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Courtney

I’ve been thinking a lot about graduation lately. Perhaps that’s because I now have less than a month until the big day. My final undergrad to-do list is quickly dwindling, and every project, quiz, paper, or test that I’m finishing is becoming one of my last of my undergrad career.

My planner is definitely filling up with important dates. Next week, I’ll be seeing my last required play for my Advanced Acting class, and then it’ll be time for the Fontbonne Honors Convocation, the Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony, and, one of my favorite evenings of the year, Zoo Friends’ Day at the Saint Louis Zoo. (Yep, I’ve been a proud member of the Zoo since before I could even talk!)

I finally feel like everything is starting to fall into place and like all of the hard work and tears I put into my biology degree are paying off. Who really knows where I’ll be in a year, two years, or ten years from now? I’m beginning to realize that, as long as I truly dedicate myself to learning more and yearning to perfect my lab techniques, I’ll be alright in the end.

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I’ve said many times before in my blogs that I’m not athletic. And, honestly, I’m okay with that. However, that being said, I’ve always wanted to take part in one of Fontbonne’s fitness classes. The classes generally cost about $10 per six- or eight-week session, so they are well within the “poor college student” budget. Because of my crazily-hectic class and work schedules over the past three and a half years, though, I was never able to take one of the classes – that is, until now.

At the beginning of the semester, I read the campus-wide email announcing the start of this semester’s fitness classes. I was excited to read that yoga was one of the classes being offered, and I was even more excited when I found out that this class would fit perfectly in my schedule.

At first, I was a little timid about taking this class. I’m not very coordinated, and I’m not really a hardcore exercise person. However, after the very first class, I was hooked. Our instructor, Lisi, is absolutely great. She challenges us but always reminds us to go at our own pace. The class truly is a great stress reliever, and Lisi always reminds us to be positive and to realize that it’s okay that we all have different strengths. And everyone in class is great. There’s never any sneering or “I’m better than you” attitudes. We are all working toward our own fitness and yoga goals, and we respect and laugh along with each other the whole time.

Lucky for Fontbonne, it sounds like Lisi will continue her forty-five minute yoga classes through the summer and fall. But sadly, I’ll be graduating, so I won’t be able to participate. However, I’m extremely happy that I was finally able to “get my Zen on” and take this positively-challenging class, if only for one semester.

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Below are some of my favorite pictures from my Special Topics theatre course focused on the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky. This was definitely a trip to remember!


Stopping to take a lunch break at an Amish buffet with one of my roommates, Angela, while on the road to Kentucky. It surely is windy in Indiana!


The outside of the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where we saw five plays and attended a few workshops in just over a day’s time.


Taking a riverside walk in between shows. (And nope, that’s not the Mississippi – it’s the Ohio.)


My new favorite restaurant, the Down One Bourbon Bar. It has a 1920s theme combined with British elements.


Taking a selfie with a virus model at the Kentucky Science Center. Hey, I’m a biology major – what do you expect?!


Once a Cards fan, always a Cards fan. Taking a picture with Cardinal legend Lou Brock right after receiving my Louisville Slugger Museum bat, thereby ending the factory tour.

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Out of the four spring breaks I’ve had while in college, I’d have to say that spring break 2014 is, by far, my most memorable. Yes, last year’s spring break was pretty memorable; after all, it was when I took the GRE for the first time (yippee) and when I started my internship at my lab. However, this year’s spring break included an unforgettable trip to Louisville, Kentucky, with my Special Topics course that centered on the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre.

The trip was everything I had expected and more. I roomed with Angela and LaToya, two graduate theatre students, and we had a blast. On the drive there, Angela and I stopped for lunch at a yummy Evansville, Indiana, Amish buffet, where I had the most delicious whipped peanut butter pie. (Yes, I’ll totally agree, it sounds pretty gross, especially since I don’t like peanut butter. But, luckily, it was amazing and left me wanting more!) Once in Kentucky, we were able to see five plays. I loved two of the plays (“Brownsville Song” and “Partners”), liked two other plays (“Steel Hammer” and “The Grown-Up”), and only really didn’t understand the concept of some parts of the last play (“Remix 38”). In addition to the plays, we were able to attend some special workshops for college students, so a group of four of us went to workshops about all of the work put into each annual Humana Festival and about how you can incorporate everyday experiences into theatre and vice-versa. We also went to some great local eateries while in town, my favorite of which was Down One Bourbon Bar, which seamlessly combined the 1920s flair of “The Great Gatsby” with the elegance of Britain.

On Sunday, we didn’t have any plays to see, so Angela and I went to the Kentucky Science Center and the Louisville Slugger Museum. The Science Center was definitely the edgiest science museum I’ve ever been in, and it had a whole floor focused on human health and anatomy, which I adore. There was even this computerized game that allowed visitors to “be” a macrophage, T-cell, or B-cell and “kill” bacteria in manners relative to how their chosen cells worked. (For example, a macrophage could “eat” bacteria all by itself, but a T-cell could only kill bacteria that had been tagged by B-cells, just like in real life.) As you can see, I really enjoyed the Science Center.

Our trip ended after a trip to the Louisville Slugger Museum, where we purchased our own personalized mini bats and took a tour of the factory, where retail, minor league, and major league bats are created. Though we weren’t allowed to take a picture due to our presence in the factory, Angela and I were super excited because we had the opportunity to hold a bat that belonged to Cardinal Baseball’s Matt Holliday.

All in all, this trip was awesome. I really would like to go back to the Humana Festival and Louisville again. Maybe next year…

Want to see pictures of my trip? Just click here

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My First and Last

by Courtney March 16, 2014

I’m not going to lie – when I travel, it’s almost always with my family. I’m close to my family, so we just tend to do things together. I haven’t taken a trip without my family since high school, assuming you count our required overnight religious retreats as “trips.” However, in just a few days, [...]

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aRgh!

by Courtney March 16, 2014

Imagine a world without the letter “R.” Pretty hard, right? (That last phrase, omitting the letter “R,” would read as such: “Petty had, ight?”) It’s pretty obvious letter “R” is a vital letter in the English alphabet. And, as someone whose first and last names depend on “R” for that amazing connecting sound, I’m currently [...]

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Choosing My Major, My Way of Life

by Courtney March 3, 2014

I just about shocked everyone when I, as a junior in high school taking excess honors and college credit English and Spanish courses, said that I was going to major in biology. A few people laughed. A few people thought I was crazy. And some thought I’d never make it through. And now, it’s just [...]

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250 Years of StL Pride

by Courtney February 17, 2014

Did you know that Listerine was once used as a floor cleaner? Or that Stan Musial had more doubles than strike outs? Or that Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll Chuck Berry continues to perform monthly right in town? These and other interesting facts may be learned at the Missouri History Museum’s newest exhibit, which celebrates [...]

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The Balancing Act

by Courtney February 9, 2014

I’ve recently come to the hypothesis that every college student is a circus performer. That is, while in college, one is balancing school, work, friends, family, and extracurricular activities. Up until this year, biology courses have dictated my life, meaning that my schedule was set. I’d go to school during the weekdays, come home to [...]

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Puppy Time!!

by Courtney February 2, 2014

Who doesn’t love puppies?! If you’re not a puppy and/or dog person, then, I hate to break it to you, but there’s no way we could ever be friends. I’ve always been a dog person. I grew up around dogs, and I can’t imagine ever going through life without at least one by my side. [...]

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