As a freshman, I am still fascinated by the idea that I finally get to take classes about fashion and just take the classes I want to take in general. Although I still have plenty of general education classes to accomplish, I am able to mix these in with my major specific courses, like sewing.
This October I started a second half of the semester course called FAS 108: Fundamentals of Sewing Technologies. I have this class twice a week for about an hour and the time flies by during class. I wish this class was twice as long. We start every class with a review of what we had learned previously and other techniques that we need to remember to do the day’s assignment.
We learned the basics of using a machine and sewing a straight lined stitch. We have moved on to doing zig-zag as well as decorative stitching and much more. Having a class of only 7 people, it is really nice because each student can ask as many questions as he/she needs and we each get the attention we need in a class like sewing.
For our final project, we are each making our own pair of pajama pants and I cannot wait to be able to wear something that I made. I am fortunate enough to be able to take the second part of this course required for my major, FAS 200: Apparel Construction, this spring.
If you are in need of a fun elective that also teaches a great life skill, consider taking FAS 108 next spring or fall.
With campus tours on the upswing and prospective students checking out everything that Fontbonne has to offer, it reminded me of my first campus tour. The grounds and old buildings are beautiful and the small size of the university makes it all feel like a close-knit community. I knew I was going to be an art major so I specifically asked to be taken to the art building to see all the facilities. We have an impressive art department to say the least. I do know, however, that most campus tours only give a brief glimpse of the art buildings’ foyer. The other day I also heard a tour guide tell a perspective student that they could just take an art class online because it was easier.
I am writing today to encourage new and current students to go into the art building, walk around, talk to the professors and students, and take an art class! It has nothing to do with whether or not you can draw a perfect figure or if you think you have any artistic talent. It is the professor’s job to teach you the basics of which ever class you take, and Fontbonne’s art department offers so many different kinds of art classes! There are the traditional drawing and painting classes, but then there are classes like sculpture, book making, metal smithing, photography, and (my personal favorite) ceramics. I promise you do not need immense amounts of artistic ability to take any of these classes. In fact, the only thing you need is your hands and a little creativity.
Taking time to create art has also been found by researchers to do things like calm anxiety, ease depression, lower stress, and improve brain function. The health benefits of art are being used in Veteran Hospitals for PTSD, in retirement homes for Alzheimer’s, and children’s hospitals for cancer patients. There are several good research articles on the health benefits here:
Taking an art class can give you a chance to relax your brain from the rigors of other academic classes, turn on your creativity, and maybe even discover a new hobby. It may even give you a chance to see the world of art, how hard artists work to create what they’re passionate about, and make new friends. The Fontbonne art department is a little-known treasure, and those of us majoring in art would love to share it with you! Come for a visit and sign up for a studio class
I have been thinking about internships lately. I went to the Career Fair and I considered applying for Edward Jones. Then I saw Dillards. I talked to the person at the table, and I think it’s a job i will really like! I also know someone who completed a Nordstrom internship and really liked it. Later on I also found out that Edward Jones is not what I thought it was. So I may not do an internship for them. Either way, I know I will get one that pays $15/hour! That’s a lot of money for me — I will feel like a rich person!
I have learned several things this semester. The first and most important thing I learned is your education has to be high on your priority list. If you are struggling, seek help immediately, it is vital to your success. My course work consisted of budgeting and finance, economics and finance for non-finance managers. These courses have taught me that understanding budgeting and finance can be beneficial in work and your personal life. Both classes were difficult for me but after seeking help I passed the budgeting and finance class, determination has been the key for me. My advice to fellow students during finals is to prioritize, seek help, study and be determined to reach your goals and success.