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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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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!

No Turning Back Now…

Something that is kind of hard for me to believe (even though I know it’s true), is that I’m done with college.  I finished the year pretty much like I finish every other year: by taking finals, hanging out with my friends, and then moving out of Alpha Phi.  This year I only made a few changes, which were staying around Indy for about a week longer than usual, and graduating (of course).  But now, I’m back to where I always end up when I’m done with school… at home on my couch.  I love hanging out at home because it’s really relaxing for me, but this time around, it all feels rather strange.

Exactly a month from today, I start my real life job.  This means that I have a month to enjoy my freedom before I work for basically the rest of my life.  (This sounds like I’m not looking forward to it – but don’t worry, I am really excited to start my new job.)  What I’m not looking forward to though, is the fact that I will never get a summer vacation again, and a spring break, and a Christmas vacation.  I will have actual vacation days that I can take whenever I would like (which I’m sure will be nice), but I think I will miss having built in breaks a couple times a year.

Since I only have a month left of complete and utter freedom – I’m going to try to make the most of it.  This means sleeping in, doing nothing all day long, visiting friends, and crafting as much as possible.  It’s kind of confusing to think that living up my free time will include both doing absolutely nothing and doing all kinds of stuff, but I guess that’s the beauty of it….right?  Best of all, I will be doing no homework or studying of ANY kind.  That was by far the best part about packing to come home – I didn’t bring any books or any of my binders, and it was wonderful.  So this, I guess, is what it feels like to be a graduate.  And, it’s not too bad…I’m kind of a fan.

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??)

Dear Freshman Year Steph,

During Welcome Week each year, the freshmen each write a letter to themselves that they get during Senior Week.  Most people forget about this, but I remembered, since I’ve been an Orientation Guide for the last two years.  I got it at our Champagne Toast the other day, and I realized that I was a pro at writing letters to myself back in the day.  I wrote one to myself both junior and senior year in high school, at the beginning of my freshman year, and after I joined Alpha Phi, and they have all been really great letters in different ways.  I had a lot of concerns in my letter to myself from Welcome Week, which is totally understandable for that point in time for a student.  So…I thought I would share a bit about what I was scared of, and how it turned out.  (Freshman Steph will be in bold….just to clarify.)

From the Welcome Week Convocation I learned that I need to get more sleep already… I’m so glad that I was this honest with myself so early, but the sad thing is that I never really took that to heart.  I slept very little over the last four years, and the only thing that it did for me is provided me with a coffee addiction.

My concerns are that I won’t make new friends that will last forever, and that I will fail. Again, I was really straightforward during that week I guess.  In the end, I did make friends that I think will last forever.  Of course, it took some to find them, and it wasn’t always easy.  But, during my college years I found some absolutely amazing people who I love, and I’m positive that Twitter and Facebook will allow us to all stay together even after we leave each other.  As far as the failing thing goes, I didn’t.  I don’t know exactly how to define what “failing” would have been for me….but I guess that since I am graduating tomorrow, and since I truly embraced my years at Butler….I didn’t fail.  Success!

Right now it’s so awkward and I feel so little… Feeling awkward and little is the essence of Welcome Week.  It’s awesome time, but it really kind of sucks as a freshman.  It isn’t until later years when it’s really amazing and just the best week that ever existed. Embrace college…and it’ll be fine.

I am so afraid that this will turn out to not be the right place for me… Well, it was the right place!  I couldn’t imagine spending my college years anywhere else, which is why it is hard to be ready to leave right now.  Butler helped me grow into the person that I am now, and I’m so grateful.

We graduate today….which still feels completely unreal.  Class of 2012….you’re great and it’s been an amazing four years.

The Butler Class of 2012

College – It’s been real.

