Ok so maybe not the best of both worlds, more or less I really just wanted to use a Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) song as my title. However, going to a big school in Australia has me really missing my small school back home. Either way school is school so I’m not going to say I absolutely adore going to class, but I do enjoy some of the classes I’m taking. However, it is a lot different from Butler.
I’m taking four classes while I’m here. They are:
CUL 120: Living Culture
CUL 221: Australian Film & TV
CUL 322: Ab/Normal Bodies
ICOM202: International Communication Campaigns
Don’t let the class numbers fool you. While one of my classes is a 100 level class it is starting to become one of my more difficult classes. This week I’ve been swamped. I’ve have something due everyday this week in every class. However, even with all the madness I really enjoy all of my classes except Living Culture. The lectures drive me insane.
This is where I’ve been spending most of my time this week with all my assignments. At least my university has an awesome library!
This is where the differences from a big school to a small school come in. When applying to schools as a freshman I knew that a big school wouldn’t do it for me. Now that I’m a junior I’m reminded as to why I thought that. Here at Macquarie you go to a lecture and then later you go to a tutorial which is a smaller setting. However, sometimes in tutorial you only talk about the readings required for the week not the lecture that was discussed earlier. At Butler your class is a lecture/tutorial combined. You get lectures but with that discussion based setting behind it, which in my opinion is way easier to learn.
The biggest thing is that you know when you hear teachers say “However many credit hours you should be doubling for work outside class” Well here that is the truth. Back home there are so many assignments/assessments that while it is necessary to keep up with readings and such you almost don’t realize it because the assignments and assessments are keeping you up to speed. Here you never have assignments and very rarely assessments so at that point it’s all up to you. While it’s nice to have freedom I’m way more structured than that, so it has taken some getting used to.
I’m glad I’ve waited until junior year to study abroad, because I honestly don’t think as a freshmen and even a sophomore I would have been mature enough to have fun and focus on what I’m here for, which is still school! I’m sure there are others that have more self control than myself. Anyway my mid semester break starts next week and I can’t wait to share with you guys all of my trips!
Recently I got an email about registering for fall classes, and I almost cried. In the fall I will finally be a senior. It is so strange that when you start school in kindergarten you think high school is so far you don’t even think you’ll make it. Now it is strange to think that within a year I will be graduating from college. Not only that but a university that has given me more than I could have ever thought of.
One awesome thing though is that I thought going abroad would force me to take 18 credit hour semesters for senior year. After looking things over I only have to do 15 credit hour semesters, which is so relieving. While I am looking forward to the future in my career it’s still hard to think that the coming year will be my last at Butler. When I look back at everything I’ve done it’s crazy to think that it’s almost over. As a freshman everyone always told me that these four years would be the best of my life, but they would go quickly. They were right.
Next year I will be finishing up my degree in Strategic Communication with a focus in Public Relations, and hopefully will be receiving a minor in Media, Rhetoric, and Culture (I’m only three classes away!). However, Butler has been much more to me so far than receiving a degree. It has allowed me to meet an amazing group of women in my sorority, Pi Beta Phi. It has shown me a community of care through all the amazing people that attend Butler and work at Butler. Not only that it has taught me skills through the many organization I am involved with.
While it may be time to register for my final year at Butler it is not time to stop having fun. Obviously, I’m in Australia! Until graduation day comes I will be enjoying everyday I possibly can as a student at Butler.
Also I know it’s getting a little warmer back home, so here’s a song to get you pumped for the summer!
If you were not aware I am currently living in the future. It’s March 5th here in Australia at 930 AM. I started school on Monday and I feel like a freshman all over again. I haven’t had all my classes yet, but for the ones that I have experienced it is way different from Butler.
At Butler I have never experienced a class bigger than 20. Here I have lectures of 100-150. This my not seem that dramatic to people at bigger schools, but for me on the first day of class I am used to so many different things at Butler. On the first day of class at Butler there is actually attendance taken, icebreakers done, and you actually know at least half the class from previous years. At Macquarie it is the complete opposite. Almost all of the lectures at Macquarie are provided online so you technically do not have to attend the lecture. Actually one of my classes yesterday was an iLecture, so I’ll never go in for the lecture.
I guess I’ll experience smaller sizes when we have tutorials. Tutorials are smaller group discussions where attendance is usually taken. These meet after lectures or sometimes later in the week. It is really weird for me but I’m sure I will get used to it. So far I love my classes. Although it is funny when your Australian professor tries to explain something American. Or like yesterday when my professor used a quote from another professor from UNC (University of North Carolina) and had to explain to my class it was a university in the United States.
