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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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My Final Farewell

After four years of blogging, this is my last blog.  I’ve loved being able to write on behalf of Butler students, and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to leave my mark on the University.  First off, I have a few groups to thank…

  • The Office of Admission – Thank you for trusting us to write about our Butler experiences completely on our own.  It was empowering, and I am so glad that I had the chance to be a part of the Admissions process in some way.
  • The College of Business – Thanks for giving me a great academic experience at Butler, and for giving me all the tools I need to go out into the real world.
  • The Butler Community – Thank you for just being all around wonderful.  I loved blogging for the past few years mostly because I had such great things to say about my Butler experience – which is all because of the community of people who make Butler what it is.

Next, I thought I would touch back on a few of my favorite things from my blogging past.

  • My freshman dorm room.  I made this video when I lived in Schwitzer, and I’ve always loved meeting people who watched it before they came to Butler.  Usually, it takes people a few months to realize that it was me….even one of my roommates from this year watched it before she came to Butler, and didn’t make the connection for awhile!
  • Greek Life/Recruitment posts.  I loved being Greek at Butler…and one of the only things that I liked more than being Greek was blogging about being Greek.  So…I wrote an awful lot of posts about Greek Life and Recruitment…naturally.
  • Blogging about whatever was happening in my life.  From being a 500 Festival Princess, to working at Vera Bradley, my room’s ant infestation, and going on Spring Break, I’ve had a lot going on over the last few years, and my blog was the perfect place to showcase a little bit of everything.

Finally, a big thanks to everyone who actually reads this.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about my college experience, because I sure have loved writing all about it.  Keep reading the Butler blogs – because they show a side of student life that people don’t always see, and be sure to visit Butler if you ever get the chance.  Right now campus is absolutely perfect – so just make it happen!  It’s been a great four years, Butler… thanks for being the best home away from home that I could have asked for!

Finding and Getting an Internship 101

Yesterday I blogged about the internships that I have had over the years, so today I thought that I should follow it up with a post about ways to get internships.  Obviously, there is no special formula that will guarantee you your dream internship…but there are ways to be proactive about your search and your methods that can always help.  So…here are my suggestions:

  1. Update your resume. This is important to do first, because once you find internships to apply for, you will need to send in your resume.  So why not start off first with a perfect resume?  Come up with your own draft, then send it to people that you know and trust, like professors, friends, or family members so they can critique it.  Afterwards, be sure to update your resume anytime anything changes so it is ready to go!
  2. Make a list of the places where you would

    What my Excel document looked like during my internship search

    like to intern. This kind of a list can help guide your search process, so that you know where to look.  I would actually recommend making an Excel document with all of the information about the internship program, their timeline for selection, and anything else that might be helpful (like a direct link to the internship website).

  3. Use the resources available to you. If you are a student at Butler, the resources are basically unlimited.  There is the Internship and Career Services office, the COB‘s Career Development Center, and all faculty and staff are usually helpful in determining what internships would be a good fit for students in different areas.
  4. Most importantly – be proactive! Truthfully, nothing will help you land a great internship more than if you take the entire situation seriously, and work at it yourself.  The ICS office, friends, and professors can help you so much, but at some point you really need to take the process into your own hands and just make it happen!

After you find internships that you want to apply for, there is always the interviewing process, which brings along its own challenges.  So, last summer during my time at Vera Bradley, I wrote a blog about this part of the process.  If you are interested, check it out here!

 

When did I learn all of this??? Part II

Yesterday, I blogged a bit about my realization that I had a few weeks ago.  If you haven’t read it yet…check it out here.  Today I am writing Part II, which is basically about some of the requirements and classes that I once thought were unnecessary/confusing…but now I completely understand and appreciate.

Internships

In Butler’s College of Business, we are all required to have 2 internships for credit.  This basically means that they need to approve of the internship (or make sure that it is worth our while) and that we need to work for at least 300 hours during the semester.  The two internship requirement was fine with me (I’ve had four now), but the 300 hour situation is what I struggled with.  I had basically zero free time last semester, and a few times I really wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to the 300 mark or not.  But now, looking back, I realize that if I hadn’t been forced to work so much…I would have become a slacker…and maybe only got 200 hours in.  And then, if I only worked there that much…I KNOW that I wouldn’t have learned as much as I did if I had been there for 100 hours less.  Might not have seemed that way at the time…but now I’m sure.

Freshman Business Experience/Real Business Experience

In both of these classes, groups create a business concept and business plan, and either pitch the idea or actually carry the business concept out.  I was completely overwhelmed with these classes when I took them at the beginning of my freshman and sophomore years…but now I’m so glad that I had them when I did.  They were the perfect way to completely immerse myself in business, and to attempt to understand how businesses run from the beginning to the end.

