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About Me:

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!

What you need to know about back to school shopping…

Since Olivia wrote a blog about shopping for college freshmen (and had some awesome suggestions, I might add) I thought I would do one as well.  My personal favorite place to shop for back to school essentials is Target, but that is mostly because I never really went to Target until I got to college (it’s the difference of driving 45 minutes to the closest one, or just 15 minutes).  Their things are relatively cheap, and usually coordinate together, which I really appreciate.

Here are some things that I would suggest to get before you get to school, or make, or whatever works for you:

  • A shelf to sit on your fridge.  This is something I have always wanted, but never had.  If you keep your food around your fridge, it just overtakes the fridge and goes everywhere.  So, with a shelf, it can stay organized, and you can find everything easily without digging for hours and hours through random snack foods.
  • 3M wall mounting strips.  These will be your saving grace, since you don’t want to ruin the walls each time you move in and move out.  They don’t fix everything, but it does definitely help!
  • Set of plastic drawers.  I started my freshman year with one, and now I have two.  One holds all of my paper, pens, and random school supplies under my desk, and the other holds jeans, tank tops, and t-shirts.  The best thing is that no matter where you live and when, you can use these drawers for anything that your heart desires.
  • A mattress pad.  You can go with whatever you might like, since there  are memory foam ones and feather ones (and probably others too).  I started with a feather one, but now my memory foam mattress pad is basically my best friend.  I could lay in bed all day long…but I probably shouldn’t.

I could keep going with random things you should bring to school, but I won’t.  Instead, I will leave you with a few videos about move-in and of my freshman dorm room, and this blog that I wrote for Vera Bradley about back to school necessities….from Vera Bradley of course!

An empty Schwitzer room…just so you know what you’re working with.


It isn’t Christmas without Dominick….

Every year, as soon as everyone gets back to Butler after Thanksgiving, we all notice something different on campus.  If you are on the Hampton Drive side of campus….everywhere you go….you hear a rather catchy song.  Over the years, this song, Dominick the Donkey, has become synonymous with Christmastime at Butler…and unless you live in extremely close proximity to TKE (the house that plays it) you will love how this song automatically puts you in the Christmas spirit when it plays.  What this does mean though, is that when you are a freshman, you will probably hate it for a few reasons…

  1. Schwitzer and Ross and Resco (the residence halls that freshmen live in) are some of the closest buildings to TKE…..and since they play it from 9 am to 9 pm…the people that live in those buildings get really tired of it…really quickly.
  2. When you are a freshman, you don’t realize how special Dominick is to the Butler culture, or how much of a tradition it is on campus.  So basically, you just don’t appreciate it for what it truly is….the best holiday song ever made.

But if you don’t live super close to TKE, and you only hear Dominick when you are walking around campus on beautiful winter days, you will most likely love it.  This year, as I walked around campus on days like that….whether I could hear Dominick or not, I found myself walking to the beat of the song….hoping that I would be able to hear it soon.  And last week when I was completely finished with finals, I kept hoping that I would hear it so I could fully enjoy being done with finals…..but they had stopped playing it the week before…so that was out of the question.  I love Dominick so much that I am considering playing it for the next two days around my house….I wonder how my family will feel about that….

TKE at Christmas....the house that plays Dominick the Donkey.

Thank goodness college is nothing like weaning calves…

Last weekend, I went home for a super quick visit because it was my High School’s Homecoming.  It was so much fun to go back home and see everyone all at once, to get to experience our first annual Homecoming Parade, and to reminisce about my high school cheerleading days.  Just being at the football game brought back so many memories….which I will blog about later.  But what this blog is about…is something we do a couple times a year at my house.

If you haven’t read my blogs before, my Dad is a farmer, and we basically have a herd of cattle in my backyard.  I love looking out the window in our kitchen, and being able to see the calves out in the pasture…but there are a few times every year when it isn’t so pleasant to have cattle…and that is when you have to wean calves.  Weaning calves is basically when you separate the baby calves from their moms, and it is a rather unpleasant process….for several reasons.

