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About Me:

My name is Steph, and I am a senior Marketing major with a Communication Studies minor. Since this is my last year at Butler, my main goal is to enjoy every moment that I have left, while doing as much as humanly possible. I am a marketing analyst at the Butler Business Accelerator, a Speakers Lab tutor, and a Butler blogger (obviously). I also am an Alpha Phi, the President of the Butler University Student Foundation, a member of Alpha Kappa Psi (a professional business fraternity), and a member of the Butler American Marketing Association. In the small amount of free time that I do have, I love crafting, watching large amounts of television, and enjoying my favorite comfort foods, like sweet tea.

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No Turning Back Now…

Something that is kind of hard for me to believe (even though I know it’s true), is that I’m done with college.  I finished the year pretty much like I finish every other year: by taking finals, hanging out with my friends, and then moving out of Alpha Phi.  This year I only made a few changes, which were staying around Indy for about a week longer than usual, and graduating (of course).  But now, I’m back to where I always end up when I’m done with school… at home on my couch.  I love hanging out at home because it’s really relaxing for me, but this time around, it all feels rather strange.

Exactly a month from today, I start my real life job.  This means that I have a month to enjoy my freedom before I work for basically the rest of my life.  (This sounds like I’m not looking forward to it – but don’t worry, I am really excited to start my new job.)  What I’m not looking forward to though, is the fact that I will never get a summer vacation again, and a spring break, and a Christmas vacation.  I will have actual vacation days that I can take whenever I would like (which I’m sure will be nice), but I think I will miss having built in breaks a couple times a year.

Since I only have a month left of complete and utter freedom – I’m going to try to make the most of it.  This means sleeping in, doing nothing all day long, visiting friends, and crafting as much as possible.  It’s kind of confusing to think that living up my free time will include both doing absolutely nothing and doing all kinds of stuff, but I guess that’s the beauty of it….right?  Best of all, I will be doing no homework or studying of ANY kind.  That was by far the best part about packing to come home – I didn’t bring any books or any of my binders, and it was wonderful.  So this, I guess, is what it feels like to be a graduate.  And, it’s not too bad…I’m kind of a fan.

Things I will miss about college: Phi Edition

A couple of months ago I wrote a blog all about the things I will miss when I graduate, which is actually a pretty awesome list.  But this past week we had Alpha Phi Senior Week, which gave me the chance to reminisce a bit about my years in my sorority, and how much I will miss certain things.  I’m officially not ready to graduate…mostly because of these things.

Brian & Curtis’s Fabulous Cooking

For the last 3 years, I have had two cooks who make meals for me 3 times a day during the week.  This means that I really haven’t tried out the whole cooking thing, and I’m completely unprepared for my future as a real person.  It also means that I won’t ever eat as well as I have for the last few years.  I don’t like everything that they make…but overall, I really love their cooking.  My favorite meals include breakfast/brunch, swedish meatballs, ciabatta sandwiches, orange chicken, pizza (it’s homemade), pasta bar, KFC-ish mash bowls, and anything that he makes with pesto… I’m hungry just thinking about everything!

The Banner Closet

Our banner closet is a closet that holds paint, random things, sheets for banners, and that serves as a place to store banners that have been painted for events as they dry.  For me, the banner closet is a crafter’s paradise.  It is a great place to store half-finished crafts when there isn’t room in my own room, a great place to go to find that perfect color of paint when I am in the middle of a project and don’t have what I want, and to go to find anything else that I could ever possibly want.  Soon, I won’t have a room like this right beside my room, and instead I will have to drive to Wal-Mart or Target every time that I have a crafting need.  How inconvenient is that??!!  Maybe my apartment complex will open a crafting room that could fill the hole in my life that the banner closet will leave.

