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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: April 2012

Why Does This Always Happen?

Right before finals week it seems like everyone starts to give you the most ridiculous work ever. I feel like I have a lot, but then when I say it aloud to myself it doesn’t seem that bad. I just have a lot of busy work to do! I’m going to use you to show myself what I have to do!

Freshman Year Seminar: Science and Sustainability
– Write final paper. Already 5 pages done only 3 more to go. Due Thursday

Arts Administration
– Start/Finish Portfolio due whenever scheduled appt. w/prof.

Natural World: World of Plants
– 4 seminar papers due
– 2 current event papers due
– study for lab practical
– study for final

Analytical Reasoning: Win Lose or Draw
– presentation
– study for final

Physical Well Being: Ballet

JR 112: News Print Writing
– start/finish controversial story due May 5
– rewrite any stories necessary

To you that may seem like a lot, but to me it doesn’t seem that bad. I really only have 2 exams, the rest are just papers. I love writing papers more than exams, because I know I am definitely a better writer than exam taker. I hate exams. So if I don’t blog in the next couple days I’m not dead I’m just trying to make it through my first year of college without my gpa dropping dramatically from the 3.5 that I already have. Wish me luck!

The Amazing Race

Ever since my mom’s friend has gotten me addicted to watching the show The Amazing Race I cannot stop watching. The Amazing Race is a show on CBS that airs every Sunday at 8 PM. It is a race around the world where teams of 2 compete against others to win $1000000. Along the way teams get eliminated throughout the race, but sometimes there are parts of the race where no one gets eliminated it just depends. Through out the show you must do different challenges pertaining to the culture or country where you are!

At some point I want to at least apply for the race. My only problem is that I can get really competitive, so my goal would definitely be to find someone who is just as competitive as me. Some times that is dangerous though because people who are both equally competitive can start to irritate each other!

I was going to show the top five places I want to go, but I thought that would be too much so I am going to the top three places I would want to go to if I were on the race! No particular order!

1) Budapest, Hungary
I am going to be honest one of my reasons is just because how awesome the name Budapest is. I also have many other reasons! The city looks amazing on pictures! They have so many beautiful buildings and on top of that currently Budapest has over 837 monuments! They also are said to have amazing spas, so that is just a cherry on top… not that I would be going to a spa if on the race!

2) Machu Picchu, Peru
Being it is one of the seven wonders of the world I think it would be amazing to go there. It seems so mysterious yet so beautiful! I also think it would be so gorgeous just to be able to even look around the area outside of Machu Picchu as well. I can only imagine how beautiful Peru would be!

3) Cordoba, Spain
Don’t ask me why I know all these random places. I do pinterest way to often and also have always wanted to go to Spain! The buildings here look amazing, and they have so many festivals and awesome things to do! I feel like being able to go through any of the above places would be amazing on a race!

Don’t Listen To Stereotypes

As many of you might know from my previous blogs I am half Japanese and half Caucasian. Do not let me being Japanese fool you. Stereotypes that usually go along with me being half Japanese are: I’m smart, really good at math and science, and probably know every Asian person or am somehow related to them.

The truth of the matter is I am not like that at all! I am terrible at both math and science. I am smart, but it’s not just from being half Japanese. I’ve always had to try really hard to get the grades that I have, even if that means procrastinating to the very last second. Right now I am in Natural World, which for us is like a science class and Analytical Reasoning, which is math. I have always had trouble in science and math for as long as I can remember!

Since I have been struggling a lot in these classes at Butler, I have gotten a tutor for both my math and science. Thank goodness for those two! They have helped me out so much! At Butler getting a tutor is really easy because we have the Learning Resource Center, which will find a tutor for you! Although you can’t get a tutor if you aren’t going to class, or haven’t done the necessary steps that you can do by yourself first.

I take my first natural world test on Wednesday since having a tutor, so it should be interesting to see how much it really is helping. So far I feel like it has been helping a lot, but I am so grateful that I finally have a tutor and hopefully I can get my grade up before semester is over. Only three weeks left!

American Problems

These past couple of weeks my sister, brother in law, and mom have been in Japan. My mom is Japanese and her whole side of the family still lives there. This was the first time my brother in law was meeting my mom’s side of the family, and the first time my sister has been back to Japan in a very long time. If there is anything I learned from their trip it was:

1) they think my brother in law looks like an actor…
2) they think Americans (mainly my brother) are fat.

They did not say that Americans are fat, but from hearing what my sister said about not being able to find large shirts or even large anything for that matter it obviously shows that everything is LARGE in America. My uncle had to rent a car just to pick up my family because although their car is large enough to hold everyone it was not large enough to hold everyone’s luggage.

Some of the things my mom, sister, and brother in law got for me!

People always ask me how Japanese are so tiny, because many think that because they eat so much white rice they wouldn’t be that tiny or healthy. The reason is because as Americans we decide to eat ridiculous portions. I am no health expert, and I am guilty of these large portions, but that’s probably the main reason why we are bigger than Asians. I still find it entertaining though to hear my Japanese grandpa’s only advice to my brother “lose weight, so you can be healthy and live long” My grandpa is in his late 80’s, and still walks around everywhere. I hope I can be as healthy as him when I get older!

Don’t be afraid to go to Japan. My family is only harsh to us, and it’s all out of love, so no worries!

A picture my sister took of Mt. Fuji from her phone.

Spring Sports Spectacular

If you would have entered Hinkle Fieldhouse at 3 AM in the morning this past Saturday you probably saw something very unexpected. Karaoke, Dance offs, Volleyball finals, Basketball finals and all sorts of other events that would not be happening on a normal Saturday morning.

This past weekend was Spring Sports Spectacular. It’s a twelve hour event where all of Greek life and also Independents get together in order to raise money and support for the Special Olympics. Although it is for a good cause many houses take it very serious and get very competitive. The independent teams are usually very good, because many athletes cannot do Greek life, so a lot of independent teams have division one athletes on their teams!

I was originally suppose to play tennis, but it got rained out. Instead I administered a spelling bee contest, which was terrible. I am terrible at saying large words. Then I played ultimate Frisbee at 4 or 5 AM. Honestly, I don’t remember because of how tired I was and now continue to be. Either way it was so much fun. Next year I plan to do way more events, because it’s fun! Just from Spring Sports there was $5200 raised, which doesn’t include the amount of money from Polar Plunge, which also gets donated to the Special Olympics! I can’t wait until next year to do Spring Sports again.

Here’s a video of Spring Sports Spectacular from two years ago!

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