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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: October 2013

What’s In My Backpack?

I am clearly losing my mind when my blog posts are now becoming about what’s in my backpack. However it is true that I am losing my mind because lately all I can think about is how complicated my study abroad plan has become, but that is a completely different story. Lately, I have been doing really cheesy blogs, so I thought instead of doing another cheesy blog I would let you know what’s in my backpack.

This thought came up because I see this in magazines sometimes where they ask a celebrity what’s in their bag… Yes I know I’m not a celebrity or as cool as a celebrity, it’s fine. Just go with the flow on this one. Also I’m just going to go in the sections of my bag, because I have a lot of stuff in my bag and we could be here for a while if I do every individual thing.

Top Pocket:
Headphones, EOS lip balm, pens/pencils, Butler basketball tickets, change
All of these items are extremely important, but if I would have to pick one thing that I want to talk to you about it is my EOS lip balm. I realize this sounds ridiculous considering I had basketball tickets in my backpack, but you probably are tired of hearing me talk about Butler basketball. EOS LIP BALM IS AMAZING. For one you can get your entire mouth in one swoop. It’s like a two for one. Also it’s packaging is so cute, which I don’t see why that matters but it’s awesome and I love it. Just try it, it’s around $3 at Walgreens and it’s worth it.

eosSide note: Found out that EOS stands for Evolution of Smooth while writing this so that should tell you something.

Main Pocket:
Study abroad per-departure packet, Spanish book, Spanish notebook, planner
This is very typical of what you’ll see in my backpack on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. If you know me then you know that I live by my planner. I am probably a planning addict. That doesn’t sound good when I say it like that, BUT I love my planner, and I feel so much better when everything is laid out. Just try it if you feel stressed out. Plus I might have splurged a little on my planner, so I think it’s really pretty. I know you are probably judging me right now. That’s fine, I know I’m a weirdo when it comes to the planner situation.

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This is my Vera Bradley planner that I love.

So this is what happens when I’m stressed out and don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I write really weird things, so for your sake and my sake I hope that the light at the end of the tunnel for study abroad becomes clear. Until then my posts might start to get weirder….

Things I Take For Granted: Butler Edition

I know for a fact that everyday I take a lot of things for granted. For that reason I thought instead of talking about everything I take for granted, I would just do a version of things I take for granted here at Butler. That way this blog won’t last you five days. I’ll go ahead and mention three things I take for granted at Butler. This entire blog post is going to be so cheesy, so bare with me while I tell you more reasons why I love Butler a little too much.

#1. Encouragement
This week has been a little stressful for me. While most students had their midterms before Fall Break all of my tests seemed to fall on this week. However, I realized that my friends and professors were so encouraging to me. Every time I saw them they would ask how my tests were going or that I would be fine and ace the test. Some of my friends even texted me to ask how the test went after they knew I had the class. You may be thinking that of course my close friends would do that, but it’s not just close friends. It’s everyone. I love when I’m walking around campus and you can hear people saying Good Luck to each other or that everything will be OK.  It helps me realize that this really is a community of care which is something that is constantly repeated here.

#2. Hinkle Fieldhouse/Butler Sports
This should come to no surprise to anyone who knows me, but how could I write a blog about taking things for granted and not include Butler sports and of course, Hinkle Fieldhouse. Everyday when I wake up I get to look out of the window of my apartment and see the Butler Bowl and Hinkle Fieldhouse. The other day I started to realize how much I take this for granted. ESPN released at the start of the school year a bucket list of places to go to at different colleges, and Hinkle made that list. There are so many people who value the history behind Hinkle and what it means. When it comes to sports I take for granted everyday the fact that I can just show my ID and get into games. Did I mention our tickets are free for all sports? For basketball we have to pick up tickets, but still they are free. It’s a little insane when you think about it, but I take this for granted as well.

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What I see outside my apartment window everyday.

#3. Community of Care
I know I mentioned this a little bit in the first reason, but seriously I can’t tell you how many times I have experienced this, and not just with students. This year I have been really struggling in Spanish. When I went up to my professor after class to ask where I could find help or a tutor, he said if I realized I am paying him to teach me, and told me that he was my tutor. Ever since then I have been going to his office every Tuesday and Thursday before a quiz. I don’t care in saying that I’ve cried in his office because I get so overwhelmed, but instead of making me feel completely stupid he’s helped me so much with Spanish! I’m so grateful for how helpful all my professors and my adviser have been to me.

