At the beginning of March I found myself counting down the days until Spring Break! Not too uncommon for a college student to do so being as the weeks leading up are usually filled with midterms, tests, quizzes, and projects. But this was my first Spring Break as a college student so it was way more exciting than any of my breaks in high school. I didn’t do anything to spectacular but I think it was the best spring break I’ve ever had. I started out by spending a day in Chicago visiting some family and then made my way back home to Wisconsin were I spent a good amount of the week sleeping, spending time with family, and getting together with friends. I don’t go home very often so I really appreciated my time there. Halfway through spring break I left for a road trip that entailed traveling through most of the midwest (5 states) and eventually leading back to school. Again, it may not have been as glamorous as going down to myrtle beach it was definitely a great time!
Now that I’m back I’m still trying to get back into the swing of my studies but I certainly can’t wait for my next break!
For me, Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) just made sense. In high school I had been looking into majoring in something in the category of the medical field. But I didn’t want to be a doctor or a nurse. For a while I was thinking of going into Physical Therapy but that just didn’t seem quite right either. But then, my sophomore year of High School I met someone who was a SLP major. After discussing the field with this person, I realized that it was extremely appealing to me. Just the right mix of medical health sciences and working with people. I knew that I had to look into it more!
My junior year I had the opportunity to shadow a SLP in an elementary school setting. It was a phenomenal experience! The woman who was working in the school system was so happy with were she was in life and just had such a passion for her job. The therapy session itself was so fascinating to observe, and I even got to help with it a little bit by playing “Trouble” with the little boy, the SLP’s client. Furthermore, I was able to ask more questions about the field and about the options other than working in a school. I was given the contact information for a Speech Pathologist who worked at a hospital. Though I could not shadow her for privacy reasons, she gave me lots of information and really helped me in my decision to choose Speech-Language Pathology as my major.
And now I’m in college counting morphemes and learning about phonological errors and I absolutely love it!
In my personal opinion, the best thing you can do in the fall in St. Louis is go out and enjoy the beauty of the season! This past week, a few friends and I went out hiking in Castlewood State Park. It was such a nice, peaceful change of scenery from campus and the city and provided some much needed stress relief for all of us! We took a 3 mile hike through the woods and were just awed by the lovely changing leaves. Whenever I’m feeling stressed out with homework and classes and life in general, I’m going to try to go out and hike again. I’m so very glad we found Castlewood, and I hope that we can go out there again soon!
When I came to Fontbonne I had no plans to continue dancing in college. I hadn’t even brought my dance shoes or supplies with me! However, towards the end of August I started seeing flyers up all over campus inviting anyone and everyone to come try out for the dance team. After much convincing from some of my friends I decided to go ahead and audition. The whole process of the audition was nothing short of intense and challenging. But, after the long hours of working, learning the dance combinations and performing, I found out that I made it onto the team!
Since then we’ve had a few practices and are starting to actually come together. I never realized just how much I missed dancing from high school. It was certainly a hobby that I thought I could live without when I went to college; I couldn’t have been more wrong. For me, being on the dance team is a huge and much needed stress reliever from the college workload. I am so grateful and happy to have the Griffin Girls as a support system and just a constant in my transition from high school to college. I know that I would never have been able to dance on a team at any school except here for at Fontbonne. Just another reason to love my school choice!