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Julia Bartusek

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Intended Major
Peace and Conflict Studies and Human Communication and Organizational Leadership
Expected Grad Date
May 2020
Extracurricular Activities
Butler Student Ambassador, Fall Alternative Break Executive Board, Butler University Student Foundation, Ambassadors of Change Team Builder,  Alpha Chi Omega, Fulbright Ambassador
Hometown
New Prague, MN
High School
New Prague High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
The top of the parking garage when the sun is setting! It is absolutely beautiful!


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

As of now, my ultimate goal is to be a public policy analyst for the United States Department of Education. But we will see; I am always ready for a new adventure!

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

This is a tough one. I have honestly enjoyed all of my courses thus far at Butler. But if I had to pick one it would be Activism with Dr. McEvoy-Levy. I took this class last Spring when I had just declared my majors and it completely solidified my decision and passions. In this class, I learned so much about the world around me, people from different corners of the globe, and how to talk about current activism in the news. Dr. McEvoy-Levy also made it known that she believed in me, which I needed at the time. After this course I was so excited to pursue my dreams and continue my education. I had a newfound confidence in my abilities and future.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

I think what is so special about the Butler Community is that it is not just your closest friends or mentors, it is everyone. The Butler Community consists of the stranger you pass on your way to class every single day who waves at you even though you have never had a conversation, the faculty member who you may not know but invests time into your personal development, or the alumni who you meet in the store who yells, "Go Dawgs!" from across the store. Being a part of the Butler Community is knowing that someone will always be there for you no matter the time of day. It is the absolute best feeling to know I am more than a number here; I am a person and valued for what makes me, me.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

My Butler experience has provided me the tools to excel in future graduate school, law school, and in the professional field. I know that, because of the rigorous courses mixed with passionate professors, I will always give full effort in the future. While my Butler experience will help me in my work, it will also help me in my ability to communicate and in the pursuit of even my highest goals. While being at Butler I have learned how to work towards my goals, learn from my failures, and to never doubt my abilities. This will help me as I navigate the world outside of the Butler Bubble.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

This is also a very hard question, as I think every day at Butler has granted me a new favorite memory. But if I had to pick one it would be the day I was offered a spot in the Fulbright Summer Institute. I opened the email walking down the hall in Ross, and when I read "Congratulations!" I ran to my friends' rooms and we all cried together in celebration. I then ran to my advisors and professors, and was met with hugs and so much genuine happiness. Throughout the day I had so many people congratulate me and tell me how proud they were. That same day my First Year Seminar class made me jump in star fountain to celebrate, and my friends surprised me with dinner and little gifts. I felt so special on that day, and was reminded of how strong the Butler Community is. It was such a personal accomplishment that my community recognized and honored me for. I don't think words do that memory justice; it was an incredible day.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

You've probably heard it before, but my primary factor in my college decision was "the feeling." When I looked at colleges I wasn't so much in search of the success statistics or price, as I was searching for the feeling of home, community, and a place I could grow into the person I was destined to be. When I toured Butler I had this feeling, and I knew it would be my future home. It simply felt right. I think this feeling was perpetuated by the balance that Butler strikes between being a small school but with plenty of excitement and opportunity. I knew here I would be treated as a person, not a number, and that I would always have opportunities to grow, to have fun, and to learn. I wanted a college that would be more than the academics, and while Butler has phenomenal academic opportunities, I found a community and a place that would accept me for who I was which is what I valued most.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

My fellow Bulldogs are what make me so proud to be a Butler Bulldog. The friends I have made here will change the world in every possible way. From my friends in pharmacy, to education, to business, to political science and every space in between, Bulldogs lead with their passion. The impact that Butler students have on the world around them and the responsibility they place upon themselves to make the world a better place inspires me every single day and makes me so proud to be a bulldog. I know that one day when I watch the news, I will see my successful and motivated classmates making real-world changes. What makes me even more proud to be a Bulldog is that my classmates are not only passionate and successful in all they do, but they are genuine. The way Bulldogs support each other and love one another is simply outstanding. I am proud to be a Bulldog for many reason, but at the top of the list are my fellow Dawgs.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

To me the Butler Way means to never settle in pursuit of your dreams and to always remember those close to your heart. While being at Butler I have been constantly pushed and challenged to try more and to exceed all expectations. The Butler Way includes thinking about what to do next and how to improve. Bulldogs never settle, we always strive to do more and to be better people. This is possible because of the community fostered here. We support one another, advocate for each other, and push our classmates in a healthy way to achieve what we know they are capable of. The Butler Way is support, it is high achievement, and it is truly how we as students act in our daily lives.

