Halloween was just a few weeks ago…and even though it was the perfect excuse for me to spend the weekend eating an entire bag of 3 Musketeers…it was also a mildly stressful weekend. It was only stressful for me because I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be for Halloween…and I changed my mind several times. Here are some of my ideas that I had:
- Sarah Palin – I have the same hair color, the bangs, the glasses, and the suits. But, I’ve dressed up as Sarah several times in the last few years….and I need variety, you know?
- A Toddlers & Tiaras Contestant – I loved the idea of this one…but I didn’t have the outfit…which is a pretty tough outfit to just create on a whim with the stuff in my closet.
- A Real Housewife – I liked this idea too…but I do not resemble any of the Real Housewives in any way, and I wasn’t quite sure how many people would understand what I was.
- A Dance Mom – This is a combo from the show, Dance Moms, and from my own experience dancing at competitions when I was younger. Dance Moms are their own breed, and I just knew that I would be able to pull it off and make fun of them as much as humanly possible.
- A 50′s Housewife – I liked the idea, but when I realized that I would just dress like myself (A-line skirt, fitted button up, pearls, and heels)….I decided that it wasn’t the best idea anymore.
- Katie (or Carl as we all call her), my roommate – At this point I said that I just wanted to go simple…and that I didn’t want to put on any clothes that were special. So, I figured that by going as Katie, I could just wear her clothes, and be a hipster for the evening.
Basically, I was set on being Sarah Palin up until around 1 p.m. on the Saturday of Halloween. Then, I decided that my dressing up talents would best be used elsewhere, so I set out to find another idea. As you can see, most of my ideas were inspired by reality TV shows, basically because I am obsessed with all kinds of reality TV.
I sat in my room, brainstorming ideas with my roommates all day long….until I realized that if I didn’t just decide what I wanted to be, then I wouldn’t have time to put it together. So, I forced myself to just decide to be a Dance Mom…and I’m pretty glad that I did. I wore a track jacket (you know, the dance studio type of track jacket with the embroidery on the back and rhinestones to top it off), skinny black pants, heels, a photo button (of myself, in my dance costume from the 3rd grade), and as much rhinestone jewelry as I could find.
Dressing up as a Dance Mom made for a pretty fun Halloween, even though my roommate Katie (or Carl) totally showed me up by knocking her Halloween costume out of the park. She was John Bender from The Breakfast Club…and she looked awesome. Check it out… (they even did a photo shoot to get all of the epic shots from the movie)…
Katie (Carl) as Bender....
Once you arrive on campus and you move everything in, there is a point in time where you just aren’t sure what to do. Either you haven’t unpacked much yet, and you aren’t sure how/what to unpack, or you don’t know where to go or what to do around campus, no matter what, it is an awkward and difficult time for knowing how to handle your first few days at Butler. So, here are a few handy dandy tips for getting used to campus and getting settled in.
- Bond with your roommate. Even though you have probably already spoken to your roommate, use your time of getting settled in as a time to really break the ice, and work together for the first time to find solutions that work for both of you. For instance, you can brainstorm together about how to best set up your room, depending on your preferences, habits, and anything else important to you!
- Get out of your room. Getting to know your roommate is important, but even more important is making the most of your experience. So, get out of your room, and participate! Go meet some new people at Starbucks, go to the Mall to hangout, or find something else to do. I am definitely a homebody, but I love being social, so I have to sometimes remind myself that the best way to be social is just to be out and about on campus.
- Go to every possible Welcome Week event. There are so many, and they are going to be so much fun. So do EVERY one (but be sure to not drive yourself crazy…of course).
- Explore Indy. This city is pretty great, so go check it out! I did a series of blogs on what to do out and about in Indy….so give it a shot! See what this place is all about, and what kind of awesome shopping, museums, and attractions there are all over the city.
- Explore Holcomb Gardens. The gardens are one of the hidden gems of Butler University, so go check them out. I didn’t really know that they existed until a few weeks into my Freshman year, so go down there right away, and marvel at the beauty and at the awesomeness, that is right here on campus.
Mostly, just make sure that you keep in mind that this week is for you, the new students. The SOGs are all here to help with your transitions, so use us as resources as much as possible. We just want you to have a safe and healthy transition, and mostly, to LOVE Butler University!
This summer I am living in my first actual apartment, and I feel so grown up. For every other part of my 22 years I have either lived at home, or in a dorm, or in my sorority house with 75 other girls, so this is a big change from any of these. Mostly, because I don’t have anyone else who helps clean (besides my roommate) or cook (which my roommate does the most of). But it is so nice to have my own room, and to have the chance to practice doing those domestic duties just for the summer. In August I will move back into my sorority house, with 75 of my fabulous sorority sisters, our cleaning staff, and our two chefs (I’m kind of looking forward to it). So for now, I’m enjoying myself…but I can’t help feeling like I’m playing house.
Just to give you a little bit of an idea of what my place looks like…here is part of the tour…
One half of our living room....
On the other side of the living room, you will find our TV and our fireplace...which makes me wish my internship was in the winter instead of the summer...
I love that my roommate and I both utilize the living room…all the time. Instead of hanging out alone in our rooms, we both watch Bravo together almost every night…while we Facebook and catch up on emails. It reminds me of what my sister and I do all the time, so it makes me feel so at home!
The best part of my room is that it is just mine…but I do have twin beds…which isn’t that great. My roommate pushed hers together in her room to create a “Mega Bed”, but I haven’t done that just yet. We have twin beds and all of the other beautiful furniture in our apartment because it came fully furnished, which was AMAZING. The last thing I would have wanted to do during my one free week this summer is find furniture…so it just made my summer that much better. So, I can handle the twin bed for the next month and a half…it’s not too bad. But I crafted up my room with pillows (that I made myself), and with some pictures of my friends and family of course. Another amazing thing about my room – it is big enough for ALL of my stuff! I’ll show you how amazing it really is another time….because it is truly a miracle.