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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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The Post-Grad Life

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not ready to graduate.  I have one class left in my undergraduate career, and I’m just waiting to become an emotional wreck when the underclassmen start leaving to go home for the summer, and then again when graduation is officially over.  I’ve loved college… a lot… but there is one thing that is pulling me through this emotional and kind of scary time in my life:  My future.  I’m staying in Indy…and I couldn’t be more excited.  Of course I would love to stay in college forever, but I’m sure that I would eventually get tired of it and be ready to leave.  And truthfully… real life is pretty awesome.  I’ve had a couple of glimpses into real life through my internships, and I really loved them all.  Going to breakfast, lunch, and dinner for meetings or just to visit…going on business trips… and having real life responsibility… it’s all really awesome actually… and deep down inside… I’m pumped.

Alpha Phi - my home from the last few years.

Something else that is going to be awesome about my post-grad life is having my own space for the first time.  I’ve lived in a sorority house for 3 years, and even though I’ve had some amazing experiences there, I’m excited to have my own room.  And to decorate it.  It will be different not being able to see my friends pretty much anytime I’d like, but that’s what brunch/lunch/dinner dates are for… and I can’t wait to have them… all the time.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I shall become a Cafe Patachou regular… because everything in life should be enjoyed along with an omelet, cinnamon toast, and amazing coffee.  Basically, I’ve decided that my post-grad life will be fabulous, and that I will survive even though everything I do won’t revolve around Butler anymore.

What Not to Wear: Butler Style

At Admissions events, the prospective students and their parents always ask us about the same things.  Safety on campus, the dorms, Greek Life, our majors, etc.  But a few months ago, I had a conversation with a future Butler student and her Mom about something completely new:  what people wear around campus.  This might sound like a silly topic, but I absolutely loved it, and I felt that it was something that I should share with all of you before I graduate in a few weeks.  So I will go over the wardrobe “staples” of an average Butler student… or just the things that I see basically everywhere.

  • Butler clothes – We are all pretty proud to be students here, and we love to show it!  So Butler sweatshirts, tshirts, sweatpants, and everything else from the Bookstore are always a staple.
  • Greek Letters – About 1/3 of campus is Greek, and you can definitely tell just by walking around campus.  We love our lettered shirts, and anything else that shows off our house.
  • Sperry’s – A lot of people at Butler are preppy, and we show it by wearing Sperry’s of all kinds.  They are also really comfortable and they go with basically everything…which always helps.
  • Uggs – Winters here are cold, so girls wear Uggs all the time.  I’ve never been an Ugg person…but most people on campus swear by them.
  • Vera Bradley – I obviously love Vera, since I interned there last summer and since I have an outrageous collection of the bags, but I definitely think that other people on campus are fans as well.  They sell Vera in the Bookstore, and you can see the gorgeous prints brightening up campus basically everywhere you go.
  • North Face…everything – Again, winters here are cold, and North Face jackets, hats, gloves, etc. obviously help with that.  There is also a North Face store at the Fashion Mall, which I absolutely love…

Even though people wear all of these brands/types of clothes a lot…everyone on campus has their own style.  So, if you are a prospective student, or better yet…a future Butler student, when you go to college…do your own thing.  Around here, a lot of people have a very J. Crew style or Anthropologie type style…but don’t be afraid to do your own thing and to be completely different.

One of my favorite pictures that shows off the many different styles of Room 11 – my room.

Finals… Let’s do this.

All semester, I have felt outrageously confident and relaxed.  I have post-grad plans, I have a relatively simple semester, and I’ve really enjoyed myself for the last few months.  Then this week came.  This is the week before finals…aka my last last week of classes ever…which is traditionally the worst week of the year and this semester is not any different.  I’m prepping for finals…kind of.  I’m working and finishing all of my on-campus jobs.  I’m finishing projects for classes.  I’m writing papers.  And this weekend, my best friend Meghan is getting married.  You know….no big deal.  I was feeling like I could really make all of this happen and live to see graduation, but then I made my to-do list for the next two weeks, and it looks like sleeping will not be high on my priority list for awhile.