Julia Bartusek
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Julia Bartusek

Julia felt supported when the entire Butler Community congratulated her on getting into the Fulbright Summer Institute.

Julia Bartusek

Julia Bartusek

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Nathan Sutaphong

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Intended Major
Healthcare and Business
Expected Grad Date
May 2018
Extracurricular Activities
CRU, Out of the Dawg House
Hometown
Fort Wayne, IN
High School
Concordia Lutheran High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
Hinkle Fieldhouse


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

President of a hospital

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

Healthcare Economics has been my favorite course here at Butler. I am passionate about healthcare and how we define health in the United States. Healthcare Economics allowed me to get a bigger picture of how healthcare in this country works and why. I think it allowed me to see the many areas of improvement we, as a country, can make, and how I, as a healthcare professional, can make those impactful changes.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

The Butler Community to me is undefinable. While the "Butler Way" is defined for us in a frame on the wall, I personally believe that it is something indescribable. You can't tell someone what this community is—you have to show them. Through first hand experiences only can someone truly understand what is is like to be a Bulldog. Just a simple walk across campus will give you a glimpse into how different our culture is. We are kind, we are friendly, we are passionate, we are resilient, but most of all we are supportive.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

The most valuable thing I have learned from my Butler experience is how to care. I think my experience at Butler has gone much farther than the classroom. Not only have I learned a lot in the classroom, but I also learned how to be a better person.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

My favorite experience at Butler is easily the 2017 home win over Villanova inside Hinkle. That was true Hinkle magic. Experiencing the the Dawgs beat the odds, rushing the court, and an explosion of school spirit is all can ask for.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

Apart from finding a program that fit my interests, I wanted to find a school that had the right "feel." A feeling of community and growth was important for me to find. I wanted a friendly, open, and non-judgemental place to live for the next four years. I think Butler does a fantastic job of showing off those aspects every day. It was easy for me to see the true value in coming to Butler after just one visit. It was a place that was going to help me grow as a person, not just academically.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

What makes me most proud to be a Bulldog is being associated with innovation and change. From our foundation, Butler has been a hub of innovation. Coming from a place with a rich history for breaking ground in so many areas I am confident that I can also impact this world in a positive way.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

The Butler Way is indescribable. It isn't something that can be put into words, but rather is shown or experienced. It’s more than just a set of values. It is how we live our lives. It means being supportive and kind, but it also means having integrity, veracity, and grit.

Nathan Sutaphong
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Nathan Sutaphong

Nathan saw his career path laid out for him in the lessons he learned in his Healthcare Economics class.

Nathan Sutaphong

Nathan Sutaphong

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Dani Aravich

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Intended Major
Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Expected Grad Date
2018
Extracurricular Activities
Club soccer treasurer, Delta Gamma, SABL, former Butler student-athlete
Hometown
Boise, ID
High School
Bishop Kelly
Favorite Spot on Campus
Hinkle Fieldhouse


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Manager of an NFL team.

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

My favorite course at Butler was my First Year Seminar. This class is my favorite because of my professor. Angela Hofstetter still to this day is one of my favorite people.  She was so invested not just in our education, but in our personal lives, too. She wanted us to be better people as well as better students.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

The Butler Community means that no matter who you are on this campus, whether you are a student-athlete, professor, faculty, Greek, etc., every person cares about one another so much. You walk around campus and you will see plenty of people you know, but even if you do not know someone, they are sure to smile and say hi to you.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

I think the life lessons I have learned from professors and other students will help me out a lot after graduation. I think no matter where I end up in the country, I will be able to have a connection with many Butler grads. I cannot imagine another place to have spent my college years.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

There are so many amazing memories I have been lucky enough to experience here at Butler. One of my favorite from my Senior year has been winning the homecoming competition for my sorority. We put in so many hours of work in the hopes of winning, and it was the icing on the cake for senior homecoming to actually win!

