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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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Weekend Update: Introducing Sophia and A Butler Win!

This past weekend was pretty exciting to say the least. On Friday my sister and her husband had their first child! Sophia Kumiko was born at 441 PM, and she is the most precious girl I have ever seen. Everyone in our family is so excited, and now I can say that I have 2 nieces and 2 nephews!

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My niece, Sophia!

After seeing Sophia at the hospital on Friday night I rushed to campus to see my sorority sisters! It was one of our sisters 22nd birthday. We had a ton of fun and even sang to Living on a Prayer, so I guess it doesn’t get much better than that. I also learned that iPhone’s can last in the snow for over 4 hours… no worries everyone it wasn’t my phone just my best friend’s phone :) On top of all that I FINALLY GOT TO SEE MY BIG SIS. She was gone in Spain last semester so seeing her was awesome.

I was pretty much excited for everyday of this weekend, but all for different reasons. Saturday I was excited because it was the first basketball game I have been to in a very long time! With winter break and recruitment I missed a good 2-3 games, which is a lot for me. We really needed a win in the Big East on Saturday, and we got it in overtime. On top of that I gave Trip, our mascot, his bone at the beginning of the game. I’m so proud that he doesn’t drop his bone anymore!

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Butler vs Marquette; win in overtime!

All in all it was a pretty good weekend. I miss not living on campus anymore, but being able to go back on the weekends isn’t too shabby. Expect a post about me complaining about this. Until then have a great Monday!

 

Catch Ya Later 2013

While it may be 2014 already I still feel that 2013 deserves a proper goodbye. I couldn’t think of a better way than blogging! A lot happened in 2013, but I’m excited to see what happens in the coming year. However, I’m trying to live in the moment since everyone who knows me knows I like to plan a little too much! Below are a few of my favorite moments of the 2013 year! (in no particular order)

#1. College Game Day
I mentioned this in my previous post, but College Game Day was probably the best day of Butler basketball I’ve ever witnessed. The Final Four runs happened before I was at Butler, so those of us who didn’t get to personally witness those games can agree that the whole experience that comes with College Game Day was amazing. That Butler vs Gonzaga game will be a game that I will never forget. I still get chills watching this video.

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#2. Recruitment/Bid Day/Big Little Reveal
While I still cannot say what house I’m in yet (one week left), recruitment was one of my favorite weeks! Last year was my first time experiencing recruitment from the side of being in the sorority, and now this year I will be experiencing it in a different way again as a recruitment counselor! Being able to get littles and do all of the traditional sorority stuff was so exciting. I can’t wait to be able to wear my letters again!

#3. Meeting my nephew
Last year on Valentine’s Day, my nephew Stanley was born! He is so cute, and I’m so thankful to have him in my life. Now I’m excited to meet my niece, Sophia, in a couple weeks! I’m so excited for my siblings and the families they are starting!

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Meeting my nephew for the first time!

#4. Concerts/Sporting Events in Indy
This year I feel like I went to an overload of events in Indy. I can’t complain I loved every minute it of it. From seeing Dave Matthews to being able to accept a check for College Mentors for Kids on the court at the Pacers game I can say that I am one lucky girl. That’s one awesome thing about Butler being in Indy is the amount of events we get to experience as students here. Check out my other blogs about Imagine Dragons, and Mumford and Sons.

On the court at halftime!

Receiving a check from Indianapolis Lighting and Power at the Bulls vs Pacers Game was awesome!

#5. #twentyfun
Turning 21 was  one of the most fun nights I had with my closest friends. I loved being able to go out with majority of my friends (sorry not 21ers!). I’m not going to lie it is nice to order a drink while out to dinner, but also still a little weird to drink with my parents. Cheers everyone!

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With my friends for my 21st!