A Blast from the Past...My FBE Group and I....

Everything else…

A few weeks ago at my internship (I work at the Butler Business Accelerator), we were having a discussion with one of the full time staff members about marketing.  She was asking us questions about our understanding of marketing strategy, and how different businesses market themselves in different ways, and I seriously just loved it.  For the first time, everything that I have learned over the last few years in every class, experience, and internship was coming together to make sense of something that could be so foreign to us.  I’m just glad that this all happened before I graduated…because now I can sit back and relax…and enjoy knowing that I have learned some really awesome stuff over the last four years.  So thanks Butler, and thanks College of Business…couldn’t have done it without you. 

When did I learn all of this??? Part I

As college students, we believe that it is our duty to comment on how helpful (or useless) each of our classes is.  We cope with the stress of completing assignments, projects, and writing papers by sharing our every thought with anyone within earshot, anyone who is our friend on Facebook, and anyone who follows us on twitter.  In my four years at Butler, I have done this many times (complain, that is) …but I think that I finally see the purpose of everything (or most things) that I have had to do while in college.

The reason why our professors give us assignments and projects, and why we have specific requirements…is because they want us to learn.  Imagine that…we come to college…and they want to teach us things.  The kicker is though, if you aren’t in classes where you feel like you are learning a specific skill, or if you don’t like your internship, etc., at that time you feel like you aren’t really taking anything away from that experience.  Yeah, you might not ever truly see or understand how things connect…but somehow…in a crazy, strange way…all of our educational experiences build on each other to prepare us for everything we will do when we leave.

I think I finally came to this realization a few weeks ago, when I was thinking (and blogging) about how much I have changed over the last 4 years.  I started to see that there are so many skills/thought processes that are second nature to me now, but I couldn’t nail down exactly when and where I learned them.  Since then, I have been kind of just reflecting on everything that I’ve done in the last few years…and what I have really gained from everything.  Not only did this make me feel outrageously wise (I’m available for life/academic/career counseling if anyone is interested), but it also made me glad that I stuck with my marketing major through my senior year.  No offense to the other colleges at Butler, but I really like the College of Business…for quite a few reasons.  Since I could go on about this for what seems like forever, I am going to continue this tomorrow with “When did I learn all of this???  Part II”….so come back to check it out!

Everyone I interned with at Vera Bradley last summer – just as a teaser for the next blog

Back to the harsh reality of my life…

Yesterday, I posted a blog about being excited that the new seasons of all of my favorite TV shows have begun. Today, I have realized that I am truly never going to have time to watch TV…ever again.

Ahh! How terrifying!

Ok, I’m being dramatic….very dramatic.  But for reals…life is about to get crazier than it already is…sooner than I expected.

This week begins my period of hardcore studying that will last about 3 weeks.  Each week, I have at least two big tests/projects/papers, so there goes my free time.  But, when I finish, I will be done with my midterms (for Sales, Retailing, and Health Care Econ), I will have finished my Organizational Analysis paper for my current internship, my Retail Analysis Project, and my group project in Health Care Econ.  To add to all of this, I have my internship, working at Speaker’s Lab, and the normal things that people have to do to live our everyday lives.

I’m probably just realizing this (and slightly freaking out) because I got a flat tire the other day, and even after AAA fixed it, it went flat again.  So I had to call them again, and now I have to go to a tire store to get it fixed…all in the like 2 free hours that I have tomorrow during their normal business hours.  I’m just hoping that after I overcome this little time-wasting bump in the road, I will be able to do homework again and I will start preparing for the 3 weeks of mid-term death.  Maybe I can work on being less dramatic too…but on second thought, I should stick to focusing on one goal at a time.  So I’ll keep being dramatic….life’s more fun this way anyway.

 

Are you ready … for Welcome Week 2011??!!

I am currently at Butler, going through training with all of the other SOGs (Student Orientation Guides) for Welcome Week 2011.  If you are an incoming student, and you are planning on moving in on Saturday morning, all I can say is, GET EXCITED.  We are planning, preparing, and making sure that everything is taken care of for your arrival and first few days at Butler.  Today, we even had the opportunity to meet and speak with Butler’s new President, President Danko.  He was so nice and open with us, and meeting him just got me so excited for my final year at Butler, and mostly the future of this amazing University.

All of the SOGs with President Danko...

