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
I worked Black Friday at Forever 21 for my third time. It’s funny because my first day of work at Forever 21 was on Black Friday my junior year of high school and because of that it is easy for me to keep track of my anniversaries of working there. This Black Friday I worked from 5AM to 3 PM. While this may seem crazy to some people we always get 10 hour shifts on Black Friday so most of us are used to it.
My shift was not that bad, I was in the shift where the midnight shoppers were going to sleep and the normal shoppers were finally getting up. Although I heard at midnight that we had insane lines, people banging on our gates to come in early, and all other crazy shenanigans. I understand that there may be deals but at Forever 21 I feel like you are always getting a deal so I really don’t understand the commotion of being there. I will say though that I never felt like we were super busy, until I counted my drawer at the end of the day and realized I had over $14000 in my drawer alone, so I guess we were busy.
Black Friday to me was not that bad. What killed me was the next day. After working Black Friday I went straight downtown with my friends Catrina and Bethany to see the Circle of Lights, which is a tree lighting that downtown Indianapolis does to our Monument Circle.
I got back home and fell asleep right away. The next day (Saturday) I had to work from 11-7 which typically wouldn’t be bad, but I think I overslept from the exhaustion of Friday that Saturday my body felt even worse. I was in such a bad mood, so I feel really bad for the customers that talked to, because I probably seemed completely out of it and uninterested, which typically is not me.
Thankfully I’m back at Butler now, so it’s back to the usual of studying and learning, but I’m starting to realize that I’d rather do that than work any Black Friday.
Last night my friends and I went to Dayglow or what is now known as Life in Color. It was at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It’s basically a huge rave where there are many DJ’s that come out and play for you and then people throw paint everywhere.
I was able to go with a lot Pi Phi’s, but while there I saw so many Butler students and later found out that a lot of people that I went to high school were there as well. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to see because there were so many people there! I feel like I pretty much got a workout there. Although it started at 8, my friends and I didn’t get there until about 845, which was perfect because they didn’t start throwing paint until 9. We managed to get really close to the front… I’m pretty good at pushing my way through.
From the back of DayGlow right before leaving!
From 9-12 we stayed there. For 3 hours we basically jumped around and danced the entire time with no break, which is why I say that I got a workout. While this probably sounds all crazy, it is. When I got back from Dayglow my hair looked wet because of how much paint was in it. My face was covered in paint, and my white shirt turned into tie dye, but I’m not mad at all. It was an awesome experience.
My sisters and I at Dayglow midway through! More paint was still on it's way...
One little awesome detail about going to Butler, we are so close to everything. A lot of people at Dayglow came from Purdue, IU, Wabash, and other Indiana colleges. Most of these colleges are anywhere from 45 to 1/1.5 hour away from where Dayglow was held last night. Butler is only 5-10 minutes away from where it was held! So grateful for Butler’s location near the city!
Today was the first day back from Spring Break, and I think I can speak for everyone that we all still feel like we are on break. In Indy, the weather is so nice right now. Not to call out my friend Lindsay but she went back home to California, and we had better weather than Cali!
Right now the weather here is near the 80′s and is expected to be like this until Friday. On Friday it is expected to be in the 60′s , which is still crazy for Indy this time of year. Going to class and focusing has been so hard today. Since I have a break from 1-5 in the afternoon I decided to sit outside on the mall. When weather is this great I absolutely love campus. You see kids laying out on the lawn, boys playing campus golf, and so many people just out having fun.
The mall on such a pretty day!
The only unfortunate thing about this weather is because it is so nice, and because everyone wants to go do homework outside there are some weird tan lines going on. Currently, I have a tan line from my shirt and where I sat my computer on my legs. This will be extremely attractive later. Just a heads up to anyone planning on touring Butler, if you plan to tour this month do it this week or next week! The weather is so gorgeous.
Also here’s a video of Blue 2 and Blue 3 tearing up our next opponent in the CBI!