While 2013 was awesome, I will say there was one sad point that all Butler students can agree on. The loss of Blue 2 was something that was very heavy on the hearts of everyone at Butler. While we now have Trip a lot of us had grown to love Blue 2. We will always miss Blue 2. He lived a great a life. Seeing 2 Final Fours and becoming America’s favorite dog isn’t too shabby.

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Nice to know ya 2013, but here I come 2014.

 

 

 

 

Don’t Stress: Recruitment Edition

Recruitment is just around the corner for the women and men of Butler. Yes, I realize this post is a little early, but for me I can’t wait for recruitment! Greek life is just one of the ways that you can broaden your horizons in college. Fortunately for Butler students you get an entire semester to see if it is something you are really interested in.

At Butler we wait until the second semester to go through recruitment, which is so nice. Waiting until second semester gives you the time to see if Greek life is something you are really interested in. You get to have meals at the houses and do house tours as well to get a glimpse of each sorority or fraternity. Not only that it gives you the chance to make your friends outside of Greek life before you start recruitment, which is really nice!

This year I am a recruitment counselor or at some schools they are called Rho Gammas. I am so excited to be able to help these girls who will be in the same position as myself just two years ago.

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However, I do have a couple of things to say before recruitment! Try not to get stressed out. Some girls get stressed out by everything going on with recruitment, but remember recruitment is meant to be fun! Going in with an open mind is the best thing you can do. I know this can be difficult with the stereotypes you might be hearing or if someone told you something from years back, however keeping an open mind will allow you to make the best decision for you. Recruitment and your house doesn’t make or break you, but it does give you an experience you’ll always remember.

 

“The Email Signature”

Sometimes at Butler it seems like there is a competition in email signatures. On all our emails at the bottom of each one sent is a signature. Typically it says your name and some of things you are involved with. At Butler since everyone is literally involved in everything signatures can get kind of out of control.

I have no room to talk. Here is my signature at the end of my emails.

Butler University Class of 2015
College of Communication – Strategic Communication
Recruitment Counselor – Butler Panhellenic Association

Director of Recruitment – College Mentors for Kids

Content Developer – Firebelly Marketing
Student Ambassador – Butler University
Admissions Blogger – Butler University
Street Team – Dawg Pound

I know it’s ridiculous. However, how I go about my signature is very well thought out, in my opinion. For one on my signature I only put organizations that I actually hold a position in. The email signature at Butler is a known thing, and literally everyone has one. Here’s the thing, it’s not a competition, at least it shouldn’t be.

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Block Party! Where all our organizations come out and you can get to know more about them. This is where a lot of freshmen get their start in organizations.

My advice on the email signature is do the things you enjoy. Most students do get involved with a lot on campus. It is a great way to meet new people, and get involved with your community. However, don’t let the only reason you join something is so you can extend your email signature. At this point, anything else I join I have to drop something off my list, which is why my list has not changed at all because all of things I am involved with are organizations and jobs I love.

I have been involved with College Mentors for Kids since freshmen year and have worked up the executive ladder with that. Dawg Pound, student fan section, is my fun organization that I love. It’s something I have also been involved with since freshmen year. If you know me then you know that I love Butler sports and cheering on the Bulldogs. The Recruitment Counselor slot will be filled back in next semester with what sorority I am in. Until then I have to keep secret about what house I am in to provide the freshmen girls going through recruitment with an unbiased opinion! Last but not least my jobs will never be changing, obviously as long as I don’t get fired! I love all of my jobs and love being able to share my experiences with each and  every one of you!

So long story short, don’t let the email signature haunt you. Do what you love and love what you do.

Here We Go Again

It’s that time of year again to sign up for positions in organizations and clubs. I think this time I am going a little more crazy, but I’m excited for whatever opportunities I receive! Here’s the full list of positions I’m considering!

VP or President of College Mentors for Kids
Currently I am Director of Recruitment for College Mentors for Kids. I really love this organization because it takes kids from inner city schools or areas that aren’t the best and provides them with the opportunity to visit a college campus once a week and see that they can achieve anything they set out to do. I have this interview on Monday. It’s 45 minutes long, so I’m slightly nervous!

