Happy New Year everyone! To wrap up my review of the fabulous year of 2011, I’ll be going over some of the really big things that happened in my life between August – December. Also…check out January-July and the Wedding Edition if you haven’t yet!
Interning at Vera Bradley
This summer I moved to Fort Wayne to work at Vera Bradley as an HR Intern, and I had the time of my life. I tripled (or quadrupled) my Vera Bradley collection, got to live on my own for the first time, and I got to blog for Vera too!
Welcome Week has always been one of my favorite weeks of the year…and this year was no different. I had a great Student Orientation Guide partner and Orientation Group… shout out to Tanner and our legit group!!! Check out my blogs from that week for more about what happened each day.
Homecoming week is like Christmas each year…but this year it was somehow better than it ever has been. As a senior, everything is special, so things that are already awesome (like Homecoming) just become exponentially better. Between Yell Like Hell, lawn decs, and the actual day of Homecoming, the entire week was amazing. Can’t every week be Homecoming???
My Trip to Albuquerque
During Thanksgiving Break, I went to Albuquerque to see my sister and brother-in-law. We went sightseeing, hiking, and made the best Thanksgiving dinner that I think I’ve ever had. Even though I love the Midwest…the Southwest is pretty awesome too.
I got a job!
In early December, I found out that I officially have a post-grad job…every college senior’s dream. I’m excited to not have to worry about what I will do after May 12 (my graduation date), but even more excited because I don’t need to search for internships or jobs anymore. For the last year and a half, I have basically been constantly searching for jobs or internships….and now that I don’t have to…I feel free….and so excited. Bring it on 2012!!
Tagged: Albuquerque, career, family, Homecoming, job, lawn decs, Orientation, orientation guide, senior year, Vera Bradley, Welcome Week, yell like hell
During Homecoming week each year, everything we do leads up to the actual day of Homecoming. We have Yell Like Hell; we decorate the lawns of the fraternities, sororites, and residence halls (think Christmas decorations on steroids, college style); and we have tons of other events. But on the actual day of Homecoming, it basically feels like Christmas. We all get up early so we can see everyone and do everything, so it basically feels like Christmas morning…minus the presents. From Chariot Races to the Parade to Alumni Brunches, we were busy from the moment we woke up until the game started at 1 p.m.
I can't believe we're all seniors!!!
Probably the best part of Homecoming for me was getting to see everyone that I haven’t seen in awhile. A ton of our alumni came back, so it was great to see some of my favorite people from my first few years as an Alpha Phi. I also got to see one of my favorite non-Butler students, my roommate Lauren’s boyfriend, Michael. He goes to DePauw, but he just likes Butler (and us) so much that he even came to hang out at Homecoming.
Two of my favorite Alpha Phi alumni, Anna & Ann
Now that Homecoming is over, I’m starting to get depressed. We’re over halfway done with first semester, and some of my favorite parts of the year are already over. I am officially ready to go back and have another Welcome Week, Bounce for Beats, and Homecoming all over again….maybe I will just have to come back as a Super Senior next year….
Last week was Butler’s Homecoming (hence HoCo)…aka one of my favorite weeks of the year. There are so many fun things to do and opportunities to meet new people that I can’t help but just put other things on hold (or more accurately…sacrifice sleep) for the week so I have time to participate in as much as possible. Each year, one of my favorite things is participating in Yell Like Hell, an all-campus cheerleading competition. I love it simply because I used to be a cheerleader, and nothing is better than being able to go back to the part of me that loves to jump, yell, and be thrown in the air…especially when it only lasts about two weeks.
The overall Homecoming theme this year was “I Love the 90′s,” and each pairing (housing units/greek houses that make a team) had the chance to pick what TV show from the 90′s their entire Homecoming week would be modeled after. Alpha Phi was paired with Ross Hall, the co-ed freshman dorm, and we chose to do Inspector Gadget. Basically, this resulted in an amazingly fun Yell Like Hell routine, complete with everyone wearing trenchcoats, dubstep, a boy band dance, and plenty of Butler spirit. It was basically epic….and the best part was that we had the chance to bond with everyone from Ross that participated. My stunt group (3 Ross boys, and one of my sorority sisters) was awesome to say the least…not only because they never dropped me, but also because they made the long, stressful practices somehow enjoyable.
- My stunt group – aka “WHA”
In the end, all of our hard work (practices every night for about a week and a half) paid off…because we placed 2nd overall! I was so proud of our group, because not only did the routine look great, but everyone always had positive attitudes, even when things were stressful. Also, it was so impressive to see how dedicated all of the freshmen from Ross were, especially since this was their very first Butler Homecoming. They were truly wonderful people to work with….and I’m so glad that we were paired with them for my senior year.
