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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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Packing For Dummies

For most trips I take a lot of time and effort to plan everything out. However with Australia it seems like I am literally just packing every article of clothing I have. This makes packing seem so less important, which is definitely not the case.

While in Australia I will be there for three different seasons! When I arrive it will still be summer time and when I leave it will be the beginning of winter, which means I get my favorite season of the year fall! Although I have heard Australia seasons are a little warmer than ours, obviously :) Thankfully my airliner allows two free bags, but I’m worried about how I’m going to walk around with all this stuff.

I’m pretty sure I’m the last Butler person to leave for Australia. This will probably be my last blog before I leave! I have 2 days left, and I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m sure this is really reassuring to my family. However, it’s starting to really settle in that I will be gone for 4 months. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you guys. Hopefully I come back alive with no kangaroo attacks or koala attacks to report.

I know there are a lot of my friends at Butler that say they will live vicariously through me. Trust me I will be doing the same with you guys. While I know I will have the time of my life I will still miss each and every one of you at Butler. I can’t wait to hear how Spring Sports goes, how amazing Spring Break trips are, and I especially cannot wait to hear where all the seniors get their first real people job! Until then live away vicariously through my life. As always I will be blogging, tweeting, facebook, and Instagram!

I’m sure I’ve posted this before, but I cannot stop listening to this song!

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R.I.P Laptop

I think my computer deserves a good farewell/background story.  I got my laptop when I was a junior in high school. While I was extremely appreciative of my dad surprising me with a laptop I wish I had a little more say in what I received. The reason I say that is because my computer was 17 inches. My friend Lynn and I would call our computers the tanks because we both had large and in charge computers that would die in under 30 minutes.

For being a tank I felt that my computer lasted a pretty long time. Especially considering the fact that in college you use your laptop for basically everything. Academics, entertainment, and as a distraction, so literally everything. My laptop is particularly important to me, because it is something I have to have for my job. Working in social media means I need to have my laptop all the time, so of course when I found out my computer was donezo, I was a little sad. On top of that I miss Netflix

Thankfully Butler IT is helping me get some of the documents off of my old computer, which by the way everyone should use Butler IT. I’ve never had to use it before, but it’s a resource that I’m glad I know about now! To say everything worked out in the end is an understatement. A girl in my office is selling me her laptop so I’m glad I don’t have to go searching nine days before I leave.

It was a good run while it lasted tank, but I hope you rest in peace in laptop heaven. And if you are having a bad day just check out this video of corgis.

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Music Monday: Chicago Road Trip

This past Friday my friend Rori and I drove up to Chicago to see her sister sing. What we expected to be a three hour drive turned in a four hour drive due to traffic. Whether I’m driving alone or with someone I always need some good music to keep me pumped up for the drive. This can be difficult, but thankfully Rori and I like the same music… for the most part. She’s not about the gangster rap all the time. Here are some of the songs we listened to on our way to Chicago!

#1. Global Concepts – Robert Delong
This song starts out really mellowed out to begin with, but then if you give it some time it drops the beat. After that point all you’ll want to do is dance! It was great when stuck in traffic and I had ample time to dance through the madness. I am almost positive every car around me thought we were crazy, but that’s OK!

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#2. Indie Dance Party Pandora
Indie dance party was a station I found out about while working at BSA (Butler Student Ambassador) during the summer. The office can be kind of boring when there’s not everyone there so we would always play Pandora. Indie Dance Party brings really awesome indie bands to your attention with some of their more catchy songs. One song I really like that comes up a lot on this station is Swimming in the Flood by Passion Pit!

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#3. Any Rap Song Rori Could Find On Her iPod
Shockingly Rori’s rap game has stepped up since we were apart while she was in Spain. I was very impressed. While Rori may not listen to some of the more gangster rap that I listen to we listened to all the rap songs she possibly could throw at me to keep me awake. Typically this would once again turn into a dance party. One of my favorites that Rori played was Talk Dirty, which isn’t exactly rap but has a part by 2 Chainz so I’m counting it because this is a great step for Rori.

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#TBT: Freshman Year At Butler

Believe it or not I wasn’t always this awesome. Just kidding, I’m still not all that awesome. However, the other day I thought about it, and when I come back from study abroad I will be a senior. I guess the saying is true that time flies when you’re having fun. There are a couple things looking back that I think every person coming into Butler should do or know!

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#tbt spending time with the girls in my unit from Schwitzer!

#1. JOIN EVERYTHING
Don’t get too crazy. Join things that will mean something to you. For example, I am involved with our student fan section, Dawg Pound. I love Butler basketball and wanted to do more than just cheer in the student section, which we really need everyone to come to every game from here on out. That’s my shameless plug. I am also part of College Mentors for Kids. I love how many of the kids who go through College Mentors are Kids whose parents have not been to college, and they are able to learn through us the possibilities they have. That was something I could relate to. Make sure you make time for academics obviously, but you will realize very quickly that Butler students love to be involved. One more shameless plug give Greek life a try. When I first came to Butler I never thought I would be in a sorority, and now I can’t imagine it any other way.

