Annelise Bryan (right) goes to a football game with her friends. (Photo courtesy of Bryan)

Freshman Focus Q&A: Annelise enjoys dance, food, friendly atmosphere at Butler

Annelise Bryan, ’13, is attending Butler University in Indianapolis. Bryan will be majoring in dance with a minor in business.

Q: What activity at Butler do you enjoy the most?

A: There are concerts put on by the music program which a lot of people go to. Football games and basketball games are a pretty big deal at Butler. I’ve only gone to one basketball game but a couple of football games. Since I went to a big public school for freshman and sophomore year, the football games remind me of high school. You watch the games, but people mostly go to hang out with each other.

Q: How are the dorms?

A: I really like staying in a dorm. It was easy to get used to because I have stayed in dorms over the summer for the past few years.

Q: How’s the food?

A: We have two main cafeterias, and I really like the food. There are always fresh vegetables at a salad bar, and there is a whole section of cooked vegetables. I like having all these options but not having to make anything myself. Also we have a Starbucks and a little marketplace where we can spend $400 over the course of the semester.

Q: What’s the weather like?

A: It’s a lot more humid than I was used to. But right now the weather is not as cold as I had expected. The fall is so much prettier out here. All the trees change color, and it’s beautiful.

Q: Are you doing anything dance related at Butler?

A: There is a dance fraternity type thing called Sigma Rho Delta, which I am involved in. It’s similar to a Greek organization except there is not a house. We promote the arts in Indianapolis, and we help get guest teachers to come in and teach master classes for the dance program

Q: What classes are you enjoying the most?

A: I love all the dance classes. I am taking ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and Butler ballet, which is the class where we rehearse for upcoming shows.

Q: Are there any classes you dislike?

A: I feel like my academic classes are not that hard compared to Country Day. I almost wish they were harder because they are kind of boring. I hope to fix that with my business minor.

Annelise Bryan (second row, right) and other freshman dancers celebrate the birthday of two of the girls. (Photo courtesy of Bryan)

Q: Are you participating in any extracurriculars?

A: Our rush week is not traditional because most schools rush at the beginning of the year. But for us, if you want to rush, you come back a week early from winter break. I’m still deciding if I want to be part of a sorority.

Q: How’s Indianapolis?

A: I have hardly been outside campus because the transportation here is nonexistent. I thought there would be more buses and stuff, but there are hardly any. I don’t have a car, so I can’t really get out much.

Q: Most embarrassing freshman mistake?

A: I had just taken a shower and was coming back to my room. I put my key in the lock and opened my room. I forgot that the key was still in the door, and I set the deadbolt from the inside. Since the key was still outside, I ended up jamming the door. When I got dressed, I tried to go outside and realized I was stuck inside my own room! I had to call my RA and ask her to help me out.

Q: What has surprised you about Butler?

A: When I was first looking into schools, I was really set on going to a big school. Butler only had around 4,000 students, and I didn’t think I would like that. But I actually really like this size. I definitely don’t know everyone; I don’t even know everyone in my dorm. But if I walk across campus, I will always see someone that I can say hi to. I’ve never had to eat a meal alone in the cafeteria.

Q: Any advice for the class of 2014?

A: Don’t stress too much about where you are going to college. I know I stressed a lot when I was going through the whole application process. You are going to get in somewhere, and even if it’s not where you thought you were going to get in, it’s going to work out.

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