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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.

The End of an Era – Graduation.

Last Saturday, I graduated from college.  The day that I waited and worked for four years for came and went…and it was wonderful.  I was terrified that I would oversleep and be late for everything, but I got up on time and was only a tad bit late for a breakfast before graduation.  I got my morning Starbucks, and spent my last hour as an actual Butler student the way that I’ve spent every other….by socializing.  The ladies in charge of keeping all the graduates organized and in our seats probably hated me (and others like me), because I couldn’t sit still, so I wandered the West Gym and chatted with friends until we filed into the Main Gym in Hinkle.

I didn’t really know what to expect at Commencement, because I didn’t know how many people would speak (or what they would talk about), how long it would last, and how hot/miserable it would be (there’s no A/C in Hinkle).  I was pleasantly surprised though…because it was really enjoyable.  Two of our class officers (Chris Beaman and Lauren Pedigo) made me cry, but for good reason, and our speaker, Richard Stengel, was absolutely perfect.  So much of it just made me so proud and fortunate to have been a Butler student, and to be a part of such a great tradition for four years.

I knew that Commencement had the potential to be long and boring…so I was prepared with ways to entertain myself.  My main goal was to live tweet the event.  Throughout the morning, I tweeted 15 times, which wasn’t bad considering that it lasted for about three hours.  I tried to tweet about each person that spoke, and I toyed the idea of tweeting to each one of my friends when they walked across the stage…but I think that all of my followers are glad that I didn’t follow through with that idea.  I also took photos of all different things during the morning, and I Instagramed some of my favorites.  Here are two of them:

My sorority sister’s cap just happened to be in the perfect place for this one…and all of the banners kind of make Butler look like Hogwarts – don’t you think??
The real deal – my diploma.

After it was all over, I found my family, and began the celebration.  For me, that meant taking photos – everywhere.  We started at Alpha Phi, with all of the girls who graduated in my pledge class (we have quite a few pharmacy majors who won’t graduate until 2014), then we took family photos at my favorite place on campus (Holcomb Pond), and a few more on the mall at the BU sign and at the Bulldog.  We also stopped by the COB‘s reception for parents and graduates, where I had the chance to introduce my parents to the people who have played such a big hand in my college career, and where I was able to say my final goodbyes to my professors.  Again, it was an absolutely amazing day…and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end my time at Butler!

My family and I...

My other family and I....Alpha Phi

This blog wouldn’t be complete without a few tips for future graduates of Butler University.  On your graduation day…some things to remember are:

  • Wear something lightweight under your gown.  Even if it isn’t too hot out that day, they are STILL miserable.
  • Girls, take bobby pins for your cap.  And – know that you can fit a really small purse under your gown.
  • Go to the bathroom before commencement.  It’s a long ceremony…and there is only one time available to slip out and relieve yourself.
  • After graduation, if you have cords and other regalia, hold on to them tight.  I almost lost mine a few times…and actually lost them once (but I found them too).
  • Eat plenty beforehand.  You’ll get really hungry just sitting there forever…
  • Charge your phone fully.  Mine was fully charged, and it ended up at around 50% by halfway through the ceremony…(maybe it was all my tweeting??)

Dear Freshman Year Steph,

During Welcome Week each year, the freshmen each write a letter to themselves that they get during Senior Week.  Most people forget about this, but I remembered, since I’ve been an Orientation Guide for the last two years.  I got it at our Champagne Toast the other day, and I realized that I was a pro at writing letters to myself back in the day.  I wrote one to myself both junior and senior year in high school, at the beginning of my freshman year, and after I joined Alpha Phi, and they have all been really great letters in different ways.  I had a lot of concerns in my letter to myself from Welcome Week, which is totally understandable for that point in time for a student.  So…I thought I would share a bit about what I was scared of, and how it turned out.  (Freshman Steph will be in bold….just to clarify.)

From the Welcome Week Convocation I learned that I need to get more sleep already… I’m so glad that I was this honest with myself so early, but the sad thing is that I never really took that to heart.  I slept very little over the last four years, and the only thing that it did for me is provided me with a coffee addiction.

My concerns are that I won’t make new friends that will last forever, and that I will fail. Again, I was really straightforward during that week I guess.  In the end, I did make friends that I think will last forever.  Of course, it took some to find them, and it wasn’t always easy.  But, during my college years I found some absolutely amazing people who I love, and I’m positive that Twitter and Facebook will allow us to all stay together even after we leave each other.  As far as the failing thing goes, I didn’t.  I don’t know exactly how to define what “failing” would have been for me….but I guess that since I am graduating tomorrow, and since I truly embraced my years at Butler….I didn’t fail.  Success!

Right now it’s so awkward and I feel so little… Feeling awkward and little is the essence of Welcome Week.  It’s awesome time, but it really kind of sucks as a freshman.  It isn’t until later years when it’s really amazing and just the best week that ever existed. Embrace college…and it’ll be fine.

I am so afraid that this will turn out to not be the right place for me… Well, it was the right place!  I couldn’t imagine spending my college years anywhere else, which is why it is hard to be ready to leave right now.  Butler helped me grow into the person that I am now, and I’m so grateful.

We graduate today….which still feels completely unreal.  Class of 2012….you’re great and it’s been an amazing four years.

The Butler Class of 2012

College – It’s been real.

The other day…I moved out of Alpha Phi for the final time.  It was bittersweet, because I made so many memories there, but I know that it is time for me to move on now.  As I packed up, I kept thinking about how much I have loved my college experience, and how fortunate I have been to have an outrageously positive college experience.  Since I am all about Instagram these days (stephmflint if you would like to follow me), I just kept taking pictures of everything around me…all day long.  They’re things I’m going to miss about Alpha Phi and my college life….or things that I have loved during my time here.

