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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.

When I grow up I want to be….

When we were little, everyone knew what they wanted to be when they grew up.  Some kids changed their minds every day, and some stuck with one solid occupation, which is how I was as a small child.

Me – all ready for school….

Except for a short period when I wanted to be a truck driver, I always wanted to be a teacher…until my senior year of high school.  Then I decided to completely switch it up and go with Marketing instead…which I think was a solid choice.  I love my major, but there are so many different ways that I could use it…so over the last few years I have been slowly deciding where I would fit in the business world, and trying to determine what I would like to do for the rest of my life.  I think I might have my future plans nailed down now, and I’m pretty sure that I won’t have enough time to ever do everything that I would like.

This summer I am going to start my first real person job, with the Orr Fellowship.  In two years I will have the opportunity to stay with the company, leave that job to go to grad school, maybe move on to another company, or do whatever my heart desires.  That is where I have a problem….because there are entirely too many things that I want to do.  I’m that kid who has unrealistic dreams and ideas about what can actually happen, and it kind of scares me.  Luckily, pretty much everyone is saying that Generation Y will change jobs/careers several times in their lifetime, so I guess it’s not too bad that I just want to do anything and everything.  Here is what I am thinking for my potential future…in no particular order:

  • Work in politics – for a campaign, a legislator, or as a lobbyist
  • Work with economic development – preferably in rural areas
  • Work in retail – preferably on the corporate level
  • Marketing – since you know, that is my major
  • Sales – preferably with consumer goods, and maybe some B2B
  • Plan events…maybe weddings
  • Start my own business…not sure what kind just yet
  • Be an interior decorator…or flip houses….maybe just on the side, for fun.

And I think that is all….I think that covers everything that I would love to do with my life.  The positive side to this all is that there are so many areas that I would be interested in pursuing that it will hopefully be easier to find a job whenever the time comes.  And truthfully…I’m so excited for the future.  Thinking about the possibilities that I have before me is just plain exciting…because who knows what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be in 5 or 10 years….but I know that I will love it, wherever I am.

 

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!

Things I’ve learned from Greek Life…

During my last three years or so in Greek Life, I have learned many things…some that will be extremely useful in my future professional life, and some that won’t be.  Since the non-useful things are much more fun….I thought I would share a little bit about them with you.

  • How to live with 75 other girls, in one house, with one TV that has cable. Nuff said.
  • How to make an outfit that 100 other girls are wearing look unique. This is a very important skill, and it requires a good selection of accessories.  The other day, I made a bracelet, just because I had nothing else that would spruce up the outfit that everyone else was wearing too.
  • How to make great bulletin boards, or door decorations. Each semester when we move rooms at Alpha Phi, we decorate the doors of our rooms with a “door dec”.  Usually the theme is a play on words with Alpha Phi worked in somehow, so you have to get creative.  In my time here, I have had doors with the themes of “The Phi Hive”, “City Phis meet Country Phis”, “The Real Housewives of Phi”, “Phi-quels” (like Sequels), and now, “alpha tweet”.  We featured each of our profile pictures and names, our Alpha Phi related tweets, and even a special section for hashtags.  (I like this door dec….I think it turned out rather well.)

The living side door...

The sleeper side door...

  • How to craft. I always enjoyed crafting….but until I started making gifts for my little sis’s, I never really owned my crafting.  Now…crafting is my life.  Not really, I wish it was though.
  • How to put together a skit, performance, dance routine, etc. Basically, once a month (sometimes more) we have some sort of performance that we have to do, which gets old rather fast.  But the great part is that in my future, if I ever need to put together a seven minute dance routine, change the lyrics to a song, or put together a cheerleading routine including tumbling, stunts, cheers, and dancing, I will be ready to go.  So watch out, corporate America, me and my choreography talents are on their way.

 

I love that I love Marketing.

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.

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.

A Day in the Life of Stephanie…Spring 2011 Edition

Now that we are about a month into the semester…I officially have the hang of my schedule.  It took longer than normal this semester because of Snowpocalypse….but now I think I actually understand how it all works…so I will give you a glimpse of my schedule on a random day….enjoy…

  • 8:00 a.m. – Wake up….check Twitter, Facebook, and my email….while eating breakfast.  (At my house we have a hot breakfast every morning…so this is usually french toast sticks and bacon…yum.)
  • 8:30 a.m. – Get ready for class..
  • 9:35 a.m. – Marketing Research…..
  • 11:00 a.m. – Career Planning & Development…..the COB likes to take care of us…and make sure that we know what we are doing with our lives in the future.
  • 12:15 p.m. – Lunch back at Phi…
  • 1:00 p.m. – Check my email…prep for class…and hang out at Starbucks…
  • 2:25 p.m. – Advertising & Promotion Management…basically the best class I have taken at Butler.  It is a great way to spend the afternoon if you ask me.
  • 4:00 p.m. – Work in Speakers Lab…

Hangin out in Speakers Lab....

  • 6:00 p.m. – Dinner….
  • 7:00 p.m. – BUSF meeting…
  • 8:00 p.m. – Study…
  • 9:00 p.m. – AKPsi meeting….
  • 10:00 p.m. – Study until…I fall asleep.

Basically my life is booked solid….and I rarely have time to just chill out….but I like it that way.  At the beginning of the semester when I didn’t have as much to do…I felt lost….and just sat around while I tried to decide what to do with myself.  But by being busy all the time, I make the most of my time….for instance…when I don’t have time to go to the HRC to work out…I do a workout video in my room….and watch my shows on Hulu at the same time.  This morning I caught up on the latest Desperate Housewives this way….and tomorrow I will do Grey’s Anatomy probably.

So that is a glimpse of my life…if you have any questions about student life at Butler, don’t hesitate to ask!