I like to plan ahead, but even this amount of planning ahead is even a little ridiculous for me. Currently, I have my housing for my junior and senior year completely squared away as well as my entire life for Junior year. If you find this insane, trust me I completely agree.
While I do love the small campus of Butler, it is sometimes difficult with housing. Since our basketball team’s final four runs a couple of years ago we have recently had a large increase in admissions. This increase is now causing Butler to think of new ways to increase the amount of housing we have on campus! At Butler you can only live in a house when you are a senior or claim senior status. Before that you have to live in either the dorms or the apartments on campus. Since there are starting to be so many of us, houses are becoming more competitive to get, which is why many sophomores are already signing leases for their senior year. Crazy, right? I know.
Yesterday I officially signed off on where I will be living for my Junior year. I’m living in Apartment Village, and I am extremely excited because my roommates and I got everything we wanted! We wanted second floor, bay window, and a view of the Butler Bowl, Butler’s football field. We got all of that!
My home for junior year, apartment village!
For senior year I am living in a house with my current roommate, and a couple of other people. Our house is super nice and I am really excited!
On top of all this housing shenanigans, in a couple of days I have my meeting with my adviser to plan for all next year. In the Spring I plan to go abroad to Ireland or England, so I have a lot of planning to do with that as well. Basically right now, my entire life is a calendar, and I just keep making it more and more busy, but I think I am used to it by now.
It is sad to say this, but many who know me know about my Greek life family being all Asian. This does not mean I will not accept anyone who is not Asian into my life, it is just a funny joke that my Big started and now has seem to continue on.
If you are not familiar with Greek Life, everyone has a family. My grand big is still around because she is a pharmacy, so in my line it is my grandbig, big, and two littles. I also have a “cousin” because my big has a twin. It sounds really complicated but it really is not! If you are confused though, what I am about to say next may just add to the confusion. You can ask guys from other houses to be your big bro or little bro, so I also have a big bro.
It just so happens that my big bro, big sis, and two littles are Asian. My big bro is the only full Asian the rest of us are half. Once again I will say anyone is allowed in my family, Asian or not Asian! My grand big is not Asian so we are not trying to exclude people! You have to admit though that having an Asian Greek family is pretty awesome.
My Greek Family! Miranda, me, Mark, Lindsay, and Karissa!
This past week I have been unable to blog as much as usual for only one reason: March Madness, which I have now decided to name March Sadness because of Butler’s recent loss. I was fortunate to be able to go to both Butler games held in Lexington this past week.
To describe Thursday’s game vs Bucknell in one word would be excitement. I had never been to a March Madness game so it was awesome to see the team I love play in that kind of atmosphere. In typical fashion, Butler gave me a heart attack for most of the game, but we still got the win, which was exciting. The moment the buzzer went off I knew that I would be back in Lexington for Saturday’s game vs Marquette.
Driving down on Saturday to Lexington was nerve racking to say the least. I could not stop thinking about the game, and on top of that we had to sit through an entire game before we even watched ours. We played well. I am in no means disappointed in our team. It was just a really good game all around. Some of the calls I find debatable, but what’s done is done. It is really hard to talk about the outcome of that game considering how close it was.
As I usually try to do I think of the positives that come from losing the game to Marquette. For one, my grades will go back up. Two, I will not be focused on attending games anymore, instead just watching them. Three, I will be saving a ton money by not traveling to follow the team everywhere they go.
So I guess now I’m cheering on Louisville, because while in Lexington their fans always said they would be cheering for us. Plus even though I didn’t really know him a guy on the Louisville team went to my high school, so why not have them go all the way? Either way I’m still a proud Bulldog!
This past Sunday was the best Sunday, besides the Super Bowl, of the year. It was Selection Sunday. The Sunday where teams get to see if they are going to the big dance AKA March Madness. Butler got picked with a 6th seed in the East region. To say I am excited is an understatement.
