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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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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??)

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.

Finals… Let’s do this.

All semester, I have felt outrageously confident and relaxed.  I have post-grad plans, I have a relatively simple semester, and I’ve really enjoyed myself for the last few months.  Then this week came.  This is the week before finals…aka my last last week of classes ever…which is traditionally the worst week of the year and this semester is not any different.  I’m prepping for finals…kind of.  I’m working and finishing all of my on-campus jobs.  I’m finishing projects for classes.  I’m writing papers.  And this weekend, my best friend Meghan is getting married.  You know….no big deal.  I was feeling like I could really make all of this happen and live to see graduation, but then I made my to-do list for the next two weeks, and it looks like sleeping will not be high on my priority list for awhile.

  • Figure out family plans for graduation
  • Write paper for my marketing capstone
  • Finish presentation for international marketing
  • Finish marketing capstone project
  • Create design for marketing capstone project
  • Write paper for my leadership class
  • Study for my international marketing final
  • Finish things for Meghan’s wedding

I already pulled my first all-nighter of the end of the semester last night, and I think I can do it again, maybe a couple of times.  I only napped twice today, and I only had one cup of coffee, so I’m pretty much primed and ready to tackle and conquer finals.  Together with my John Mayer, 90s Pop, and Jason Mraz stations on Pandora, the Starbucks gift card my mom gave me last weekend, and the Alpha Phi study room, I will survive the next two weeks.  Better yet, I will beast the next two weeks.  I have a big presentation, a big project, a big paper, and a big test….so my finals are kind of perfect in terms of capping off my college career in a very well-rounded way.  So, last finals week ever…..LET’S GO!

My study station - complete with coffee in a bowl since we were out of cups.

 

A Day in the Life…for the last time.

Every semester, I write a blog about my daily schedule.  And now, since I graduate in a little bit over a month…this is my last one.  Another big change is that this is the most relaxed semester I have ever had, so don’t be alarmed by the large amounts of free time (they aren’t really that large…I just think having any free time at all is outrageous).  So, I present to you, my final daily schedule post…in the form of my typical Tuesday.

  • 7:00 a.m. (or whenever I get the motivation to get up) – Wake up and get ready for the day
  • 8:00 a.m. – Administrative Policy
  • 9:15 a.m. – First Starbucks visit of the day…usually to get some intense caffeine
  • 9:35 a.m. – International Marketing
  • 11:00 a.m. – Leadership & Decision Making
  • 12:15 p.m. – Lunch at Alpha Phi
  • 1:00 p.m. – Back to Starbucks…where I chat with people for as long as possible
  • 2:00 p.m (ish) – I start studying
  • 3:50 p.m. – Consumer Behavior
  • 5:05 p.m. – Dinner at Alpha Phi
  • 6:00 p.m. – Debrief from my day…and chill in my room
  • 7:00 p.m. – Butler University Student Foundation meeting
  • 8:00 p.m. – Back to my room for studying
  • 9:00 p.m. – If I have the motivation…I go work out.
  • 10:00 p.m. – I go back to my room and study/hang out
  • 12:30 a.m. (ish….usually later) – I fall asleep

It might seem like a pretty full day…but for me it is perfect.  I have time to be social, to hang out, to do homework, and to go to class.  And best of all, there is time for at least two visits to Starbucks.  It’s pretty much my second home these days….and I love it.  Sometimes…during my breaks I even see our own campus celebrities…Blue and Trip.  They’re basically the two best dogs/mascots ever…and they are oh so photogenic.  I only got photos of Trip though the other day…sorry Blue!

BREAKING NEWS: I officially have senioritis.

Yesterday I thought I felt it starting…and today…I knew it was for real.  Some people started having senioritis last semester, and I knew that it would hit me eventually…but I didn’t expect it to hit me like a ton of bricks.  I had homework and other things to do last night, but all I wanted to do was socialize and wander.  Then, once that feeling left….I was exhausted and I fell asleep on the table where I was studying.  This morning I woke up at 8:05 a.m. when my class started at 8:00 a.m., which was the first time I have overslept all semester.  I made it through my morning classes somehow without coffee, but by this afternoon….I was a lost cause.  I spent 2 hours in Starbucks trying to take notes on my reading for my last class of the day, but even the smallest things kept distracting me (maybe it was because I was in Starbucks).  Then I went to my last class, and just felt completely dead and lethargic….so I’m pretty sure that this is it….I truly do have senioritis.