My collection of Starbucks cups. I am a Starbucks queen, basically.  I hung out there almost every day during my final semester here, and I became a pro at getting great beverages at low prices.  One of my tricks – save your plastic cups.  They give refills on tea and coffee for 55 cents, which really comes in handy during weeks when you need Starbucks basically every day.  I had an impressive collection of cups this semester – every variation of tea that I love…so my options were endless!  (Just don’t forget to wash the cups out – ants seem to love to feast on leftover tea.  Gross, I know.)

My view. Each year during room picks, everyone cares about every aspect of each room.  The side of the house that it’s on, what the bathroom looks like, if it is a hot or cold room, the list goes on and on.  The one thing that isn’t mentioned, however, is the view that comes with the room.  When I lived on the 3rd floor, I couldn’t see out my windows.  Last year, I lived on the back side of the house all year, so I saw our backyard.  This year, I hit the jackpot as far as views from a room go.  I saw the street, the gorgeous tree in front of our house, and our front yard.  Not only did it come in handy on rainy days to see if I needed rainboots or an umbrella, but it was also just hands down beautiful.

My room. So much happened here.  So many late nights just hanging out, so much messiness, so much Nickleback and Prince, and just so much fun.  I took this picture as we were moving out and taking down everything…and it just felt wrong.  It felt like we had never been there at all.  But while I was being all nostalgic and sad, I realized….what filth we had been living in.  The general consensus is that if we had been raising children in that room, social services would have taken them away from us.  But, somehow we lived there for 10 months, and survived.  After this experience, I really think that my body can handle anything at all.  So bring it on, world, I survived Room 11.

Being a Phi. I’ve talked a lot about Alpha Phi this semester, and how much I’ve loved it.  But really.  It’s been unreal…and amazing.  I’m so glad that I will still live in Indy post-grad, and that I will be able to run into my girls at Target, or that I can have them over to my new place for dinner.  I love my pledge class, but I’ve spent four years with them, and we’re all kind of ready to move on to our next stage in life.  But for the younger girls, I am going to miss them just as much…and I’m going to be kind of jealous that they get to keep experiencing Butler.  I took this photo right before I left….because it was one of my favorite things at Alpha Phi.  During Polish Week before Recruitment, we all got together and made a ton of crafts to dress up the stairwells at Phi.  It was great sisterhood event, and I just love how it let us leave our mark on this house that we made our home.

My last hurrah…. Senior Week.

The time that I’ve been dreading all semester is here….and everyone is moving out.  Tomorrow is the last day of finals, so it feels like there are 5 people on campus, and all of those people are studying, which really stinks for the rest of us.  It just doesn’t feel like Butler anymore, but I am excited for the very last part of my college career…Senior Week.

Senior Week is one of those things that not everyone knows about.  Only the seniors participate, obviously, and then they all graduate so they aren’t around to tell the underclassmen what happens during the week.  There is a senior class council that plans events for the whole week, like going to a Pacers game, having inflatables and other fun things on the mall, and taking trips to Broad Ripple and other places around Indy.  It’s also a great time because it is just what we have always wanted – to be on campus, all together, without school.  Yeah, it only lasts for 3 days…but that’s something, right?

I haven’t been looking forward to this week until now, because I didn’t want all of my underclassmen friends to leave.  But, turns out, they had to.  I couldn’t stop them.  My two junior roommates, Brooke & Katie, moved out over the last few days, along with about 65 other girls in my house.  So now all of Alpha Phi is empty, and I guess that all there is to do is enjoy this next week.  I’m pretty lucky, since I get to spend it with our entire class, and we are a ton of fun as it is.  I just decided that even though I’m super bummed that my time here is almost over, I can’t do anything about it (since I didn’t fail any of my classes…yet), so I might as well just have the best week ever.  Here goes!

The Alpha Phi Senior Pledge Class

Events on Events on Events: The Life of a Butler Senior

At Butler, everyone loves to honor and appreciate the seniors…which I love.  For the last few weeks, we have had special events all the time, which has made life busy but obviously really fun…

Top 100

This year I was fortunate enough to be selected as a part of the Top 100 Students at Butler, along with one of the other bloggers, Olivia!  It is such an honor to be a part of that group of students, and they held a wonderful dinner to celebrate the program and to announce the Top 10 men and women at Butler.  I think the night of the dinner was when my parents and I started to realize that I’m almost done….and that the last 4 years have just flown by.   Also – a special Congratulations goes out to Olivia for being named to the Top 10 women!

Lauren, Meghan, and I at the Top 100 Banquet.

Senior Brunch

At the end of Alpha Phi’s Senior Week we always have a brunch for the seniors and their parents.  We eat the traditional Saturday brunch that we have loved on for the last 4 years, our littles each say a few nice words about us, they sing some songs that are special to Alpha Phi, and they give away a few senior awards.  It was just an all around amazing time to spend with my sorority sisters and our parents, because they all hear us talk about Alpha Phi, but I don’t think that they ever really understand what the sisterhood means to us all, until they see it at an event like the Senior Brunch.

Lauren and I at our Senior Brunch at Alpha Phi.

Senior Wills

Every year during Senior Week at Alpha Phi, we have a time where the seniors hand down all of their Alpha Phi attire, memorabilia, and anything else random that we have accumulated over the years.  Some people give away everything, but I really wasn’t ready to part with some of my things just yet…so I kept some of my favorite shirts and sweatshirts.  Partially I kept some because I like them so much, and partially because I wouldn’t have any other clothes to wear if I did.  But I did pass along quite a few good things, like my A Phi license plate, a Sarah Palin calendar, and some crafts I made over the years.

Everything I passed down during Senior Wills.

 

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.

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.

 

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....

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!