Recruitment Counselor
A Recruitment Counselor is someone in a sorority who has already been through both sides of recruitment (going through as a potential new member, as well as going through as an active member) who decides that they would like to be a leader for the freshmen who go through next recruitment round. Doing this means that you must disassociate yourself from your house. Basically no one can know that you are whatever sorority you are. I really want to do this because I think it will be so much fun as well as I want the freshmen to experience the best time I had through recruitment, because it can be extremely stressful. I have this interview on Monday as well!

PR/Marketing, Dawg Pound
I’m currently on Dawg Pound as a member of Street Team, but I want to have a higher position. This is based on a majority vote by those in Dawg Pound, so we’ll see what happens. Although I am thinking about applying for a Sports Marketing internship at Hinkle so I’m not exactly sure if I will go through with Dawg Pound. It all depends. Either way I plan to be all over Butler athletics next year!

It’s insane to think that next year is my junior year and that I will be advancing further into the organizations that I have been in since freshmen year. I can’t wait to see what happens!

P.S. IT’S MARCH WHICH MEANS MARCH MADNESS. GET EXCITED! :)

I Will Admit

Yes, I will admit I watch some pretty awful shows. Some of the shows I watch are good while others are just down right sometimes embarrassing to even say I watch. Here’s my weekly schedule of shows.

Sunday: The Amazing Race, The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Monday: Pretty Little Liars, The Bachelor
Tuesday: –
Wednesday: Revenge, Battle of the Exes, Survivor, Modern Family
Thursday: Jersey Shore, The Real Housewives of Orange County
Friday: Shark Tank, Say Yes to the Dress
Saturday: Saturday Night Live

I’m not going to lie I never watch the shows on the day they air. I usually have a lot of homework to do, so I watch whatever shows I can on hulu. I understand how awful the taste of my shows are. A lot of the shows that I used to watch stopped. I used to watch Entourage and LOST, but their shows are done. So now I have succumbed to really bad TV. Although not all those shows are terrible!

It’s good being in a sorority and also living in an all girl’s dorm because you can probably find someone who watches the same shows as you. When this happens usually people get together and bring food and watch the shows together! It’s pretty much an excuse just to avoid homework.

Please if you decide to watch any of these shows minus a couple that are actually good, do not say I didn’t warn you of how ridiculous they may be!

 

Today’s The Day

I know I said I was going to blog for each day of recruitment, but after going through the most draining week ever it was difficult to gather up the energy to write a blog. So I will try and take you through what has happened so far since my first blog!

Recruitment week has been awesome, but also the most overwhelming week. Each day there’s a theme or something the sororities will be covering when you go back to their house. Each day you get cut from different houses and begin to narrow down your choices. The second day of recruitment was philanthropy day, then skit day, pref night, and now today bid day.

Philanthropy day is where the sororities talk about what their house does for service. For me this is a pretty important because I did a lot of community service in high school and want to continue that in college! On skit day the sororities do a skit and really show the personality of the house. It’s awesome to see how funny some of the houses are. Preference night is the most serious night out of all the nights. Most girls are down to their two final choices and must decide who they want to be their top house. These nights are very emotional for the houses because for the seniors it is the end to their last recruitment week.

I cannot believe that today is the last day. Finally I will know what house I am in. I plan to tell you all the exciting news tomorrow! Good luck to all those BU GREEK LIFE people.

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Today began my first day going GREEK. Being the first person in my family to do formal recruitment, I had no idea what to expect. It is quite the experience that I don’t think I can describe. It is something you have just to go through, but I will try my best to describe what happened today. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures to show except one because we are not allowed to have phones with us while going through recruitment.