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

Competing for a cross country team was a big factor for me, but I also wanted a private university that was around 4,000-10,000 students. I wanted a school that was on a national stage for athletics.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

I am proud to be a Bulldog because of who is in the Butler community around me. Butler is the greatest sense of community I have ever experienced. The people in this community are some of the kindest, smartest, most athletic, and impressive people I have ever met. Being surrounded by these outstanding individuals makes me proud to call myself a Bulldog.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

When I was a student-athlete, we heard a lot about the Butler Way. Even after no longer competing for an athletic team, the Butler Way is totally still applicable. The Butler Way is all about being the very best version of ourselves. At Butler, your faculty, staff, coaches, and fellow students encourage you to be the best you can be.

Dani Aravich
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Dani Aravich

Dani will never forget winning Homecoming for her sorority senior year.

Dani Aravich

Dani Aravich

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Ryan Cultice

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Intended Major
Finance and Accounting
Expected Grad Date
2019
Extracurricular Activities
Student Government Association (SGA), Lacy School of Business Dean's Advisory Board, Butler University Student Ambassadors (BSA), Butler University Wall Street Trek
Hometown
Warsaw, IN
High School
Warsaw Community High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
Health and Recreation Complex (HRC)


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Wall Street Broker

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

FN347 (Investments) which is taught by Dr. Dolvin. Dr. Dolvin is an amazing teacher and does a wonderful job of translating highly technical concepts into a student level understanding. This class has helped me reaffirm that I want to start my career in finance rather than accounting.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

Being part of the Butler Community means having friends and faculty that have your back and are equally interested in your success as you are. My Butler Community has been my friend group.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

As a business major, my Butler experience has been full of wonderful networking opportunities. This will help me land a dream job after graduation.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

My favorite memory of my Butler experience so far has been during homecoming my first year on campus. It was amazing to see all the alumni come back to Butler.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

Study abroad experiences, Butler's highly regarded name in the Business world, the quality of the students and faculty, and Butler being number one in the nation for internships.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

Perhaps the thing that makes me most proud about being a Bulldog is the way friends and faculty help you succeed. Meaning, if you come to Butler, this is not a competitive or cut-throat culture—everyone here wants you to succeed!

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

The Butler way means being a support system to not only those closest to me, but anyone within the Butler community.

Ryan Cultice
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Ryan Cultice

Ryan reaffirmed his commitment to finance through the mentorship of a professor.

Ryan Cultice

Ryan Cultice

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Delaney Carter

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Intended Major
Critical Communications and Media Studies, Minors in Sociology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Chinese
Expected Grad Date
2019
Extracurricular Activities
Greek Life, Butler Ambassadors for Special Olympics, Butler Student Ambassadors
Hometown
St. Paul, MN
High School
St. Paul Academy
Favorite Spot on Campus
Hinkle Fieldhouse or Starbucks


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Working for a non-profit organization that is focused on youth development (hopefully women and girls).

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

My favorite course at Butler has been Trumpism and the American Democracy because it was interesting to me to discuss such a political topic while it was happening. As the presidency continues to unfold, my professor will update the information to keep us up to date with the current political sphere. I've learned the trends of politicians before Trump and how those philosophies affect his presidency today.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

The Butler Community is complex. There are many organizations, groups, and majors that facilitate a unique discussion and an intricate community that allows many philosophies to flourish. My Butler Community is the people I live with, take classes with, and say hi to walking around campus. The people that make me laugh, smile, and push me to be a better person.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

I will understand that opinions are very different and that everyone has their own unique perspective of the world. Each individual has a diverse belief on how they can change the world; no major, passion, hobby, or job means more or less than another.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