*I would totally post a video of our routine, but I don’t have one, and there isn’t one on YouTube yet. I’ll update this blog if one does surface though!
Here at Butler, we love Homecoming. It has been said that the morning that Lawn Decs are all finished is like Christmas morning….and I totally agree with that statement. Yes, Homecoming caused me much stress and I didn’t get much sleep at all because of it…but it was the most fun that I have ever had while being that stressed and sleep deprived. Between practicing forever for Yell Like Hell, working on Lawn Decs until the wee hours of the morning, and getting to go to countless campus events it is the best week EVER. Since I love Homecoming soooo much….I decided to put together a video featuring some of the main events of the week. Here it is!!
Sorry that I didn’t include all of the week’s activities, because until Thursday night I was pretty much booked solid…so I didn’t get to attend everything. But just imagine all of the things that I did include…..plus more! There is something every single night….whether it is on campus or off…so it is the perfect opportunity to get involved on campus and to have a great time!
Now that I have finally shared my video with you all…and since Homecoming has been over for 2.5 weeks…it is officially time for me to move on from 2010 Homecoming and to start looking forward to 2011!!!!
- So the day that I have been waiting for for at least the past 8 years is finally here! The first election day that I get to vote…..whoohoo! The polls will open in about 5 hours or so on the east coast….and hopefully in 24 hours we will know who our next president will be. For some of us, this is our first election, and some of you can’t even vote yet. Regardless of your age, please please please try to pay attention to what happens on election day and for the four years following it. Soon you will have the right to vote if you don’t already, and when you do, don’t be apathetic and think that you just don’t understand politics, so you shouldn’t even try. Educate yourself on the issues, or ask someone who you trust to explain everything to you. It does take some effort, but once you are 18, there is no reason for you to not care about the issues that are important to our country anymore. Your vote counts as much as your grandmother’s, your town mayor’s, or any random person on the street. I have been really excited this year to see how many young people are coming out to vote and who are voicing their opinions, that is exactly what we should be doing! I haven’t been hearing the regular, “Oh I’m voting for whatshisface because my parents are” line nearly as much this year, which is great because it means that we are starting to take charge of our own decisions. Don’t think that just because we are young it we don’t need to worry about it yet. Before we know it, we will be out on our own and we will be facing the same struggles as many Americans are right now. So if you’re curious, go online and find websites that talk about the issues. dividedwefail.org is a great place to learn about a few issues….and there are tons of other sites that make some of these complicated topics easy for us to understand. So I hope that you have voted or will vote if you can, and if you can’t….take this time to just sit back and watch what happens, and start learning about our country’s political process in advance!
So last week we had our first Blogger Chat….which was so much fun! We had a live video feed, and we got to answer everyone’s questions right then. I found out then that I love talking about stuff that I love…..aka Butler. So make sure you come back for the next one….we pretty much have a blast anyway.
- Now I’m going to backtrack a bit and go back to Homecoming….which was awhile ago….But I have two videos from Yell Like Hell for you to check out….one of the dance team and one of Schwitzer, Tri Delt, and TKE…..
This is part of our Batman Themed routine for Schwitzer, Tri Delt, and TKE
And here is the dance team…
- Well…..I’m off to study more so I can go to bed eventually…and then be excited for the election!!!
So it feels wonderful to somewhat be able to breathe again! Last week I was so busy that I didn’t do much homework, or much of anything besides meetings or practices. So now I’m trying to catch up on everything that I didn’t do last week. But I have somewhat gotten that all done, and now I need to start studying for all the tests I have in the next few weeks….but I’m just not motivated enough. Hence why I’m writing this right now. So here goes my recap of the past week…..
Yell Like Hell- Holy cow. It was so much fun. You have no idea. If you didn’t know, Yell Like Hell is a campus wide cheerleading competition where sororities and fraternities and residence halls are paired together… and Schwitzer was paired with TKE and Tri Delt. Since the theme of homecoming was superheroes, our superhero was Batman, so the whole thing was Batman-themed. And I think ours was pretty sweet. Of course, everyone would think theirs was awesome…but oh well. The Dance Team also danced at Yell Like Hell, so I felt like I was in high school all over again when my friend Michelle and I had to be dancers, then quickly change and be cheerleaders. (I was a cheerleader and dancer in high school….it made home basketball games pretty darn busy) But it was a blast for both of them…..two of the things I love doing in one night! Doing all the builds and such made me realize how much I miss cheering now….but I don’t get to miss dance because I dance just as much now as I used to. But after its over, I do believe that all the practice time was totally worth it at Yell Like Hell….it was just too much fun.
Homecoming- So the day of Homecoming began with the parade, and it was FREEZING! Sooo cold. We lived…..but then we had to wait until halftime to dance…and it was still really cold. It was a new experience…dancing with a halter top on when you should have a winter coat on….but on the bright side it made me really appreciate my sweatshirts when we were done. lol. And we won the game, which is awesome! I just know it was from our amazing dancing. We are just that great. hehe.
