August — new students arriving on campus. I’m way overdue to stop blogging, haha. Time to bid a fond farewell to the school I’ve loved so much for the past four years. Thank you for letting me share my thoughts here, and I hope I’ve helped illuminate some of college life at Butler University. I’m miss it for sure. There’s only one thing to say beside thank you, and that is…
Dance majors of 2012 -- photo by Anna Peters
Exactly one year ago, I wrote my introductory post for this new blog. I’ve been a blogger since the beginning of my sophomore year, but last year we switched to this new Office of Admission webpage. Truth be told, I think the new version is far superior to the old.
I had to navigate the old go.butler.edu site when I was deciding on colleges as a high school senior, and I remember having a lot of trouble. College websites are the worst. Honestly, you need a PhD to figure out where everything is. But the new admissions site marks a huge improvement, and if you haven’t done so, you should definitely explore the other areas of the www.butler.edu/admission hub! I think the section on residence halls are particularly useful — everything is nice, concise, and in one place.
But back to the past. One year ago, I wrote my new introduction for the new webpage. Today, I again have exciting blog-related news… While searching for the composer of music used in a Midwinter Dance Festival piece I was in as a sophomore, I found my long-lost blog posts!
They are somehow archived as notes in the Butler Class of 2014 Facebook page. How did they get there? Why did half the pictures import and the rest vanish? Why couldn’t I find these before? I don’t know and I don’t care! I’m just happy I found them. I don’t think it’s necessary to repost ALL the old blogs. (This means, “I didn’t realize exactly how many book reviews I posted last summer.”) However, I explain some dance major classes and so on in much more detail, and I hope to get these back to you sometime soon.
In the meantime, I’m going to dance around because it’s my birthday and my roommate gave me a robin’s egg blue tea kettle, and I have pretzels, and my boyfriend baked the most delicious cake.
A different day, a different dessert. Grandma, it was delicious!
There is an drainage pond on Butler’s campus, by the tennis bubble. I discovered it only this summer, since I never went to that end of Butler’s property until I lived at University Terrace. It’s made to collect rainwater so the drainage systems aren’t overwhelmed, and it provides a habitat for some local flora and fauna.
All this I learned from reading the rather handy sign. I must brag a little, however, and say I noticed the drainage area when I saw the incredible diversity of species clustered together. In my first honors class (the good one, not the horrible one), we talked about biodiversity in plant species when we read Biomimicry. Ever since, I’ve been especially attuned to places where the natural variation of plant and animal life is allowed to flourish.
Some classes are awesome like that.
I’ve been indulging my ecological side in following Butler’s own Center for Urban Ecology blog. Check it out!
The other student Butler Bloggers this year are Stephanie, Andre, Cathryn, and Justin. Naturally, I read all the blogs that are posted on this site, so I generally have an idea of what my fellow bloggers are doing. That doesn’t sound creepy at all.
We have all met each other, of course, but we cover a wide range of majors and interests, so I don’t see anyone on a regular basis. When we do meet now, it’s funny: We feel we know each other from reading the blogs, yet we have not actually talked much face-to-face. Imagine the excitement when I realized Andre was in the First Year Seminar version of my Contemporary Irish Literature class (a senior English course), both taught by the same professor and using the same readings.
We met at a movie viewing for the class on Monday night. (It was Once, if you are interested, and it was excellent.)
So, what happens when bloggers meet?
They get very excited and take extremely awkward photos.
Awkwardness = glare on glasses + my face
Awkwardness = red eyes + too much exposure
You might have noticed our snazzy new interface. You might also have noticed all our old posts are gone. Never fear–they shall return again!
However, this process might be a while, so please bear with us while we rearrange things. It’s like spring cleaning: The house has to get a lot messier before it looks nice again.
For those of you who have no idea who I am, my name’s Olivia. I’m currently a junior at Butler University. I’m majoring in Dance Performance and English Literature (though this secondary major might turn into a minor). I love to dance, read, talk, and knit. It’s my birthday today, so I’m going to sign off and eat cake or something.
Two decades! I can’t believe it.