As a senior, I have spent a lot of time this semester looking back to what I was like as a freshman. A great way for me to see this is to look back at my blogs from my freshman year…which are interesting to say the very least. I’m happy to say that my writing style has changed a bit since then, and that I’ve most definitely grown up in the last four years. So, I think that it is only fitting to take a walk down memory lane to my freshman blog… roast style. I was a decent blogger then, but I might as well make fun of myself for something, right?
- I loved smiley faces. This one I totally get – because I still love smiley faces. But all of mine ended up as emoticons in the blogs – which is really rather random…and childish. They all look so excited, and they are the only type of photo/excitement in my old blogs. At least I had something fun in there? Which leads me to my next point…
- I never posted photos. Now, I love posting photos. I do blogs that are mostly photos sometimes. But back in the day, apparently I did not know how to use a photo upload feature. C’mon freshman year Steph, step it up a bit….be a real blogger.
- My blog topics were totally unfocused. Basically, my freshman year, I wrote about what I did everyday. I’m sure it was helpful for some, but who really needed to know that I went to The Old Spaghetti Factory and that they gave me a Chinese food box for my leftovers? Yeah…no one. Good try, freshman year Steph.
- I was really excited. All the time. Really. I gather this from all of the “Whoohooo!’s” that I see in my old blogs, and from all of the exclamation points. Apparently, my freshman year, I walked around and yelled at everyone all the time, or at least that is what it looks like from my blog.
- I was extremely long winded. This hasn’t completely changed, but it has a little bit. Back in my freshman year – I wrote a few marathon blogs that just trail on forever and ever…like this one. I’d like to think that now I’m a bit more concise…maybe??
I give myself a hard time, but at least I tried…right? We were all freshmen at some point, and I guess I was kind of cool back then. Need proof? Check this photo…by far my favorite from freshman year.
My favorite photo from freshman year... still.
Last Sunday, my friend Meghan got married. It was an absolutely beautiful day, and it was both the beginning and end of so many things.
It was part of the end of us all being together – all the time. I’ve been best friends with Meghan, Lauren, and Liz for the last 3 years… and even when we don’t live together… we are either next door or just down the street. But now, Meghan lives in Michigan, and soon Lauren will live in Bloomington, and Liz will live in New York. So this was the first step toward that…and I’m not quite sure if I’m ready to let them all go yet. Just because I love them so much.
It was the beginning of Meghan and Sean’s life together. They’ve been together forever, and they’re perfect for each other. It was just so sweet to be able to share their special day with them…because they’ve been together ever since I have been friends with Meghan. They’re great, and I love them both.
It was the beginning of the time when all of our friends will start getting married. While we were waiting to walk down the aisle, I looked out into the crowd and saw so many of our friends and people that we know. This is when I realized that I’m not young anymore…and instead of going to weddings for family and people that we don’t really know, now we will be going to weddings for our friends. It’s just a strange and sort of surreal feeling….but it’s kind of exciting at the same time.
Being a bridesmaid in a wedding the weekend before finals is the perfect way to procrastinate studying…or doing anything productive at all….while having an absolutely great time. When we got back to campus after the wedding it was like we had been in entirely different world for a week… which we had. We got to hang out with great people, be dressed up, and celebrate an awesome day with an amazing couple! Here are a few more photos…
One great thing about being a senior is that a lot of our professors love to use class as an excuse to give us advice about life. In order to make this somewhat academic, they assign lots of papers or reflections about whatever topics we are going over in class at the time. So, I’ve spent the last 5 weeks or so thinking about my college years…and how I have changed since I came to Butler. Some aspects of my life are completely different now than I thought they would be, but most of these changes are all positive, and just a natural part of growing up. Here we go…
My hair color…
If you didn’t know, I used to be blonde. Really blonde. But a few years ago I decided to go back to my roots…literally…to be a brunette again. Do blondes really have more fun? Nope. They don’t.
- Freshman Year….
- Senior Year…
When I first came to Butler, I thought that I would go home every 2 or 3 weeks. For awhile, I kind of did because I visited friends at other schools and went home often. Eventually, my life got so busy that I just couldn’t make this traveling all the time thing happen anymore, and now I barely have time to go home at all. I wish I could visit my family and friends more, but it is also kind of nice that I love being here at Butler so much that I am fine with staying.
Instead of leaving, I try to get everyone to come visit me here, or I try to split my time between visiting others and them coming to see me. This way, I can even share a little bit of my love for Butler and Indy with everyone who comes to visit. I’ve even noticed a difference in how quickly I leave for breaks. Freshman year, I couldn’t get of my last class on Fridays fast enough to get me on the road to go home. Now, sometimes I will stay at Butler for an extra night just to hang out with my sorority sisters at Alpha Phi or to just relax on campus.
Check back soon for Part II!