Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I was just away getting older. Let me explain. This past weekend I turned 21. To my parents I think it was the day they thought would never come. For me it was the best day of my life. As any typical 21 year old would do I went to the bars with some of my closest friends. There are some really nice things when it comes to going out as someone who is 21 at Butler.
At Butler we have a really close area called Broad Ripple, which is where most of the bars are besides the downtown area. Butler provides a shuttle system that takes students back and forth to Broad Ripple. It’s free for students and it doesn’t just have to be used for after 21 plans, it can be used for just going to grab a bite to eat or hang out with friends in Broad Ripple!
Besides turning 21 it was also my sister’s baby shower. I was so excited to see my sister and watch her open all of her gifts for baby Sophia. It’s so crazy to see all the different aspects that my family is in right now. I’m turning 21 ready to take on the world, and my sister is about to have her first child. Opposite ends of the spectrum but still a lot of happy times right now in my life! I’m so thankful to have survived another year! Did I mention the Colts won for me? Happy 21 to me!
Tagged: 21, baby, baby shower, birthday, Broad Ripple, butler, Colts, Indianapolis, shuttle, sister, university
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.
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.
Today I had a potential student shadow me in one of my classes, and it started to make me think about the things that caused me to love Butler and how I know I picked the right school. It is that time of year where many students try to decide between different schools. If you are anything like me in the time of decision making it usually takes forever. This is true for my senior year when I came down to two schools and waited until the last week to decide. If you are reading this I hope you are a current high school senior deciding between Butler and somewhere, and I hope this post can help you see why you should pick Butler.
#1. Small class sizes, personal relationships w/professors
I know this probably seems obvious. Butler is a small school so it would be expected to have small class sizes. The reality is though that it is so important to Butler to keep classrooms having that personal connection to those in your class along with your professor. I tell many students looking into Butler that I never have a problem communicating with my professors. Most of my professors will email me back within an hour of me emailing them. I know many students who have professors numbers and contact them regularly about class. Either way your professor is willing to make anyway possible to make sure that you feel comfortable in the class and understand the topics being discussed. Having a small class size makes participation easy and actually allows you to think about what is going on, not just sitting there through lecture after lecture.
#2. Internships, Indianapolis, and Alumni
While we may be a small school the amount of opportunities we have here as students is insane. Indianapolis is the 12th largest city in the nation and with that comes major benefits. In Indianapolis we have something that can accommodate any major. Whether your into the arts (Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra), sports (Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Indians, Indiana Ice), business (top ranked companies), medicine/pharmaceuticals (Eli Lilly Headquarters). The list goes on and on. I barely even covered anything for business because of how many great opportunities there are. We also have amazing alumni who are willing to provide anything they can to better our chances while at Butler and after. If you don’t want to stay in Indianapolis then you don’t have to, Butler has connections wherever the road may take you. On top of that we have the Internship and Career Services center that can help you with your resume, interview skills, and so much more. They even provide services to alumni.
#3. The Butler Way
This is something that no other school will have. It is called the Butler Way for a reason, and while many people who don’t go to Butler correlate it with Butler basketball the truth is that it is something that many students at Butler strive for. Outside of Hinkle Fieldhouse you will find a bust of legendary Tony Hinkle and underneath it shares the five values of the Butler Way. Those are: humility, passion, unity, servanthood, and thankfulness. I’m not going to generalize and say that every student at Butler strives for this as I said previously it something that “MANY” students strive for. I know I strive for it, and I know many people who strive for it to. It is so profound that many speakers that come here from Fortune 500 companies will go back to The Butler Way and explain how it works in their business. It has also been mentioned as being part of Butler basketball success.
Tony Hinkle with The Butler Way
I think I could have talked about the typical reasons why I like Butler like I usually do. For example, how beautiful the campus is, Butler basketball, my sorority, my friends, Blue 2 and Blue 3, but you get that all on your tour. You see how happy students are on campus, and how welcoming they are. Instead I wanted to share with you what you wouldn’t know on the tour. With that I wish all of the seniors good luck! It’s definitely not an easy decision, but if you choose Butler I am so excited for you to experience the best four years of your life.