The other day…I moved out of Alpha Phi for the final time.  It was bittersweet, because I made so many memories there, but I know that it is time for me to move on now.  As I packed up, I kept thinking about how much I have loved my college experience, and how fortunate I have been to have an outrageously positive college experience.  Since I am all about Instagram these days (stephmflint if you would like to follow me), I just kept taking pictures of everything around me…all day long.  They’re things I’m going to miss about Alpha Phi and my college life….or things that I have loved during my time here.

My collection of Starbucks cups. I am a Starbucks queen, basically.  I hung out there almost every day during my final semester here, and I became a pro at getting great beverages at low prices.  One of my tricks – save your plastic cups.  They give refills on tea and coffee for 55 cents, which really comes in handy during weeks when you need Starbucks basically every day.  I had an impressive collection of cups this semester – every variation of tea that I love…so my options were endless!  (Just don’t forget to wash the cups out – ants seem to love to feast on leftover tea.  Gross, I know.)

My view. Each year during room picks, everyone cares about every aspect of each room.  The side of the house that it’s on, what the bathroom looks like, if it is a hot or cold room, the list goes on and on.  The one thing that isn’t mentioned, however, is the view that comes with the room.  When I lived on the 3rd floor, I couldn’t see out my windows.  Last year, I lived on the back side of the house all year, so I saw our backyard.  This year, I hit the jackpot as far as views from a room go.  I saw the street, the gorgeous tree in front of our house, and our front yard.  Not only did it come in handy on rainy days to see if I needed rainboots or an umbrella, but it was also just hands down beautiful.

My room. So much happened here.  So many late nights just hanging out, so much messiness, so much Nickleback and Prince, and just so much fun.  I took this picture as we were moving out and taking down everything…and it just felt wrong.  It felt like we had never been there at all.  But while I was being all nostalgic and sad, I realized….what filth we had been living in.  The general consensus is that if we had been raising children in that room, social services would have taken them away from us.  But, somehow we lived there for 10 months, and survived.  After this experience, I really think that my body can handle anything at all.  So bring it on, world, I survived Room 11.

Being a Phi. I’ve talked a lot about Alpha Phi this semester, and how much I’ve loved it.  But really.  It’s been unreal…and amazing.  I’m so glad that I will still live in Indy post-grad, and that I will be able to run into my girls at Target, or that I can have them over to my new place for dinner.  I love my pledge class, but I’ve spent four years with them, and we’re all kind of ready to move on to our next stage in life.  But for the younger girls, I am going to miss them just as much…and I’m going to be kind of jealous that they get to keep experiencing Butler.  I took this photo right before I left….because it was one of my favorite things at Alpha Phi.  During Polish Week before Recruitment, we all got together and made a ton of crafts to dress up the stairwells at Phi.  It was great sisterhood event, and I just love how it let us leave our mark on this house that we made our home.

The Evolution of my Blog

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.

It’s official – I’m done!

Today was the last day of finals, for my last semester in college…a day that I never thought would actually be here.  Granted, I did finish my finals on Friday night, but since then I have been hanging around campus working on other things and still being rather productive.  This is what my final finals week looked like:

  • Monday – I finished classes, went to work, and gathered my thoughts and got my life back together after Meghan’s wedding.  It took awhile to figure out what the rest of my week would need to look like to get everything done.
  • Tuesday – It was our reading day, and I spent it studying for my only test final (in International Marketing) the next day.
  • Wednesday – I studied all morning, took my last test (EVER), and then went to work at my internship.  That night, I worked my tail off on my Personal Marketing Portfolio for my Marketing Management & Strategy class.
  • Thursday – I worked more on my Portfolio, taught myself how to use Illustrator (with the help of my friend Michael) for the design part of my Portfolio, and went to an IndyHub event for the BBA.  Working on my Portfolio was pretty intense…I even used two computers simultaneously, one for writing the content, the other for designing the layout.  Impressive, huh?

    When one computer just doesn't cut it....

  • Friday – I worked at the BBA, and wrote my final paper (EVER).  Of course, I couldn’t decide what to write it on, and I actually started over from scratch after I had written almost half.  It’s a wonder that I got it done on time – but I did….which is all that matters.