My favorite memory of Butler so far has been Spring Sports. Planning it this year through Butler Ambassadors for Special Olympics (an organization I was selected to join), I was able to plan and facilitate a great day of twelve hour sporting events. It was so enjoyable to not only see a great amount of Butler students participate in all of the games but also to support and give money to Special Olympics.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

I wanted a school that had a large-school atmosphere in a smaller/medium-school setting. I wanted school spirit that made me feel just as passionate about a university as the student body felt. When I came to campus I was so thrilled to hear all of the students cheering at tours "go dawgs!" "come to Butler" "your tour guide rocks!". It made me excited to think that they cared so much about making my college process fun and appealing. When I visited several classes with a True Blue student, the teachers and students cared to ask me where I was from and most importantly what I was passionate about. I wanted students who want to help each other, not tear each other down; students who would cheer for each other when they do something good and pick each other up when they are worried, stressed, or not feeling their best. And that is exactly what I found when I visited and talked to Butler students.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

What makes me most proud to be a Bulldog are the many organizations that use their privilege to benefit and help others. Through our various groups on campus we can use our friends, families, and resources to bring awareness to certain causes and support the Indianapolis community in some way or another.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

The Butler Way means to always support those who are around you; to pay for someone in the Starbucks line or help pick up someones books if they fall; to call out when injustice is being had and to stand up for what you believe in. The Butler Way means that even if an individual may not benefit directly from an action, it doesn't mean others won't, and benefiting others is the greatest thing we can accomplish as a university. The Butler Way also means to do as best as we can in each endeavor, class, or organization so that we can expand our perspectives and better the world around us.

Delaney Carter
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Delaney Carter

Delaney will understand the diverse perspectives and opinions she encounters in the world.

Delaney Carter

Delaney Carter

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Grant Baker

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Intended Major
Pre-Pharmacy
Expected Grad Date
2022
Extracurricular Activities
Intramurals, BSA, Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity
Hometown
Brownsburg, IN
High School
Brownsburg High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
Hinkle Fieldhouse


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Inpatient Pharmacist

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

My First Year Seminar (FYS) course was my favorite so far. The people that I met in this class became some of the first friends I made when I arrived at Butler. This class helped to foster academic development throughout my first year. My professor genuinely cared about the success and growth of all in the class and invested his time into us to make us all better as writers, speakers, students, and people.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

The Butler Community helps breed close relationships, like a family. The Butler Community is a giant support system, always there to help each other in everything. Even something as simple as holding doors open for complete strangers, the Butler Community is always there for each other. My Butler community is made up of my friends, my roommates, my classmates, and my coworkers.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

My Butler experience will provide me a well-rounded education that I can carry into the pharmacy field. Through shadowing experiences, I will have gained invaluable hands-on experience in a pharmacy that I will use in my daily work. Also, I'll be able to carry all of the relationships and connections that Butler provided throughout the rest of my life.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

My favorite Butler experience was when the Butler beat #1 Villanova in January of 2017. Being an underdog going into the game and seeing the Butler Community rally around the team, the environment in Hinkle was electric. Growing up in Indiana, I have been a basketball fan my whole life. This game, with all of the nation watching, had lots of stakes involved. When we won, we came together on the court to celebrate our victory and show our Butler pride.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

The main things that attracted me to Butler are its size (small school feel, big school opportunities), strength of the pharmacy program, and the community of students here.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

What makes me proud to be a Bulldog is the character of the Butler community. Butler Bulldogs are selfless, hard-working, dedicated, and passionate. Bulldogs always strive to be the best they can be in all that they do.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

The Butler Way means putting others before yourself while striving to be the best that you can be in everything you do.

Grant Baker
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Grant Baker

Grant knows he will be prepared for his career as a pharmacist because of everything he's learned.

