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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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I Picked An Amazing City

When I was thinking of where to study abroad my first thoughts were obviously Europe. However, after thinking things through I wanted to go somewhere I have never been before. No, I have not been to every country in Europe yet, or even seen all the countries I would like to see in Europe, but I knew Europe would be an easy win. Not saying for those who went it’s not worth it. I just know that you can always find someone who wants to go to Europe. I wanted to think of place that no one in my family would really go to at least my parents wouldn’t go to. That left me with Australia. When looking at places I just figured Sydney would be the best bet, but I never really researched why. Now I can honestly say that I picked an amazing city.

I love my city back home. Living in Indianapolis is awesome, and it’s one of the cities that is definitely up and coming for new graduates. However, Sydney is awesome for so many different reasons. The main reason is that you can go an hour to two hours outside of the city and experience beaches, caves, and mountains, which is exactly what I did this past weekend. My boyfriend and I went to the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves. It was insane to think that the amount of time it takes me to get to Cincinnati back home I was able to see caves and mountains all in that time.

The Three Sisters on the left at the Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters on the left at the Blue Mountains

The Jenolan Caves are so pretty. We took a tour through the ribbon cave, which they don’t show often because they can only take 8 people at a time in the cave. You never realize how beautiful some things are until you are right there and see it for yourself. The same is true for the Blue Mountains. I saw pictures from magazines and travel guides and saw how beautiful it was, but it’s completely different when you are standing there overlooking the entire area. While it was definitely a dumb idea for me to just wear shorts and a sweatshirt, it was still worth being cold just to see everything I saw.

Ribbon Cave of the Jenolan Caves!

Ribbon Cave of the Jenolan Caves!

So while I love Indy, I will miss Sydney. I will miss being able to go to the beach in under 30 minutes or seeing mountains and caves in under two hours. Looks like I’ll have to do more traveling in the states!

Melbourne: Welcome to the Maze

After visiting Cairns for a week I went to Melbourne for my last week of mid semester break. Melbourne was amazing and I’m pretty sure I like it more than Sydney. Sydney is all over the place. What I mean is that Melbourne is on a grid system so it is a lot easier to find streets whereas Sydney not so much. More than that Melbourne just seemed way more cultural than Sydney and I really enjoyed that.

Unlike Cairns my roommate and I didn’t have much planned, so we went with the flow for the most part and tried to look for things we were interested in. On the first day we went to St. Paul’s Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. They were both gorgeous. St. Patrick’s is extremely big. The photos I have don’t give it justice in the how big it was. Each cathedral had such amazing history and background so it was really cool to see that in the middle of Melbourne.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

I also went to the Olympic park and saw the many different stadiums Melbourne has to offer. Melbourne is huge in sports so it kind of reminded me of Indianapolis! It’s insane to me how crazy cricket is here. They had a stadium larger than Lucas Oil for cricket! On the other side of things I also got to see a lot of art. In Melbourne there are two streets you can go to that are solely for graffiti artists. Some of the graffiti was a little creepy, but for the most part everywhere you looked there was something new to look at. I absolutely loved it.

Hosier Lane in Melbourne.

Hosier Lane in Melbourne.

The maze of Melbourne is awesome. Every corner you turn there is something new to find. Some new pub or restaurant or store that can bring a whole new experience to you. My next blog I’ll share with you guys my day tour to the twelve apostles! I hope everyone back home is making it through finals!

Dead Week

Dead week at Butler is never dead week. It usually means a time for projects and any other random thing the professor would love to give you. This week it seems like everyday I had something due. It gets kind of difficult to keep up.

This past Tuesday I had something due in every class or needed to do something to prepare for every class. Not to sound ridiculous but literally every class I wanted to skip, but couldn’t because there was something holding me back each and every time.