In one of my classes I am the only American which is really cool. However, some of the students have found out from none other than my voice and started to bombard me with questions about America.
I will say one thing is for sure Butler definitely prepared me for a lot of things here. In one of my classes I am applying for a program called PACE International Stream, which will allow me to work on a marketing campaign for a non profit in India. If chosen I will be able to experience interactions with international company and hopefully they will use the teams’ campaign idea. At Butler I did something similar and when asked about the skills I had so many through my classes at Butler. It took me a million miles to realize how thankful I am for everything I’ve learned at Butler.
I’ll keep you guys posted if I get into the program! Other than that everything is great! It’s weird to say this, but I almost forgot that I came here for school so it’s probably a good thing it started back up.
Here’s a song that I loved when I heard back in the states, but in Australia is super popular!
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
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!
How I will be hanging out in Australia.
As you have probably noticed in past posts or at my lack of even writing post my life is hectic. It is my own fault that I make it as crazy as it is, but I like the constant craziness. However, without Post It notes I don’t know if I would make anything on time or would turn in any assignments on time.
My planner is something I live by. If you ever see me in class my planner is always out and open. At this point I think it is just a comfort thing to have it. With my planner I not only use the dates provided to write down everything I have to do or turn in, but I also have Post It notes everywhere. To a lot of people my Post It notes seem color coordinated or that there is some meaning behind the colors, but that is not the case.
I use Post It notes for everything, especially just to get me through the week. While my planner does help me keep track of things I always have a Post It note on the end of my week to show what I have for the week. This is for social or academics so that I can keep track. For example this is what I have on my Post It note for next week.
Firebelly blog (M) ISL blog (T)
Morton Finney mtg (S) CMFK bus (Th)
AV sign in (W) SP oral online (F)
IMC tweets (T) ISL Pitch Kit (T)
Wang assignment (W) SP oral in class (W)
This is it so far. Thankfully most of these are class related. Obviously I can keep track of my fun stuff because that’s usually what I look forward to! Wish me luck.
Typically my course load is not that bad. Compared to a lot of other people my classes are mainly all reading. I don’t have that many tests or assignments, and I usually can just read and be fine in my classes. This week is a different story.
About an hour ago I took an exam for my Strategic Communications class. I think I did pretty well, but I’m not completely sure. It was difficult to study for just because I had so much going on last week with classes as well as social/greek life.
Today I have to study all day again, because I have another exam tomorrow in my media literacy class. It doesn’t help that I stayed up until 2 this morning and woke back up again at 630 to continue studying, but in a sense this is all my fault. After I take this test tomorrow I am done with tests for the week, but then next week I have a lot to do again!
Next Tuesday I have tests in three out of my four classes in one day. Some times I wish I was still in middle school when all the teachers discussed about when they were having tests so they were not all jammed packed… Welcome to real life, I guess.
Even though right now is slightly stressful, Fall Break is right around the corner and I can’t wait. Until then I’m praying I make it through these tests!
Here’s a flash mob I participated in for Sigma Chi Derby Days this past week!
Seeing the freshmen makes me feel old, which is pathetic because I’m only a sophomore. Being a sophomore isn’t that much different from being a freshmen except now I’m starting to like my classes a lot more! My classes are becoming to be more specific to my major and it makes everything a lot more interesting. To stick with tradition this will be the blog that I post explaining every class I’m taking. I did two of these for my freshmen year and plan to do the same this year!
SW 266 – Media Literacy
This class is a requirement for my communications major. I really like it so far because it’s interesting to learn about society through media, and see how it affects us everyday. Plus it has to do with my major so I automatically like it.
PCA 241 – Music In Action
This class is for my CORE curriculum at Butler. I’ve done a lot of blogs about the CORE, so if you are not sure what that is you can check out one of those blogs. This class is entertaining just because my professor is funny. It also is reminding me of my days back in middle school playing violin. This class goes into detail about music particularly classical music and where it all started from. It’s really interesting, but I’m glad I only have to be in it for one semester.
COM 101 – Public Speaking
There’s an extremely long title to this class, but it should be just called Public Speaking. This is also a requirement for my major. My professor is new to Butler, which is cool because she’s taught at larger schools and I think she brings a new perspective to our class and campus. She’s also extremely entertaining so I feel like for a class that could have been boring she has turned into a class that I love going to everyday.
