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Well, this school year has definitely had its ups and downs. There were so many memorable moments, and I made lots of great friends. However, it was also very stressful moving away from home and keeping up with all my school work. I joined the honors program here, so I’ve had some harder classes, but I have definitely been challenged in a positive way. It was also great living in St. Louis this year – I got to try Ted Drewe’s ice cream, attend a Cardinals’ game, go to concerts, enjoy Forest Park, and do all sorts of fun stuff! There have been many exciting moments, but perhaps the best part of my first year of college was becoming a member of the third floor of St. Joseph’s Hall. Our floor is basically one big group of friends. We always eat lunch together and there is never enough room at the table, but we make room. We share each other’s clothes, food, joys, and troubles. If I’m ever having a bad day, I can always count on a member of the Third Floor Council to cheer me up. Yes, we have a council. I am truly going to miss my friends at Fontbonne over the summer. Three whole months without them?!?! Ah! Whatever will I do? Hopefully we will be able to stay in touch. Anyway, here is my number one piece of advice to any future freshmen: Make friends, and make good ones. No matter where you end up, there will always be people you can count on. Well, unless you move to like the Arctic circle or the outback or something. I’ve also compiled a list of a few other tips for surviving your freshman year:

1. Don’t procrastinate! Deadlines come sooner than you think, and you don’t want to be rushing to finish a paper at 3 in the morning the night before it’s due.

2. Read the syllabus! It is very important to know when your professor’s office hours are. I’m pretty sure I’ve had to schedule meetings with at least half of my professors, if not more. Although it can seem like a hassle, it is always a good idea to meet with them to ask questions about projects or papers. Not only will your assignments turn out better, but you will also rid yourself of additional stress and the professor will know you are a good student. The syllabus is also great for checking due dates. Like I said in #1, don’t procrastinate.

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These last few weeks of school have been a lot of fun. Fontbonne is trying to squeeze in all the last minute activities, and I am gladly signing up for as many as I can. Tonight, I and a few of my friends went on a free trip to the City Museum. Like I said in a previous blog, Fontbonne is really good about offering free events, and you should definitely take advantage of them! Anyway, the City Museum trip was loads of fun! It’s not like a normal museum, it’s more of an enormous playground! And everything is made from recycled materials. They have a tunnel from McDonald’s and a bunch of tunnels made of scrap metal and concrete. There are slides everywhere — even one that is ten stories high! They also have two real planes and a bus in the outdoor section. The planes were really cool, but the bus was on the roof, which was closed, so I didn’t get to see it. I’ve been to the City Museum a few times before, and the roof is always closed! I need to see what’s up there soon! But even without seeing the roof, I had a lot of fun! When we got back to the school, they provided us with Ted Drewe’s ice cream. Unfortunately, I was feeling a little queasy from running around so much, so I didn’t have any ice cream, but I’m feeling much better now. And the experience was totally worth it! It was great to take a break from studying for awhile, but now it’s time to crack down for finals. Wish me luck :)

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Last Wednesday I got to go to Wild Country for the second time this semester! For those of you who don’t know what Wild Country is, it’s this dance club that plays a  bunch of country music and everyone line dances to it. It’s so much fun, even if you’re a first timer. The first time I went, it was a little more difficult to learn the dances, but all the regular dancers were really nice about helping me out. Plus, there is a good mix of easy and difficult dances. The ones where you have to spin a lot are pretty hard! When I went this past Wednesday though, I finally started to get the hang of the spins! It was so much fun. You should definitely check it out :)

A few tips if you plan on going:

1. Go on Wednesdays! It’s free for college students – just bring your regular ID and your student ID.

2. If you don’t go on Wednesdays, go on Thursdays. On Thursdays, they have people who teach you the dances. This will make Wednesday dancing ten times easier.

3. Bring a friend that’s been there before. They can help you learn the dances and inspire you to get out there and dance your booty off!

4. Wear boots if you have them. The dance floor is wooden, so when everyone stomps their feet it makes a loud bang! It makes the dancing wayyyy more fun!

5. Wear shorts and a plaid shirt. The shorts because it gets hot in there, and the plaid shirt so you look like a country guy/gal.