Right now I am struggling with the fact that I go to Butler for an education and not for Butler basketball. I have to keep reminding myself that during March Madness school still comes first. Even though I think that professors should still cancel classes when Butler is playing. Just a thought. Thankfully my crazy week was before Spring Break so there is not much going on for me this week, which is awesome!
This Thursday I will be going to see the dawgs play Bucknell in Lexington, Kentucky! I’m so excited that I get to experience this! Another thing I have to keep reminding myself of is: ONE GAME AT A TIME. I can’t imagine if I can’t focus on things how the actual team is focusing.
I will apoligize in advance that my blogs for the next couple weeks will most likely be March Madness blogs. However, I will try my best to make sure that I stick in a few non basketball blogs. Below is a video just to get you pumped for March, as if you already were not excited.
Group text messages are probably not as dramatic as I make them seem, but over this Spring Break I have experienced the madness that can come from group messages.
If you have an iPhone and all your friends do too, you may find it easy to just group message them. This means that typically there are three or more people in one text message. This text then receives every message that any one of those three or more people send.
This Spring Break my friends and I all went to different places. Kristina to Arizona, Carly to her grandma’s house, Em back home, and I’m in Florida. I don’t even remember who had the brilliant idea to start the group message but it has now gone to where every day there is some conversation going on. Last night while at dinner all the group chat was just emojis…. It got out of control.
While I’ll miss Florida, I am excited that I will actually be able to have these ridiculous conversations with my friends face to face instead of over the phone, because typically I have no idea what half the emojis they are using mean. Until then I guess I am stuck with the group messaging and waking up to 69 messages… yes that happened the other night to Carly.
Oh well, happy last day of Spring Break 2013. Here’s a little DMB for your enjoyment.
Living in a sorority has taught me a lot of different things. No one in my family has ever been Greek so there were a lot of things I did not know. For example, I had no idea what any of these things were:
- house mom
- cold dorm
- bid day buddy
I have learned to love all of these things. Especially one, which is the house mom. I love our house mom! A house mom basically takes care of things around the house. She does everything that we would probably not know how to handle. When something breaks we tell Mom Rita, or if there’s something we don’t like in the house we tell Mom Rita. She also is always there to listen to you and just talk if you need it.
This semester I have gotten really close with Mom Rita! I always love talking to those who are older than me because they have so many experiences in life and Mom Rita is no different! It also helps that she has a candy tray in her room with all different types of candy fully stocked.
Basically in the end if I am ever in a situation where I need help I would definitely call Mom Rita.
Random, but since it’s Spring Break here’s a song I love listening to on the beach!
All the sororities on Butler campus have chefs. Our chefs at my house at Wayne and D. Me and D have a love/hate relationship although if he saw this post he would say there is no love because that’s awkward because he’s our chef. Instead I am going to say a like/hate relationship.
It all started when I decided to give D a little grief about his Asian cuisine skills. Being raised on homemade Asian food my whole life I’m used to my mom’s authentic Asian food. Sometimes I can be a real pain in the butt when it comes to eating others Asian food who are not Asian. The things I am especially picky about are rice and any Japanese food. Chinese food and Korean food I don’t really judge on because I am not a good judge at all!
I’m sure D hates me when I do this. It’s not that his food isn’t amazing because it really is good! Everyone else doesn’t complain, but I just give my little critiques here and there. My mom thinks it’s funny, and she’s starting to realize just how Japanese in food she raised me. I think I am becoming more picky than my mom. There are some foods that I like that not even native Japanese like. For example, I love natto. Natto is fermented soy beans that you eat with rice. It looks disgusting but to me tastes amazing, to other Japanese not so much.
Natto with rice!
Also my mom recently has started to buy instant miso soup. My mom thinks it tastes really good for instant miso soup. I cannot do instant miso soup. I know that may sound like I am super high needs, but miso soup is only good when homemade. I literally think I could eat miso paste, just kidding I have before… That also is probably disgusting for some.
NO NO NO. I hate instant miso.
The point is that I miss authentic Asian food.