Now that finals are over, all that I have left to do is work at the BBA and graduate.  It’s a beautiful thing.  Not having class commitments, or any school commitments – absolutely amazing.  It might be nice if I wasn’t working too, but I really don’t know if I could handle that, or if I would know what to do with myself.  Most likely, I would go stir crazy a day into it.  So, I’m finishing out my college career the way I have spent every other year, by staying busy….and trying to enjoy every minute.  I have a few blogs left before I sign off for good – so be sure to check back to see what I have to say before I officially leave campus.

My last hurrah…. Senior Week.

The time that I’ve been dreading all semester is here….and everyone is moving out.  Tomorrow is the last day of finals, so it feels like there are 5 people on campus, and all of those people are studying, which really stinks for the rest of us.  It just doesn’t feel like Butler anymore, but I am excited for the very last part of my college career…Senior Week.

Senior Week is one of those things that not everyone knows about.  Only the seniors participate, obviously, and then they all graduate so they aren’t around to tell the underclassmen what happens during the week.  There is a senior class council that plans events for the whole week, like going to a Pacers game, having inflatables and other fun things on the mall, and taking trips to Broad Ripple and other places around Indy.  It’s also a great time because it is just what we have always wanted – to be on campus, all together, without school.  Yeah, it only lasts for 3 days…but that’s something, right?

I haven’t been looking forward to this week until now, because I didn’t want all of my underclassmen friends to leave.  But, turns out, they had to.  I couldn’t stop them.  My two junior roommates, Brooke & Katie, moved out over the last few days, along with about 65 other girls in my house.  So now all of Alpha Phi is empty, and I guess that all there is to do is enjoy this next week.  I’m pretty lucky, since I get to spend it with our entire class, and we are a ton of fun as it is.  I just decided that even though I’m super bummed that my time here is almost over, I can’t do anything about it (since I didn’t fail any of my classes…yet), so I might as well just have the best week ever.  Here goes!

The Alpha Phi Senior Pledge Class

Senior Year Wedding Bells…

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…

Events on Events on Events: The Life of a Butler Senior

At Butler, everyone loves to honor and appreciate the seniors…which I love.  For the last few weeks, we have had special events all the time, which has made life busy but obviously really fun…

Top 100

This year I was fortunate enough to be selected as a part of the Top 100 Students at Butler, along with one of the other bloggers, Olivia!  It is such an honor to be a part of that group of students, and they held a wonderful dinner to celebrate the program and to announce the Top 10 men and women at Butler.  I think the night of the dinner was when my parents and I started to realize that I’m almost done….and that the last 4 years have just flown by.   Also – a special Congratulations goes out to Olivia for being named to the Top 10 women!

Lauren, Meghan, and I at the Top 100 Banquet.

Senior Brunch

At the end of Alpha Phi’s Senior Week we always have a brunch for the seniors and their parents.  We eat the traditional Saturday brunch that we have loved on for the last 4 years, our littles each say a few nice words about us, they sing some songs that are special to Alpha Phi, and they give away a few senior awards.  It was just an all around amazing time to spend with my sorority sisters and our parents, because they all hear us talk about Alpha Phi, but I don’t think that they ever really understand what the sisterhood means to us all, until they see it at an event like the Senior Brunch.

Lauren and I at our Senior Brunch at Alpha Phi.

Senior Wills

Every year during Senior Week at Alpha Phi, we have a time where the seniors hand down all of their Alpha Phi attire, memorabilia, and anything else random that we have accumulated over the years.  Some people give away everything, but I really wasn’t ready to part with some of my things just yet…so I kept some of my favorite shirts and sweatshirts.  Partially I kept some because I like them so much, and partially because I wouldn’t have any other clothes to wear if I did.  But I did pass along quite a few good things, like my A Phi license plate, a Sarah Palin calendar, and some crafts I made over the years.

Everything I passed down during Senior Wills.