So my other activities for the weekend included shopping downtown with my friend Em, and going to Walmart, and eating at the always delicious Texas Roadhouse. Im really proud of myself because even though I now live close to numerous wonderful shopping areas, I have somehow restrained myself from buying things left and right. Which I know that for those of you who know me very well that is probably impossible to believe, but I’m not lying!! I am starting to become a loser I think though. I get really excited when we go to Walmart?? And I get excited about buying things like shampoo? I don’t know why. It freaks me out…..but I spent about 5 minutes deciding on what kind of shampoo to get. Maybe its because I finally get to decide for myself what to clean my hair with?? But that still makes no sense. All the small things excite me now…which is why I enjoyed Texas Roadhouse so much. But my family and I always enjoy it, hence why we ate there 4 nights in a row for State Fair. And somehow, I got the same waiter that we had for 2 of our visits in August. Yeah I’m a creeper who remembers things like that.
Have a wonderful week….and I will have videos up from the homecoming game and from yell like hell soon!!
So here we are back at Butler after a wonderfully relaxing Fall Break. I don’t know about anyone else, but I wasn’t ready to come back after break…I needed like one more day. Then I would have been completely ready to come back. I think that’s because I was just so busy doing things the whole time that I was home, and I never totally got to relax. I was such a good student that I even wrote a paper and worked on a speech while I was at home. Yeah, I’m that dedicated. But I didn’t do homework the entire time that I was at home of course. I went to a wedding (my friend Taryn’s older brother married my friend Casey’s older sister) which was so much fun! It was kind of like a reunion of a bunch of my really good friends from high school, and we haven’t all had the chance to hang out together for a long time…like a truly long time. I love going places and seeing people who I haven’t seen for awhile, and who I really enjoy….it’s one of my favorite things I believe.
This past weekend I also did something I have been wanting to do for years…. my sister and I made homemade noodles. Now, to understand why this was such a big deal for me, you would have to understand how delicious my Aunt Cheryl’s noodles are. They are basically the highlight of every Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, and any other random family gathering during the year for me and everyone else in my family. Two Christmases ago, Aunt Cheryl hosted a “Noodle Night” where most of the women of my family all went and learned how to make the famous noodles. Natalie and I were too scared to make them for awhile, but then we decided that it was finally time to take the step and finally make them, and they weren’t too bad! They weren’t as good as Aunt Cheryl’s…..they were a little salty and a little bit too big….but hey, it was our first time, and they didn’t kill us. That’s an accomplishment! I’m ready to make them again, and then again, and again…..so I can discover all the tricks and secrets and everything that comes with making them 10 thousand times.
So as you all might know, exactly two weeks from today, we will hopefully know who our next president is. YAY! I’m so ready for election day……but I’m actually sad that I’m voting absentee so I can’t go through the line of people who give you cards or pens, and then go in and vote and get the sticker that says “I voted”. I’ve always wanted one of those on election day…and I got one during the primary election in May, but I don’t get one this time. But here is something that I enjoy as well…. when I went home, I noticed something different about our election signs in our yard. We have a rather large yard, and part of it is a hill and another part is flat, so we always put our signs on the flat part of the yard that runs alongside the highway. This year is different though. My Dad is a Republican, and my Mom is a Democrat, and they each have their own set of signs, on opposite sides of the yard. Dad’s are on the hill, and Mom’s are on the flat part. I find it rather humorous though…and random? I guess this is what happens when they have an empty nest. I just wonder what will be next….haha. Oh and the other day I got my first call for a poll…it was pretty exciting. Not really, but now I guess I’m a part of the numbers they talk about all the time….that’s pretty sweet. But yeah….make sure you get out there and vote!!! Remember, vote early and vote often!
So this week at Butler it’s homecoming!!! Whoohoo!!! But I’m kind of ready for it to be over…..there is just so much to do! I wanted a nice, peaceful week to get back into the swing of things….but no. That’s not possible. I’m really excited for Yell Like Hell on Thursday Night though…I will be dancing with the dance team and performing with Tri Delt and TKE…which will be exciting I’m sure. And we are dancing again on Saturday at the game….so come out and watch us!! And maybe I’ll post some videos from Yell Like Hell….and/or the game….so yeah, prepare yourself. Butler Homecoming is intense though. I think that’s the only way for me to describe it. I’m enjoying just taking it all in and seeing how everything goes down basically.
Well, I must go to sleep….I have yet another big day ahead of me tomorrow. Yay for college.
Tagged: cooking, democrat, election, Fall Break, Homecoming, homemade, noodles, president, republican, voting, weddings, yell like hell