I totally meant to do a Music Monday but now as I look at the time I realize that my Music Monday this week is turning more into a Concert Tour Tuesday. I know last blog I mentioned that for the next couple weeks I would dedicate a day to talk about a concert that I went to over the summer or recently, so here is my first one!
Last Monday my roommate, Sarah, and I were able to go see The Neighbourhood and Imagine Dragons! You probably know who Imagine Dragons are, but maybe not The Neighbourhood. The Neighbourhood is a band from California. Recently they just got some success with their song Sweater Weather! I posted a video from the concert, but you should definitely check out some of their other songs. The main reason why I went to this concert was to see The Neighbourhood, but that changed once the concert got started.
After The Neighbourhood started I was kind of over it. I like Imagine Dragons, but they get so overplayed with songs like Radioactive and It’s Time, so I thought this is going to be ridiculous. Boy did Imagine Dragons prove me wrong! They were so good live. The thing that made me even more excited to see them was the fact that they just seemed so happy to be doing what they were doing. It just seemed like they are at the point in their careers where they have realized they have made it and they feel so awesome about it.
As usual I took plenty of videos and plenty of pictures. The two videos above are one I took (If you hear people singing I was by some crazy people… and me :)) . In the end if you can definitely see both The Neighbourhood and Imagine Dragons. The Neighbourhood in my personal opinion need to work a little on their live performances. Imagine Dragons is just a great show. If you really know their songs it’s awesome, and they are all so talented and switched instruments at times, it was great!
One more awesome thing about this concert is how close the venue was to campus! This concert was at White River State Park which is somewhere around 10 minutes away depending on traffic! My other concerts are a little further away so I was excited to be so close to campus especially since this concert was on a weekday! Sorry for my mishap of Music Monday, hopefully next Monday will be a true Music Monday!
Tagged: butler, concerts, Imagine Dragons, Indianapolis, monday, music, student life, The Neighbourhood, Tuesday, university, White River State Park
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.
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!
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!