When I was thinking of where to study abroad my first thoughts were obviously Europe. However, after thinking things through I wanted to go somewhere I have never been before. No, I have not been to every country in Europe yet, or even seen all the countries I would like to see in Europe, but I knew Europe would be an easy win. Not saying for those who went it’s not worth it. I just know that you can always find someone who wants to go to Europe. I wanted to think of place that no one in my family would really go to at least my parents wouldn’t go to. That left me with Australia. When looking at places I just figured Sydney would be the best bet, but I never really researched why. Now I can honestly say that I picked an amazing city.
I love my city back home. Living in Indianapolis is awesome, and it’s one of the cities that is definitely up and coming for new graduates. However, Sydney is awesome for so many different reasons. The main reason is that you can go an hour to two hours outside of the city and experience beaches, caves, and mountains, which is exactly what I did this past weekend. My boyfriend and I went to the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves. It was insane to think that the amount of time it takes me to get to Cincinnati back home I was able to see caves and mountains all in that time.
The Three Sisters on the left at the Blue Mountains
The Jenolan Caves are so pretty. We took a tour through the ribbon cave, which they don’t show often because they can only take 8 people at a time in the cave. You never realize how beautiful some things are until you are right there and see it for yourself. The same is true for the Blue Mountains. I saw pictures from magazines and travel guides and saw how beautiful it was, but it’s completely different when you are standing there overlooking the entire area. While it was definitely a dumb idea for me to just wear shorts and a sweatshirt, it was still worth being cold just to see everything I saw.
Ribbon Cave of the Jenolan Caves!
So while I love Indy, I will miss Sydney. I will miss being able to go to the beach in under 30 minutes or seeing mountains and caves in under two hours. Looks like I’ll have to do more traveling in the states!
After visiting Cairns for a week I went to Melbourne for my last week of mid semester break. Melbourne was amazing and I’m pretty sure I like it more than Sydney. Sydney is all over the place. What I mean is that Melbourne is on a grid system so it is a lot easier to find streets whereas Sydney not so much. More than that Melbourne just seemed way more cultural than Sydney and I really enjoyed that.
Unlike Cairns my roommate and I didn’t have much planned, so we went with the flow for the most part and tried to look for things we were interested in. On the first day we went to St. Paul’s Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. They were both gorgeous. St. Patrick’s is extremely big. The photos I have don’t give it justice in the how big it was. Each cathedral had such amazing history and background so it was really cool to see that in the middle of Melbourne.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
I also went to the Olympic park and saw the many different stadiums Melbourne has to offer. Melbourne is huge in sports so it kind of reminded me of Indianapolis! It’s insane to me how crazy cricket is here. They had a stadium larger than Lucas Oil for cricket! On the other side of things I also got to see a lot of art. In Melbourne there are two streets you can go to that are solely for graffiti artists. Some of the graffiti was a little creepy, but for the most part everywhere you looked there was something new to look at. I absolutely loved it.
Hosier Lane in Melbourne.
The maze of Melbourne is awesome. Every corner you turn there is something new to find. Some new pub or restaurant or store that can bring a whole new experience to you. My next blog I’ll share with you guys my day tour to the twelve apostles! I hope everyone back home is making it through finals!
WARNING: If you already hate me for being in Australia then do not read this blog.
Because while it was snowing in Indiana I was laying out on the beach. Right now it’s considered the end of Summer or the beginning of Autumn (not Fall, Aussies do not say Fall) in Australia. However, I wish I could just be at the beach all day everyday. The worse part is that I really can’t share my excitement of gorgeous weather with anyone back in Indiana. This is due to the fact that the other day I checked the weather back home and it was snowing… again.
Picture perfect at Manly Beach
At this point I’m starting to think when I return in July it will still be snowing. However, for those of you in Indiana I’m turning into one of them. One of the Australians that thinks 70 is cold and 90 is perfect. Yes, I will admit today when walking to class I thought it was chilly. I could only imagine how all my friends at Butler would be punching me right now for saying that, so I take it back. It has been rainy lately so no beach for me. Just all around sad times here in paradise.
This past weekend we went to Bondi Beach which was gorgeous. So far I’ve only been to Bondi and Manly, but I just read a fun fact that if I wanted to see every beach in Australia it would take me 27 years… so I’m just going to try to see as many as possible. I’m going to stop talking about beaches now before I get angry messages about this blog. Right now everything is going great! My roommate and I are planning our “Fall/Easter Break”. We plan on going to Melbourne and Cairns,which is where the Great Barrier Reef is! Can’t wait to experience more of Australia!
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!
#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.
#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!
Tagged: #ButlerBound, #tbt, B.o.B, butler, Dawg Pound, Freshmen, Indianapolis, Jimmy Fallon, NCAA Tournament, Schwitzer, university
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.
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
It doesn’t get much better than Hinkle Fieldhouse.
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.
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 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.
I hope that you can call Butler home just as so many of us have.
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
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
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.
So since I failed to do this on Tuesday, because my life is such a mess I figured I would do it today! As I mentioned previously I will be talking about different concerts on either Tuesday or Thursday until I run out of concerts I went to, so bare with me this may take a while.
So on Labor Day I didn’t think I would be going to Mumford and Sons, but my best friend Hank asked me to go with him and who is really going to pass up on Mumford and Sons. I’m not going to lie I’m not some dedicated fan who listens to them 24/7, but I know a couple of their songs. After seeing them in concert I couldn’t stop listening to them. My favorite song by them now is Lover of the Light. They played it at the concert and after that I couldn’t stop listening to it. They are amazing live! They sound exactly like they do on their CD if not better.
Of course as always I took a ton of pictures and video. I’m sure it seems like I would suggest every concert to every person, but seriously Mumford is well worth your time and money. Then again I’m slightly biased because I didn’t have to pay for my ticket. I promise you though there are a couple concerts I wouldn’t suggest that every person go to, but I will get to that at a later time.
Keeping this post short and simple, because I should be studying for my Spanish quiz right now!