As you can see I take for granted some major things at Butler. I have started to realize how much I am going to miss this the closer and closer I get to possibly going abroad!

Just for some enjoyment… this little kid makes my day!

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Thank You Peyton.

Being raised in Indianapolis I have been spoiled with good sports. I will admit our sports teams have not always been great or have this long history of awesomeness, but I will say I am lucky to live in a city that has a professional football and basketball team. I’m grateful to live in a city that is known to the world as having the greatest spectacle in racing (Indy 500), but even better I’m grateful that I was able to grow up with such an amazing quarterback, Peyton Manning.

Last night was the first time Peyton Manning had been back to Lucas Oil Stadium since he left the Colts for the Broncos. When Manning left many of us in Indianapolis were sad by the news. Trust me ,I was depressed just like everyone else. Everyone in Indy loved and still loves Manning. The evidence was clear last night when fans were sporting Broncos Manning jerseys or making compromised Jerseys of Colts/Broncos. However, while I do love Peyton my loyalty is with the Colts.

I will always cheer for the Colts no matter what the season record, what Jim Irsay says, or how many Chicago Bears fans I have to argue with at Butler that the Colts are better. (There are a lot of Bears fans at Butler…) Although I will say thank you to Peyton Manning. Bob Kravitz, a writer for the Indianapolis Star, says Thank you in a way that I can’t compete with, but here is all my thank you’s to Peyton. Thank you Peyton for
– showing me amazing football
– teaching me more and more about football when I was a little girl
– letting me laugh so hard until my stomach hurts when you were on Saturday Night Live. – being an amazing person to this city that I call home.
– the memories at every game that I got to see you play
– being a class act

And that’s it. People think it’s harsh that last night I was only rooting for the Colts and not Peyton. But to me it’s about the team. Yes I loved Manning and I still do love Manning, but I was raised as a COLTS fan, not a MANNING fan. So while Manning will always be someone I admire as a football fan, the Colts will always come first in my book.

#COLTSTRONG

But one last Peyton thing… he’s proud of Butler and cheers us on… so maybe it was like 3 years ago. Not the point.

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A Typical Day In My Life

The other day I spoke on a panel for prospective students and one of the questions that was asked was what a typical day for a student is. While each student has a different schedule I thought it would be nice to share maybe one of my days and how it is blocked off in time. Once again this is not for EVERY student! Each student has very personalized and different schedule, but here is what a typical Tuesday looks like for me.

10 AM – 12 PM: Work at Admissions Office
I am a Butler Student Ambassador, so I give tours to perspective students as well as do office work. My shift is always on Tuesday at this time, which is nice so that I know I will always have this during my week.

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Robertson Hall – Admissions Office

12-205 PM: Break Time
From whenever I get home from work to 2:05 I have a break. Typically I just make lunch and either watch TV or take a nap. If it’s an extremely stressful week then usually I study during that time. Sometimes I have to finish a paper for my next class so I spend this break time doing that as well. Today I woke up at 7 AM so I could start on a paper that was due for a class today (I hope my dad doesn’t see this) since I finished it this morning I ate lunch and took a nap!

225 – 505 PM : Strategic Communications – Research Methods
I know this class seems extremely long, and that’s because it is EXTREMELY LONG! However, the nice thing about this class is that it only meets once a week. This is one of my mandatory classes for my major, Strategic Communications. It goes over the different research methods used in the field of PR and Advertising. I don’t mind how long the class is however I have two others classes at night that are this long as well.

505-6 PM: Dinner Break
Typically I do walk back to my apartment because my class from 2:25-5:05 always gets out early, so I actually have a lot of time before my next class to have some dinner. Tonight I changed it up a little and went to C Club with my friend Kaitlin to get dinner before class. Since Fall Break is this week on Thursday and Friday I haven’t bought anymore groceries because there’s no point… so basically I’m scrounging for food! Just in case you didn’t know I don’t live in my sorority house anymore! I live in the apartments on campus so now I have a kitchen that I can cook my own food. No, Butler is not starving me!

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Apartment Village

6-830 PM: Strategic Communications for Nonprofits
Once again here is another one of my 3 hour classes! In this class we are actually leading a PR campaign for two different nonprofits in the Indianapolis area, so we get a lot of real life experience. This class only meets on Tuesdays, which is the miserable part about the class is the time. However, because of my night classes, that only meet once a week, I am able to have Thursdays off. Having Thursdays off is extremely important for me because then I get to work at my marketing agency job.