Grant Baker

Grant Baker

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Katie Pfaff

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Intended Major
Strategic Communication and Human and Organizational Leadership
Expected Grad Date
May 2019
Extracurricular Activities
Alpha Phi, Dance Marathon: Riley Relations Committee, Dawg Pound, Student Ministries
Hometown
Lewisville, IN
High School
Tri Jr. Sr. High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
Clowes Hall


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Ideally, work for a corporate Non-Profit, for fun have my own TV Talk Show

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

FYS: Food Hunger. This course allowed me to feel comfortable and connected with my peers from the start. We were able to build relationships with each other while growing during our first year at Butler. I was constantly challenged and inspired to think of resolutions to why we as a country struggle with food poverty. This course also prepared me to become a stronger student working on my writing, speaking, reading, and listening skills.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

The Butler Community is having a sense of unconditional support. This community challenges me to grow into the best version of myself every single day. My Butler community involves classmates in group projects, professors who invest in your personal life, friends who have developed into more like family, and peers that share the same common love of being a Bulldog.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

My Butler experience has been shaping me since the first day on campus to evolve into the best professional and citizen I can be. It has given me the opportunity to network and have real life experiences outside of the classroom to better shape my knowledge of the world. It has connected me to different individuals and provided educational and lifestyle opportunities to explore new things. After graduation, I will have felt prepared for the next step in my life with the help and guidance of my Butler experience.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

Every student that comes to Butler will experience a one of a kind Welcome Week adventure. This week is what laid the foundation for my overall expectations and experiences yet to come as a Bulldog. My favorite memory so far has been getting to return to that Welcome Week as a student orientation guide to welcome new students to the Butler Community. I'm excited to share why this place means so much to me, and the energy that is shared amongst this group of student orientation guides.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

When making my college decision I searched for a place that fostered the growth and individuality of students; a place where I would have a chance to establish my own path through college with connections to big opportunities and experiences. Most of all, I wanted a community that would support and build me in my endeavors. Butler exceeded my expectations and provided so much more. It's comforting to look around campus and always see a familiar face or helping hand no matter where you are.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

The thing that makes me most proud to be a Bulldog is the way individuals take ownership of their Butler experience throughout the longevity of their lives. You aren't just a Bulldog for four years, but truly for life. I'm constantly inspired by our alumni who encourage and pour back into this university and community. It makes me proud to see the way past and future Bulldogs embrace their connection to the university in everything they do.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

The Butler Way to me means putting someone else above yourself no matter the sacrifice. We put each other first, and are committed to growing and learning from our experiences. The Butler Way is a lifestyle built into our students to always look out for each other. Its an irreplaceable atmosphere that is something special and what truly makes Butler different.

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Katie Pfaff

Katie has felt the unconditional support of the Butler Community.

Katie Pfaff

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Grace Langford

Student Profile

Intended Major
Actuarial Science and Spanish
Expected Grad Date
May 2020
Extracurricular Activities
Butler University Dance Marathon Marketing Director, Butler University Student Foundation Alumni Relations Director, Radiate Bible Study Treasurer, Alpha Phi, Gamma Iota Sigma
Hometown
Avon, IN
High School
Avon High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
ResCo D2


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Product Development Actuary

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

My favorite course was my First Year Seminar, Faith, Doubt, and Reason. I am an actuarial science major and came into college only wanting to take classes in my major. However, all first year students are required to take a First Year Seminar. Faith, Doubt, and Reason stretched my mind every time I went to class. I enjoyed the discussions and how open minded the professor is. After my professor took me out to coffee to talk more about the class, l ended up becoming a religion minor! Now, I appreciate the balance in my class schedules as I get to bounce back and forth between classes on shorting stocks and financial derivatives to process theology and God of the Gaps.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

The Butler community is my sorority, my workplace, my friends in my classes, and my friends in my organizations. One of the best parts of Butler is that there is so much overlap in these groups with the same people. Therefore, you really know your community and feel like you have a place to call home. At the same time, there are always new Bulldogs to meet and so many amazing people at Butler!

