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A New Semester, A New Goal

by Kimi on February 3, 2014

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Last semester I successfully completed and acquired my teaching certification, something I have wanted since I was four years old!  I couldn’t have been more proud!  It is amazing what one little piece of paper can do!

Now for this semester…Well this semester I will be completing my Masters and be finished with school for a few years.  Yes, I eventually want to complete my PhD, however, I think it is me time now.  In order to do my student teaching semester I had to quit my fulltime job and move back home, a big change and not an easy one.  I have been self-sufficient since I was 18 years old and now I am almost 26 and back being dependent on my parents.

I have started at a new job, it is only part time but it is teaching which is in the right direction!  However, my goal for this semester is to successfully make it through my classes, no matter how stressed they may make me, but also to get a full time teaching job.  It is hard to believe that my all time dream is just within my grasp!  It is exciting, thrilling, and yet very scary.  If I achieve my life’s dream then what is there?  Will a new dream arise?  Will I reach a Disney princess moment where I will “live happily ever after”?

What then?

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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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Kimi

Words of Wisdom from a Friend

by Kimi on December 16, 2013

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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 her over 6 ft tall.  She is also an avid athlete and could outrun and out-lift any boy in weightlifting class — yeah she took that as her elective every semester!

Well, as she explained, she was on the train, headed home from work, and sat by the door like always, just minding her own business with her ear buds in, checking her emails on her phone and boom!  This young man runs up grabs her phone and runs.  Now, I by no means suggest you do what she did if this happens to you, but she started yelling at this man (she has great projection due to her years of vocal training) and chased the man down.  She was almost out run by him as he headed up a stair only to run into a K-9 unit.  Sadly, the police officer exclaimed, “You again!”

Now, this was a happy ending to what could have been a bad night, but due to her actions it could have even been a far worse night.  When I spoke to her she hadn’t even thought of doing anything but chasing the man down, that’s the kind of gal she is, however, she did say that she learned some very important lessons on how to not let this happen again.

She said her first mistake last night was sitting by the door; this is an easy hit and run point for thieves on buses, trainsand public areas.  It was extremely easy for him to grab her phone and go without running into any other passengers who may have felt a hero inkling rise in them.  Her second mistake was closing herself off to the world around her.  She said had she been actively up and aware of her surroundings her phone would have been out of sight and she wouldn’t have seemed like such an easy hit.  Her third mistake was placing those valuables out in the open and letting thieves know what she had.  Again, her phone was out, her ear buds were visible even her purse was open showing what she had inside.

Now, I am not writing this to scare anyone but to simply warn other women out there who, like my friend and like myself, find ourselves traveling this busy holiday season or even wondering around campus or other public areas.  Be safe!  Try and always be aware of your surroundings, and yes, that includes the people potentially eyeing you as a possible target.  Do not have your phones or tablets out so that the public can see what they may want to take from you.  I know it is so hard to not be on our phones while we are waiting, but it only takes one moment for that phone to be taken, and I don’t know about you, but I am not a physically threatening person nor do I have the stamina to run down the person who takes it.  So please have a safe and happy holiday!

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Kimi

Holiday Cookie Making

by Kimi on December 12, 2013

in Extracurricular

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 with cookie batter baked in a cupcake wrapper.  The brownies are best prepared “fudge” style and the cookies are best prepared as chocolate chip cookies.

Red Hots are simply sugar cookies topped with red hot candies.  My grandmother loved red hot candies so her cookies were basically 80% red hot candies and 20% cookie whereas mine are usually the opposite.

Smuckers are a wonderful cookie!  They are like mini pies!  And so delicious!  This is something that my family has been making each year since long before I was even thought of.  The cookie is more of a cream cheese based cookie, I guess it could be a sugar cookie but the cream cheese gives it a nice tart base to the sweet Smucker’s preservatives inside.  There is one base cookie where you dollop a small amount of Smucker’s preserves (we prefer Strawberry) then an egg sealer and top it will another cookie.  This creates a wonderful little pie.

These are our family cookies, what types of baking traditions does your family have?

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Thoughts About Graduation

by Kimi December 12, 2013

I can remember how mad my mom was at me at my graduation ceremony for my BFA.  She was upset with me that I wasn’t excited or wanting to take pictures like everyone else.  The reason why is that I finished my degree in December of 2009 but they only did a ceremony in May, [...]

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Almost a New Year!

by Kimi December 11, 2013

It’s that time of year to start thinking of a new year’s resolution.  Knowing that I graduate in May and that, for the first time in my life, I don’t have a stable work position, I think this is the perfect time to make one! 2013 was a rough go.  Not only was I completing [...]

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A Fresh Field of Snow

by Kimi December 11, 2013

I stood by the window, waiting for the stage manager to call places.  I just stood staring at the football field below, the field was so beautiful, so pristine, is there anything more perfect than the freshly fallen snow?  I could stand and stare at a field of snow all day.  What makes it so [...]

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Resumes, Interviews and Jobs!

by Kimi December 9, 2013

Are you approaching graduation?  Trying to figure out how to find a job?  Or as I call it, getting a “big-kid job.”  When I was graduating from Lindenwood with my BFA, I began to do the graduation freak out!  The “Wait, what do I do now?” questioning.  A little gem that is not really known [...]

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Holiday Traditions

by Kimi December 9, 2013

I have always found the Holidays very stressful!  At first it was because my mom, dad, sister and I lived out of state so instead of a time of relaxing and celebration we were baking, packing, traveling, and living from a suitcase.  It was never relaxing or fun.  Now that we are back in-state, the [...]

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A Word about the Library…

by Kimi December 9, 2013

I must admit that during my undergrad studies I went to the library to A.) Print a paper when my dorm printer didn’t work, B.) Find a book to use as a cited source when the professor required it, and finally (my favorite) C.) Take a nap!  Now, college students, I am not saying this [...]

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