My girls

I live in a house of 76, and I have 50+ other sisters that don’t live in.  Most people couldn’t handle this…but I love it.  There are always people around to hang out with or talk to, and life is so much more exciting this way.  I love my pledge class and the pledge class below us…and the pledge class below them was the group that I worked with as the pledge educator so they will always hold a special place in my heart.  And to top it all off, we got an amazing group of girls this year that I have loved getting to know.  Basically, I don’t want to leave them.  I wish I could stick around a bit to see how they grow over the next few years and where they take our house.  I have full and complete faith in them, but they are just such awesome people that I don’t want to leave them yet!  Alpha Phi, you’re great….keep it up…and never change.  :)

My pledge class at an event earlier this year....

Up Next: Apartment Decorating

Exactly one month from today I will be graduating from college.  This means that I kind of need to have a plan for my future – which I do.  After graduation I will be moving into an apartment with two of my sorority sisters, Lindsey and Shefali, and I’ll be starting my job about a month later.  So this means that for approximately four weeks, all I have to do is decorate, craft, and be domestic.  I’ll probably do some sleeping, traveling, and being super lazy as well…but I am the most excited about the decorating and crafting.  So naturally, I have been spending all of my free time (I use the term “free” very loosely) Pinteresting and brainstorming ideas for my future home.

So some ideas/looks that I really like….

A way to update/camouflage outdated cabinets

An idea for our living room

My favorite look for a bedroom with a wrought iron bed (which is the kind of bed I’ll have)…

I just really like this wreath

And these bottles….

I could go on for days….but I won’t.  Every day I have to exercise my own self control to make sure that I don’t spend every waking moment just thinking about decorating…and it is basically a full time job.  I’m just really excited to see what our apartment ends up looking like, because right now it is a legitimate clean slate with an older kitchen.  We can paint and put up anything that isn’t completely permanent, which makes for unlimited possibilities – and I couldn’t be more excited!  If only I could make our living room look like this…which I know I can’t…but I can still try, right?

 

 

An Outrageously Busy/Wonderful Weekend

A lot of my weekends are filled to the brim with different activities…but last weekend was basically the perfect weekend in terms of always having something to do.  Each event was spaced out so I could do everything that I wanted, which I really appreciated.  It was also pretty much filled with Butler-ness…which is always exciting.  So here is a quick rundown of everything that I did throughout my weekend:

Blue II’s Birthday

Each year, BUSF has a birthday party for Blue II, which is probably my favorite BUSF event of the year.  We give away free cupcakes in Starbucks, people get photos with the birthday boy himself, and we have contests and giveaways for everyone that comes.  It is basically a great time for everyone, students, faculty & staff, community members, and of course, Blue!  Even though it rained during the event this year, it was still a ton of fun and a good time was had by all.

Blue and I at his 8th Birthday Party...

Alpha Phi Formal

I normally love any occasion to dress up and dance the night away…and this formal wasn’t any different….except that I didn’t dress up!  Our seniors have a tradition to wear tshirts to their last formal, so instead of wearing a dress, I got to wear a tshirt and jeans.  It made for a great night, even though I wish that it wasn’t my last formal.  Oh, the life of a senior.

A bunch of Alpha Phis hanging out before formal...

Bulldog Jog

This is another event that is usually put on by BUSF, but this year we passed the event on to the HRC.  Since we have always been so involved, we still all volunteered…and I had the chance to help out with the dog walk…which was basically an awesome way to spend my morning.  I love dogs, and thinking about what kinds of dogs I want throughout my life…so it was perfect.  There were tons of dogs there that I loved, but my absolute favorites were these gorgeous/huge Huskies.  I need them.

Someday...I will have dogs like this.

Meghan’s Bridal Shower

Two of my friends are getting married in the next few months, and on Saturday afternoon we had one of their bridal showers.  I think we were all nervous for how it would all come together, but it was a great day with her friends and family, and it made me even more excited for her wedding!  Some of us crafted our gifts for her, which of course was right up my alley…especially since I haven’t been getting my crafting fix lately.  Thanks, Pinterest!

One of Meghan's gifts that we made...it's my favorite!

Things I will miss about college…

I know that I have been very nostalgic lately with my blogs about how I changed from Freshman year to Senior year, Alpha Phi’s Initiation, and just about being in a sorority in general…but I am going to just continue this little train of memories.  So, I present to you…the less conventional things that I will miss about college.