#1 – A couple of years ago, we built a new barn….and the one thing that my Dad did not consider with the whole building a barn process was weaning calves.  As you can see in the photo, there is an opening on the barn, and that opening faces our house.  Thus, the noise from the barn travels very easily to our house.  Not good.

Our barn...

Our barn...

#2 – There are a TON of calves in our barn when we wean them…like a TON.  I think my Dad said we had about 25 calves in there, and when they get to bawling, everyone chimes in….and it gets REALLY loud.

All of the calves....

All of the calves being weaned....

They all got really excited when I came up to visit.....and they all crammed into one small area.

#3 – I guess this isn’t an unpleasant part of weaning calves….but they are so sweet and cute!  Usually, calves won’t come up to you unless they are fearless (most cows aren’t), or if they are like your pets (like my old show cattle).  But for some reason, so many of the calves came up and licked my hand….so sweet.

This one was my favorite....I love its white face!!!!

And then some of them posed for me... :)

Being at home, with all of the bawling calves made me so glad that humans don’t handle separation with their parents the way that cattle do.  Just imagine…for the first two weeks or so of the school year…if all you ever heard was wailing coming from Ross and Schwitzer….it would get old pretty fast.  So thank you, freshman class, for being so grown up and handling being away from your families better than our cattle at home do.  I appreciate it more than you know.  :)

A Chaotic Week of Fun…

Wow, the past week has completely flown by!! I really hope that the entire year doesn’t go by this fast. My classes have been alright, they would be much better though if I was in the doing stuff for classes mode already. It takes me a little while to get into that mindset, and by then I am already behind, so that stinks. But in my Freshman Business Experience class we are getting ready to start working on our project that is our main grade, so tomorrow morning we find out what group we are in, which is what we have all been waiting for for the past two weeks! The suspense is killing me, especially since we are put into the groups according to our personality styles, so I really want to know what kind of personality the computer says that I have. :)

Last week I ventured out to the HRC for the first time, once to go to a Hip Hop class, and once just to work out. I was pumped for the Hip Hop class, and it was completely amazing. It was an intense hour-long workout, but so much fun at the same time. Then the next day I just did the bicycle thing…which wasn’t as fun, even though there was a TV in front of it. (I’m obsessed with watching TV, my roommate always makes fun of how I turn it on every time I just walk into the room.) I didn’t like that as much as the class, because I’ve never been that dedicated to working out to just do the same thing for a prolonged period of time. Maybe for 10 minutes, but that’s pushing it.

So I have always prided myself on my exceptional sense of direction, but last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday I didn’t do too well driving places around town. :( First I got lost on my way to my cousin’s house for dinner, because apparently 56th street ends and then picks up somewhere else in Indy. Good to know, good to know. The other days I think I was just not confident with myself like I usually am, so I basically cursed myself. But in my defense, one of those times the directions from Google Maps were partially not on the paper, because it printed out kinda strangely, so we just guessed where to go, and I think that we did pretty well!!!

On Saturday I tried out for the Butler Dance Team, and I made it!! :) It was an intense day of learning stuff and trying to get it all down and do it well. I haven’t danced in awhile though, so I was really nervous and on Sunday morning I was REALLY sore. It hurt to walk, to sit, to stand, everything. But I think it will all be worth it, because I haven’t danced all summer, and I really missed it. So if you come to a basketball game or anything, be sure to check us out!! :)

On Friday I was just walking around campus with my friend Chris, and I took a bunch of photos of some really pretty places on campus (which is pretty much everywhere right now!!). I love just walking around right now though…it is absolutely beautiful! Sometimes when I am walking into Schwitzer, I just have to like remind myself that I get to live here for the rest of the year. It’s pretty sweet. All the pictures are in my photo album, but I think that this is my favorite one….


If you have read my past blogs, you probably know that I really like my room…so i decided to make a video of it, and show all of you where I live… :) And Hannah and I had to clean my room for it, so you had better enjoy it! Just kidding….but really….I hope you like it. I do…:)