As I mentioned previously, I did quite a few outreaches in the last few weeks for the 500 Festival. Outreaches are classified as any time that a princess goes out and meets with the public basically in any form. I did some in the Indianapolis area, and I organized a few on my own in southern Indiana. This way I had something to get up and do while I was at home for a whole week…ha, like I needed to find something to do..
I was most excited about just going to schools in my hometown, because unlike in Indy, we don’t hear about it all the time, and the hype doesn’t extend all the way down to the southernmost part of the state. So, I kind of took it as my job to get the kids in the schools excited about it, and also to inform them of many of the things they just aren’t aware of. I met with two groups of fourth graders, and focused on the history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the race itself with those groups. In Indiana, fourth grade is when you focus on Indiana history, so I gave those kids a taste of Indiana history…just in a different way. I also spoke with the third graders from my elementary school, the kindergarteners from the school my Mom teaches at, and a variety of different classes from another school. The biggest challenge of all was tailoring the material to each group, because they each have such different personalities, so they all respond to things very differently. So, with the third graders I let them ask lots of questions (which were very insightful), I made sashes and pit passes with the kindergarteners, and did short and fun lessons with the variety of classes. This way, I could switch things up quickly and easily whenever it was necessary.
Even though working with so many different groups of kids all in one week was rather overwhelming, it was so much fun to get to see how the kids reacted to the poster I had with the cars on it, or what they said when I told them that the Indy cars go over 200 miles per hour. Sometimes you forget what it felt like to be a kid….and I loved being able to be reminded of that!
The fourth graders from my elementary school...
Once I finished my finals, I spent most of my time doing outreaches in the Indy area and in my hometown for the 500 Festival. This is what the Princess Program is all about, being active in the community, and being an ambassador for the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis 500, and my hometown. So in two weeks I did about 7 outreaches that ranged from going to a school fundraiser, to giving presentations at schools, to attending a schools “Kindy 500”. They each were unique and special in their own way…so here is a bit about each.
Brownsburg Pup Putt
This event was a school fundraiser, and for me it was a great break from studying for finals (I went the night before my last two finals). We got to mingle with kids, parents, and staff members while we participated in putt putt golf and other games they had. But, the highlight of the night was when we got to meet an ice road trucker…in the flesh. It was pretty great, and my sister is jealous. So the event was a success.
- The princesses who attended the event, and the ice road trucker…
This was quite possibly the coolest/cutest thing I have ever seen. Each kindergartener at the school made cars out of boxes or some other material with their parents, and then they had a parade and races for the kids where all the students at the school came as well. One of the drivers, Alex Tagliani, was even there, so we were able to meet him as well. At the time, he was the first driver that I had met, and its really cool now that he is sitting on the pole for this Sunday’s race! He was very nice, and I hope he wins, since I do have so many photos with him now…
- The princesses at the event with Alex Tagliani…
- A few of us and some of the kids….cool cars and all.
To see a little bit more of the Kindy 500, check out this video. It isn’t from this school, but it looks like a pretty similar event!
As a 500 Festival Princess, we always help out with the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. It is the biggest half marathon in the country, and from start to finish…we were at our station for 7 hours, or from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Our job was to provide water at about mile 1 and mile 12 (the route loops around, so the group passed us twice) so we had to be ready with plenty of water….which is a pretty big task when you are providing this water for almost 40,000 people. So we set up tables, then set out the little cups all over the tables and filled them with water. Then, we laid cardboard on top of those cups, repeated the process, and then did that about 4 more times. In the end, we had a lot of cups. I’m not sure exactly how many….but it was a lot. Check it out….
- This was even after the bulk of the people had passed us twice…so imagine how many we started with.
It was a great time spending that 7 hours with the other girls, but I’m not going to lie, watching the people that ran for a couple hours straight wore me out, which made me realize that I needed to get more into working out….or maybe start working out period. But instead of going and walking, running, or doing anything active after….I ate a big brunch and then sat down for the rest of the day. You can always start being proactive about that kind of stuff (getting into shape…or attempting to) later…right?