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

My Butler experience will equip me extensively for my career as an actuary. I will have passed at least three exams by the time I graduate, which demonstrates the excellence of Butler's actuarial department. In addition, I will have ample job opportunities from Butler's rich network to insurance companies. Beyond actuarial work, I will be prepared to be a productive and educated citizen. My liberal arts education has taught me skills far beyond what I will use in calculating insurance rates.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

My favorite memory is the last day of school last year. I had just finished my last final of my first year at Butler, and my friends and I wanted to celebrate a great first year! Looking around our beloved D2 wing in ResCo, we became extremely sentimental about leaving the next day. We decided to grab dinner and then sit in my best friend's room, as we had many of nights, and reminiscence on the highs and lows of the year. At midnight, we sprinted over to star fountain and jumped into it! (Shhhh!) There was truly nothing better than getting to sit in a dorm room with my best friends and just appreciate how incredible our first years at Butler were.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

Often I was asked what I wanted in a college. Being a highschool student at the time, I was terribly confused at what I wanted in a college since I had never been to college. Ultimately, I looked for my favorite things in high school (community and mentors) in a college. The mentors at Butler University are unmatched. Whether it is a professor taking special interest in students and asking them to go to coffee to discuss how their year is going or upperclassmen taking the time to get to know younger students and mentor them through organizations and classes, there is no shortage of people who will go out of their way to help. In addition, the community of Butler is what truly makes it special. People do not just feel "eh" about Butler. THEY LOVE THE DAWGS! People watch out for each other and truly want the best for each other.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

I am most proud to be a Bulldog because of our culture. Butler fosters a growth mindset, encouraging students to find their fullest potential. Inside and outside the classroom, Butler students support each other. Whether it be cheering for the basketball team, studying for a difficult class, or planning for a philanthropy event, when Butler students do something, they are ALL IN.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

The Butler Way is not just a motto or set of values, it embodies daily life in the Butler University student body. The Butler Way is collaborating with friends while studying. The Butler Way is watching someone's personal belongings in Starbucks for them when they leave. The Butler Way is saying "Go Dawgs!" at least once a day. The Butler Way is upperclassmen pouring into younger students to enrich their experience. The Butler Way is professors getting to know you by more than just a grade. The Butler Way is community above all else

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Grace Langford

Grace liked her First Year Seminar so much she added a minor.

Grace Langford

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Darby DeFord

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Intended Major
Biology and Chemistry
Expected Grad Date
May 2019
Extracurricular Activities
Honors Program, Biology Club, Chemistry Club, Undergraduate Research, CHAARG, Butler Student Ambassador, Learning Resource Center Tutor, Pre-med Society, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity
Hometown
Spencer, IN
High School
Owen Valley High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
My research lab


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Undecided (Top right now is Dermatologist)

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

My very first biology course, BI210, Genetics. This is the class that truly made me fall in love with biology and everyone within the department. I am now a lab assistant for BI210 and it is very nostalgic. I love the subject and the general camaraderie of this course.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

I believe that everyone on this campus is part of my Butler Community. Although there are many sub-communities (major, academic college, extracurricular, etc), I interact with others every day, and they are all pleasant interactions. Being a part of the Butler Community is like being a part of a lucky group of people who get to claim this campus. I feel very proud to contribute to it.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

Although I could talk about all the valuable knowledge I have gained within the classroom (which is totally valid), the connections I have made here have truly prepared me for life after graduation. Many faculty members have stuck their necks out for me when they didn't have to, and have taught me life and career lessons outside of the classroom. I'm grateful for everyone I have known here and all the experiences they have given me that have lead me to where I am now.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

I have kind of an obscure memory that stands out. I was very shy when I first came to campus, and probably around September of my first semester here I was walking back from class and I saw someone walking his dog. For whatever reason, the dog came up to me, so I leaned down to pet it. His owner said, "Oh, don't jump on her, Darby!" Of course, I was confused (because I definitely wasn't jumping on his dog). It turns out that the dog's name was Darby. Oddly enough, I honestly think that small coincidental experience helped me get acclimated with the campus and branch out to get to know people.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

I was always looking for a small school, and I wanted to have a lot of one-on-one time with my professors, as I knew I was going to be taking difficult classes like Organic Chemistry. I was also looking for a place where I would not just be a number, and where my professors would know my name. I wanted to form personal relationships with faculty, and I wanted to be treated like a colleague rather than an inferior. I found all of that on my visits, as faculty and staff were at my admitted student visits, and remembered me from those visits when I took their classes.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

