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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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Posts Tagged “finals”

Happy Winter Break To Me!

I AM FINALLY FINISHED WITH FINALS. To say I’m excited is an understatement. The final I took today will be the last time I am in a Butler classroom until August 27th 2014. It is crazy to think I will be gone that long, but I am really excited to start my journey in Australia. As all of you know I will keep you updated on all my adventures! However, until I leave I’ll still be keeping myself busy! Here’s what I will be doing until February comes around!

#1. Recruitment Counselor
From January 6th-12th I will be helping with recruitment! I have been recruitment counselor this year, but it really all comes down to the week of recruitment where I do the most of my work. I will be back on campus during this week helping the freshmen with their week during recruitment and also just having a lot of fun!

#2. Firebelly Marketing
I will be working basically full time or as much as full time as I can be until I leave for down under! I’m really excited to be back here as often as I was during the summer, and know everything that’s going on again! I also blog for Firebelly Marketing, so if you want to read some things I write for Firebelly click here! That leads to the main blog page, but if you scroll through you can find some of the blogs I have wrote!

#3. Planning for Australia
Obviously between all the other things I will be doing I will be getting ready for 4 months in Australia! I’m already starting to get all my stuff together but I have no idea what I’m packing or what I need to bring, so I need to start thinking about that. If you have been to Australia suggestions would be extremely helpful!

But first things first…. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE AND JIMMY FALLON ON SNL THIS WEEKEND…. yeah that’s what I’ll be doing.

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Tune/Turn In Tuesday

So I have definitely been slacking on the blogs, but I PROMISE from here on out things are going to be amazing, because after finals week is over I have 2 months of break time. Well not exactly break time. Once finals are done I will take a little break and then go straight to working 30-40 hours a week at my marketing job before I leave for Australia. Yes, everything has officially been approved and I will be leaving for Australia in February! Get excited!

Since most of my finals has involved more writing and less studying (most of my finals are papers/presentations I only have 1 exam!) I thought I would share with you some of the songs I have been listening to keep me motivated and push through this week of craziness. Hope you guys enjoy and good luck to anyone out there still going through finals week!

#1. Explosions in the Sky – Your Hand In MineThis is the perfect song to listen to over and over if you are writing paper. There are no words so you can really focus on what you are doing. To me this song even without words has a lot of emotion to it, but it really allows me to not sing along. Instead, I listen to this song whenever I have to write a long paper like I did yesterday for my 8-10 page research paper!

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#2. Tove Lo – Habits (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
The original to this song is just as good as the remix, but I can’t stop listening to the remix. I love listening to this song because of the beat and the singers voice. For that reason I usually can’t listen to this song while writing, so I  listened to it while working on my design project yesterday.

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#3. So High – Ghost Loft
This song has a really chilled out and relaxed vibe to it, which is so helpful for writing papers. There’s no really crazy singing or anything like that just this very cool, airy type of song that can make you feel like you aren’t stuck in a library for 6-8 hours, which is nice.

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Sorry guys I’m sticking to only 3 songs this time, because I still have a final due at 12 PM tomorrow and I haven’t made the progress I would like. Also I’m currently at the downtown library trying not to fall asleep… Happy Finals Week everyone!

It’s I’m Dead Week.

So this week is the week where for other schools it’s a time to prep for finals, but here at Butler it’s just another week to remind yourself that you don’t go to an easy school. It’s only Monday, and because of how much stuff I have due I already think that tomorrow is Wednesday. Yes, it’s that bad.

I know I tend to do this a lot. I mean I like to list things a lot, which is to show you that I’m crazy, but then also to remind myself the things I need to do this week. Today I’ve already completed my Spanish oral exam as well as work on my personal branding project, but if you don’t mind I would like to list again! Here goes nothing :)

12/10: Research Methods group assignment due , Group presentation for Indiana State Library
12/11: Women and Rock research paper due by 5 PM
12/12: Firebelly Marketing (my other job)
12/13: Spanish quiz

I realize this may not seem crazy, but then just wait until next week.

12/16: Graphic Design presentation (FINAL) self branding/ save the arts project
12/17: Research proposal paper due
12/18: Women and Rock FINAL due
12/19: Research Methods Test 2

It doesn’t seem a lot, it’s just that all of these take a lot of research/time, so I’ll be hiding out for a little bit. On top of all this I’m still trying to figure out Australia shenanigans out, because my counter part in Australia is taking forever to get back with me. Wish me luck everyone!

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Where I will be soon!

Movies Just Aren’t For Me

Most of my friends enjoy watching movies. They always ask me “Have you seen this? or Want to go see this with us?” While I do have some favorite movies they are all pretty old movies. For some reason I can’t watch movies. I think I have to be sick, or forced to watch movies.

We can even do a test. If you would like you can comment below and ask me if I’ve seen any movie your thinking about, and I probably have not seen it. For one I think I have ADD because I can never just sit through an entire movie. I get entirely too distracted. I’m like Dory from Finding Nemo (I’ve seen that) I see something shiny and everything goes downhill. Sometimes it is not even me who gets distracted it is those around me distracting me.  I would much rather sit around and talk with friends then watch a movie and be quiet. To my friends and family this no shocker since, yes I know, I talk a lot.

Also I am very picky about movies. I’m not really an action person. Big explosions don’t excite me, and creatures that pop out of nowhere only make me want to hide under a pillow. So basically we are looking at romantic comedies, comedy, drama, suspense, and sometimes I’ll do scary but it has to be for very very good reasons. On top of all this even though I am picky I hate picking anything for groups of people so basically it’s a vicious cycle.

