it!

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Listen to Your Elders.

College freshmen would always come back for Homecoming at my school or randomly during my senior year, and I never really believed anything they told me. They always said how much studying is involved and how getting distracted is so much easier. I do not know why I did not believe them because now I understand and it’s only been 2 or 3 weeks in school.

First of all, there is so much READING. I think majority of my time is spent reading for a class. It is never short reading either. I read anywhere from 20 to 40 pages for each class. The different thing about college though is that since you have such a variety of classes to pick from most of your reading is enjoyable. I do not mind reading any of the books I have to read, because they all pertain to something I am interested in!

My books, it may not seem like a lot, but most of them have small print!!

The people that came to my high school were also right about getting easily distracted. I am rather social. Never mind who am I kidding I am EXTREMELY social. I love meeting new people and talking to others. Sometimes it can be difficult to stay focused. People may come in and out of your room, fraternities and sororities might doing an event, which by the way I have a frat and sorority right outside my window and currently they are bouncing on trampolines to blaring music. It is all fun and awesome, but I have realized that studying in my room is not always the best idea! Instead, I usually study in the basement of Schwitzer, a classroom in Jordan Hall or Galluhue, or the library. I get so much more work done in those places than my room!

This is the house of the sorority that is across from my room that is currently bouncing on trampolines!

Last but not least I never really took into consideration how awesome all the older kids said college was. There is no way of describing how awesome college is you just have to go! Seriously, I am only in my 2nd or 3rd week of school and I am already saying this. Just wait in a couple weeks I am sure that things can only get better.

I decided that at the end of every post now I will share something with you that I am really excited about. Right now I am really excited about next Friday! The Fray is coming to Clowes and I get to go! To get everyone excited here’s The Fray!

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Welcome Back Fall.

In true Indiana fashion, the weather changed and super fast. Why does everyone wonder why we all get sick? Probably because Indiana likes to freak out and change weather all the time, but I can’t complain. Fall is my favorite season, and for all you Summer lovers out there let me explain why Fall is so awesome.

1. Sweatshirts/Uggs
Who doesn’t love sweatshirts?! They are so comfy and soft. You don’t have to worry about what you are wearing under them because you most likely won’t take it off, but if you do get too hot then you can always take it off! I especially love my Phillies sweatshirt, thanks to my friend Hank I started getting interested in the Phillies and now I am debating whether to buy another sweatshirt. Buying a new sweatshirt might be a problem because I am really thinking about buying new Uggs. You may think Uggs are ugly, but they are so comfy. They can go with anything and feel so soft and warm. Don’t judge the uggs by the outside it’s what inside that matters :)

I love this sweatshirt!

2. Apple Cider/Chai = Chaider or any Fall drink Starbucks offers.
My friend, Natasha, has seriously got me hooked on Chaider, I don’t even know if that’s how you spell it correctly, but it is Apple Cider and Chai Tea mixed together! It’s so good! Not only that but since Fall is back that means Pumpkin Spice Lattes are here. Nothing is better than having a warm drink in cold weather. Plus who doesn’t love Apple Cider?! So awesome.

3. Football
I am a huge fan of football. Being that I am from Indianapolis, I love the Colts. I can’t wait until September 11th when the season starts. I’ve been a little worried with the whole Peyton situation, but nonetheless I am still pumped. Football in the fall is great. Tailgating and eating good off the grill food is so yummy. Plus when you go to games at Lucas Oil or any stadium for that matter there’s no better football experience than that.

4. Leaves Changing!
Here in Indiana we are known for our leaves having this crazy change in color. I can’t wait until leaves begin to change here at Butler. I heard it is so pretty through the Monon trail and just through out campus since we have so many trees! For any students though and anyone visiting Indiana, Brown County is a must. For the past couple years I have been going camping with my friends Lindsey and Sara to Happy Hollows in Brown County with their families. It’s so pretty there and I’m so mad we can’t do it this year because they go to Purdue and being that we both have the same homecoming as the high schooler’s Fall Break, we can’t go! :( I am going to miss it, so hopefully we get to go some other time!

Last year at Brown County! So Pretty!

5. Bonfires
They keep you warm, and you can make awesome food with bonfires. For example, Smores. Who doesn’t love smores?! They can be messy but the gooey awesomeness of smores is the best part. Until Fall is here I have to suffice with microwave smores or the smores cupcake from The Flying Cupcake. The cupcake is awesome, but I still want the actual thing! Plus with bonfires I love that smell! Right now is perfect bonfire weather.

Sorry about my Fall rant, I am just a little too excited.

 

Man, I Love College.

I love COLLEGE. Yes, it does take work, and I am pretty sure I have never studied this much in my life. My parents were not exactly thrilled to hear that statement. I’m so thrilled that I picked Butler. To get everyone up to speed with freshmen life so far, I definitely need to share with you Welcome Week.

Welcome Week is possibly the best week at Butler, then again I’ve only been here for 2 weeks, so that may not be saying much. If there’s anything I remember from Welcome Week it is definitely my SOG’s (Student Orientation Guides), my crazy times spent with my dorm unit, and all the crazy activities planned for freshmen. We had a rave, casino night, the quest, comedian, drive in movies, a hypnotist, a bonfire and Play Fair (such an awesome icebreaker experience). This was a Play Fair at Butler from a couple years ago, but still gives the same experience!

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Also about my SOG’s they are pretty awesome. Fellow bloggers Steph, and also Andrew were SOG’s! S.O.G stands for Student Orientation Guide. Usually you get paired up with an upperclassmen whose in your major to help you out for your freshmen year and specifically for Welcome Week. For me being exploratory, I just got two random upperclassmen, but they were awesome! They are hilarious and funny. They helped me out a lot for my first couple days here!

One last thing,  my unit is awesome! My RA, Steph (not the other blogger), is really cool, and plans a lot of stuff for us to get together. We have done a lot of things together, but a fun event was cheering on one of the girl’s on our floor at her soccer game! We all got painted up and went to support her!

Butler Women's Soccer Game w/unit girls!

Don’t you see now why I love college?