#2. GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS
Some of them may not be your absolute favorite person, but it is always good to get to know your professors. I am still working on this, but professors cannot only help you find internships/jobs they can also be great references. On top of that professors want to help you. Most of my professors would meet with me at any time and help with anything I needed. In the long run your professors will be your best friend when you think you don’t understand anything.

#3. ENJOY IT.
Enjoy everything you do. Don’t stress too much. Obviously it’s college you’ll stress a little, but take everything in the moment. I never thought when I went to Butler I would experience the Super Bowl, Jimmy Fallon, B.o.B, The Price is Right, NCAA Tournament, and so much more. Sometimes being goofy and not giving a care in the world is what you need to do. Don’t worry about what people will think just do you.

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#tbt to tournament time with one of my littles!

I am so jealous of all the graduating seniors who are now #ButlerBound. You are about to have the best four years of your life, and I would give anything to trade you!

What I’ll Miss The Most About Indianapolis

There is only 18 days left until I leave for Australia, and I must admit even though I have lived here my whole there are a couple things I am going to miss about Indianapolis.

#1. Awesome Restaurants When people think of a “foodie” city I don’t think they automatically think of Indianapolis, but ever since working at Firebelly Marketing my eyes have been open to a lot of different restaurants in Indy. Some of my favorites include Cerulean, Taste, and who doesn’t love some steaks at the famous St. Elmo’s. What is great about Indy is that there is a deal called Devour Downtown where you get to try meals at some of the best restaurants in town for discounted rates! So while St. Elmo’s may not be ideal for us college kids, you can always give it a go on a Devour Downtown budget.

#2. Sports
Unfortunately football season is over. However, this just gives everyone the ability to put their full attention to basketball. I’m going to miss cheering on the dawgs in Hinkle. It is sad to think that I will not be able to see the sunshine glimmer down on Hinkle on a Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately I will not be singing the Butler War Song beneath the Hoosier sky, instead it will be under the Aussie sky. Besides the Dawgs I will be missing out on the Pacers. I’m not going to lie I have never really been a Pacers fan, but I love anything that is going well for Indianapolis and this year the Pacers have been amazing. There are a lot of people saying they may make it to the finals this year, and if that happens I want each and every one of you to cheer them on for me, and maybe go celebrate downtown ;)

Final Four Hinkle Fieldhouse Basketball

It doesn’t get much better than Hinkle Fieldhouse.

#3. Butler
I’m obviously going to miss Butler a lot. If you ask any of my friends these past couple of weekends for me have been a constant questioning of is this really a good idea, me leaving for Australia? While I know I will have an amazing time I wish I could take Butler with me. Thankfully for me unlike other study abroad students I have been able to spend a ton of time with my Butler family before I leave. I can’t wait to see what will be different when I get back, but I know one thing is for sure that the people I love will not change when I come home to Butler.

While I will miss so much about Indy I know I will be gaining so much in Australia. I can’t wait to share my experiences with all of you! In the meantime visit Butler and experience some of the things I talked about!

If you haven’t seen this mockumnetary for Richard Sherman, you are missing out.

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I Never Thought I Would Say This…

BUT I MISS CLASSES. My classes in Australia don’t start until March 3rd, so until then I’m not enrolled in any classes. While I thought this would be an extremely relaxing time I never thought it being too relaxing. Doing nothing sounds great to most people, but to me I am starting to lose my mind. Thank goodness for work at Firebelly Marketing or then I would literally probably just be at home watching Netflix 24/7.

You think not having classes would be great, but it’s not. I feel like a student who has dropped out. You think that you’ll have people to hang out with, which is some what true, but since people have classes at different times during the day it’s hard to plan schedules out. On top of that most of my friends at Butler just like myself are involved with five billion different things, so you are no longer just planning on classes but also on extra activities.

For the most part I keep my timed preoccupied through work, but I do miss class. At least with class you can have breaks in the day where you’re taking a nap or just hanging out. Work doesn’t exactly have a time for naps. In class you may think you are dreading that pop quiz or that test coming up, but at least you can prepare yourself for that. At work you may never know what can happen in one day. So as much as I complain about classes, I miss them. Watch in a month when I start Australian classes I will wish I was back in this moment. You always want what you can’t have.

Here’s something to get you in the mood for some Super Bowl Sunday madness with a lot of Colts appearances :)

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Music Monday: Grammy Edition

Last night I watched the Grammys, which I hardly ever do. A lot of the artists I listen to are never on the Grammys, so I never really seen any point, but last night I thought why not. I mostly watched the Grammys because I didn’t feel like crying through the Bachelor Sean and Catherine’s wedding. Yes, I’m that person.

There were 3 amazing performances in my opinion. I think two of them are pretty obvious.

