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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To All Student-Athletes Beginning Their Respective Seasons, Remember Why You Play

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

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Dear athlete,

The season is by far the most exciting time of the year. Big plays, good memories, traveling new places, and winning championships... But yet another promise is that season is also exhausting.

You are going to get tired. You are going to get worn out...

But remember that this season of your life doesn't last forever. Remind yourself why you play.

You play this sport because you love the game. You love the competition, you love your teammates and the friendships that you've formed, you love the lessons you learn aside from the physical aspect.

So each day, continue to choose the game.

It's not easy. But if it was, everyone would do it. But discomfort is where progress happens.

Quit dreading practices, quit wishing for rain, quit complaining about conditioning, and quit taking for granted a busy schedule that is literally made just for you. Tens of thousands of young girls and boys would do anything to be in the position (literally) that you are in. Take advantage of being a role model to those young kids who think the world of you.

Freshmen, this is what you have wanted for so long. Take advantage of the newness, take advantage of the advice, encouragement, and constructive criticism that your older teammates give you. Soak it all in, four years goes by really quickly.

Sophomores, you now know how it works. Be confident in your abilities, yet continue to learn and grow mentally and in your position.

Juniors, prepare to take the lead. Use this season to, of course, continue to sharpen your skill, but also recognize that you're over halfway done, so mentally and physically ready yourself to take the seniors' lead next year.

Seniors, this is it. Your last year of playing the sport that you love. Be a good leader, motivate, and leave your mark on the program in which you have loved for so long. Encourage the athletes behind you to continue the traditions and standards set by the program. Lay it all on the field, leave it all on the court, and leave your program better than you found it.

Take the season one day at a time and, each day, make it your goal to get better. Get better for your team, for you pushing yourself makes everyone else work even harder. So even if you don't get a lot of playing time, make your teammates better by pushing yourself so hard that they have no other choice than to push themselves too. And when a team has every single player pushing themselves to the max, success happens.

Take advantage of this time with your teammates and coaches, for they won't be your teammates and coaches forever.

No matter what year you are and no matter what your role is this season... GROW. You are an integral part of your team and your program.

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There's Entirely Too Much On A College Student's To-Do List

We have a lot to do.

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The beginning of a new semester means not only going to and studying for new classes but preparing for the next year of college! Unless you're a senior and getting ready to graduate, there is a whole list of things to complete for the coming school year. Cheers to added stress on top of an already-new semester's worth of classes and worrying about our GPA's!

1. Scholarship Applications

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This is perhaps the most important thing on the to-do list, as even a little bit of money can go a long way. Fill out and submit your university scholarship application, and any other applications you have the option to go for!

It may feel time-consuming and pointless to write yet another essay about why you deserve free money over someone else, especially when it hasn't gotten you anything in the past, but do not give up hope. This is a new year and you are not the same as you were last year. Perhaps you have new organizations and activities to report. So go for those scholarships!

2. Financial Aid Documentation

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You can't receive your scholarships if you don't have the proper documentation submitted to the financial aid office. Fill out all of those forms, the ones that confirm that you're still a dependent, or that you did or did not file your taxes last year. If you haven't turned your FAFSA in yet, do that too! Until those documents are in, any financial aid coming your way will be put on hold, or worse, given to someone else.

3. Housing

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Your current lease is going to expire at some point or another, so be ready to renew the one you've got or find somewhere new to live. Do it sooner rather than later, unless you have other plans for next year.

One thing is for sure, you definitely don't want to get caught without somewhere to live, or to get there too late and find that everywhere is full. And no one wants to end up in the shoddy little apartment with the thin walls and loud neighbors and a random roommate that doesn't have any bathroom etiquette.

4. Summer Plans

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What are you doing this summer? If you're vacationing, planning ahead is a huge deal to get where you want to go. It's important to put in for time off at your job well in advance so that there aren't any unpleasant surprises there.

Maybe you're going home for the summer, in which case it is important to pay off your rent and make sure you completely clean out your apartment - it won't be any fun when you discover that you left all of your underwear behind. Or, you're staying to work and take summer classes. Register early and figure out exactly what it is that you can take, and figure out how that fits into your work schedule.

5. Next Semester

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Yes, it's early, but the semester tends to fly by in a flurry of papers and exams and plenty of stress. Before you know it, registration will be upon you, and you have to know what classes you want to take next fall and when you want to take them.

Plan your schedule. Find an older friend to hold a class for you if possible. Talk to your department advisers about what will work best for you. Enroll in that program you've been looking at to see how it will fit with your studies.

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