I Go To College 5 Minutes From My High School

I Go To College 5 Minutes From My High School

Murph, thank you for showing me what being a Bulldog really means.

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When I started my college search, my goal was to get as far away from home as possible. I wanted to experience the world outside of Indianapolis. My dad and I went on a trip to visit the University of Maryland, and by the time that we were halfway there, I had already decided that I didn't want to go to school 10 hours away.

We got caught in a snowstorm, and my dad reminded me that if I were to go to a school this far, there is a possibility that I could get snowed in or that my family wouldn't be able to visit as much. I realized how much I would be missing out on if I would have gone to school so far away.

So, I changed my radius, and all the schools I applied to were no more than 5 hours away, the furthest being in Tennessee. However, when it came down to really decide where I was going to be spending the next 4 years, maybe more, of my life, it was between Loyola Chicago and Butler.

The only thing that was pushing me away from Butler was the fact that my high school is literally 5 minutes away. Having gone to the International School of Indiana since 7th grade, I had been on Butler's campus a thousand times. We used to go work out in the HRC during the winter for our gym class because it is that close. The lower school, up to grade 4 (or 5 I'm not sure), is directly across from Hinkle. I felt like I couldn't be happy in a place not only close to my house but one so close to where I had spent so much of my time.

Alas, here I am writing fo Butler Odyssey, and I couldn't be more grateful. The first time that I felt I could really see myself being at Butler was when I got to sit courtside at a game on December 19th, 2017. Being in the atmosphere of the game and watching the student section and how genuinely happy everyone seemed really opened my eyes to seeing Butler as a place where I could be genuinely happy. But it was still 5 minutes from my high school, and I had always pictured myself leaving Indiana for college, so choosing Butler seemed like a step back.

The moment that I knew I was meant to be a Bulldog, was when I shadowed. My True Blue, Murph, (shout out to her), made me feel so welcomed. All the people that I met in the short time I was there on campus, and in class, were funny and so incredibly kind. In all the classes I went to, the teachers introduced themselves to me and welcomed me to their class, and that was something I hadn't experienced at the others school I shadowed at. I left that day with a BU pullover, walked into my house, and announced that I had chosen where I wanted to be.

Looking back, I find it hilarious how against Butler I was all because it was so close to my high school. I was terrified that I would feel like I hadn't grown up because I was so close. I was so wrong. Every time I step on campus, I feel like I'm in a different place, the right place. It doesn't matter that it's close to the place where I made so many incredible memories, because now I'm making so many more incredible ones. The Butler bubble, for me, is a place like no other. It's a place that feels like it could be 5 minutes from my high school, or 5 states away because whenever I'm there I simply feel like I'm at home.

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Rich White Parents Can Bribe Their Kids' Ways Into College But People Are Still Mad About Affirmative Action

For years, the rich have been using their personal connections and vast wealth to continue bringing in opportunities for their lackluster children, yet for some reason, no one seems to bat an eye.

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Wealthy people are paying for their kids to get into college?

*Gasp*

Honestly, tell me something I don't know.

On Tuesday, the FBI exposed a multimillion-dollar college admissions scam executed by some of the most wealthy and prominent families in the U.S., two of which happen to be Hollywood household names. These overzealous and exceedingly wealthy parents participated in scandalous and unethical behavior, such as paying others to take their teen's admissions exams, as well as bribing college officials to say that their children were athletic recruits when they weren't athletes at all.

The most notable names from the list of 50 individuals charged are Lori Laughlin, former cast member of TV's "Full House," and Felicity Huffman, known for her role in "Desperate Housewives" as Lynette Scavo. These women appeared innocent on TV, but it's clear that the cookie-cutter demeanor their characters displayed couldn't be further from their true colors.

If we're being honest here, the only reason this is newsworthy is that the wealthy people being indicted are celebrities — not because college admissions scams are a new occurrence.

It's no surprise that the colleges where these scams have taken place have all been prestigious universities like Yale, Stanford, and UCLA. These institutions have a history of being exclusive, as well as placing money above intellect and ability. As the saying goes, "It's not about what you know, but who you know."