I love the stories that people tell me about Butler when I tell them I go here. It seems like everyone has a good experience with Butler, whether it be a basketball game they attended, an event at Clowes, or just the movie Hoosiers. The Bulldogs have positive vibes everywhere, and I'm proud to be contributing to that history.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

The Butler Way is the way people treat one another on this campus and how much we all support one another. It is truly a community, and I feel the Butler vibes every time I walk around campus. The Butler Way is the way we take care of one another around here. The Butler Way is truly the character you have and what being a Bulldog shapes you to be.

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Darby DeFord

Darby met a dog and felt at home.

Darby DeFord

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Sarah Sharpe

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Intended Major
Health Sciences
Expected Grad Date
2018
Extracurricular Activities
Butler University Dance Team and Greek Life
Hometown
Munster, IN
High School
Munster High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
Hinkle Fieldhouse!


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would love to be a Physician Assistant potentially in the field of dermatology!

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

My favorite course has been genetics because it was interesting, in-depth information that has been applicable to the real world. My professor poured an immense amount of time, energy, and passion into the class, and I learned so much that will help me in my future profession.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

The Butler Community is unlike any other. I would use words such as passion, determination, excellence, and support to describe all the people that surround me. There is a true sense of camaraderie and joy that allows everyone to thrive and work towards their potential.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

Not only has the education in the classroom taught me skills for beyond graduation, but also my experiences outside of academics have been extremely influential. I have learned communication and leadership skills as well as decision-making skills that will better my life when I enter the real world.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

My favorite memory was when I performed at my first-ever basketball game as a part of the dance team. I was a first-year student, and I was nervous, anxious, and excited to be on the court. When I looked around at the tip-off, I saw thousands of avid fans cheering and screaming with Butler pride. Right then, I knew I chose the best school in the world. I distinctly remember the endless support and spirit that the crowd gave to their Butler Bulldogs, and I still get to see that passion as a senior. Butler basketball has really impacted my college career, and I am so grateful to be a part of this close community.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

I was looking for a small school with a good major that could lead to the healthcare field. After being here, however, I now know it is also important to look for the "personality" of the school, and I would say our school is friendly and ambitious, which is important to a college choice.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

I am most proud of the community aspect of our school because I feel a strong connection between the students, faculty, staff, our president, and everyone in between. We have a great support system and network to rely on in which all members want you to succeed and want what is best for you.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

The Butler Way is evident in my daily experiences here. Reflecting on the past four years, I can say that we have a group of passionate and humble students that show gratitude and commitment. Our professors show servanthood towards each student as they share their enthusiasm for their jobs, and together we unite to have a group of people that care for each other and our successes.

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Sarah Sharpe

Sarah feels a strong sense of connection to the entire Butler community.

Sarah Sharpe

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Elaine Holmes

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Intended Major
Healthcare and Business
Expected Grad Date
May 2019
Extracurricular Activities
Butler University Dance Marathon, Independent Student Council, Food Recovery Network
Hometown
Louisville, KY
High School
Atherton High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
Hinkle Fieldhouse


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Hospital Administrator

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

My favorite course was Healthcare Systems and Policy. It was so interesting to explore the nuances of the medical field, in relation to business and government. In addition, it was helpful to discuss what these details mean for future healthcare providers.

