I have a great quote by Eleanor Roosevelt on a magnet hanging in my bathroom that says, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” These words in my bathroom are strategically placed so that I see them first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I want these words to serve as a constant reminder to fight complacency and the status quo in my life, to actively seek experiences with more meaning. To grab the bull by the horns! Carpe diem! Go ahead and count the chickens, even if they haven’t hatched (ooooh, yeah, I know, I’m living on the edge!!!). Well, you get the drift.
Right now, you are probably asking yourself, “Good gravy! What on earth does this have to do with her decision to attend Fontbonne?” Well, it has everything to do with it. And, if you really use the phrase “good gravy”, well, I bet I’d like you. Anyone who incorporates food expressions into everyday conversation is a-ok in my book. But, I digress….My decision to attend Fontbonne was made when I was at crossroads in my life. I had been laid off from my job and, due to some suddenly acquired time on my hands, had spent some time examining what I had done with my life and what I would like to accomplish with my life. I had known, even while I was working, that somewhere I had gotten off track. My priorities had shifted. I wanted more meaning in my career – I wanted to help people.
I’ve always been passionate about food. Growing it, cooking it, eating it, and using it as a means to maintain wellness and combat illness. In researching careers I discovered a field called dietetics. I found a profession that combined science and food and used that knowledge to further the wellness of individuals. I was sold. So, where could I reach out for this newer and richer experience?
I looked into dietetic programs at Fontbonne and at larger universities. Fontbonne stood out. I met with faculty from the Human Environmental Sciences department and was delighted with their enthusiasm for both their field and the Fontbonne program. Every question I had was answered promptly, frankly and thoroughly. And, it wasn’t just the faculty – financial aid and admissions representatives quickly responded to my inquiries as well. What made Fontbonne truly shine, though, is that I was treated as a unique person, not just another applicant in a sea of, well, other applicants. Fontbonne’s small size makes this possible, but it is the faculty and staff that brings it to life.
Fontbonne’s small size works in its favor in other ways as well. If there are activities I would like to try, I can. After all, here I am writing this blog!! Also, there is a real feeling of community. You get to know the students, faculty and staff very quickly.
This is why I chose Fontbonne to help me on my quest to reach out for newer and richer experience. And, hopefully, I’ll learn how to make really good gravy along the way!