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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!

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.

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.

The winter that never really was…

Every year since I came to Butler, each winter has been rather similar.  We might get a little bit of snow before Christmas (usually the week before finals, or during finals), but the most snow and winter-y weather always comes after we return from Winter Break.  Each year it snows during Recruitment…so much that I am usually glad that I don’t have to go anywhere for the entire week, because then I don’t need to dig out my car.  Then after Recruitment we get at least one more big snow, whether it is a Snowpocalypse level snowstorm or a snowstorm that gives us about a foot of snow – that keeps me from carrying on my life like normal for a day or two.  And of course…in between the bigger amounts of snow we always have light dustings, or mini-snowstorms.

This year, however, has been completely different…and I don’t like it.  We haven’t had any large amounts of snow, I’ve only had to use my ice scraper twice, and I’ve never pulled out my de-icer.  I am extremely disappointed in this winter…and because of that, I am declaring that the winter isn’t officially over yet.  So, Mother Nature…this is your time to step it up and give Indiana what we love – crazy weather patterns.  I would prefer for us not to have a snow storm before/during Spring Break…because I couldn’t live with myself if I missed it.  I looked at my schedule, and decided that I could fit a snowstorm in on March 20, beginning at 8 p.m.  I also might be able to squeeze it in on March 6, at the same time.  I love the element of surprise though, so be sure, Mother Nature, to not listen too well.  Just try to keep these dates and my schedule in the back of your mind – because I would really appreciate it.  Thanks, Mother Nature!

Campus – after a light dusting of snow earlier this semester

 

We’re Not Perfect Here…But We’re a Family.

This last week/weekend was something that I had been dreading for awhile….initiation for my sorority.  I wasn’t dreading it for bad reasons…I was dreading it because I didn’t want it to be over.  Since initiation is done…that means that it’s been six weeks since the semester began, which just makes it that much closer to me being done with college.  I also just love initiation week, from all of the fun traditions that we have, to just being able to spend more time than normal with my sorority sisters.

This year we had a banquet for all of our new members, to celebrate them officially joining Alpha Phi, and it was an amazing day.  The seniors all got together beforehand just to hang out and spend time as a pledge class, and then we joined the rest of the group for the banquet.  During the afternoon, we all had the best time just being together, and reminding each other of why our sisterhood is so special.  At one point, all the seniors sang a song that one of our alumni wrote about our house, and I cried the entire time.  Yes…I was that girl.  Once the waterworks started flowing…there was no turning back.  Based on how much I cried during Recruitment and this last weekend, I’m pretty sure this is how the next few months of my life will be…crying.  A lot.

My roommates and I…
Love them so much!!!

Despite all of my crying (happy tears of course), it was an awesome day.  We now have 42 beautiful new members in our house, and I can’t wait to see what the next two months bring us.  We still have Spring Sports Spectacular, our spring philanthropy event-Phiesta, senior week, and formal left to go….so there’s really no reason for me to be sad…right?

My entire Alpha Phi family…

 

THIS is college.

I’ve been meaning to devote a post or two to my room’s set up/decor for awhile…but I thought that before I showed my room in its prime I should show it in the normal state.  It really hasn’t been clean since Recruitment, but for that week and a half it was really, REALLY clean. Of course, it wasn’t naturally clean…simply because we have so much stuff and not enough room for all of it.  To deal with this situation, we created a secret hiding space for all of our stuff…where we would hide everything that didn’t have a home during each day of Recruitment so no one saw it.  This included some food, my roommate Katie’s clothes, some shoes, and other random things that were just laying around…and the place where we would hide it all was our bath tub.  Think about it, if you put things in the bath tub then you can close the curtain, and just like magic…everything is hidden.

Our bath tub...the catch-all.

I know…it’s kind of gross.  But it was clean – and every day we would just empty it before we needed to use the shower….and then fill it again after.

If we could have our room look nice, clean, and orderly all day every day…I would be all for it.  But let’s be serious… we are in college and we are not neat people…at all.  So we just do what we can to make sure that we aren’t living in filth, and put most of our stuff in piles.  This way, it is at least a comfortable space…right?

So…that is our room in its normal state.  Check back next week for our room in its prime…where you can actually notice our style and all of the awesome decorative things we made.  I promise – it is a REALLY awesome room…and I’m only slightly biased.

The Joys of Sorority Life…

During Formal Recruitment, we all get to talk about our favorite things about our respective chapters over and over and over again.  Then it ends, and we go back to real life…classes, work, and everything that exists outside of the house.  The best part of the week is that you have the perfect chance to appreciate your sisters and everything that they do for you…and you bond like you’ve never bonded before.  This year I had an absolutely great time getting to know some of our sophomores better, just hanging out with my roommates, and being with the girls 24/7.  Since I have had a great couple of weeks in sorority life…I thought I would share some of my favorite things about being in a sorority with you…

  • Someone is always around to order food with you late at night, or to go with you to get something that can’t be delivered.  There is nothing better than HotBox breadsticks while you’re studying, going to get McDonald’s when you really don’t need to, or going to BRICS two days in a row.  And I am now officially craving each one of these….
  • Watching YouTube videos all night long, and then quoting them until you fall asleep.  My room’s favorite video is Boys Will Be Girls, but others like Sassy Gay Friend and Jessica’s Daily Affirmation are always a close second…
  • Even though we all meet and get to know our new members, sometimes you don’t get to know a certain side of a person’s personality until you get the chance to really open up with them.  I love getting to see how multi-faceted and amazing my sorority sisters are…and becoming so much closer with them in the process.
  • Just like my own sister and I, we might not always get along…but we always respect one another.  We are all so different and so unique in our own way…but somehow the differences bring us closer together, and make us appreciate ourselves and each other more every day.  :)

Of course, there are more things that I love about Alpha Phi and my sorority sisters, but I might just have to save those things for another blog.  :)

Our Senior Class...