An outsider looking inside the “Butler Bubble” today may have laughed at what they saw. 300 girls all walking with umbrellas to and from each sorority house and then back to Atherton, but there is a plan behind all this madness. Each girl that is going through formal recruitment is put into a group. These groups are random, and is a way for there to be an organized way for each girl to see each house. It also helps the sororities pair up girls with sisters better so they can have a more effective time at each house.

Going into a house can be overwhelming. Each sorority has their own songs and chants they sing/shout when you enter. It’s an exciting thing to see! Every house usually sits you down with two or three sisters. The members will then talk to you about any topic really. It’s more of just a way to get to know you better, and a chance for you to get to know more about the house. This is why this day seems to be so exhausting because in total you are talking to 20-25 random people you have never met, and you are continually reintroducing yourself.

This may seem like a lot of craziness, but everything is extremely organized. I must give credit to all the sororities and the Greek life staff here because I would totally messed up all of today had I planned this. Tomorrow is Philanthropy day where we learn more about the sorority’s service in the community. It also means going from 7 houses to a possible 6 houses tomorrow. So far recruitment is winning when it comes to completely exhausting me, but no worries because this is becoming such an awesome experience. Good luck to anyone trying for Greek Life!

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A view from my window of what I did all day, walk from house to house!

And So It Begins…

Tomorrow I will be going back to Butler a week earlier than everyone else. This because myself and 3oo other girls are going to be rushing for a sorority!

Obviously I have never been through rush, but it seems like a pretty intense and fun week. Rush goes for five days. Wednesday – Sunday. Tomorrow night at 9 pm we have our first meeting, which basically puts us into our groups and with our recruitment counselors. Each counselor is a sister from one of the sororities, but they cannot tell you what sorority they are in. They don’t tell any of the girls until the last night, and they have to hide the fact they are part of any the sororities from august until Sunday! They do this so that everything is fair and open.

I’m planning to blog about each of my days during rush, because I personally know that coming into this not having any idea of what to expect I want to be help others see what it’s like! Being at a smaller school I can expect a lot of differences from other big schools like IU or Purdue, which many of my friends rushed. Hearing their experiences makes me even more excited. I cannot wait to share all my experiences with you throughout this week! And hopefully by the end of the week I can share with you the sorority I am in!

 

Listen to Your Elders.

College freshmen would always come back for Homecoming at my school or randomly during my senior year, and I never really believed anything they told me. They always said how much studying is involved and how getting distracted is so much easier. I do not know why I did not believe them because now I understand and it’s only been 2 or 3 weeks in school.

First of all, there is so much READING. I think majority of my time is spent reading for a class. It is never short reading either. I read anywhere from 20 to 40 pages for each class. The different thing about college though is that since you have such a variety of classes to pick from most of your reading is enjoyable. I do not mind reading any of the books I have to read, because they all pertain to something I am interested in!

My books, it may not seem like a lot, but most of them have small print!!

The people that came to my high school were also right about getting easily distracted. I am rather social. Never mind who am I kidding I am EXTREMELY social. I love meeting new people and talking to others. Sometimes it can be difficult to stay focused. People may come in and out of your room, fraternities and sororities might doing an event, which by the way I have a frat and sorority right outside my window and currently they are bouncing on trampolines to blaring music. It is all fun and awesome, but I have realized that studying in my room is not always the best idea! Instead, I usually study in the basement of Schwitzer, a classroom in Jordan Hall or Galluhue, or the library. I get so much more work done in those places than my room!

This is the house of the sorority that is across from my room that is currently bouncing on trampolines!

Last but not least I never really took into consideration how awesome all the older kids said college was. There is no way of describing how awesome college is you just have to go! Seriously, I am only in my 2nd or 3rd week of school and I am already saying this. Just wait in a couple weeks I am sure that things can only get better.

I decided that at the end of every post now I will share something with you that I am really excited about. Right now I am really excited about next Friday! The Fray is coming to Clowes and I get to go! To get everyone excited here’s The Fray!

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