Today is my birthday. My 22nd birthday to be exact, and I feel like I’m starting to get old. Usually on my birthday I love hanging out with friends, doing as much as possible, and staying up late on the night before and the night of my birthday (to get as much birthday-ness in as possible of course), but this year all I want to do is sleep and be a homebody. So either I’m starting to get old, or I’m just tired of being busy and outrageously active. This is because I have basically been a nomad for the last 3 weeks. With finishing school, traveling home for holidays like Mother’s Day, going to 500 Festival Events, completing my outreaches, and starting my internship for the summer, I have been spending most of the month of May living out of my car and driving all over the state of Indiana. Luckily, I haven’t been sleeping in my car, thanks to some fabulous friends and family who I have been staying with, but I still have been packing my car basically every day to go to another place. On the bright side, I have become a packing pro. But, I still pack an awful lot. Usually, my car ends up looking a little bit like this…
One of the best birthday gifts I have gotten today isn’t actually a gift….but instead it was just the chance to sleep in the same place for two nights (at home…my favorite place to stay) and to not have to pack anything for once. This weekend I am heading back to Indianapolis for the Indianapolis 500 and all of the other events that the other Princesses and I will be attending, but luckily I get to stay in the same place twice…again! Since this weekend is technically my birthday weekend….I’m considering all of the 500 Festival celebrations part of my birthday celebration. Basically, it will be the biggest birthday weekend ever….and don’t worry…I will blog about it. So you had better prepare yourself. And of course….watch the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday May 29th at 12:00 EST!
As a part of the Princess Program, once they select the 33 princesses, we have interviews and do some other things to help select the queen and court members. So, one of those things is that at a reception for the program we give speeches about ourselves, or anything we want to talk about, in front of our parents and family members, the directors, and past princess. It was a beautiful reception, and I loved having all of my family there at an event for the first time. We don’t get to be all together much anymore, because we basically each live 2.5-3 hours away from each other (imagine a triangle that reaches from southern Indiana to central Indiana to central Illinois). So getting to be a real family again was rather great…..
My family and I....
The reception was in downtown Indianapolis at the Westin, and there were all different 500 Festival or race themed decorations. Like….
- The fancy ice sculpture…
- The 1969 Camaro pace car….which is the car that this year’s pace car is modeled after.
This weekend is race weekend, so my time as a 500 Festival Princess is winding down quickly. It has been an amazing ride and opportunity so far, and I absolutely cannot wait to get to experience my first Indy 500 ever this weekend. (I am now officially a racing fan!) From the Memorial Service to the Parade to the actual race and everything else that is happening this weekend, it will be wonderful but still outrageously busy. So keep checking back, because I have so many events to still blog about!
- All 33 Princesses with Gary Thrapp of G. Thrapp Jewelers…
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A few weeks ago, the 500 Festival Princesses went to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Mutt Strut. Not only was it a great way to avoid studying for finals for as long as humanly possible (it was the Sunday before finals started) but it was also so much fun to support the Indy Humane Society while hanging out with the other girls. It was a very chill event where we got to visit with each other while supporting the event, which I loved.
- All of the princesses together…
The best part of all though….is that we got to see some beautiful dogs….and I decided that someday I will have dogs coming out of my ears, because I fell in love with almost every one of them! I personally love large dogs…the bigger the better…so when I saw this beauty….I was obsessed.
- My new best friend…the English Mastiff.
We were also lucky enough to get to see Blue II, because he was one of the Grand Marshals for the day. It’s always a good day when you see Blue….its like he gives you luck or something….
- Blue II and I….
- My sister, Natalie, and Blue II….she had never met him before, and she just happened to wear her Butler shirt!
But of course, any event where Butler is represented isn’t complete without Hink….so the Butler princesses that were there just had to get a photo with him as well…
- Some of the Butler princesses and Hink….
To round out the day, we were all resting in the VIP area, where we found a very nice spread of dog treats from Three Dog Bakery. I have always been jealous of these treats, because they look absolutely delicious, and they always make me hungry. Luckily, a few of the other girls agreed….so we decided to try them. And we did. There are photos, but I choose not to include those because they aren’t that pretty. Let me just tell you, the cake part of the treats just tastes like very dense bread….and the icing….isn’t that tasty. It wasn’t bad at the time, but I did have recurring day dreams about it later…that made my stomach turn. But, everyone should probably try it for themselves at some point, so I highly encourage you to give them a shot….and they look delicious….so that helps at least…right?
- Don’t they look delicious??? I think so. Too bad that looks can be deceiving.
So once again, I am so behind on blogging about my experiences as a 500 Festival Princess, but no worries…I will catch myself up…and soon. I’m going to start now with a run down of my first trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway…ever.
Let me just tell you…the way to go basically anywhere during the month of May in Indianapolis is as a 500 Festival Princess. I feel like I am constantly asking myself if this is real life and if this is really happening…and it always is…somehow. So one afternoon about two weeks ago, we all went to the Speedway for a tour…and had an amazing time. We started by getting a little bit of an orientation, and by seeing the media building. This included the press conference room….which we took full advantage of for pictures…naturally.
All the Butler Princesses...being ourselves...
Then we ventured outside to the track, where we just happened to see a commercial being filmed. We weren’t sure what was going on at first….but we eventually figured it out when we got a little bit closer….