This year a few things have been switched up, so I am really excited to see how everything works out.  Just to give you an idea of what to get excited about….here are some of the things that I am looking forward to the most:

  • Every single event – Each night there is a late night event, and there are several things throughout the days, and I legit want to go to everything.  So, take my advice, and make the most of your welcome week by going to as much as you can!  This is your only Welcome Week experience…so live it up.
  • Meeting my group – Last year I had a fabulous group of exploratory students (Butler’s version of a program for undecided students), but this year I am working with the College of Business, and I couldn’t be more excited!  I really love my major and my classes, so I can’t wait to share all of my excitement with the new students.
  • Discussing the Welcome Week book and hearing from the author, Novella Carpenter – After we had our own SOG discussions today, I got even more excited about the book discussion, which isn’t always my favorite part of Welcome Week.  So, now I’m officially looking forward to it, and to seeing where the discussion leads my group….we shall see… :)

Basically, this year’s Welcome Week is going to be epic.  The group of SOGs is absolutely fabulous, and we can’t wait for all of the new students to get here, so we can share some Butler love and excitement!

Internships…Internships…Internships.

As I am sure you can tell from the title of this blog….internships…or searching for them….are basically ruling my life.  As a junior in the College of Business, I am required to do at least two internships for credit before I graduate….so in the next year I have to be sure to get all of those completed.  My plan is to do one full-time this summer, and then do my final internship fall or spring semester next year.  So right now I am making version after version of my resume and cover letter, and looking everywhere for a place to intern.

Since I am a student in the COB, I luckily get an internship coordinator and a career mentor, both of which understand everything about internships and how to get them.  So together they are a great resource for me…but this is still a pretty overwhelming time for me.  First I am trying to decide where I want to intern location-wise….because this is my first/only chance to go pretty much anywhere that I would like for only a few months.  I have never been one to want to live crazily far away from home, and since my sister is getting married this summer, that does affect where I am really considering applying.  And then within that, I have to decide what kind of a Marketing internship I would like to do…and where I would like to do it.  Then once I do that, I get to actually apply, hopefully interview, and then wait to see if I get it or not.  Basically it is a long waiting/hoping game….and I feel like I just got started.  But what makes it all worth it is the thought that I will finally get to apply what I have learned so far in all of my COB courses, and that I will get to learn so much more from wherever I intern….I just can’t wait!

So….if anyone has suggestions for me for where I should look into…let me know!  My list keeps growing and growing…..which is good…or so I have been told.  I just know that that means more and more applications….which are not always my favorite thing to do.  Wish me luck!

The first two weeks of class…A breakdown.

I have officially finished the first two weeks of the second semester of my junior year of college.  I feel rather accomplished, although I need to do an awful lot of reading before class tomorrow.  In this post, I am going to kind of breakdown things that have happened lately….since it has been rather exciting thus far.

  • Classes – This year, for the first time ever, I have no Friday classes.  That is right….I am one of THOSE people.  Truth be told, I don’t like it.  I never thought that I wouldn’t like having an entire day off of classes, but now that I have it, I miss having something that I absolutely have to get up for in the morning.  I also don’t have class until 1 on Mondays and Wednesdays, and even though I have been really productive with those mornings so far….I miss my morning classes!  On the bright side, I really think that I am going to enjoy this semester and all of my classes…..which I will expand upon at a later date.  :)
  • Being an Alpha Phi again – I love it.  Basically, my wardrobe has doubled in an instant (I wasn’t allowed to wear my letters before…so they just sat unused for awhile), and I had forgotten how much I missed being able to talk all about my experiences about my individual chapter.  So expect an outrageous amount of blogs about Phi in the near future….

I love being with my pledge class again!

  • Clubs etc. – At Butler, most of the main leadership positions in some clubs are held in the second semester of Junior year, and on into the first semester of Senior year.  So in the past few weeks I have taken on different responsibilities than I have had in the past….and it has been rather interesting so far.  I’m really looking forward to a few of them, so I will write more about this all another time as well.
  • Internships – This summer I will be doing an internship for credit with the COB, but I don’t know where this will be just yet.  So I am searching/applying/networking like crazy….all to try to find a great opportunity where I can learn an outrageous amount about Marketing.  If you have any suggestions….let me know!

The Fabulous Life….

In college….every day is a little bit different.  But when I was in high school (and even at the beginning of my Freshman year) I wondered what college students do all day…..especially when they aren’t in class.  So, here is a run down of what a typical day is like for me….so that you can have a little bit of an idea of what college life is like.  :)

