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December 2013

The grades are now all in. The semester is officially over. And I have only one semester left at Fontbonne University.

This semester was definitely different for me in many, many ways. First of all, I only had classes two days per week, and I spent the other days of the week interning in a microbiology lab off campus and working on the seemingly-endless process of graduate school admissions, scholarship, and fellowship applications. Secondly, I only had one “real,” required-for-my-degree biology course. This was very strange for me since my semesters are generally chock full of science courses of all types, ranging from lab research to lectures. Finally, this semester was different for me because many of the people I’ve grown to love and be around weren’t on campus. They either graduated last spring or, in the case of my favorite professor, retired.

But even though this semester was totally different from what I’m used to, I found it to be beneficial. I’ve learned so much from my internship, and I’m now much more comfortable working independently in the lab and being solely responsible for the outcomes of the lab procedures that I perform. In addition, the extra days “off” from classes gave me the time I desperately needed to fill out grad school applications and talk to the various schools about any questions that I had. (And trust me when I say that I had a lot of them.) So even though this semester was extremely unconventional, I’m happy I experienced it.

Now that I’m officially 7/8 of the way through my undergraduate education, though, I’m excited to have a restful Christmas break and return refreshed for my final semester.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!!

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Conner

December Baby

by Conner on December 16, 2013

in In Saint Louis

Well, that’s it. The Fall Semester is officially over. I had a few difficult finals and a rough week (39 hour all-nighter included), but what’s done is done. Now it’s time to celebrate!

The month of December is one that is celebratory for everyone every year, but for myself especially. December brings winter break, Christmas, holiday festivities, my birthday, and my roommate’s birthday! What more fun could a girl ask for? This year both my roommate and I are turning the big 2-1, and are having a joint birthday celebration to celebrate. We’re going all out with invitations, a cake, and an “End of Prohibition” theme.

With the celebration of winter break is the art of relaxation, or a little more sleep and a little less stress. I’m hoping to have some quality “me” time before the spring semester begins. I plan on getting a pedicure, shopping, going to the zoo, and seeing Christmas lights. I’m spending most of winter break at school working, so it will be my first official December in St. Louis. I can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Thanks for reading..

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Penny

Merry Christmas!

by Penny on December 16, 2013

in College Life,In Saint Louis

Our Christmas break is coming! For me, the meaningful of Christmas is love, joy, blessings, and happiness. I’m wishing that all my blog readers and your family have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas from Penny!

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I have always loved performing, and I guess I am decent at it as I did receive a scholarship for performing for my undergrad and I do want to be a theatre teacher.  But, if this is my passion, then why haven’t I done it more?

It’s so easy for us to get caught up in work, obligations to our families, sick kids or pets; your car needs to be fixed, and so on.  I allowed myself to get caught up in this for the past 5 years.  Yes, I have done about one show a year but this is a big change from what I used to commit to.  I allowed myself to get caught up in work and I thought this was being successful.  I was making money, I was working full time at only 23, and hey, I was able to live on my own and take care of my doggie.  That’s success right?  But I wasn’t happy.  Yes, I had good days, but it wasn’t that magical, happy to go into work every day, type of thing.  It was, oh I go into work, don’t really care if I am late or not, and something positive might happen type of thing.  That isn’t happiness.  I gave up performing as I used to so I could dedicate myself to my job, and with taking night classes, I just didn’t have time.  I think I rationalized it by having those night classes which were going towards my dream of teaching.

Now that I am almost done with my degree, and I had to quit my job in order to do my Student Teaching course, I have so much free time.  That could be why I am back to doing two shows at a time.  I am nervous because my routine of working daily is gone, but I am back to being happy.  I have such a great time at rehearsals; it’s amazing I ever let myself not do this!

However, no matter how much fun I have performing, nothing can ever compare to the joy I had teaching!  My mom brought up in the car the other day, “What happens if you get a teaching job and its not what you thought it would be?”  I immediately was shocked!  How could she even think this?  I have never felt so filled with purpose, so complete as when I was in the classroom.  It was like that Harry Potter wand moment!  I didn’t choose teaching, it chose me!  Now that I am job searching again, my parents keep suggesting full time jobs that, yes, I am qualified for, but they aren’t in a classroom.  I can never go back to doing anything but teaching.  I don’t know how people go through their lives doing something they don’t like!

So here is my last piece of advice to you who are here at Fontbonne beginning your lives!  Chose something great, chose something that makes you happy and do it!  Now, that doesn’t mean if you enjoy playing baseball or volleyball, painting, or pottery, acting or reading, still do that too!  Make choices for yourself!  I have always found myself to be a selfless person, but this is the time to be selfish.  This is the time to choose your career, to choose your destiny and enjoy it!

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My blessed life in 2013

by Penny December 16, 2013

Thank God for blessing me this year, so that I have enough grace to finish everything I should finish in 2013. Here is the list of what I did this year: Continued to be a contributor for Real Life at Fontbonne blog Became a social media specialist for Student Alumni Association of Fontbonne Volunteered to […]

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Words of Wisdom

by Alumni Posts December 16, 2013

For days I have been thinking about my future.  What to do after I graduate, should I go ahead and find a job or go straight to do my Phd.  I could do both, but at the same time, I will have to first study  for the GRE.  Fontbonne University does not require Graduate students […]

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My life at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

by Penny December 16, 2013

This semester, I was a student intern at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, which has been ranked by USNews as the 6th best children’s hospital in the U.S. this year. What I did there was to follow the clinic lead, Ms. Haycraft. I attended different meetings, helped at community events, assisted with some health educational projects, […]

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Words of Wisdom from a Friend

by Alumni Posts December 16, 2013

Last night my friend from high school experienced her first robbery since she moved to Chicago 6 years ago.  Now, I don’t know what thief was dumb enough to try and rob this girl, my friend is by no means a helpless damsel in distress.  She is about 5’11”, always wears heels, so that makes […]

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Holiday Cookie Making

by Alumni Posts December 12, 2013

Each year my family gathers for a cookie making day.  Now, for some reason we bake at the beginning of the month and somehow think that the cookies will make it to Christmas Eve, which they never do.  The cookies we make are Brookies, Red Hots and Smuckers. A Brookie is basically brownie batter, topped […]

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Second Semester Frenzy

by Alumni Posts December 12, 2013

YAY! I am so proud of all of us for finishing first semester successfully! Soooo, now what? What about second semester? Hmm… I really want to try my absolute best this upcoming semester. That seems cliché, but I want to quit with the mind games and be serious about my education. I don’t want to […]

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