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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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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.

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.

 

Advice from a College Senior

Since it is April, it’s time for high school seniors to be making their final choices about where they want to go to college.  As a college senior who has less than a month of my college left before I graduate, I like to think of myself as somewhat of an expert on college in general.  So, I will take this opportunity to pass along some of my knowledge….about preparing for college, going to college, and everything in between!

Check out Butler’s social media pages…

Butler does a really great job using social media, so use it!  Check out the Class of 2016 Facebook page, the Admissions twitter account – @gobutleru, and the University’s twitter account – @butleru.  Using social media is a great way to connect with people already at Butler, your future classmates, and even different departments or areas of campus.

Learn to study before your sophomore year…

Usually, freshman come to college without ever really learning how to study in high school.  It’s all fine and dandy until your sophomore year – when classes really start to pick up (a lot of freshmen classes are pretty similar to classes from high school).  So take my advice – and learn to study….soon!

Love every moment…

As a senior…I am getting pretty sad that I won’t be a college student anymore…really soon.  I would like to think that I have enjoyed every moment of my 4 years, but as I think back, I just remember hoping that things would be over quickly, like tests, projects, and anything else that took more time than I really wanted to give.  I understand how I was feeling at the time, but it still makes me sad to think that I got tired of stuff a lot during my 4 years…and now I just wish that I could go back a few years and do it all over again.  So – enjoy everything.  The all nighters, the long group meetings, the nights where you have to write a paper when everyone else is celebrating getting into the Elite 8 (yes… I had to do that), and of course, all of the times with your friends.

Lastly – go to Butler.

Seriously,  I would not change anything about the last 4 years of my college career, which is mostly thanks to this amazing school that I go to.  It’s an absolutely beautiful place with people that truly care about others…what more could you ask for??

 

Just a little photo I snapped the other morning on my way to work…

 

When did I learn all of this??? Part I

As college students, we believe that it is our duty to comment on how helpful (or useless) each of our classes is.  We cope with the stress of completing assignments, projects, and writing papers by sharing our every thought with anyone within earshot, anyone who is our friend on Facebook, and anyone who follows us on twitter.  In my four years at Butler, I have done this many times (complain, that is) …but I think that I finally see the purpose of everything (or most things) that I have had to do while in college.

The reason why our professors give us assignments and projects, and why we have specific requirements…is because they want us to learn.  Imagine that…we come to college…and they want to teach us things.  The kicker is though, if you aren’t in classes where you feel like you are learning a specific skill, or if you don’t like your internship, etc., at that time you feel like you aren’t really taking anything away from that experience.  Yeah, you might not ever truly see or understand how things connect…but somehow…in a crazy, strange way…all of our educational experiences build on each other to prepare us for everything we will do when we leave.

I think I finally came to this realization a few weeks ago, when I was thinking (and blogging) about how much I have changed over the last 4 years.  I started to see that there are so many skills/thought processes that are second nature to me now, but I couldn’t nail down exactly when and where I learned them.  Since then, I have been kind of just reflecting on everything that I’ve done in the last few years…and what I have really gained from everything.  Not only did this make me feel outrageously wise (I’m available for life/academic/career counseling if anyone is interested), but it also made me glad that I stuck with my marketing major through my senior year.  No offense to the other colleges at Butler, but I really like the College of Business…for quite a few reasons.  Since I could go on about this for what seems like forever, I am going to continue this tomorrow with “When did I learn all of this???  Part II”….so come back to check it out!

Everyone I interned with at Vera Bradley last summer – just as a teaser for the next blog

Things I will miss about college…

I know that I have been very nostalgic lately with my blogs about how I changed from Freshman year to Senior year, Alpha Phi’s Initiation, and just about being in a sorority in general…but I am going to just continue this little train of memories.  So, I present to you…the less conventional things that I will miss about college.

Studying on Sunday afternoons

I don’t do this every Sunday, but sometimes after church, one of my sorority sisters (Bre) and I will head to the McAllister’s by our church…and spend almost the entire afternoon there.  We study, have lunch, catch up on life, and most importantly….we drink as much tea as humanly possible.  My favorite part though is just going and people watching…which usually means that not much studying actually takes place.  

Crafting

I know that I will still be able to craft once I graduate…but I love crafting in college.  I craft for Alpha Phi, for friends, for my room…basically for everything.  I love it…especially since I get to make fun things like this….

Shenanigans

A few weeks ago, I found this creepy clown doll in our shower.  It was placed there by a few of my sorority sisters, and this is not the first occurrence of something of this nature in my house.  Yes, it’s creepy…but I do love it.