6. Have fun! Don’t worry about who’s watching you mess up or whether your hair is falling out of its bun, just dance :)

Hope to see y’all at Wild Country this week!

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Working in college is a kind of debated topic. Some people say you should focus on school, that college is a big change in your life and you need to take it one step at a time. Others say you should work as much as you can. I think the answer is somewhere in the middle. When you’re a full time student, it is really hard to keep up your grades and work 30+ hours a week. But there is a lot to be said for working in college. Just be sure to keep it under 20 hours a week so you don’t get overwhelmed! I’ve had a job my entire Freshman year, and I’ve adjusted fine. Not only have I adjusted to both college, living away from home, and working, but I have actual benefitted from these changes. All of these changes, including work, have made me a more mature and confident lady. While all of these things have their benefits, I’m focusing on working today. Maybe I’ll blog about college classes and living on my own later. Anyway, I’ve compiled a list of the perks of working in college below:

It can help you make friends outside of school. Sometimes being around all the same people at school can drive you crazy, and spending time with different people at work allows you to still be social, but is kind of a relief at the same time.

Another perk is the money of course! College students can always use a little extra spending money, and many of us save up for grad school, paying off loans, or travelling abroad. Paying for things on your own gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment and gives you opportunities. Of course, studying or traveling abroad is the biggest opportunity, but you also have opportunities to do little things like go to the movies, go to concerts, or see plays. These things are great stress relievers too! College can be stressful, and while adding work to your endless To Do List may seem like a bad idea, if you work 20 hours or less, you won’t be too overwhelmed and you can actually afford to go places that will relieve the stress of school!

Working also builds up your resume. You can choose to work somewhere related to your major, which will definitely look good to future employers! But even if you work somewhere completely unrelated to your major, it will still look good. Employers are always looking for well-rounded people, and if you’ve worked in a variety of places, then you still make an excellent candidate. So no matter where you work, it looks good :)

You can learn a lot about yourself from working at different places. What you like, what you dislike, how you react to different people and situations. It’s a learning experience in itself!

Welp, that’s all I’ve got for now. If anyone has any other perks they’d like to share, let me know! Comments are always appreciated.

Peace out, Fonties and Future Fonties!

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SpringFest was the Best!

by Joanna April 28, 2014

Yesterday I had the chance to go to my first Fontbonne SpringFest! It was probably one of the best events Fontbonne has had this year. There were two blow ups – a wrecking ball and a velcro wall. The velcro wall was actually kind of painful because my hair kept sticking to my velcro suit, […]

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Weekend Festivities

by Joanna April 21, 2014

While I did not get to participate in Fontbonne Day due to work, I did have an eventful Saturday and Sunday I helped set up for the Blacklight Bash on Saturday, and not to brag or anything, but it was pretty amazing! We threw crepe paper everywhere, blew up like a million balloons, and of […]

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Concert! :)

by Joanna April 15, 2014

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to go to The Pageant for the first time! For those of you who don’t know what The Pageant is, it’s a concert venue on the Delmar Loop. Anyway, my friend and I bought tickets to see Phantogram, and on the day of the show, we grabbed our […]

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St. Louis’ Perks

by Joanna March 31, 2014

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/21/st-louis-reasons-to-love_n_4993763.html?utm_hp_ref=tw After reading this article in The Huffington Post, I have to say I agree with it. I am not a St. Louis native, but in the few months I have lived here, I have learned that there really  are a lot of wonderful things about St. Louis. St. Louis is a very friendly city, […]

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Speech Therapy Observation

by Joanna March 24, 2014

This week I had the opportunity to meet with a private practitioner speech therapist. She talked with me about all the different places she has worked as a speech-language pathologist, and even let me observe a therapy session! I was super stoked because this was the first time I got to watch a therapy session […]

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Ring in Spring!

by Joanna March 12, 2014

It’s always about halfway through spring semester, when it starts to get warm again and the days are longer, that I want to be outside rather than in a classroom or studying. But the spring weather can still be enjoyed during the school year. Today, my friend and I took a nice walk to Oak […]

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