Trust me, I’m trying to get on board with the whole movie thing. It is just a struggle especially right now with school being intense as finals are approaching. For the next couple weeks I just really need to focus on school and work, so no movies for me! In honor of this time of year, here’s a good tradition for us older Butler students.

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Almost There

I have not been able to blog a lot, because it seems like all I am doing lately is either finishing projects or studying for finals. It is that time of the year where everything is starting to wrap. Seniors are starting to realize their time is coming to an end. Freshmen can’t believe they’ve made it through one year of college, and here I sit thinking about how half of my undergraduate is almost done.

It is a little depressing when you think about it. Every time I see families touring Butler I get a little jealous, because they are in that stage of excitement when you realize that you are finally going to college. I remember my registration day at Butler and how I couldn’t imagine that I would ever be here, and now that I am here I just want to continuously relive freshmen year. I am pretty sure though that my parents would not enjoy me reliving freshmen year over and over with how much money they would be spending, but Butler was free I would do it over and over again except for the finals part.

While finals do tend to stress people out, they are not that bad. We don’t have classes so it is just completely time to study. It just depends if you spend that time wisely. I am not going to lie I’m a little stressed out  because I’m not a big test person, but either way finals must go on, so if you take a final and think man I just failed that just always think “On to the next one”

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DONE

My first semester of my sophomore year is officially done. I had four finals in two days, and basically had to study non stop. Here is the basic life of a college student during finals week. Play massive amounts of Pandora with either complete rage music or very calming music. Then drink tons of caffeine or Starbucks or even use every possible free thing Butler provides you whether it be food, drinks or any other stress less thing you can come up. Then try to find rooms in Jordan, Gallahue, Irwin, or any other possible building you can think of. After all that is accomplished study away your life as much as possible.

The only problem with this idea is that Butler decided to have a speech competition held on our campus on the Saturday before finals which typically is intense cram time for many students. Many students had trouble finding a room to study in, but I was able to find a place in Gallahue to study. On Monday I had my Strategic Communications final and my Music final for my PCA. On Tuesday I had my Media Literacy final and my Spanish final. Needless to say I am glad that I am officially done with everything. I studied pretty much all day everyday from Saturday to Tuesday.

Now that finals are done I’m just hanging around campus basically going home whenever I feel like it since I live so close. I hope everyone isn’t dying from finals!

Here’s two girls I couldn’t stop watching during finals week to keep me laughing!

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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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Let’s Be Honest

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!

Why Does This Always Happen?

Right before finals week it seems like everyone starts to give you the most ridiculous work ever. I feel like I have a lot, but then when I say it aloud to myself it doesn’t seem that bad. I just have a lot of busy work to do! I’m going to use you to show myself what I have to do!

Freshman Year Seminar: Science and Sustainability
- Write final paper. Already 5 pages done only 3 more to go. Due Thursday

Arts Administration
- Start/Finish Portfolio due whenever scheduled appt. w/prof.

Natural World: World of Plants
- 4 seminar papers due
- 2 current event papers due
- study for lab practical
- study for final

Analytical Reasoning: Win Lose or Draw
- presentation
- study for final

Physical Well Being: Ballet
DONE

JR 112: News Print Writing
- start/finish controversial story due May 5
- rewrite any stories necessary

To you that may seem like a lot, but to me it doesn’t seem that bad. I really only have 2 exams, the rest are just papers. I love writing papers more than exams, because I know I am definitely a better writer than exam taker. I hate exams. So if I don’t blog in the next couple days I’m not dead I’m just trying to make it through my first year of college without my gpa dropping dramatically from the 3.5 that I already have. Wish me luck!

COME TO BUTLER!

Finals week is finally over. I was officially done at 415 pm on Wednesday. I’m finally done with my first semester. It’s weird to think that just a while ago I was packing up and moving into Butler.

I keep seeing admissions tweet about the final decisions being sent out. So I thought instead of writing about how finals week went and how much time I spent studying, I would write about why all of you who got accepted should COME TO BUTLER! All of my reasons go back to one major point. Butler’s status of being a SMALL SCHOOL. I have three main reasons so hopefully this helps some people out in deciding!

Small School = Small class sizes = Personal Care
At Butler there is a little over 4000 students. Being able to go to a small school means having personal relationships with your professors and Butler staff. Class sizes are small at Butler because of this. You will know all of your professors on a personal basis. This is something you cannot get at big state schools because classes at times can have 100-300 plus people. My largest class at Butler is maybe 20? This means that I need to be fully prepared and skipping classes really isn’t an option.

Opportunities
Being at a small school means there are so many opportunities. Everyone at Butler is so closely connected that it is easy to find opportunities whether it be for jobs, internships, study abroad, or even just being connected in different groups on campus. I have yet to meet one person on campus that is not involved in anything. Butler makes it so easy to be involved in so many different activities. They don’t want you to just sit in your room! They want you to be active in the community and also on campus!

FUN
Everyone at Butler is friendly and fun. I think we are all happy to be bulldogs and we all love our fellow bulldogs. Whether you are going to a basketball game, partying with friends, or even just doing activities that Student Government Association (SGA), there is always something to do that is FUN. Butler’s awesome because if you don’t feel like going to parties it’s no problem! SGA has so many activities they plan such as movie nights, going cave diving, haunted house trips, and so much more. Because Butler is so small they really take the time to connect students and make sure everyone is being safe and having fun.

I know that picking a college is hard, but Butler is an awesome place if you want massive amounts of people that encourage you and are cheering you on.

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