Going to games in Hinkle as a student

I haven’t been to a ton of games at Hinkle in the past few years, but my freshman year I went to every single game since I was on the Dance Team.  There’s just something special about watching games there, and even though I can still come after I graduate, I’ll still miss going as a legit student.

My parents and I on Alpha Phi’s Dad’s Day

From Freshman Year to Senior Year – Part II

Last week I blogged about the things that have changed about me over the last few years, and I had too much to fit into one blog.  Imagine that.  So here is Part II.

Handling stress/being busy

It’s not that I didn’t know how to handle being busy all the time when I first came to school, but I just didn’t know what being busy really meant quite yet.  Each semester I have become more and more busy, and I have slept less and less.  But somehow, it got easier with each semester, probably because I learned how to actually apply myself and how to use my time wisely.  Each semester I had to work harder in my classes, and I had more things to do for clubs and stuff on campus.  Because of this, I was able to slowly get used to the entire process…which was really pretty nice.  The best part of all is that this semester, my final semester, I think that I am the least busy of my entire college career.  It’s a beautiful thing….but now I don’t know how to handle having free time.  It’s strange how things work like that…isn’t it? 

Friendships

Just like everything else, friendships change over the years.  I’m still friends with my best friends from freshman year, but during the last few years I have met different people and formed new friendships that I absolutely love.  Most of these have been through living with new people in Alpha Phi, people that I either didn’t know before or just didn’t know well.  Second semester sophomore year, I lived with Meghan, Liz, and Lauren…and over the course of the semester we became best friends.  In the next few months, Meghan and Liz are getting married, and we are all in each of their weddings (so precious..I know).  So, we are basically the stereotype sorority girls…since we met in Alpha Phi and now we are going to be in each of their weddings.  Last semester, I moved in with Katie, Lauren, and Brooke…and we just fit together.  We weren’t sure how it was going to work out, because we are all such different people, but now I couldn’t imagine living with anyone else and I think we only get along so well because we are outrageously different.  I’m so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone to live with people I didn’t know well…because then I wouldn’t be close with any of these 5 beautiful ladies.  Love you all!

Meghan, Liz, Lauren, and I.

Brooke, Lauren, Katie, and I.

 

Learning how to study…as a second semester senior.

For all of my 4 years at Butler, I have had the same study schedule.  Procrastinate, procrastinate some more, and then study hardcore for a few days before the test.

Procrastination at its finest….

Usually, I am so busy that this is just how I have to schedule out my life, but now, in my final semester at Butler….things are changing.  Not only am I not nearly as busy this semester, but  I am taking a class that is completely revolutionizing my study schedule, so for the first time in my life…I am studying when I should.

This semester I am taking Consumer Behavior, which is a Marketing class that I have wanted to take for basically the last two years.  I finally was able to fit it in to my schedule, and I was pretty darn excited to finally get to take it.  I had an idea of what I was getting myself into, because I had heard that the professor doesn’t run his class in a traditional way…at all.  He doesn’t give any tests, but every day we flip a coin to determine if we will take a quiz, and we have oral quizzes every day no matter what.  When you realize that your grade is completely dependent on you being prepared for each and every class….you step up really quick and make sure that you are prepared every day.  Even though I might develop an ulcer before the end of the semester because of our daily quizzes, I am pretty sure that I have learned more in this class in only a month than I do in an entire semester.  I know that I couldn’t handle my life if every single class was run this way, but it kind of makes me wonder how much more I would take away from each class if I studied like this for every class.

So the take away for today is…give studying the way you “should” a shot.  Who knows….you might like it…or you might learn something.  Either way, it’s a positive…right?

The Beginning of the End…of my Butler Career.

Last semester, I worked so much that I barely had time to study and I hardly even felt like a student.  I was this strange “phantom senior” who was only in my room between 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., and who lived out of my plethora of Vera Bradley bags.  Some people would love this kind of schedule…but I couldn’t stand it.  It was like I was living double lives, as a partial “real person” who worked 25+ hours a week, drank coffee, and who went to meetings to talk about things that involved budgets more than $500….and as a partial student who still took 12 credit hours, was overly involved, and lived in a sorority house.  It was a nice little introduction to my future….but I have got to say…I am so glad to be a student again.  I am now in class more than I’m at work, and I love it.  Granted, it is just the second week of school, and I actually have time to study/prepare for each class, but I think that my schedule this semester is going to allow for me to love every minute of my last few months here at Butler…and I couldn’t be happier.