Studying on Sunday afternoons

I don’t do this every Sunday, but sometimes after church, one of my sorority sisters (Bre) and I will head to the McAllister’s by our church…and spend almost the entire afternoon there.  We study, have lunch, catch up on life, and most importantly….we drink as much tea as humanly possible.  My favorite part though is just going and people watching…which usually means that not much studying actually takes place.  

Crafting

I know that I will still be able to craft once I graduate…but I love crafting in college.  I craft for Alpha Phi, for friends, for my room…basically for everything.  I love it…especially since I get to make fun things like this….

Shenanigans

A few weeks ago, I found this creepy clown doll in our shower.  It was placed there by a few of my sorority sisters, and this is not the first occurrence of something of this nature in my house.  Yes, it’s creepy…but I do love it.

Going to games in Hinkle as a student

I haven’t been to a ton of games at Hinkle in the past few years, but my freshman year I went to every single game since I was on the Dance Team.  There’s just something special about watching games there, and even though I can still come after I graduate, I’ll still miss going as a legit student.

My parents and I on Alpha Phi’s Dad’s Day

My Return to the Busy Life…

The last two weeks of my life have been fabulous.  I slept till at least 9 almost every day (usually until 10 or 11…sometimes 12), watched TV for the majority of the day, napped during the day, and feasted on Christmas candy for hours upon hours.  But now, I am preparing to go back to Butler for Greek Recruitment…so my life is slightly different.  Before I go back I have a rather long list of things I wanted to do that looks a bit like this:

  • Craft Christmas gifts for my friends
  • Bake things that I never got around to before Christmas
  • Fix a few of my favorite clothing items
  • Run errands
  • Visit with friends at home
  • Wash clothes
  • Clean my car

I officially have only a day and a half left until I will leave to go back to school, so it looks like in order for me to get all of this done, my calm, relaxing break is over.  Even though it does feel great to be productive again, I already miss being lazy.  Through being lazy over break, I have discovered new TV shows to watch (Private Chefs of Beverly Hills), and rediscovered some of my old favorites that I’ve been neglecting (The Late Show with David Letterman).

My Mom and I before we went to a showing of the Late Show...

Falling back in love with watching TV is something that I always do over break, but I think that it will be harder than usual to go back to my TV-less life at Butler.  I can watch TV at school, but we don’t have a TV with cable in our room, so it is not nearly as convenient, and I just don’t have time at school.  At least I’ve had at least 2 weeks of pure laziness…and I’m as rested as possible for my return to the But.

2011 Year in Review: Wedding Edition

One of the biggest events to happen in 2011 for my family happened back in July, when my older sister, Natalie, got married.  (You can read the blogs about the wedding here and here.)  It’s been awhile since the wedding, but since Natalie and John (her husband) are in town visiting for Christmas, we are ordering photos and going through them all together for the first time.  Our cousins Adrienne and Dan were the photographers, and they did such a great job that I thought I would share some of my favorites with all of you.  Here we go…

My family…

The wedding party during the ceremony… (notice the aisle runner – my sister and I crafted that the week before the wedding, and you can read all about that… here)

Natalie and John, walking back down the aisle after they got hitched….

The wedding party…

The cake and the reception venue… (they had a morning wedding and a brunch reception, so the skylight was a beautiful touch)

My sister, brother-in-law, and I…

The beautiful bride and all of the bridesmaids…

The wedding party…

At the time…planking was HUGE.  So…we planked.

Thanks for doing such a great job on the photos, Adrienne and Dan!  If you like what you see…check out the Rowe Portrait Studios website!

It’s official…I have a big girl job!

Every college senior’s biggest fear is that they will graduate from college and not be able to find a job.  No matter how much you prepare for the real world, finding a job is pretty tough out there right now, especially for those of us that only have internships and part-time jobs under our belts.  So whenever people ask us about our plans for the future…we have a quick freak out on the inside…as we imagine what our lives could become if we never found a job.  For me, I always imagined moving home and crafting everything in my parents house, which I was kind of alright with…but I’m sure my parents would get tired of VERY quickly.