Tagged: Alumni, butler, Colts, Hinkle, ICE, IMA, Indianapolis, Indians, Internship and Career Services, Pacers, The Butler Way
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!
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.
You always know on Butler campus when it’s getting close to a break, because all of sudden it’s like our professors huddle to together and stack tests on tests on tests or major assignments all due before break. Currently as I type this many are tucked away inside rooms trying to figure out why they didn’t study three days before.
This was me last night, and now that I am finally free for Fall Break it’s sad that I can’t play around my house because everyone is so busy studying. It’s so nice to just relax. Today was insane. I had a test in my first class, a speech that is worth half my grade in my second class, and an in class write in my Spanish class. Monday was total misery for me considering I spent the entire day just studying or working on things that had to be done.
Finally I can work out, hang out, get things organized, and get ready for break. I’m going to Michigan with my roommate Rori to visit some of her friends. I’m really excited to see the Michigan vs Michigan State game! It should be fun!
Good luck to all of Butler, because by the looks of Starbucks tonight everyone is currently cramming.
Here’s a video that I love especially after beating the Packers this past Sunday! This is a great speech by someone who is going through a lot in his own life right now. COLTSRONG & CHUCKSTRONG
In true Indiana fashion, the weather changed and super fast. Why does everyone wonder why we all get sick? Probably because Indiana likes to freak out and change weather all the time, but I can’t complain. Fall is my favorite season, and for all you Summer lovers out there let me explain why Fall is so awesome.
Who doesn’t love sweatshirts?! They are so comfy and soft. You don’t have to worry about what you are wearing under them because you most likely won’t take it off, but if you do get too hot then you can always take it off! I especially love my Phillies sweatshirt, thanks to my friend Hank I started getting interested in the Phillies and now I am debating whether to buy another sweatshirt. Buying a new sweatshirt might be a problem because I am really thinking about buying new Uggs. You may think Uggs are ugly, but they are so comfy. They can go with anything and feel so soft and warm. Don’t judge the uggs by the outside it’s what inside that matters
I love this sweatshirt!
2. Apple Cider/Chai = Chaider or any Fall drink Starbucks offers.
My friend, Natasha, has seriously got me hooked on Chaider, I don’t even know if that’s how you spell it correctly, but it is Apple Cider and Chai Tea mixed together! It’s so good! Not only that but since Fall is back that means Pumpkin Spice Lattes are here. Nothing is better than having a warm drink in cold weather. Plus who doesn’t love Apple Cider?! So awesome.
I am a huge fan of football. Being that I am from Indianapolis, I love the Colts. I can’t wait until September 11th when the season starts. I’ve been a little worried with the whole Peyton situation, but nonetheless I am still pumped. Football in the fall is great. Tailgating and eating good off the grill food is so yummy. Plus when you go to games at Lucas Oil or any stadium for that matter there’s no better football experience than that.
4. Leaves Changing!
Here in Indiana we are known for our leaves having this crazy change in color. I can’t wait until leaves begin to change here at Butler. I heard it is so pretty through the Monon trail and just through out campus since we have so many trees! For any students though and anyone visiting Indiana, Brown County is a must. For the past couple years I have been going camping with my friends Lindsey and Sara to Happy Hollows in Brown County with their families. It’s so pretty there and I’m so mad we can’t do it this year because they go to Purdue and being that we both have the same homecoming as the high schooler’s Fall Break, we can’t go! I am going to miss it, so hopefully we get to go some other time!
Last year at Brown County! So Pretty!
They keep you warm, and you can make awesome food with bonfires. For example, Smores. Who doesn’t love smores?! They can be messy but the gooey awesomeness of smores is the best part. Until Fall is here I have to suffice with microwave smores or the smores cupcake from The Flying Cupcake. The cupcake is awesome, but I still want the actual thing! Plus with bonfires I love that smell! Right now is perfect bonfire weather.
Sorry about my Fall rant, I am just a little too excited.