So, in my last semester at Butler, I tried to make sure that I would be making the most of everything… classes, work experience, and campus life.  I’m taking 15 credit hours (which is not a ton, but not an easy load either), all of which I am really excited about.  I get to take my two business capstone courses (one for management and one for marketing), consumer behavior, international marketing, and a leadership & decision-making course for my minor (communication studies).  As far as work goes, I am still blogging, working in Speakers Lab, and I am doing my 4th internship at the Butler Business Accelerator (an on-campus consulting firm).  Even though I am still working 3 jobs, I’m working about half as much as I did last semester, which is absolutely BEAUTIFUL.  Since I am a second semester senior, I am also starting to “phase out” of most of my organizations.  I recently transitioned the new people that are taking over 3 of my past leadership positions, so I am outrageously excited to be a participant in campus activities for the first time in awhile…rather than being in charge.  We will see what I say in about a month, when school is really moving….but for now…I finally am loving senior year.  :)

Some Alpha Phi seniors on Bid Day...

Semester #7 – Check

Ever since I started college, I have thought that my life could not get any busier, and that the next semester would be so much easier.  But, of course…it never let up…and I think that it actually got worse over time.  I love being busy…but when I look back over the last 7 semesters…I wonder how I ever made it through…

  • Fall 2008 – 17 credit hours, I pledged Alpha Kappa Psi, and I joined the Butler Dance Team
  • Spring 2009 – 17 credit hours, I joined Alpha Phi, and basketball season with the Dance Team was super busy

The 2008-2009 Butler Dance Team

  • Fall 2009 – 19 credit hours, I lived in Alpha Phi for the first time, the Real Business Experience ruled my life, and I started working in Speakers Lab
  • Spring 2010 – 18 credit hours, my Law & Ethics class ruled my life, and I started having leadership positions in clubs
  • Fall 2010 – 16 credit hours, and I’m sure something took up all of my time…I can’t remember what it was….
  • Spring 2011 – 16 credit hours, and I was searching for an internship with every free moment of every day

So this brings us to now, the end of Fall 2011…my 7th semester of college.  I only took 12 hours (which is the lightest load you can take as a full-time student), but I worked 22 hours/week at my internship, and between blogging and working in Speakers Lab I worked an extra 5 hours/week.  Also, when you factor in the time that it took me to drive to my internship every day, you can add on another 7 hours each week, so altogether….I worked around 34 hours every week.  This basically meant that I had no time to spare when I was on campus..or period…because I was either working, or in class.  But now, it is over….and I officially fulfilled my internship requirements!  I never thought that I would, because I had to work for 300 hours throughout the semester, and it took me a LOT longer to do that than I originally thought.  So last week during finals, I worked as much as I could, and I ended up making it to 300 right at the end of the day on the last day of the week.  SUCCESS!

So now…all I have to do is make it through 15 more hours this Spring.  This will be a breeze…I hope?

The most unusual finals week of my college career…

Last week was our finals week at Butler…and it was the easiest finals week that I have ever had.  This is mostly because I only had 3 finals, and they were spread out on different days throughout the week, so I never had a day where I was overloaded.  My schedule looked a little bit like this:

  • Monday – Sales Presentation, then I worked at my internship all day
  • Tuesday – Retailing Final
  • Wednesday – I worked at my internship all day
  • Thursday – Worked again…
  • Friday – Health Care Economics Final

Even though it was kind of nice not having entirely too much to do all week, I actually kind of missed having an awful week where I rarely showered or slept.  I learned that I am much more productive when I have an overloaded schedule…because there is just something about feeling gross and knowing that you absolutely HAVE to study for the next 72 straight hours to make it through the week that strangely motivates me.  This year though, I showered every day, I only pulled one all-nighter, and it was outrageously hard to concentrate and buckle down to study.

In fact, I was so off my finals game that I almost slept through my Health Care Econ final.  I studied until 6 a.m., and the final was at 8 a.m., so I thought that I had just enough time to nap for 30 minutes before I cleaned myself up a bit and studied for one hour before the final.  Instead…I slept for 2 hours, woke up at 8:03, and then ran to my final.  Good thing that I had plenty of time to finish all 8 essay questions during the 2 hour final, and that I was officially finished as soon as it was over.  After last week, I’m actually hoping that all 5 of my classes next semester have finals….is that strange?  That I want to be overwhelmed in my last week of college…ever???

My desk area during finals...there is just something that I love about having stuff EVERYWHERE.