I know for a fact that everyday I take a lot of things for granted. For that reason I thought instead of talking about everything I take for granted, I would just do a version of things I take for granted here at Butler. That way this blog won’t last you five days. I’ll go ahead and mention three things I take for granted at Butler. This entire blog post is going to be so cheesy, so bare with me while I tell you more reasons why I love Butler a little too much.
This week has been a little stressful for me. While most students had their midterms before Fall Break all of my tests seemed to fall on this week. However, I realized that my friends and professors were so encouraging to me. Every time I saw them they would ask how my tests were going or that I would be fine and ace the test. Some of my friends even texted me to ask how the test went after they knew I had the class. You may be thinking that of course my close friends would do that, but it’s not just close friends. It’s everyone. I love when I’m walking around campus and you can hear people saying Good Luck to each other or that everything will be OK. It helps me realize that this really is a community of care which is something that is constantly repeated here.
#2. Hinkle Fieldhouse/Butler Sports
This should come to no surprise to anyone who knows me, but how could I write a blog about taking things for granted and not include Butler sports and of course, Hinkle Fieldhouse. Everyday when I wake up I get to look out of the window of my apartment and see the Butler Bowl and Hinkle Fieldhouse. The other day I started to realize how much I take this for granted. ESPN released at the start of the school year a bucket list of places to go to at different colleges, and Hinkle made that list. There are so many people who value the history behind Hinkle and what it means. When it comes to sports I take for granted everyday the fact that I can just show my ID and get into games. Did I mention our tickets are free for all sports? For basketball we have to pick up tickets, but still they are free. It’s a little insane when you think about it, but I take this for granted as well.
What I see outside my apartment window everyday.
#3. Community of Care
I know I mentioned this a little bit in the first reason, but seriously I can’t tell you how many times I have experienced this, and not just with students. This year I have been really struggling in Spanish. When I went up to my professor after class to ask where I could find help or a tutor, he said if I realized I am paying him to teach me, and told me that he was my tutor. Ever since then I have been going to his office every Tuesday and Thursday before a quiz. I don’t care in saying that I’ve cried in his office because I get so overwhelmed, but instead of making me feel completely stupid he’s helped me so much with Spanish! I’m so grateful for how helpful all my professors and my adviser have been to me.
As you can see I take for granted some major things at Butler. I have started to realize how much I am going to miss this the closer and closer I get to possibly going abroad!
Just for some enjoyment… this little kid makes my day!
Tagged: butler, Community of Care, Encouragement, Fieldhouse, friends, Hinkle, Indianapolis, meaningful, Sports, Thought, university
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 Saturday is finally the end to my countdown. The countdown of Butler basketball. Not to sound like a crazy person, but I seriously wait for basketball season every year.
Butler basketball will be a little different this year. As many of you know we moved to the A-10 conference (Atlantic 10). Our schedule is harder than before and we have a lot of new talent that we have to look forward to! This Saturday is just an exhibition game vs Marian, but either way it just means that we are finally starting basketball season.
For me college basketball is awesome, I like it a lot better than NBA. Now that college basketball is starting up I can not only focus my time on the Colts in the NFL, but with Butler basketball. This year I am on street team for Dawg Pound, which basically means I inform people about games and get them hyped, so I will be in the front row for all the games to hype people up, which I’m really excited about!
Get ready to hear the yelling and chanting coming from Hinkle, it’s finally the time for me to lose my voice every game. LET’S GO DAWGS!
To keep you excited here’s a clip from Homecoming of the Bulldog Pageant!
If you didn’t know we have a new bulldog on campus! Blue 2 is still around, but he now has Blue 3 aka Trip to teach and learn the ways of being a Butler bulldog.
Blue 3 aka Trip!
Butler wasted no time in getting Trip his own Twitter, Facebook, and website started. There are many rumors going around about Trip, and whether Blue 2 is healthy or not. According to reliable sources from Butler, Blue 2 is still healthy and well, so Trip will most likely not be stepping up anytime soon.
Trip is all the rage around campus right now. People are trying to find any chance to be able to see Trip. Today there was a meet and greet with him at Starbucks. He seems really sleepy most of the time, but I would be too with the amounts of events he is doing! His announcement was a huge deal, and many news channels were here on his introduction day at Hinkle. The day Trip was announced at Hinkle there was an audience of over 10000 people awaiting his arrival. He has also been on many news stations around the area. Check out this video for the day when Blue 3 was announced from Blue 2′s point of view!
If you want to get to know more about Trip I suggest you check out his twitter, facebook, or website! He is possibly the cutest puppy I have ever seen! Many tweets from Butler students said something like, “The only school I know where students will flock to Starbucks to see a dog #butlerstudentproblems” I will have to agree, I am pretty sure we are the only school to see this happen, and also see grown college men gushing over a dog.
Blue 3, Melanie, Lynn and I taking a picture with Blue 2, and then Blue 3 being a little sleepy!
Lately, I have been seeing a lot of tours on campus. I feel pretty pathetic since that was me just a few years ago, but I still aww every time I see perspective students. I can only hope that they consider Butler as their next home!
I toured Butler only one time. I live so close to Butler that the high school I went to would play basketball games at Hinkle, and also I went to a lot of Butler basketball games with my friend Nicole, so I did not really feel like I needed to tour as much as others. The first time and last time I toured Butler I went with my best friend Nicole! We were juniors and everyone else in our group were seniors. It was pretty cool to see where I could possibly be in a few years. There are a couple tips that I have for those of you who plan to tour Butler!
- Nicole and I at a Butler game our junior year of HS
1. Come when students are in session!
Try and come when school is still in session at Butler. Try avoiding breaks, such as Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, or Christmas Break, which by the way our Thanksgiving Break is a week long and Christmas Break is a month long! Coming to campus when classes are in session is such a good time because you really get to see what campus is like. You will see people playing frisbee, students walking to classes, or just random fun that happens on campus all the time!
2. Do not come with a friend!
For me coming with my best friend Nicole was awesome because we both had an interest in coming to Butler. I do know other people that went on campus tours with their friends and it was not as great of an experience. Sometimes people let others influence them more than expected , so I would say to come to Butler with an open mind and maybe do not bring your closest friend.
3. Sit in on a class or come on one of the days towards your specific major!
Sitting on a class is great because most college classes are not like high school at all. There is a lot more discussion involved and a deeper level of thinking that goes on. Many professors that I have do not talk much, but instead want to hear what you have to say. Also, there are specific days towards certain majors that allow new students to come see what it may be like!
A communication class at Butler!
I did not follow any of these tips when I was looking at schools. I only toured Butler once during the summer, and I definitely did not sit in on classes or anything like that. One could say that I went into Butler blind, but in my opinion I picked the best school for me. I love Butler, and so I hope that when people are touring they feel the same way!
Oh and I’m not really into country music, but I cannot get this song out of my head!