#1. Beyonce ft Jay Z – Drunk in Love
My Beyonce obsession just recently started. I don’t know why but I never really felt the whole Beyonce craze thing, but her new album I just can’t. It is so good, and then her performance on the Grammys just killed it. I don’t know why they put her as the first performer because then after that I almost felt like the show was over.

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#2. Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons
THIS WAS SO AMAZING. SERIOUSLY AMAZING. I saw both Kendrick and Imagine Dragons this past summer and they were so good individually that when I heard they were collaborating I was so happy. If you didn’t know I have a thing for rap so Kendrick was a given, and then after seeing Imagine Dragons in concert they totally changed my opinion on them. If you have the chance of seeing these two live you have to do it!

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#3. Daft Punk ft Pharrell and Stevie Wonder
It doesn’t get much better than this. Even if you aren’t fans of Daft Punk who doesn’t love Stevie Wonder? There’s not much to say for this one besides you’re going to want to get up and dance to this.

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There were obviously other performances that were awesome too. John Legend’s performance broke my heart because of how sweet it was. I really liked Kacey Musgrave however where they placed her performance was unfortunate!

What did you think about last night’s performances?

Commuters Deserve A Gold Star

In exactly one month I leave for Sydney, Australia. To say I am excited is an understatement. Until then I am living in the comforts of my home at my mom’s house. This is all fine and dandy, and I love getting a good laugh from my mom, but seriously I don’t know how commuters live off campus.

I have never lived off campus during my time at Butler. My parents gave me the space I needed and I have been able to experience everything I wanted which was living on campus. For some people living on campus isn’t a big deal, but after my siblings went to a college where commuting was common I knew I wanted to live on campus. Living at home wouldn’t be so bad, but every time I want to see my friends I forget they are all back at Butler.

Thankfully for me I only live 20-30 minutes away from Butler depending on traffic. However, driving back and forth all the time is not ideal because of gas, so I have to be really careful about how many times I actually go to Butler during the week. On top of all this I’m not taking classes right now so even walking around campus without a backpack is also weird.

Commuters I don’t know how you do it but you deserve a gold star. I definitely suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out), so not being on campus is driving me nuts! At least there’s only one month left until I leave for beautiful Australia!

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How I will be hanging out in Australia. :)

Weekend Update: Introducing Sophia and A Butler Win!

This past weekend was pretty exciting to say the least. On Friday my sister and her husband had their first child! Sophia Kumiko was born at 441 PM, and she is the most precious girl I have ever seen. Everyone in our family is so excited, and now I can say that I have 2 nieces and 2 nephews!

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My niece, Sophia!

After seeing Sophia at the hospital on Friday night I rushed to campus to see my sorority sisters! It was one of our sisters 22nd birthday. We had a ton of fun and even sang to Living on a Prayer, so I guess it doesn’t get much better than that. I also learned that iPhone’s can last in the snow for over 4 hours… no worries everyone it wasn’t my phone just my best friend’s phone :) On top of all that I FINALLY GOT TO SEE MY BIG SIS. She was gone in Spain last semester so seeing her was awesome.

I was pretty much excited for everyday of this weekend, but all for different reasons. Saturday I was excited because it was the first basketball game I have been to in a very long time! With winter break and recruitment I missed a good 2-3 games, which is a lot for me. We really needed a win in the Big East on Saturday, and we got it in overtime. On top of that I gave Trip, our mascot, his bone at the beginning of the game. I’m so proud that he doesn’t drop his bone anymore!

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Butler vs Marquette; win in overtime!

All in all it was a pretty good weekend. I miss not living on campus anymore, but being able to go back on the weekends isn’t too shabby. Expect a post about me complaining about this. Until then have a great Monday!

 

Is Butler Too Small or Just Right?

When picking a university to attend it can almost seem like you are Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There are a lot of things you have to try and see what is the best fit for you. Once you find the best fit you realize it is just right.

I know there are many of you who are probably still doing exactly what Goldilocks did and trying to figure out what is the best fit for you. A question I hear a lot while giving tours is if Butler is too small? Do I see the same people all the time? The simple answer is no. Let me give you the more in depth answer.

Coming from a large high school, over 3200 students, I felt that Butler would be too small for me. I love meeting new people and getting to know others, so I thought that this would be like high school all over again. Even though I felt this way I just ignored it and still chose Butler. I have never regretted that decision. Yes, Butler is small, but it is just right. I can walk to class and know people on the way there, but I can also walk into a classroom and not know people. To say at Butler everyone knows everyone is extreme. Most of the students do know a lot of people, but it is because most of us are involved in a lot of different activities.

My graduating class!

My high school graduation of 600-700 people.

For the most part you could say Butler is how you make it. At Butler I am meeting someone new everyday. There are some of us who do know a lot of people and we would love to know even more people on campus. There are also those who have chose to stick with their core group of friends and are not involved with much, but still have a great time. The point is you can make Butler however you want. Butler doesn’t change you, but rather makes you a better version of yourself.

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I hope that you can call Butler home just as so many of us have.