For years, people have been using their personal connections and vast wealth to continue bringing in opportunities for their lackluster children, yet for some reason, no one seems to bat an eye.

We all know it's going on, but no one is complaining and no one tries to stop it. It's almost as if we've just accepted that that's the way things are. Meanwhile, I hear at least one ignorant comment about affirmative action a year.

I'm being serious. It's like clockwork.

As a minority, you constantly feel as though you have to "prove" that you belong in certain spaces, especially those that are typically seen as reserved for the white, wealthy majority. With this country's history of limiting minorities' access to education, colleges and universities are definitely included in the list of those spaces. The idea that we don't belong in these spaces, nor are we good enough for them, is still highly prominent in our society, even though there have been vast increases in the percentage of minorities enrolled in postsecondary education.

As a minority student, your talents and abilities are constantly undermined, while your success is seen as the result of some type of "help."

Even though the majority of minority students busted their asses to get into college (and bust our asses every day to stay there), we are always verbally assaulted with the "affirmative action" slander. I once went to see a lecture by a distinguished marine biologist. He told us a story about someone harassing him during the early days of his career, telling him "it's because of affirmative action and people like you that I didn't get into [Harvard]." In 2008, a clueless and grossly privileged young white woman tried to sue the University of Texas for using affirmative action to discriminate against her (but the truth is that she was just a mediocre student). And for a personal example, I once sat across from one of my peers at the Honors College and heard him say "I have to look super good on my med school application or else I won't get in... Because, ya know, I'm white."

The idea that the only reason Blacks and other minorities receive opportunities is because of affirmative action needs to die.

Not only is it the furthest thing from the truth, but it is just another way to denigrate an entire group of people and diminish their accomplishments. Why are minorities always blamed when a white person doesn't receive the opportunity they think they deserve? The same people who think it's preposterous to say that white privilege exists are the same people claiming how "unfair" affirmative action is.

The truth of the matter is that affirmative action is not some sort of privilege to minorities (Blacks are still the smallest population of those currently attending college), and minorities aren't "stealing" opportunities from anyone. Perhaps if we acknowledged that the biggest threat to integrity in college admissions are wealthy and elite, we could end this tired debate around affirmative action and stop the actually mediocre kids from getting into colleges they don't deserve to attend.

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The 7 Struggles Of Registering For College Classes

Unfortunately, no matter how much preparation you do, you're bound to run into at least a few problems.

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It's that time again. The time we decide what our schedules will look like in the Fall. If you're lucky, you'll be able to make the class list of your dreams. For some of us, this time is super stressful. Classes we need are filling up quickly and the lines at our advising offices are getting longer, not to mention registration is usually around the midterm season. One more thing we have to worry about!

Planning your schedule can be both fun and easy if you approach it the right way. Make a list of the classes you need to take to fulfill your necessary requirements before your registration window opens up. Have backup plans as well because you may not be able to get all of your first choices, especially if your window is one of the last ones. Make sure you meet the requirements of the classes you want to take. There's nothing worse than finding a class, seeing it has open spots and then realizing you don't fit the criteria.

When planning your schedule, be kind to yourself. Know what kind of person you are. For example, I know I am not a morning person. Therefore, I know that 8 a.m. classes are not my friend, so I try to avoid them if I can. If I had to be honest, 9:30 a.m. classes are even tough for me sometimes. I try to plan my classes for any time after 11 a.m. and before 8 p.m. Personally, I don't mind taking evening classes, but I know they're not for everyone. Know yourself and try to build a schedule around your needs. You'll be glad you did later!

Planning ahead will make your life a lot easier. Unfortunately, no matter how much preparation you do, you may run into a few problems. Here are 7 struggles of registering for college classes.

1. The classes you need are full.

2. The only classes left are Friday ones.

3. The class is reserved for students in the major.

4. You look up the professor on ratemyprofessors.com and don't like what you see.

5. Your registration date is one of the last ones.

6. The wait is two hours at your advising office.

7. You don't know what classes you need to take.

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