Libby BatesHometown: Lawrenceburg, Ind.

Class year and major: 2011, Marketing

Why did you choose Butler: Butler really had everything that I was looking for in a university. Small class sizes were definitely a must – I didn’t want to be one of 300 students in a lecture hall! I wanted the chance to get to know my professors and knew the small class sizes and friendly feel of Butler would allow me to do that.

Butler is just far enough from my house that I feel like I am really “going away” to school, but close enough that I can go home if I need too. I also love being by Indianapolis – there are always many events going on, and downtown is fun to explore. The College of Business (COB) also was a huge selling point. The two-internship requirement in order to graduate assured me that I would be gaining real-world experience and not be stuck in a classroom with my head in a book. Butler is the total package!

Most memorable academic experience(s) at Butler: My most memorable academic experience was my Freshman Business Experience (FBE) class within the COB. The basis of the class is to have students come up with any business idea and develop a solid business plan around the idea. As a freshman with very little technical business skills, I was very intimidated by the class.But, by the end of the semester, I was able to understand how a business works. We had to complete plans for each segment of the business, which allowed us to see how each plan is crucial to the success of the business as a whole and connects to form the final business plan.

In addition to marketing,accounting and operations lessons, the course taught skills in business writing, presentational speaking and teamwork. The course is an excellent example of the highexpectations Butler has for its students, and how students rise to the challenge to succeed in class. It was a great introductory course into business and the COB—confirming that marketing, the COB and Butler were all the right places for me.

Activities you’re involved with outside of the classroom: During the past four years, I feel like I really have taken advantage of the organizations and activities Butler has to offer. As a freshman, I joined my sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma and have since held several leadership positions such as Nominating Committee Chairman, New Member Assistant and Recruitment Assistant. I wanted to be involved with Butler’s Greek life because I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet new people and be active on campus—and it was. Being a part of Kappa has given me lifelong friends and broadened my horizons of being able to be an active student on campus.

I missed my days of high school swimming and joined Butler Division I Women’s swim team my sophomore year. It was very neat to be able to represent Butler as an athlete and be part of the close-knit athletic program.

I also have been a member of the Lilly Scholars Network (LSN), a volunteer organization for Lilly Scholars on campus, and the Scholars for the Advancement of Business Leaders (SABL) since freshman year. LSN has monthly volunteer activities planned so we can give back to the great community of Indianapolis, and SABL allows me to network with Indianapolis business professionals as well as assist the COB in recruiting new students.

This year, I joined Mortar Board, a senior honor society, and Order of Omega, a Greek honor society. As vice president of Order of Omega, I recently teamed up with the president in organizing a speaker and roundtable discussion event for Butler’s Greek community leaders.

Additionally, I have been abroad twice during my time at Butler. The first venture was through Leadership London, a three-week course with COB Dean Chuck Williams. From that experience I was bit by the travel bug, and decided to study abroad for a semester in Madrid, Spain.

The most important thing you’ve learned at Butler: I learned the importance of reaching out—whether it be networking for business connections or asking for help or guidance from my professors. On a professional level, I feel very prepared to hit the business world with eyes-wide-open and ready to make relationships. The COB teaches its students invaluable professional and business skills that will be necessary for life. On a personal level, Butler has taught me to reach out to those around me and take advantage of every opportunity. The willingness to help that I have experienced from my professors is something I will be paying forward. I will be leaving Butler a smarter person, with more business savvy and life experience.

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