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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending Butler University


Butler University is located a few minutes from downtown Indianapolis, but the school has created its own urban bubble that students must learn to navigate. The campus tour can be misleading and attending classes every day reveals the real Butler University. I wish several points about campus life had been mentioned before I attended the university.

1.) Buy Strong Rain Boots 

The gorgeous campus hides a secret from incoming students. Rain turns the sidewalks into impassable stream-sand puddles form on every surface. Walking through the grass is also not an option because Indiana’s soil simply turns to mud. I made the mistake of wearing the wrong type of shoes during a rainstorm and quickly learned the necessity of owning a strong pair of rain boots.

Although several buildings are connected, Butler University students must still walk in the rain to the dorms, library and other important parts of campus. You cannot escape the rain, and your feet will suffer in the wrong type of shoes.

2.) Avoid Atherton Union Food 

Butler University’s Atherton Union offers meal options on a daily basis for students at the dining hall, but it is a frequent source of complaints. I learned to avoid the college dorm food because of the taste and lack of variety. Many students choose to eat off campus or stock their own refrigerators.

Although students pay for an entire semester of meal plans, Atherton limits the hours that food is available. If you are busy with a project or studying late, then there is a chance you will not be able to eat at Atherton because it will be closed.

3.) Enjoy the Beautiful Campus 

Butler University’s tour cannot prepare you for spending several seasons on the campus each year, but it is worth taking advantage of the beauty around you. Despite its urban location, Butler manages to provide students with a variety of ways to experience nature. From Holcomb Gardens to the lawns, the university gives you a unique and peaceful place to study.

I learned to find beautiful spots throughout the campus, and most students have their favorites picked out during their first year. The school is also close to the Monon Trail, so you can enjoy the city’s scenery for free.

4.) Go to Starbucks before 8 a.m. 

Butler University has always been proud of its history with Starbucks. It was the first location in Indianapolis to get a Starbucks, and it is still a popular campus destination. I quickly learned to avoid its busiest hours, but it is not easy to find the right time to grab a Frapp-without waiting in a long line. Starbucks officially opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays, and this is one of the best times to fuel up on your daily caffeine needs. Before the rush of professors and students fills the small space, you can order your latte or espresso in peace.

5.) Take Advantage of the Free Sports Tickets 

Butler University sets aside 850 free tickets for its games, so students do not have to pay admission. I learned that you can attend Butler basketball, football, soccer and other games for free. The school requires that you show a student ID before the game, and you have to get a ticket in advance. Although they tend to be claimed quickly, you can either print off a ticket, or use your phone to show you have received it.

You can also pick up a ticket at Hinkle Field-house. The school reserves part of the lower level seating for students with free tickets, so you have a good view. You can only discover the truth about Butler University by actually attending the school.

The campus has its share of secrets and problems, but there are also positive points. You should not rely on the campus tour and guides to provide you with the details that shape student life on a daily basis.

Lana Bandoim is a freelance writer and editor. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from Butler University. Her work has been published on websites ranging from Yahoo! News to Life script.


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