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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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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 play with patients at Children’s Hospital during the summer semester
  • Served as a graduate intern to help an annual health enhancement conference
  • Volunteered my time as a student intern at St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Completed my leadership shadowing at Health Literacy Missouri
  • Became a member of different associations in the field of healthcare
  • Kept my 4.0 GPA!

I didn’t realize how much work I finished this year until I wrote it down. I am very proud of myself, especially since I worked hard to be a responsible student and to keep my 4.0 GPA even though I attended many extracurricular activities. I know that I can’t complete so many tasks without support from the people around me. Therefore, I am very grateful for my dear God, family, friends, professors, and all the people who supported me and helped me. I’m truly blessed to have you all in my life. Thank you for your help in 2013!

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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, and delivered health information to the patients and families. I really loved this experience even though it was not for school credit. I cherished every time I was in Children’s Hospital because I feel that I’ve learned a lot from the clinic lead and other healthcare managers and leaders. During the past five months, from August to December, I’ve learned how to manage projects in a healthcare setting by considering different target audiences, what patients and families need, how to run a project for different meetings, and how to create good health educational materials. All of these tasks are related to my program—health communication.

I’m very thankful that St. Louis Children’s hospital gave me the opportunity to be an intern and shadow with the clinic lead. To be honest, it was challenging to be a full time student and still go to the hospital in my free time, but I really think it was so worth it to do that. Therefore, I encourage other students to have an internship or volunteer experience during college. Good luck in your school life or extracurricular activities.

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Can you believe that there is an event to eat frozen yogurt for FREE?

I participated in a “holiday preview” event to help FroYo, a frozen yogurt company, taste new holiday flavors, and then I got a whole cup of frozen yogurt for FREE after I ranked those flavors.

Here is the rule for the game:

Step 1. The clerk gave me a tasting card, and also gave me four small cups for “mystery flavor” frozen yogurt. I tasted them individually, and ranked them from 1-4. I called them mystery flavor, because this clerk didn’t tell me what I ate.

Step 2. After I gave my ranked list to the clerk, the clerk told me the name of each mystery flavor. Then, I got a free cup to fill with the frozen yogurt I wanted from the holiday flavors. In addition, they also gave participants a “Buy one get one free” card to thank us for being tasters.

Step 3: On the next day, I received an email from FroYo telling me that the winning flavors are Mountain Mint Chocolate and Chocolate La Rouge. Apparently, chocolate is still the popular flavor for this holiday.

I like to be a taster because I like to taste new food, so this event was so much fun for me! If you don’t fear tasting new flavors and are interested in tasting, they have this event every fall or winter season. Just google “FroYo Exclusive Holiday Preview,” and you will have a chance to try the FREE frozen yogurt tasting also receive a free cup of frozen yogurt!

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Snow is on the way

by Penny December 9, 2013

Fontbonne students and all the St. Louis residents, be careful this week because the real winter is approaching. According to KMOV.COM, “the ice, snow [is] hitting St. Louis area today.” We will have continued snowing this Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Fontbonne students please check your email, because our school already sent an email about snow [...]

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Health Fair

by Penny December 9, 2013

This semester, I am volunteering my time as an intern at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. It is a very meaningful experience for me. I attend different meetings with a clinic lead, met and educated patients and families, and assisted family resource center to deliver educational materials to the public. It was a very meaningful experience [...]

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Leadership shadowing

by Penny November 26, 2013

This semester, I took a leadership course for graduate students (HES535 Leadership Development for Professional Practice). In this class, we talked about different leadership styles based on theories. There were many meaningful assignments we needed to do for this class. One of my favorite projects is to shadow a CEO or president in a non-profit [...]

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Asian Heritage Festival

by Penny November 26, 2013

Asian Heritage Festival is an annual Asian American community event in St. Louis. The purpose of this event is to offer an opportunity to gather the community of Asian Americans together. This event is supported by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC). Last month, I invited my American friend to attend the 2013 Asian [...]

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Advising week

by Penny November 26, 2013

Last week was our advising week, which is a very important week to prepare for registering for classes. Next semester will be my last but not least semester at Fontbonne, which is sad but very exciting news. I will take my last three graduate courses: marketing for non-profits; administering programs for children and families; the [...]

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Thanksgiving and Finals Week are coming!

by Penny November 25, 2013

The thanksgiving break is coming, but that also means that our finals week is coming. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays in the United States, because it means family gathering. It’s like the Lunar Chinese New Year in Taiwan. However, it’s sad that the final week of the semester is coming as well. Therefore, [...]

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