I’m extremely excited and blessed to say that I was chosen for two new positions! I will be the new president of College Mentors for Kids next year, and also a Recruitment Counselor! I am so grateful for the opportunities that are coming to me from these two positions!
My interview for College Mentors for Kids was a 45 minute interview. The time of the interview alone scared me enough. The interview was not bad at all, and I’m really excited for the changes that the organization is deciding to take in the coming years. If you don’t know what College Mentors for Kids is, let me explain.
College Mentors for Kids is a nonprofit organization based out of Indianapolis. It was started at Indiana University and it’s mission is to connect college students with the most to give to kids who need it most. As president I will be overseeing a lot that goes on, but also having a lot of communication with headquarters. I’m really excited for this opportunity and to grow a lot as a person and a leader.
I am just as pumped for being a recruitment counselor too! Recruitment Counselors are girls in sororities that chose to give up their letters for a semester so they can be an unbiased opinion for the new girls going through recruitment. At the end of recruitment the girls will all find out what houses we were in. So for next fall I will not say what house I’m in and not blog,tweet,facebook,show what house I am in. Also I have to hide a lot of things on my Facebook, Twitter, and my blog. The freshmen like to figure out what house their recruitment counselor is in and will do anything to find out. This past year I heard that girls went through every single tweet one counselor had to find out what house she was in. Yes, it can get that intense.
Even though I may not be wearing my letters physically I know I am always wearing my letters no matter what.
In a previous post I mentioned my roommate, Rori, and I are going through a cleanse. Just to give you an idea of what we are doing here is our regime.
Day 1/2: Only drink anything with no artificial sweeteners. We have chosen V8 vegetable juice as well as V8 Fusion.
Day 3/4: For Day 3 only vegetables, day 4 you can add fruits.
Day 5: Anything but meat
Day 6: Back to normal
Yes I realize how crazy this may be, but shockingly I’m OK. This morning I thought I would wake up and right away eat a thousand different vegetables, but instead I actually was not that hungry. Oddly enough I think my body is getting used to my crazy habit this week, which I don’t know if this is good or bad… Either way I know that this is doing exactly what I want it to do which is shrink the size of my stomach!
I will say I have noticed some changes such as my lack of energy as well as just zoning out. This experience has not only shown me the willpower I have (I avoided a nacho bar and dessert bar the other night) but also has shown me how much we rely on food. I don’t know if I will cleanse again, but I will say I definitely have never looked forward to vegetables this much in my life.
Random: I know the Harlem Shake thing is getting kind of old, but seriously I love this video just not the team.
This weekend was insane, and made me just that more happier that I am at Butler. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, my sorority had initiation ceremonies! Our main ceremony was on Saturday where we initiated 55 new girls, our largest pledge class ever in Indiana Gamma chapter! It was so exciting that I could finally call my littles my sisters! I was even more excited to give them more gifts!
More gifts for my littles on initiation day!
While this is not exciting I guess it is newsworthy, my roommate and I started our cleanse yesterday! How the cleanse works is three days of drinking natural juices. We chose V8 vegetable juice and V8 fusion since there is no artificial flavoring or high fructose corn syrup. Then two days of fruits and veggies. Then one day of anything but meat, and then I can finally go back to normal. Last night was a definite struggle to stay on this cleanse. Let me explain.
Last night with College Mentors for Kids I was able to go to the Bulls vs Pacers game. We were so blessed to be able to sit in the Indianapolis Power and Light suite! Unfortunately for me that meant having to sit in front of a nacho bar and desserts galore, but I didn’t cheat so I was proud of myself! Being able to watch the game from amazing seats I think helped distract me enough from the food.
I was able to go on the court at halftime, which was amazing. Indianapolis Power and Light as well as the Pacers Foundation donated $10,000 to College Mentors for Kids! Myself and four other College Mentors for Kids staff members were able to help accept the check at halftime! It was awesome! We were also able to see the Bulls team come into the tunnel while we were exiting the tunnel! It was awesome!
On the court at halftime!
I’m so grateful for all the experiences I’ve had at Butler, and to think it’s only my sophomore year!