STR 222 – Principles of Strategic Communications
This is for my major as well! It’s exciting because I am finally in the beginning classes towards my major. So far this class is extremely interesting. We have been talking about advertising and how it affects our lives, but eventually we will also look into Public Relations. It’s more of a general class of strat comm, but it’s pretty exciting to go from exploratory to now finally being in major classes.
SP 101 – Beginning Spanish
Yes I am in beginning Spanish. In high school I took French and Japanese and now I need a language for my major so I figured I should do Spanish. I’ve never taken Spanish in my life unless you count the three week rotation in middle school where we tried to see if we liked it or not, in which case I chose French. I really do miss French, but I don’t see how it will help me in the long run so that is why I chose Spanish. I hate the time of this class (Tuesdays/Thursdays 6-740 PM), but I’m excited to be taking a language class again. I love languages!
So that’s my schedule for this semester. It’s the last semester of my CORE classes except for my GHS. It’s weird to think that I am already done with CORE! Hopefully this means more classes for my major next semester!
As many of you know Butler freshmen always take class photo during their Welcome Week. Here’s the Class of 2016 pictures based off their theme this year!
In reality my finals week is not that bad compared to others. A lot of pharmacy majors especially have finals one right after the other so that is way worse than mine! My problem is just I have a lot of busy work and no idea how to manage my time right now.
I only have two finals, but the rest of the things that I have due are time consuming! My first final is tomorrow in my world of plants class. I love the professor of this class, but this is possibly one of the hardest classes I have ever taken. I have never studied harder and still end up with terrible grades. Basically my goal on this final is to at least get a C, which sounds terrible, but at this point I am dying in this class.
On Thursday I have my portfolio due for Arts Administration. In this portfolio I have to compare my choice of an arts organization with another. So my choice was the Metropolitan of Art in New York City and now I have to compare it with the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It’s not very difficult at all because most of the information is online it’s just very time consuming, and I have to make it into a presentable binder.
Friday I have my Analytical Reasoning final, which is Butler’s way of calling a math class. My math class is Win, Lose, or Draw, which goes into statistics and probability. It sounds really easy, but it’s actually one of my hardest classes. I have a tutor for this so hopefully that helps!
Saturday I have my controversial story for my News Print Media class to turn in. I have yet to do any interviews for this or anything which is really bad, and on top of that I have to also rewrite a story for this class, because I failed my first time, so now this is just additional work. I expected this though because I had no idea how to write that story, so hopefully the rewrite goes well.
Currently I am sitting in the Science Library. Pretty much all of campus is dead with people only walking to go hide themselves in rooms in Jordan Hall, Irwin Library, or any other place where they can find a nook to study. I am also still soaked from the torrential downpour that mother nature decided to have. Broad Ripple flooded which is insane. On top of that my friend’s car is stuck there. I’ll keep you guys updated on whether she gets it back or not!
That's my friend's car. This was on tv!
A lot of people I know have declared their major. Their advising appointments go more along the lines of, “You need this for your major, and well you don’t have time for that core credit so you will have to take that later.” My advising appointments go more like this, “So what are you interested in now? Oh, it looks like next semester you will be done with all your core.”
Maybe I am getting a bit ahead of myself. Let me explain what I mean by Core. Butler University has a core curriculum. Being a liberal arts school we are considered to be more well rounded by taking all different sorts of classes even if they do not relate to our major. I’ll try and give a brief description of the core, but there is a lot involved with it! The main aspects of the core are:
- Physical Well Being
- Natural World
- Perspectives in the Creative Arts
- Text & Ideas
- The Social World
- Analytical Reasoning
Those are the main six, there is also FYS (Freshmen Year Seminar), which you must take as a freshman, and then also Global & Historical Studies (GHS) that you must take as a sophomore. The core may seem annoying to some, but I love it because they are probably classes I would have never taken had I gone to a bigger university. Currently how I am covering my core is taking Sex Gender & Sexuality in Japan (Social World Credit), Religions of the World (Text & Ideas Credit), and Helen of Troy (FYS).
The book for my FYS!
Next semester I plan to take Codes & Secret Messages (Analytical Reasoning Credit), Intro to Ballet (Physical Well Being Credit), and Intro to Visual Arts (Perspective in the Creative Arts Credit). I am so excited! I am still trying to figure out my major, but with all these core it’s helping me see things that I thought I may not be interested in.
Also, everyone keeps posting this video everywhere on Facebook, now I know why…