Bid Day… aka Greek Christmas

Each year, we finish off Recruitment week with the most glorious day for Greek students….Bid Day.  After days of being stressed out, emotional, and only leaving our house for Steak n Shake or ice cream, everyone gathers on Rowdy Row (Hampton Drive) to welcome home our new pledge classes.  Not only is it great to see actual sunlight and to feel the fresh air, but we love to get to see all of our friends in other houses, since we haven’t seen them since before Christmas Break.  In fact…we love Bid Day so much that we all love to call it “Greek Christmas”, since it is almost as fun as actual Christmas Day.  Of course, most of Bid Day is spent taking pictures of everyone and everything….so here are some of my favorites from the day….

My roommates and I…don’t be alarmed by Katie’s Spirit Hood…

Not only do we get to meet our new pledge classes for the first time on Bid Day, but it is also the day when we get to welcome back the girls who served as Recruitment Counselors.  I was one last year, and this year we couldn’t wait to see Liz, one of our very best friends!

Lauren, Meghan, and I…waiting on Liz…
All the Alpha Phi ladies, ready with their signs for our new members.

Once we have hugged every new member two, three or four times, we head back to our house for photos around our rock.  It’s a tradition, and these photos always are some of my favorites.

The Epsilon Beta chapter of Alpha Phi’s beautiful new members…
My 3 best friends, Meghan, Liz, Lauren, and I….reunited at last!

Since I am a senior, this was my final year to get to go experience Rowdy Row, which was really pretty sad.  Don’t worry though, we took every nostalgic photo possible….including a remake of one from freshman year, with some of my best friends from freshman year.  Check it out…

As freshmen…. (I know…I was blonde)
And seniors!

 

A Week of Sisterhood, Alpha Phi, and Talking – Recruitment 2K12

The week before classes started, we had Formal Greek Recruitment here at Butler.  This meant that we had a week that was all sisterhood, all the time…which is sometimes great and sometimes overwhelming.  Before the actual Recruitment activities started, we spent a few days getting moved into the house and prepared for everything that we would do.  This time was probably my favorite, because we never had to leave the house, we didn’t have to look nice or dress up…ever…and it was really nice to just hang out around the house all the time.

Once actual Recruitment began, we had even more to do each day, and every day brought something new…

Day 1 was Open House day, where each girl going through Recruitment went to each one of the houses.  This is definitely the longest day of them all – since there are usually almost 300 girls going through Recruitment, we are talking and meeting new people from around 9-6.  The best part is that since it’s the beginning of the week, you don’t even notice how much you have been talking…which is probably A LOT.

My roommates and I posed for a photo each day, and this was from Open House day...

Day 2 was Philanthropy Day, where we share information all about our individual Philanthropies…naturally.  It’s a more laid-back and fun day, because each house does a craft of some sort that will support their cause.  (We were too worn out/busy that day to take a photo…)

Day 3 was Skit Day, when each house puts together a skit that shows their individual personalities and the things that they feel are important.  It’s a fun day, because usually the skits are funny, but its still rather long and tiring.  We didn’t get to take a photo in our room until the day was over…and we were kind of slap happy.  So this is what we came up with….

Just showing off our personalities....

Day 4 was Preference Night, which is the final night of Recruitment.  It is a more serious, special night, because we have dessert and share special ceremonies or songs with the girls that attend.  For me, Preference Night was really emotional, simply because it was the last day of my last Recruitment…but it was wonderful to get to spend it with all of my fabulous Alpha Phi sisters.

My roommates and I on Pref Night...

 

Oh, how time flies…

I’ve been MIA from blogging for a little while…mostly because I completely lost track of time.  Almost two weeks ago I came back to Butler for Recruitment, and ever since then I have been running around like a crazy person.  I moved back into Alpha Phi, we rearranged our room and got settled, then we decided to rearrange our room…again.  At one point during all of this chaos….our sleeper side looked a little bit like this…

Before we knew it, it was time for Formal Recruitment…which meant that our room had to look like people could actually enter it without injuring themselves or getting lost.  Luckily, we found our floor, desks, and dressers, and actually made the room look cute.  Even though Recruitment week seems like a time when you might have free time since we aren’t in school, this year it was exactly the opposite for me.  Somehow, I never got to enjoy that free time though…because I was always busy either cleaning our room (for some reason it kept getting dirty), helping set up for the next day, or I was too exhausted to function.

Fortunately, now that Recruitment is complete and school has started…things are starting to calm down.  I officially have time to just sit and play on my computer, and more importantly…I have a place to sit in my room while I do it.  Check back soon for more about Recruitment 2K12, and for a photo tour of our new and improved room!