My Tuesday:
PCA 241
: Had to go to class because we had to practice our performance that we had to give on Thursday.
SW 266: Presenting my group’s public service announcement to the class.
COM 101: Had homework to turn in
SP 101: In class writing assignment to due

That may not seem bad but when this week at other schools is called dead week, here at Butler it may as well be called pre finals week where they give us more work than they have ever before during the semester in one week. The only positive to this week was that the class I have Monday, Wednesday, and Friday got canceled Wednesday and today, which means last night was my last class for the semester and now it’s on to FINALS!

I’m not extremely worried about finals and I should be all done by Tuesday. Good luck to everyone is struggling. We are almost done!

Here’s a video as Butler basketball continues to make me proud to be dawg.

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Vlogging Failure

In our past blogging meeting we were asked to start vlogging or video blogging. I’ve tried like a trillion times to vlog, and basically each and every time I feel like I sound extremely dumb. Vlogging is possibly the weirdest thing for me. I don’t really like how I sound, I usually dress like a bum lately because I’m so tired of classes, and I feel like everything in my life isn’t as interesting as the other bloggers.

So over Thanksgiving break my goal is to at least do one vlog and see how it goes. If it is completely horrendous I hope people are honest and tell me. Hopefully if all else fails I get at least get a few people to laugh, and if anything you will at least see my Asian bun, which is when I put all my hair in a bun on top of my head. Many people know it’s me around campus because of it, so that’s entertaining I guess.

If you want to see a vlog that I really enjoy check out Kevjumba on YouTube! We have a lot in common because he has an Asian parent and makes fun of them a lot. His dad even makes appearances sometimes in his videos which is always fun, maybe my mom will make an appearance in mine! Until then here’s a video you can see of Kevjumba!

24 Hours Of Amazing

Pretty much all day I’ve been trying to watch basketball. Of course the 24 hours of college basketball would be on the day that I have a speech to give and also the day I am crazy busy. Because of those reasons unfortunately I have not been able to watch as much as I would like to, but I’m fully prepared to watch Butler play Xavier. It should be on right now, but currently ESPN is in the final minute of the Detroit vs St. John’s game, which this minute is turning into 2 hours it seems like.

Obviously I am prepared for a Butler win tonight against Xavier. If anyone knows Xavier and Butler have had a rivalry for quite some time now and it hasn’t always been pretty, but I won’t go into that. Typically I would travel to the close games for Butler, but because I have to give a speech today I really had no choice but to stay home for this one.

If there’s one thing that probably frustrates professors is how all of sudden everyone becomes sick on basketball days. Typically students will skip class to watch the game or even go to the away game, but with the latest conference switch many teams Butler will be playing will be far away, so maybe this can change the whole sickness of Butler students on game day.

All I can say is if I over blog about Butler basketball I apologize. It’s seriously my favorite time of year.

What I got to saw this past weekend!

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True Life: My iPhone Is A Champ

I honestly have no idea how I lived without an iPhone before I had one. I have my entire life on my iPhone from a day planner to memories of thousands of pictures to having every possible app that provides information on gas prices, banking, and all kinds of other things. Although when I realize half the things that happen to my iPhone I take for granted all the things I could be missing out on if I were to break my iPhone.

This weekend could have been one of those times where I completely demolished my phone. Unfortunately the genius I am I dropped my phone in the toilet. Why I bring my phone every where I could not explain to you, but it did fall into the toilet, and shockingly it is still working. This is all thanks to using an insane blow dryer and rice. Without those two things I’m sure my phone would be demolished right now.

The bag of rice that saved my phone!

On top of that my phone gets dropped all the time, and shockingly I have no scratches or shatters on my iPhone at all. I hope by saying all this I don’t jinx myself, but basically I’m really grateful that my iPhone is taking all of this like a champ, because I think my sister might kill me the next time something insane happens.

Until then I would just like to say take care of your iPhone, they aren’t cheap and as I am beginning to realize not everyone is as lucky as me!