  • Figure out family plans for graduation
  • Write paper for my marketing capstone
  • Finish presentation for international marketing
  • Finish marketing capstone project
  • Create design for marketing capstone project
  • Write paper for my leadership class
  • Study for my international marketing final
  • Finish things for Meghan’s wedding

I already pulled my first all-nighter of the end of the semester last night, and I think I can do it again, maybe a couple of times.  I only napped twice today, and I only had one cup of coffee, so I’m pretty much primed and ready to tackle and conquer finals.  Together with my John Mayer, 90s Pop, and Jason Mraz stations on Pandora, the Starbucks gift card my mom gave me last weekend, and the Alpha Phi study room, I will survive the next two weeks.  Better yet, I will beast the next two weeks.  I have a big presentation, a big project, a big paper, and a big test….so my finals are kind of perfect in terms of capping off my college career in a very well-rounded way.  So, last finals week ever…..LET’S GO!

My study station - complete with coffee in a bowl since we were out of cups.

 

The Ultimate “Pick-Me-Up”: Springtime at Butler

I love Butler for many reasons….but one of the main ones is simply springtime at Butler.  There is truly nothing like it, and this spring somehow seems more beautiful than every other year.  At least once a week…or two or three times…I find myself stopping to take photos or to Instagram a photo of something on campus.  I basically just can’t get enough of this time of year at a place as beautiful as Butler.

If you don’t believe me about how perfect it is…check out these photos….

Jordan Hall...

On my walk to work…
My view during a class…outside!

That’s right… as a second semester senior… I finally had a class outside!  Thank you, Dr. Mackoy, for helping me achieve one of my senior year goals/bucket list items…only a week and a half before the end of the semester.  Now I can try to get a professor to take us outside for my second outside class of my college career… just so I can continue to love on this perfect weather and beautiful place that I get to call home for a few more weeks.  I truly don’t know if I could make it through this time in my life (graduating, moving on from college life, being outrageously busy) if I didn’t love spring so much.  I just can’t help but be happy when I see something like this… everywhere I go!

The lawn behind Fairbanks…

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....

Advice from a College Senior

Since it is April, it’s time for high school seniors to be making their final choices about where they want to go to college.  As a college senior who has less than a month of my college left before I graduate, I like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert on college in general.  So, I will take this opportunity to pass along some of my knowledge….about preparing for college, going to college, and everything in between!

Check out Butler’s social media pages…

Butler does a really great job using social media, so use it!  Check out the Class of 2016 Facebook page, the Admissions twitter account – @gobutleru, and the University’s twitter account – @butleru.  Using social media is a great way to connect with people already at Butler, your future classmates, and even different departments or areas of campus.

Learn to study before your sophomore year…

Usually, freshman come to college without ever really learning how to study in high school.  It’s all fine and dandy until your sophomore year – when classes really start to pick up (a lot of freshmen classes are pretty similar to classes from high school).  So take my advice – and learn to study….soon!

Love every moment…

As a senior…I am getting pretty sad that I won’t be a college student anymore…really soon.  I would like to think that I have enjoyed every moment of my 4 years, but as I think back, I just remember hoping that things would be over quickly, like tests, projects, and anything else that took more time than I really wanted to give.  I understand how I was feeling at the time, but it still makes me sad to think that I got tired of stuff a lot during my 4 years…and now I just wish that I could go back a few years and do it all over again.  So – enjoy everything.  The all nighters, the long group meetings, the nights where you have to write a paper when everyone else is celebrating getting into the Elite 8 (yes… I had to do that), and of course, all of the times with your friends.

Lastly – go to Butler.

Seriously,  I would not change anything about the last 4 years of my college career, which is mostly thanks to this amazing school that I go to.  It’s an absolutely beautiful place with people that truly care about others…what more could you ask for??

 

Just a little photo I snapped the other morning on my way to work…

 

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?

 

 

The 17 year old Steph…

When I was in high school, I took a class called Peer Facilitating during my junior and senior year.  We led a mentoring program with the sixth graders at the adjoining middle school, and it was basically the best class that I took in high school.  Our teacher, Mrs. Barrett, had us each write a letter to ourselves at the end of each year, so that she could mail them to us 5 years later.  I got my letter from my junior year over the weekend, and it made my day/week to say the least.  Mine had a few components…a letter I wrote to myself, a Myspace survey that reviewed the year 2006, and $5 in cash.  The best part was definitely the $5…apparently 17 year old me was rather generous…I just hope that 18 year old me put $20 in my letter for next year.

One of the funniest parts about reading the letter to myself was seeing how I have and haven’t changed over the years.  For instance, I started the letter by telling myself what I was wearing that day, which is still totally a Steph move.  I also threw out some pretty corny jokes and puns about writing a letter to myself….still a Steph move.  But…one way that I hope I’ve changed is how dramatic I was/am.  I had lost an election for Class President the week before…so I was just wallowing in my own self pity at the time.  I can’t quite say that I am definitely more chill now, but all that really matters is that I am at least slightly less intense…it’s progress, right?