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

Being a part of the Butler Community means being a part of the most caring, supportive, passionate group of people. I have found my Butler home through Butler University Dance Marathon, where I get to help create a community united around a common cause and passion. Being a part of this community means being a part of something bigger than yourself.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

The opportunities I have had both in and out of the classroom at Butler have given me invaluable experience that I will hold with me for the rest of my life. From gaining knowledge through hands-on experience in my courses to developing leadership skills through my extracurricular involvement, Butler has helped me grow professionally and personally.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

Last December, I drove back to campus during winter break to attend the Butler vs. Villanova game with my friend Sarah. The score was close throughout the entire game, but the Dawgs pulled out a win in the end. It was so thrilling to get to be a part of the excitement, and storm the court (sorry Big East), but even more fun was getting to help Sarah, who was in a boot at the time, down the bleachers to celebrate.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

Butler was a happy medium for me in many ways. It is close enough to home, but not too close, big enough that I am always meeting new people, but small enough that I always see people I know. In addition to being the happy medium, Butler gave me the options to participate in study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, or any combination of the three of those, and still graduate in 4 years, all while maintaining good grades, working on campus, and participating in extracurricular activities.

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

I am proud to be a Bulldog because it is such a life-changing experience to get to be a part of a community that welcomes, encourages, and strengthens each other.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

The Butler Way means striving to better the world around us by being selfless, committed, and compassionate

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Elaine Holmes

Elaine helped create a community united around a common cause.

Elaine Holmes

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Brooklyn Cohen

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Intended Major
Elementary Education
Expected Grad Date
2019
Extracurricular Activities
Greek Life, BUDM, Student Ambassador, Student Orientation Guide
Hometown
Glenview, IL
High School
Glenbrook South High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
Starbucks! I love that I can study and socialize at the same time!


 

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Post-graduation I want to be an elementary school teacher, but a couple years down the line I hope to go back to school and become a principal or superintendent!

What's been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?

My favorite course at Butler has been my PCA: Arts and Exceptionality with Dr. Hochman and Dr. Esteves. Not only did I learn about myself but I learned about what it means to be an artist. As a class, we explored the question, "What is art?" with the Urban Artisans at ArtMix. Even though I took this class my first year at Butler, I still reference the lessons that I learned from this course in my other classes and in my daily life as well!

What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?

Being a part of the Butler Community has made me feel like an individual who has hundreds of people that make up my support system. I have never felt like "just a number" or that my ideas were not valid. At Butler, my peers are cheering me along on the sidelines through every step of my college career. My Butler Community is made up of my friends, my sorority sisters, my professors, my coworkers, my classmates, the Starbucks workers, the strangers, and the people who I've never met but still smile at me when we pass each other walking through Jordan Hall.

How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?

The biggest thing I've learned at Butler is that it is ok to take risks. After graduation, I know that I can follow my heart, and no matter what the outcome is, I will learn a valuable lesson about myself and the people that I am surrounded by.

What's your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?

My favorite memory at Butler so far actually occurred while giving a tour. One of the moms in my tour group had attended Butler and had majored in Elementary Education. It was sort of like I was looking at myself in 20 years. While passing through Jordan Hall on the tour, one of my professors came out of his office and actually joined in on the tour! Turns out, the mom had been texting him that she was on campus with her daughter and he wanted to say hello (how cool that they are still in contact after all this time). It was really special to have one of my professors come on my tour because he now has seen another part of my Butler identity: being a tour guide.

What were your primary factors in making your college decision?

I knew for sure that I wanted to go to a small school with a great education program. I first toured Butler my freshman year of high school when my older brother was looking at coming here. To be honest, all I remember from my visit was that even though it was a gloomy, rainy day, the students and faculty on campus were so genuinely happy to be here. During my college search, I kept coming back to Butler solely based on what I remember feeling from that first visit. As I did more research on Butler's education program, I knew that this was the perfect place for me as a learning, growing individual!

What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?

What makes me most proud to be a Bulldog is knowing that no matter what kind of day I'm having, there are people here who will support me through it all. What we have at Butler is so special and I truly believe that it cannot be found anywhere else.

What does the Butler Way mean to you?

To me, the Butler Way is being nice. It is smiling at strangers on campus, holding doors from what seems like a mile away, respecting people’s belongings when they leave their things at a table in Starbucks, and most of all, the Butler Way is stepping up to assume any role that needs to be filled. At Butler, we care for each one of our peers as if they were a member of our immediate family—and that makes my mom really jealous!

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Brooklyn Cohen

Brooklyn saw a glimpse of her future while giving a campus tour.

Brooklyn Cohen

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