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About Me:

Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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College So Far: An Epic Tale, Part I

Listen, I have a lot of things going on, but I thought right now would be a good time to break it down for you and tell you about my experiences here at Butler. Year by year. This is going to require a lot of digging on Facebook to find the proper pictures.


Move-in day!!

My shirt does, in fact, say TEAM AWESOME. This is the first day I met my roomies!! Move-in was crazy, and it was hot, and our room was very crowded and awkward because we set up the beds to be three in a row. No one manned up to take a bunk. Ashley eventually did, though. So here’s a picture of our dorm, circa December in Schwitzer Hall!

My side of our redesigned room!

We probably had the coolest dorm in the Lower Level. Let’s not lie.

Let’s discuss the classes I took as a pre-pharmacy freshman.


Calculus: Didn’t jive so well with the teacher and withdrew sometime in September after the first test. Happens.

General Chemistry: With Dr. Kirsch, still one of my favorites! He’s so funny. I think his teaching style was also the reason I did so well in that class.

PX100: I’m not sure if the pharmacy program still does it this way, but this was an “intro to pharmacy” class I took once a week that required a job shadow and a bunch of videos and reflection papers.

Music: A Living Language: I thought this class was sort of a joke, but only because I had played in my high school band for seven years and I had a pretty good appreciation for music. It was easy and we got to watch movies, and I saw a young Yo-Yo Ma!

Man, I really slacked fall semester once I dropped calculus. In my defense, chemistry was 5 days a week plus a lab. So there.


Calculus: Second time’s a charm? I got a great prof who was really good at teaching us math, and I did decently in the class. YAY!

GenChem 2: Same gen chem. Different course title. Still with Dr. Kirsch and it was fun! I think this was the semester he told us about alcohol metabolism in the liver.

Cell Biology: This was our pharmacy biology requirement, or at least it was when I was a freshman. I liked it because it was very specific for things we needed to know, like the in-depth ways ATP is made and how DNA is synthesized. Very useful for microbio and clinical biochemistry later!

Intro to Psychology: SO. FUN. I actually learned a lot of things about eyes and brains and neurons and sleep that came in handy for down the road. I would highly recommend taking psych for this division requirement for any pre-health people. :) We watched a lot of videos and I always thought my prof looked like Severus Snape. In a good way.


I joined Butler’s Shotokan Karate Club! It was a really awesome experience, especially with my background and interest in Japanese culture. Shotokan is a national league of karate-ness (I should be their spokesperson) that is raw, un-Americanized karate! I got to punch the air and yell in Hinkle’s west gym. That was practice every other day. Awesome.

While freshman year was awkward in many, MANY ways, Kass and Ashley and I had a lot of fun navigating college and figuring out that 8 AM classes are to be avoided at all costs, no matter how early we had gotten up in high school.

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