830-BED: Relaxing/Studying
Depending on how much stuff I have to do I either go home and hang out with friends/watch TV or study. Right now it’s mostly just hanging out because the load of my work is on Mondays and Tuesdays!

So that’s a typical Tuesday for me. On other days it usually includes meetings for different organizations or even Butler basketball which is coming up, but like I mentioned before not every Butler student is like that. Many people don’t go this late into the night, so it really just depends on whichever student you talk to!

Pinch Me, I’m Dreaming.

Ever since freshmen year I have been wanting to do one thing since I have been at Butler. OK, that might be slightly ridiculous I wanted to do a lot my freshmen year, but this is one of the only things left that I haven’t done yet. That one thing is study abroad. I am so excited to say that this dream is finally coming true, and I get to study abroad in SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.

Yes, I realize this super touristy, but I’m still going to see it!

I have literally been waiting for this news ever since August, and last Friday I finally received the news I was waiting for. In February I will be leaving for Sydney. No worries I will still be blogging so it’s almost like you are with me the whole time! Even though I have been accepted for the exchange I still have a lot left to do. I never realized how much is involved with study abroad, but I can’t wait to see what this adventure brings me!

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Macquarie University! The university I will be attending.

What’s really awesome is that a lot of my friends are going abroad as well! My study abroad program is a little weird in that Australia’s semester doesn’t start until February. I won’t be back until July, which is crazy to think about. While I know I will be missing a lot while I’m gone the major event I will be missing is seeing my niece grow for the first couple of months. My sister is due in the last week of January, so hopefully I’ll be able to meet my niece before I leave, but I won’t be able to see her for her first couple of months! Either way next semester is going to have a lot of exciting times for me! I can’t wait to experience and share with you all.

 

 

Concert Tour Thursday: Mumford and Sons

So since I failed to do this on Tuesday, because my life is such a mess I figured I would do it today! As I mentioned previously I will be talking about different concerts on either Tuesday or Thursday until I run out of concerts I went to, so bare with me this may take a while.

So on Labor Day I didn’t think I would be going to Mumford and Sons, but my best friend Hank asked me to go with him and who is really going to pass up on Mumford and Sons. I’m not going to lie I’m not some dedicated fan who listens to them 24/7, but I know a couple of their songs. After seeing them in concert I couldn’t stop listening to them. My favorite song by them now is Lover of the Light. They played it at the concert and after that I couldn’t stop listening to it. They are amazing live! They sound exactly like they do on their CD if not better.

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Of course as always I took a ton of pictures and video. I’m sure it seems like I would suggest every concert to every person, but seriously Mumford is well worth your time and money. Then again I’m slightly biased because I didn’t have to pay for my ticket. I promise you though there are a couple concerts I wouldn’t suggest that every person go to, but I will get to that at a later time.

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Keeping this post short and simple, because I should be studying for my Spanish quiz right now!

My Parents Would Be So Proud

In high school people always say that junior year is the hardest year. I never realized that applied to college. The start of junior year I felt like I was drowning in school work, and I still kind of feel that way. However, I feel like I am starting to get a grasp on my classes a little bit more.

I’m not going to lie the past couple of years at Butler I probably could have done a lot better school wise. My parents probably hate reading that sentence, but I probably could have studied a little more. I’m not saying my grades are terrible I have all A’s and B’s, but I probably could have had all A’s. This year my parents can be so proud in knowing that me and Irwin (one of the libraries on campus) are becoming best friends. I’m not really happy with the fact that I have a “spot” in Irwin now, but seriously… don’t take my spot in Irwin.

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Irwin Library!

I will even tell you my spot in Irwin. It’s second floor when you come up the stairs on the left and the second table in the stacks. Yes, that’s how many times I go to Irwin now. My friends are starting to wonder if something happened to me. I have always studied but now I’m even staying in on Friday nights sometimes. Even I have began to wonder what is wrong with me, but now I think I have things pretty down pat so I don’t have to do any more Friday nights.

A lot of my days I have huge breaks in the middle so I have been going to Irwin to get things done and out of the way. My freshmen and sophomore year I would have never done that. I always left studying to late at night, and while I still do study late at night I do way more during the day than I ever have before. So I guess you could say little me is growing up and becoming more responsible. Did I mention I turn 21 in a month? Real life is scary kids.

For a little fun and since I love Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake, here’s some lessons on End Zone Dancing.

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