  • 7:00- My alarm goes off.
  • 7:15- I finally get up…then get ready for class.
  • 7:50- I run to class….because I really don’t want to be late again…..like I usually am.
  • 8:00- Operations Management….
  • 9:00- Religions of the World….
  • 10:00- I go back to my room…where I check my emails and clean up all of my stuff I throw around everywhere.  I like to call this “figuring out my life”, and it has been a rather frequent activity for me in the past month.
  • 11:00- I work in the Speakers Lab
  • 12:00- I eat lunch…..and then usually chill out and talk to people for awhile.
  • 1:00- Once I realize that I really need to do something with my life…I get my stuff together and go to Starbucks.  This way I don’t sit with my computer in my room and watch every TV show that I have missed on Hulu.  Instead, I go to Starbucks where I blog or study….and I usually get distracted by talking to people.  At least it is enjoyable being distracted that way!
  • 3:00- Babysitting time!  A large amount of girls at Butler babysit…since it is a great way to get off campus, get your mind off of school, and make some money while you are doing it!  I like it because it gives me hope for my future…and reminds me that life after college will be great.  Otherwise…I would just want to stay here forever.
  • 6:00- Head back to campus…have dinner…and “figure out my life” again.
  • 7:00- I usually have group meetings around this time…because we tend to always have projects due on Thursday mornings.  Warning:  Butler (especially the College of Business) loves group work.  Yes, it will prep me for my future….but it gets frustrating since you have to do everything with someone else….never alone.  Haha.
  • 9:00- Either I study…or go to a meeting…or I distract myself from studying.
  • 11:00- Meet with girls in my sorority to do a devotional….we have bible study once a week, we pray for our house one morning a month, and we do devotionals together every night at 11.  :)  It either lasts 5 minutes, or as long as 30 minutes.  Completely depending on how much I want to procrastinate, and how talkative we are.
  • 11:30- Either I study….or I distract myself from studying…or my roommates distract me from studying.  One of them likes to “bop” around….and sing…and just be talkative….so she is usually the most successful at that.  But last night we distracted each other by cleaning up our room (that still has Halloween decorations up…and that has decorations from our Homecoming Lawn Decs up as well)….and we helped each other pick out outfits for class.  This was a total first for us….because we aren’t those girls who plan out every bit of every outfit every day…..but we have just decided to start to wear the clothes that we have that we don’t ever wear.  What an idea!
  • 1:00 a.m.- I finally get to sleep…..after I get ready for bed….and try to read for class even though I fall asleep while I do it.

Phew.  So that is a day in my life in a nutshell.  Don’t worry though….I have more than two classes!  My other days are more busy than this one….I just like this one the best!  And since all the leaves are almost gone…I will leave you with this photo from when they were still here….

I love Holcomb Pond.....

When I visited campus for the first time….

Some of you who read this blog are probably prospective freshmen who are looking at tons of different colleges right now.  Three years ago I was in your place….so I will tell you a little bit about what that was like.

During my college search process, I limited myself to only looking at schools in Indiana for numerous reasons.

  1. It was easier….
  2. I’m from southern Indiana, and I love the Midwest more than anything.
  3. I didn’t want to be too far from home.
  4. I was hoping for certain scholarships that I could only use in Indiana…and I didn’t want to fall in love with a school somewhere else.

The summer before my senior year, I visited Butler….and….dare I say it….I didn’t like it.  It wasn’t the school, the tour, or the people…it just didn’t feel right.  I was completely sold on another school at that point…and I think that I just wasn’t open-minded at all about the whole process.  But, a month later, I visited that other school….and just decided on a whim that it wasn’t the school for me.  (As I’m sure you can tell, I had a very detailed thought process with this.)  So then I decided to give Butler a second chance….and it came back swinging pretty quickly.  I creeped on the blogs, on the website, and especially on the College of Business…because I had also just changed my mind in regards to a major.

I didn’t visit Butler again until January of my senior year, when I attended Butler Business Scholars.  This is a program put on by the College of Business where they invite high school seniors to come to Butler and interview for scholarships.  During that weekend, even though the campus was covered in snow, I completely fell in love, as did my Mom.  I wasn’t with her for most of the time, because there was a part of the program for students and a separate one for parents, but as soon as I saw her afterward, she told me that I HAD to go to Butler.  From that point on I was sold…and I have loved Butler ever since!

So, if you are a prospective freshman…and you haven’t visited Butler yet…go to this website and check out all of the opportunities that you have to see campus.  Just a hint from an insider….come right now…because campus is absolutely BEAUTIFUL in the fall, and right now the weather is rather perfect.  If you are a junior or younger, then you can come in the spring too, because that is my other favorite time on campus.  Not that the winter or summer isn’t that pretty, because it totally is.  It is just that Indiana in the winter or the summer isn’t always pleasant, especially if you don’t enjoy freezing or sweating the whole time.  To encourage you to come to campus now, before we loose all of the leaves…here are some pictures I took last weekend while showing my friend Alison around campus.  :)

Walking from the Pharmacy Building to Robertson Hall....

Robertson Hall....or the trees in front of it...

The area in between all the academic buildings....