Social Media: Election Style

Last night, the results from the election were revealed. As many stayed up to watch I decided sleep was more important, but what I find appalling afterwards and before and during this whole election process is the amount of opinions of Twitter and Facebook.

It’s great that people want to voice their opinion, but it’s gotten kind of out of control. No one should bash one or the other side for their stance. I may not agree with a certain side, but I have never argued or tried to make a person feel uncomfortable. Whoever you vote for you should not end up getting ridiculed. Honestly during the whole election I just wanted Twitter and Facebook to be shut down. As said before I don’t care who you side with I care that people still respect each other. Yes, we live in a country full of freedom and having our own rights, but to a certain extent last night at least on my twitter and Facebook was an all out war.

This is the only time I will state my opinion on politics on social media. America is not about red and blue states, it’s not about who we hate and who we love, it’s about making this the best place to live, what you think that is why people vote.

In the end I’m thankful the elections are over and people can go back to telling funny jokes about life, happy occasions, sad occasions, inside jokes and more on Twitter/Facebook instead of election craziness.

Here’s a song that I can’t stop listening to!!!

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I’m Getting To Be A Grandma

This past Saturday I turned 20, and all I could think about is how old I am getting. Now if you are a parent, grandparent, or just anyone over 20 reading this I realize that you may think this is ridiculous, but it’s hard to believe that I’ve been around for two decades.

For my birthday I went to Indiana University to see some of my best friends. My best friend, Sara, also went with me from Purdue. I was so glad that I got to spend time with them and just be around people that I have known anywhere from 4-8 years. That was on the Friday before my birthday! On Saturday my actual birthday I came back to Butler to be with my friends here. I also went out to dinner with my sister and her husband. It was a lot of fun and of course I got one of my favorite foods, SUSHI! On Sunday, I went to the Colts game with my dad, and basically my second family mark and jake. It was a lot of fun and it was a colts win, so who can’t get excited about that!

Colts game!

In the end I realize I’m not that old and still have a long road ahead of me, but it’s weird not to be a teenager anymore.

Butler Tours

Supposedly it’s spring breaks for high schools so a lot of people have been touring campus! I am a complete nerd when it comes to seeing tours. I get so excited. Because Butler is such a small campus you notice when there are a lot of tours or even when a tour is around.

Before coming to Butler I never toured. I am from Indy and had heard nothing but great things about Butler. I had been to Hinkle before coming but never the actual campus, but I saw the way people talked about Butler and how much they loved it. I hope people who come on tours see the same things that I see everyday that make me fall in love with Butler more and more.

What I hope you notice on your tour:

Our beautiful campus: Butler is such a pretty campus. Especially right now with all the flowers blooming, and the trees flowering it looks so pretty. I’m not sure what they show on the tour but if you get the chance try and see Holcomb Gardens. It’s gorgeous on a sunny day, and you can see many people running on the Canal, which travels all over Indy. Also take a chance to see students outside on the lawn on nice days usually playing campus golf, a tradition on campus, or ultimate frisbee, or maybe studying.

Here’s a video that not only shows campus golf, but a tour of campus!

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Hinkle Fieldhouse: one of our prized possessions. Hinkle is probably the one thing on campus that will always stay the same on the outside. On the inside renovations are planning to happen. If you already didn’t know the movie Hoosiers was filmed in Hinkle Fieldhouse, just a little fact we like to pride ourselves on. If you can, try and come to a game next season, and feel the energy of Dawg Pound, which I love.

Classrooms: I hope that you take notice in how small our classes are, and how engaged everyone is. Professors are willing to help at any time no matter what. Our campus is small enough that I still know at least one person in all my classes, and meet way more.

Students: If you stop any student they are willing to help. Whether we are playing on the lawn, studying in the library, volunteering in the community, or yelling at games we are always here to answer any questions you may have. Not only that I’m sure you will see all smiling faces. I will add a disclaimer though I am obsessed with Butler, it can be slightly annoying, so some students may not be as addicted as me, but they still love Butler.