I always told myself that I would never have it….but I do.  It’s nearly impossible to get up the motivation to do anything other than go hang out with someone, go to Starbucks, or to get food.  And the worst part is…I’m slap happy 75% of the time.  This gets pretty exhausting…so I have enlisted the help of my dear friend Starbucks to get me through the next 6 weeks or so.  Today, I was double fisting my Starbucks, with a venti water in one hand and a tall blonde roast coffee in the other…and yes, both were completely necessary.  So I can only hope that I find the money somewhere to feed this massive caffeine addiction that I feel coming on….because the next few weeks are going to be rough.

Thoughts from a Senior….

This is it.  My last semester at Butler.  Even though I’ve been a senior for awhile now…it feels strangely more official now that I’ve really had my last first day of school…ever.  Most of my classes are only senior classes…so each professor is taking this last semester to teach us everything that we might need to know before we venture out into the real world.  I appreciate it, but it just makes our future/the real world that much more real and imminent.

The one not-so-fun thing about being a senior is being asked over and over again… “So are you ready to leave?  Are you sad?  What are you doing after you graduate?”  Fortunately, I have a job for after graduation, so that is a really positive thing to mention, but it is kind of difficult to concisely explain what my post-grad job is.  As for the other questions, I understand why people ask them…all the time…but on this end…it gets old.  So for the record….

Am I ready to leave Butler???  Nope.  I like college a lot.  And Butler has been the perfect place to spend my college years.

Am I sad???  Yes.  Think about it…living in a house with 75 of your closest friends, putting off all real financial responsibility, going to class in your pajamas, living within walking distance of a Starbucks where you will always see at least one person you know, never having to cook for yourself, having social events to attend pretty much whenever you would like….college has been great.  So I am sad.

All ready for formal…one of the many things that I won’t have in my post-college life…

Throughout the semester I’ll share some more of my thoughts as a senior, because I figure that I only get to be a senior once…so I should make the most of it…right?

Turn that frown upside down….

This week has definitely been a difficult week for everyone…including people at Butler and people not at Butler.  It was intense here because the semester is really starting to pick up right now…so tests, papers, and projects are all in full swing…cue breakdown mode.  For everyone else….I guess it was just stressful…for various reasons.  But because it has been so intense, this blog is going to be dedicated to simply providing ways for people to chill out, relax, smile, and have some fun.

  1. Watch Jessica’s Daily Affirmation.  It always does the trick for me.
  2. Watch Kittens Inspired by Kittens.  Ditto.
  3. Start using Pinterest.  It will bring beautiful things into your life…no matter what.
  4. Watch Modern Family. There are currently 3 episodes on Hulu….and all 3 are epic.
  5. Go to Starbucks…and get a fall drink.  Today my plan is to go and chill out at Starbucks with a Pumpkin Spice Latte….or a Chai Tea Latte.
  6. Just sit…trust me…it’s great.
  7. Walk around one of your favorite places…for me…that’s Butler.  It’s just to beautiful to not love it.

 

I love my school....

Isn't it beautiful???

So…if this has been a tough week for you…do yourself a favor…and take a break.  It’s Friday….you should enjoy yourself!

It’s The Final Countdown….

This is my senior year….and this is my final introduction post on my Butler blog.  (This is my 4th year as a blogger….and yes, I am getting nostalgic….about a blog post.)  Just in case you haven’t read my blog much, or even if you have, this will hopefully give you an idea of what kind of things I will be writing about this year…so get excited!

I'm obviously rather excited for the year...

This year I am a senior Marketing major, which means that I am finally taking classes that I love (after three years of Finance, Accounting, and other things that aren’t so fun), and I also have a Communication Studies minor, which means that I give lots of presentations.  I really enjoy both of these areas, because the faculty in both departments are just amazing (as most Butler professors are), and they give me a chance to try completely different things, like taking classes that combine the study of leadership with developing presentation skills, and classes all about retailing or sales.  As a business major, I will complete two internships before I graduate, one of which I completed this summer with Vera Bradley, and another that I am doing now, with Slingshot SEO.  I am so glad that I have both taken care and planned now, because the last thing that I want is to have to be searching for a post-grad job and an internship at the same time….it’s hard enough just finding one!