Don’t worry about my life becoming extremely sad and lazy though..because I officially have a post-grad job!

EXCITEMENT!!!

For the past few months, I have been applying for every job opportunity that was available…which really isn’t many, considering that it is December, and I won’t be able to start a job until at least May.  The application process for the job that I accepted was almost two months long, and I was fortunate enough to be one of the finalists selected.  So, this means that after graduation, I will be an Orr Fellow at BidPal Network, a company in Indianapolis.  I could not be more excited for this new chapter in my life, and that I will have the chance to stay in Indy following graduation.  I really do love the city, and I hope that I will actually have time to explore it when I’m not overcommited on campus anymore.  Stay tuned over the next few months though, as I give you all the perspective of college life from someone who is officially employed.  (Hopefully…it isn’t too different…I don’t want to get too lazy during spring semester.)

For more about the Orr Fellowship, check out their website!

Sewing: My favorite and least favorite of all crafts.

There are several times this semester when I have truly wanted to just put everything on hold, take an evening to myself, and craft.  But, I somehow have stayed dedicated to all of my homework and tasks for my activities on campus, and I saved all my crafting for Fall Break.  As usual, I ran out of time to actually finish everything during break….so I just put the finishing touches on one of my things over the weekend.  Here are the things I made….

The newest addition to my Alpha Phi wardrobe....

I just love pillows...

I made the shirt out of a t-shirt that I bought from Target ($10), a Vera Bradley cloth napkin (around $4), and an old white t-shirt to outline the Alpha Phi letters.  Cutting out the letters wasn’t too hard, I just used a sweatshirt I already had to trace the shapes that I wanted, then used those as stencils.  I ran out of time after that step, so I came back to school with cloth letters and a shirt, but no shirt with letters.  Then this weekend I decided to just tackle the entire project….which made me truly hate sewing.  I attached the letters to the shirt with Heat ‘n Bond hem, then sewed around them with my sewing machine to give them the look I wanted, and to make sure that they didn’t start to fall off…ever.  This was a struggle…to say the least.  It took entirely too long (around 4 hours), so I don’t think I will be making another shirt like that anytime in the near future….and I will most definitely cherish that shirt.

The pillow, on the other hand, was extremely simple.  I took a plain pillow I already had and stitched on felt “petals” in the shape of a flower.  It was so easy, and just look at how cute it is!

Even though sewing can be outrageously difficult (especially when you have a VERY cheap sewing machine), I truly love being able to look at something on Pinterest or on another crafting site and to know that I can make it.  I might say some choice words to my sewing machine and debate throwing it out the window when it doesn’t do what I want it to, but in the end…I usually have some pretty cute stuff.  Which is always totally worth it…obviously.

 

Everybody loves Fall Break…

Breaks from school are always great….but the ones that come at a point in the semester when you really have no homework at all to do are always the best.  That’s how my Fall Break was this year, a fabulous 3 days of chilling out on my couch, while still being somewhat productive…in regards to nothing school related…at all.

Since I am interning currently at Slingshot SEO, I stayed on campus for an extra day to get another day of work in.  It was kind of nice to slowly ease into break by finishing classes one day and then just working the next day, instead of rushing home and crashing right away like I usually do.  Instead, I postponed the crash for a day, by driving home after work on Thursday.  This was really nice, because I packed up my things leisurely, I had already recovered from all of my tests that week, and I just chilled out as I drove all the way home.

I love the drive home...

Once I got home….I saw my dogs, as usual…and then I did not leave my couch from about 9 p.m. Thursday night until around 4 p.m. the next day.  So my first goal for break, resting, was officially a success.

Love my puppies...so much.

The rest of my break consisted of going out to eat with my parents (we only cooked one meal for the family the entire weekend), shopping with my mom, and doing a bit of crafting to get my creative fix for the weekend.  I took a little bit of homework home to do, but I somehow succeeded at never opening a book or even thinking of school for 2 whole days (I did some homework on Sunday), which was an absolutely beautiful thing.