In one week I have seen Jimmy Fallon four times. In my previous blog I talked about how Jimmy came to Butler to perform and then also do a segment for his show, which will air tonight on his first ever live show. There will also be appearances from Blue 2, Butler cheerleaders, and a ton of Butler students.
No, I did not stalk Jimmy Fallon. I went to his shows downtown! On Thursday, my friend Kelsey and I tried to go to his show, but to make sure he fills the theater they overbook the show so it’s first come first serve for tickets. Kelsey and I weren’t so lucky so instead of seeing his show we were able to hear Jimmy Fallon’s monologue and see him in a more intimate setting.
The numerals downtown!
On Friday, I went with my friend from Ball State, Ross. This time we made the show and got this awesome deal where I got to go up in the balcony and dance while the performer, Fitz and the Trantrums, played! It was so much fun.
Besides wasting away my life waiting in line for Jimmy Fallon on Friday I also walked up 334 steps to the top of the monument in the circle downtown. It’s an awesome experience and if you ever get the chance you should do it! If you don’t feel like going up 334 steps or 32 flights then you can take the elevator! Also last night I got to see the celebrity basketball game and Stevie Wonder was in Hinkle!
My view from the top of the monument!
I know I haven’t been blogging much, but now that the Super Bowl will be ending my life should be slowing down a little. Except for on Tuesday I get to meet Gordon Hayward, so I guess the excitement is never ending around here. Here’s Fitz and the Tantrums who I got to see at Jimmy Fallon!
As many of you know Super Bowl 46 is being held here in Indianapolis. Having the Super Bowl in Indy is a huge deal. With it being so close to campus there have been a lot of special events lately.
The other day we had Jimmy Fallon come to campus and give a show with some of his writers. It was so much fun! What many of us did not expect was that after the show Jimmy Fallon decided to use Butler campus as part of his commercial for one of his shows! He was here all day on Monday filming for it. I was able to shake his hand! I was so excited. Jimmy Fallon is super nice, and on Thursday and Friday I get to go to his show, so I am definitely excited because I loved watching Jimmy on SNL and now I get to see him live.
Jimmy Fallon at Butler filming for his intro! He's so nice!
Not only did I get to meet Jimmy Fallon on Monday, but then on Tuesday I got to meet Pat McAfee, punter for the Indianapolis Colts. This is where twitter comes in handy. I follow him on twitter and he said that he was hosting an event where he was giving away money and prizes. I just really wanted to meet Pat, so my friend Kelsey and I drove to Glendale Mall where he had the event and met him! He was seriously so nice, and he’s just like a normal guy. He even shot the arrow!
Colts punter Pat McAfee doing the arrowspike!
Meeting Pat and Jimmy in the past couple of days has made my week! I’m also so grateful for the location of Butler, and also for the fact that Jimmy and Pat were super nice! They were so down to earth! If you get the change definitely check out everything that Butler, but also downtown has to offer for Super Bowl week!
This past Saturday I got to do something really awesome with my nephew! My nephew, Sam, is four and attends preschool at the Children’s Museum. On Saturday they allowed families to tour their collections, which are not out on the floor because there is not enough room for them.
Random fact, but if you didn’t know the Indianapolis Children Museum has the largest collection in the nation. A lot of their collection has many different things, and depending on what they plan on showing in the museum they put different things out at different times.
Some items that are placed in the collection are very old items that people remember from childhood, while other items are items that are more movie related items. Although the preschoolers were excited I think the grownups were more excited than the kids.
My nephew with a huge polar bear!
One of the many Star Wars items they had.
My nephew on the other hand just wanted to take five billion pictures, but most of his pictures were blurry so I had to take over. Even though you may not be able to see the collections, what the children museum has out currently is awesome. Especially with all the people here for the Super Bowl I hope that people really take the time to see the city of Indianapolis. We may be known for our sports, but we have pretty awesome museums that are not even that expensive!