Tuesday night as I was at the checkout counter at Whole Foods, the cashier asked me if I had any exciting plans for the rest of the evening. Naturally, I did:
“Meh, just a ton of homework,” I complained.
“Oh yeah, it’s getting to be about midterm-time, isn’t it?” said he.
Indeed. It. Is.
The past week has been one of those kinds of weeks. You know, the kind where you stay up late doing homework with friends and forget to set your alarm for the next morning and show up to track practice half an hour late (sorry, Coach). Or where you put off doing calculus homework until 10:00 the night before it’s due because you’ve been working on other stuff all day, only to sit there and weep a little and think, “I DON’T REMEMBER HOW TO DO THIS INTEGRAL AT ALL” (when really you do because you just learned it last semester in calc 2). Or where you realize that listening to your physics lab partner who told you last week in lab, “Oh, we can just make up numbers for that part of the lab and do the calculations at home” was a bad, bad idea.
If you’re in this position as well, hang in there! Spring break is right around the corner…I promise!
Have a lovely weekend, kids!
I just about shocked everyone when I, as a junior in high school taking excess honors and college credit English and Spanish courses, said that I was going to major in biology. A few people laughed. A few people thought I was crazy. And some thought I’d never make it through.
And now, it’s just over two months until I receive my BS degree in biotechnology and physiology.
Biology wasn’t always easy for me. There were days that I considered quitting. There were days when I literally fell asleep in my textbooks. There were days when I thought I’d never be able to understand the mind-blowing concepts or work independently in a lab. Now, however, I’m technically finished with all of my biology course requirements, and I’m proving to myself a little at a time that I can work independently in a laboratory setting because, well, I am working in one for half of the work week. Don’t get me wrong – there are still days that I come home wondering if I’ll ever be able to “make it big” and leave my mark on science – but I’m realizing that making that bold decision to major in biology was well worth it.
What advice would I give someone who is thinking about going into biology? In short, biology isn’t just a program or a degree – it truly is a way of life. If you’re interested in learning about the inner workings of life, if you choose to study biology, and if you’re anything like me, your life will be made so much fuller by studying biology.
“Why did you chose Fashion Merchandising, why did you chose theater?” Questions I hear quite frequently from people wanting to know the reason behind my two very creative major choices. Well personally I’d like to think that my majors chose me. I say this because since I was a small child these two things just seemed so right for me. At the age of three I knew I wanted to be inside of the TV, it felt like when I finally got to go to performing arts school that this is what I needed in my life to make me feel whole. When it comes to fashion I felt that same feeling, I wanted to create, sell, style, any and everything I could possibly think of in the fashion world. All in all I could never see myself doing anything but staying in these two fields, they make who I am and I am completely dedicated to making lasting careers out of the majors I have chosen. I feel amazingly blessed that I can peruse my two loves at the awesome university we call Fontbonne!
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!