My friend Jenn and I – when we were 17…

I’ll leave you with my favorite questions/answers from the Myspace survey (yes…I was all about the Myspace surveys back in the day) …prepare yourself for this awesomeness and my response to them now, which is in bold.

  • Who was your enemy in 2006?  Being on time.  - still true.
  • Do you want to make more friends in 2007?  Cha…totally.  - did I really say that?
  • What was the best thing you bought in 2006?  my ipod, my white purse, my prom dress, my brown coat…the list could go on and on.  - all great purchases…even 5 years later.
  • What song will remind you of 2006?  London Bridge or Fergielicious- don’t judge…it was a good year for Fergie.

The Longest Night at Butler – Spring Sports Spectacular

Last weekend was a pretty big weekend here at Butler – it was Spring Sports Spectacular weekend.  SSS is a 12 hour event that benefits the Special Olympics, and we get to spend the entire night doing different activities and sports.  I was signed up to play euchre, shuffleboard, and to do Jeopardy, so I was pretty excited…since they are #1 – my favorite events at Spring Sports…and #2 – the only things that I really could do since I don’t really play sports.

I knew what I was getting myself into with euchre when I signed up, because a few years ago it took them 5 hours to narrow 8 teams down to one winner.  If you know anything about euchre – you had to win 2 games out of 3…meaning you had to get to 10 points…twice.  And if you don’t know anything about euchre, just know that this could take forever….just to advance to the next round.  I played with my roommate, Lauren, who loves playing euchre almost as much as I do.  We are both from southern Indiana, where euchre is popular…and we both used to show cattle, where euchre is basically what you do for hours each day.  So we were pumped to finally play together, until we realized how long it was going to take.  In the end….we played for so long that I missed shuffleboard and she missed a volleyball game…and we lost too.

For the next few hours I floated around watching other events everywhere…because I didn’t have anything to do until Jeopardy at 3 a.m.  Around 2:15 I hit a wall – and it was rough.  I didn’t know if I would be able to stay awake during Jeopardy…I didn’t even think about actually being competitive.  Turns out…Jeopardy is pretty awesome…and I’m pretty awesome at it too.  I won, and that totally gave me my second wind.  After that I watched some badminton, volleyball, and ultimate frisbee…and I didn’t even feel like going home until 5.  So – I think it’s safe to say that my final SSS was a success.

One of the more intense events at SSS - the spelling bee.

For more about SSS – check out Katie’s blog!

The BBA Intern Life: Marketing Edition

Every internship that I have had has been extremely different…as I’ve mentioned in previous blogs.  One really significant factor that has changed the overall experience for me each time is who I work with every day, and what kind of environment we are in.  Usually, interns work with mostly full time employees, or maybe with one other intern.  At my current internship with the Butler Business Accelerator, however, things are very different.  This is because there are actually more interns at the BBA than full time staff, which is one of my favorite things about working there. Having so many interns means that office space is pretty tight, but we have an absolute blast.

 

The Marketing Room – which somehow seats 7 people.

Working with so many people in one room can be super distracting sometimes…but it also has created a sort of bond among all of us.  Not only do we band together to be cooler/better than the Finance Room, but we help each other on our work for clients and the BBA itself.  It’s pretty safe to say that if someone has a question…one of us will always know the answer.  And since we are the Marketing Room (aka – the fun ones), we have found a few ways to get ourselves excited to be at work every day.

We started out with the “On this day in…” facts, which always give us some fun insight into history… which are usually rather depressing because most have to do with war.  Who knew that so many sad things have happened in the past???

Then, we really started getting into sharing our favorite music with each other…so we started a “Song of the Week”.  We use this to express ourselves and our feelings….for instance, this week the song is Happy Together (since we love being together in the Marketing Room so much), and the week before Spring Break was Miami.  Fitting, isn’t it?

Lastly, we have a daily (or whenever we think to change it) quote from The Office, which is obviously perfect since we are working in an office.

 

Our white board with all of our traditions…

Spending my time at work with such cool people in the Marketing Room has most definitely made my last semester here much more exciting – so much so that I know it is going to make the end of this semester/my college career so much harder.  It’s been a great final internship so far, thanks to all of the great people that I work with.  I’m going to miss hanging out with them all (and working of course) so much… I’m just not ready for it to end yet either!