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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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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??)

Things I will miss about college…

I know that I have been very nostalgic lately with my blogs about how I changed from Freshman year to Senior year, Alpha Phi’s Initiation, and just about being in a sorority in general…but I am going to just continue this little train of memories.  So, I present to you…the less conventional things that I will miss about college.

Studying on Sunday afternoons

I don’t do this every Sunday, but sometimes after church, one of my sorority sisters (Bre) and I will head to the McAllister’s by our church…and spend almost the entire afternoon there.  We study, have lunch, catch up on life, and most importantly….we drink as much tea as humanly possible.  My favorite part though is just going and people watching…which usually means that not much studying actually takes place.  

Crafting

I know that I will still be able to craft once I graduate…but I love crafting in college.  I craft for Alpha Phi, for friends, for my room…basically for everything.  I love it…especially since I get to make fun things like this….

Shenanigans

A few weeks ago, I found this creepy clown doll in our shower.  It was placed there by a few of my sorority sisters, and this is not the first occurrence of something of this nature in my house.  Yes, it’s creepy…but I do love it.

Going to games in Hinkle as a student

I haven’t been to a ton of games at Hinkle in the past few years, but my freshman year I went to every single game since I was on the Dance Team.  There’s just something special about watching games there, and even though I can still come after I graduate, I’ll still miss going as a legit student.

My parents and I on Alpha Phi’s Dad’s Day

Busting Brackets…again…Butler Basketball

So…unless you are living under a rock…you have definitely heard about Butler’s amazing win against Pitt last Saturday…and that we are in the Elite 8…AGAIN!  March Madness just brings this new energy to campus, and it makes it so much more exciting to be a Butler student.  Like today, since it was a gameday, at least 95% of people on campus either wore Butler gear, or they wore Butler colors.  When you think about it…school spirit doesn’t get much better than that.

For tonight’s game everyone was doing something different…whether they were going to a restaurant, staying at home, going to a bar, or going to the Reilly Room.  I chose to go to the Reilly Room at the last minute, and there was such a good turnout!  They had free pizza, candy, and drinks…and it was awesome getting to watch the game with a couple hundred other Butler students.  Mad props go to Program Board for making the viewing party happen….fabulous job!

Watching the game in the Reilly Room....it was packed!

It was a pretty exciting game…even though anything less than the Pitt game just seems boring.  We were still ecstatic though at the end…..so we just had to storm Hampton Drive again in true Butler fashion…

Celebrating on Hampton Drive after the game....Elite 8 baby!

Be sure to watch Butler against the Florida Gators on Saturday….and keep an eye out for articles about the Bulldogs….they seem to be popping up everywhere.  They range in topics from Matt Howard’s socks to just how awesome Butler Basketball really is.  Keeping up on the news about my own school has become a new hobby of mine….and I highly recommend it…since it is so encouraging and just plain fun.  Once again…..GO DAWGS!