It was William Fichtner, from Armageddon, the Dark Knight, Blades of Glory (my personal favorite), and Prison Break. He was filming a commercial for the 500…and when he was done…he came over to meet us and say hi!
Oh you know, just me and William Fichtner, hanging out...
Then we did the traditional pictures with the yard of bricks…..
And even some photos on the winner’s podium!
It was a great day…I loved seeing the track for the first time, meeting a celebrity, and of course just hanging out more with all of the awesome ladies that I am sharing this experience with. If you haven’t ever been to the IMS, you need to visit there sometime soon, because it is just amazing to see the track…and how huge it is! It’s only slightly overwhelming. Check back soon for more updates on my life as a 500 Festival Princess!
Here is more about my Junior Year that I left out over the last few months….
Alpha Phi’s spring formal is always called Bordeaux Ball…and it is always just a great time. I love going to a dance and knowing basically everyone, which is usually the case with Bordeaux. Also, who doesn’t love getting dressed up every now and then??
My date, Chris, and I...
Two of my roomates (Lauren and Meghan) and I...sorry Liz! We still love you!
Meghan and I, and our big bro, Jon.
Delt’s Trike Lipsyncs
Throughout the year, every fraternity and sorority has what we call “lipsyncs” during our philanthropy events. Basically, they are long dance routines…and they can get to be a pretty big deal. I love them because I used to dance from the time that I was a small child until my Freshman year at Butler (I was on the dance team), and its a great chance for me to get to dance every once in awhile, in a more formal setting than while I’m getting ready in the morning with Lauren (she is one of my roommates…see the photo above…we love our iPod jam sessions each morning in the bathroom). And this year was extra special…because we got 2nd place! We were pretty excited…
Alpha Phi's after Trike...
This year I also got to go to another formal…Delta Tau Delta’s formal. It was on the same night as the Final Four game, so it was sort of bittersweet because most of our friends were in Houston, but it was still a great time!
My date, Derek, and I...
During the school year I have a pretty busy and eventful life…so sometimes I don’t get to blog about everything that I want to…which is where this blog comes in. Here is the last few weeks of my Junior year…because I missed them before…and they were just too much fun to leave out.
Spring Sports Spectacular
I love Spring Sports…it is a 12 hour long sporting event where we all compete in every single event that you could ever imagine…all to benefit the Special Olympics. This year I did euchre, shuffleboard, Wii Just Dance II, a relay race, and I volunteered. I tend to stray away from the really active things, and instead I go for the fun easy things that don’t take much experience sports wise. This year I was also actually successful, as my partner, Amanda, and I got 3rd in shuffleboard, I got 2nd in Wii Just Dance II, and the pair that beat my euchre partner, Kodi, and I ended up winning it all. Basically, we were 2nd place.
Whoohoo! 3rd Place in Shuffleboard!
Butler’s Top 100 Students Banquet
Every year, Butler selects the Top 100 students, and this year I was fortunate enough to be selected as one. So on the Friday before the Final Four game, my parents and grandparents came up to go to the Banquet with me. Mostly, it was wonderful to get to see them, because I was starting to get rather homesick at that point (I was too busy this year to go home as much as I would like), but it was also just a great night to spend with Butler faculty, staff, and other students and their families. If you didn’t know, some really great students go to Butler…
Em and I...
My family and I...
You know how some people change their minds constantly about what they want to do with their lives? Well, in high school I was one of those people. I was between psychology, education, business, and a few other options…until one day when my sister and I sat down and hashed out all the details and options. That is when I decided to major in Marketing…and ever since then I have just been hoping that it was the right choice. Luckily… I’m sure of it now….for several reasons.
- For the first time since my Calc class freshman year….I enjoy taking tests. Seriously. I didn’t know that happened…..but apparently it does. (Yes…I did enjoy Calc…I was weird like that.)
- I love going to my Marketing classes. Even when I had Intro to Marketing last semester at 8 a.m., I loved it…and I didn’t fall asleep during it….even though it was at 8 a.m. Since then I have also had Marketing Research and Advertising & Promotion, and I loved both of them too.
- I am so much better at studying for Marketing. Maybe it is because I enjoy the concepts more, or maybe it is something else…I don’t know….but I do know that I like it.
- I am so excited to intern this summer and next school year! Even though my internship this summer isn’t exactly Marketing, I think I will be able to apply Marketing in some way, because I do it basically every day now!
- Butler’s Marketing faculty is basically amazing. That’s all there is to it. I’ve loved every professor I’ve had in class or met so far.
Knowing that I really do enjoy Marketing is great….because I am a senior now….and I don’t want to have to switch at this point….so thank goodness for that. I can now finish up my time at Butler knowing that I’m doing the right thing….SUCCESS!
The 4 P's...the basis of every day of class for me.