Last week I made a trip with a few of my sorority sisters to DePauw University, a small private school in Greencastle, a town west of Indianapolis. We went there to hear Bill Clinton speak as a part of the Ubben Lecture Series (more on that in another post), but we learned a lot more about ourselves than we thought that we would during our 3 or 4 hours on campus. DePauw is a lot like Butler in that it is a small private university, so we kind of felt like we were still at Butler while we were there. We got lunch from their student union, we visited a few friends in their Greek houses, and we walked around campus. While we did all of these different things, we never felt out of place or really lost, and it kind of felt familiar in a way. What we did start to realize, however, is how different we would be even if we went to DePauw…just because no two people have the exact same college experience…anywhere.
Now don’t think that I am putting DePauw down in any way, because it is a beautiful and amazing school. In fact, I think that if I would have visited it, or included it in my college search process at all…I might not have ended up at Butler…because it is that cool. It is closer to my home, in a cute small town, and the campus is absolutely beautiful. But looking back, I know that if I would have ended up going to DePauw, my life would look completely different than it does now, and there are so many things that I would not have had the chance to do. It would be alright, because other opportunities would have come my way, but it just makes me so thankful that I ended up at Butler, and that my 3.5 years there have been filled to the brim with awesome things and fabulous people.
My Alpha Phi pledge class...40 of my absolute favorite ladies in the world...
So, if you are a senior (or junior, sophomore, or freshman) in high school, and you are looking at colleges, my advice is to not worry about everything I have just talked about yet…because if you do you could just overwhelm yourself. There is no way for you to know what your college experience will be like and what you will have the opportunity to do simply by visiting a school or reading their brochure. What you can do, however, is go to college next year (or in a few years), just enjoy college for all that it is, and to let your experience unfold before you. You’ll thank me when it’s over and you can look back and see how cool your 4 years have been, and how thankful you are that you had the opportunity to experience everything that you did.
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….
If you are a junior or a senior in high school, you are probably busy doing campus visits right now. Campus visits are great for seeing buildings on campus and getting a real feel for student life…but it is also important for prospective students to continue their tour on their own – by exploring the area around campus, and seeing what the city has to offer. So over the course of a few blogs, I will take you through areas on Butler’s campus and off that I think you should visit when you come to Butler for your visit, whether you are making your decision, or just taking a look.
Also….this blog series is actually based off of a class project that I worked on with my friends Kodi, Abby, and Jayne in our Advertising and Promotion Management class (our assignment was to actually come up with a scavenger hunt…so this is a slight variation). I wanted to share it with all of you, because I thought it was something that would come in handy, and that would be a helpful guide in your college visit process. So….mad props go to Kodi, Abby, and Jayne…and Dr. Skinner for giving us this assignment. I hope that it might help you all as you visit Butler, and possibly navigate Indianapolis for the first time. I’ll be focusing on Broad Ripple, downtown Indy, and Butler’s campus for each of the blogs, and as always, feel free to comment if you have any questions at all!
One of my favorite places on Butler's campus....