I am definitely what you would classify as an over committed student, because I love being involved…a little too much.  I’m in a sorority, Alpha Phi, where I’m one of the New Member Educators (so I am helping our new members with their transition to sorority life), which means that I’m also living in the house with 75 other girls (so I don’t have to cook for myself…always a plus…I’m all for prolonging the inevitable).  I’m also in Alpha Kappa Psi (a professional business fraternity), BAMA (Butler American Marketing Association), and BUSF (Butler University Student Foundation), among other things.  Those are my main clubs for my senior year – and I am so excited to somewhat narrow down a list of about 12, to 4.

When I’m not working, in meetings, or in class, I love hanging out at Starbucks, crafting, watching TV, finding good sweet tea in Indianapolis, and sleeping.  Since I really don’t have much free time to spend doing these things….I don’t do them all a lot….including sleeping.  Nonetheless, I do what I can…and I love it.

Don't worry...I do sleep...sometimes.

This year is going to be a great one….even though it will be outrageously busy.  Even though I might have a breakdown or two…I know that I am just going to make the most of my time here at Butler….and blog about every moment!  :)

I drink coffee now … what is happening to me???

Earlier this summer, after I started my internship at Vera Bradley, I mentioned that I had been trying out drinking coffee for the first time…ever.  When it was right in front of me, free, and I was tired during long days at work, I would try it out from time to time, but always with plenty of creamer.  Now I am interning at Slingshot SEO, and I am once again dabbling in this drinking coffee business.  With 20+ hours a week at my internship, working on campus, 12 hours of class, and driving in between everything, I get worn down pretty quickly, and the coffee that is in the break room right next to my desk is pretty tempting.

So why am I bothering to write about this whole issue?  Here is the deal:  For the first time…I kind of like the coffee.  Yes, I said it….I like the coffee.  Even though it has lots of sugar and creamer in it, I don’t cringe each time I take a drink anymore, which is most definitely progress!  And, for the last few years I have been a “tea and cream-based drink only” Starbucks customer.  I know every single combo of tea and syrup, and I have tried everything else that is non-coffee based.  That has limited my choices a tad bit…and now I am ready to get crazy…with my Starbucks orders.  The only problem is…I don’t know how to order coffee at Starbucks.  No longer can I simply rattle off, “I’ll have a venti iced black tea with raspberry” (that is my go-to drink).  Now, I have to learn their menu for the first time…ever.  And I don’t even know what half of those words mean!!  So, please comment with words of wisdom, guidance, or drink suggestions…because I truly need all the help I can get.

Just imagine the possibilities with me for a moment.....mmm...

The Science of Driving…

Since I go to college in Indianapolis, I live in southern Indiana, and this summer I’m interning in Fort Wayne, I do a lot of driving.  Usually this might not be a problem, because I really do love driving, but this summer I am starting to get REALLY REALLY tired of it.  This is because I had a lot of different events to attend during the month of May for the 500 Festival Princess Program, and I started my internship at the same time as well.  It would be so much more fun if I had company on my trips…but I usually don’t.  So, I have found several other ways to pass the time on my drives, and to make them exciting, all by myself.

  • I time myself.  Now a lot of people do this, just to see what their time is, but I approach it like someone who is running a marathon.  I always am trying to beat myself, or just seeing how fast I can make it from point A to point B.  The last time I drove home, I cut 5 whole minutes off of my time coming back to Fort Wayne.  Yeah…I’m that good.
  • I talk on the phone.  Sometimes I can get conversations in with more than one person, but a few weekends ago I was coming back from a visit with my friends at Butler, and I just talked to my sister for the entire two hours.  And when I was driving home this weekend I talked to my Grandma for a rather long time too.  It makes for a more entertaining and social drive home when I call people.
  • I sing….and dance.  Now of course the dancing is usually at a minimum, because if I really let loose then I could crash my car…which is obviously the opposite of what I would like to happen.  But I do just let loose with singing…and I can usually dance with my head and my shoulders…which is so much better than nothing.

So if you are an incoming Freshman at Butler or any other school, and you might have to drive home frequently (or just every once in awhile), start to think about how you will survive/make the drives fun.  For me, usually a Venti Black Tea from Starbucks is necessary as well, just to make sure that I stay alert and on top of things while I’m driving.  Driving can definitely be a chore…but with just a little bit of effort, you can love them too!  So embrace them, and most importantly, be safe!

My Secret Staying Awake Weapon - Black Tea.