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After College

I just got back to STL from spending some weeks back home in Illinois. Which was my last. Illinois will no longer be my physical home come July. My parents will be living in Florida, and I will still be in STL. Its a scary thing. I have to make a decision where I am going to go after the fall semester since I will be graduated. I decided to move to Colorado after graduation. To start a new chapter of my life with my boyfriend. Finally ending the long distance. It will be great to be a normal couple. While I was home, he came to visit! Which was awesome and amazing. I loved it. We saw a lot of movies; Godzilla, X-Men, and Captain America 2. Also, exploring the Chicagoland area. Illinois will always be my state, and Chicago will always be my city.

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I’ve been thinking about what to say in my final Fontbonne blog for some time now. I’ve been trying to think of witty comments or good advice to give to current and incoming students. But, for the first time, I think I’ll just make it short and sweet.

These past four years have definitely been an adventure. I’ve cried and laughed. I’ve felt like I was on top of the world and stuck under a bunch of rocks. I’ve experienced triumphs and tribulations. The best advice I can offer to students at this point is to keep doing what you’re doing no matter what anyone else thinks. Go with what your heart tells you, even if everyone seems to be against you. You and only you know what’s best for you, even if others laugh and think you’re crazy.

So where will I go after graduation? Well, I’ll be working all summer, and then I’ll start my graduate education at Saint Louis University in the Core Biomedical Sciences Program offered through the School of Medicine. My goal is to join one of the many Molecular Microbiology and Immunology research labs because microbiology is, without a doubt, my biggest life passion.

Thanks for reading my blogs over these past four years and for following me on my life journey.

“Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today.”

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It’s the last week of class . . . where has the time gone?   I know that everyone is excited that summer is nearly here.  Unfortunately, we still have that week of stress known as “finals” standing in our way.  Ugh!

Anyway, for many students, these last two weeks are the final days of school before moving into the “real”world.  Graduating seniors, besides studying for finals and finishing projects, have been preparing for graduate school or filling out job applications, completing forms for graduation, and purchasing caps and gowns.  Let me tell you, it takes a lot of work to graduate!  Preparing for the next step takes a lot of preparation.

The next step for me involves earning a graduate degree in speech-language pathology; my field requires a master’s degree before I can become a speech therapist.  I have enrolled in Fontbonne’s master’s communication disorders program, and will begin my studies this summer.  While I don’t have a lot of down time before the next leg of my academic journey begins, I will get to have some vacation time before I return to school.  Kind of.  But not really.

The day after graduation, I leave for a trip to Germany with the HST/PHL/REL 496 class on the Holocaust, and I return a few days before summer classes begin.  I am excited to be visiting a new country, but with moving to an apartment and trying to get ready for graduate school, I will be super busy for the next two months.  But since I’ll be continuing school for two more years, I don’t feel like I’m growing up quite yet.  I will be doing many of the same things I’ve been doing—attending classes, seeing friends, working.  I think that my next step in schooling is slowing my progression to adulthood.  Which can be both good and bad.

What is your next step in life?  Are you beginning a new job, a new school, or a new year at Fontbonne?

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“Tara, what are you majoring in again?”

I am a Fine Arts major! Why, you may ask? Well, I don’t know, maybe it’s the thrill of getting creative with a blank canvas or the fact that I’m just really good at drawing, painting, and graphically designing. It’s my niche, where I belong. I always knew it.

People always ask me if ‘art is difficult.’ LOL. I say, “You either have the gift or you don’t. If you want to acquire the gift, good luck.” But it’s true! It takes a lot of skill and dedication — trust me, drawing is much harder than it looks. Plus, I know for a fact that over a million people out there can agree with that statement. (Caught ya)!

Now, of course, there are plenty of subjects I want to explore to discern my vocation. For example, I have a high interest in Psychology/Sociology, Communications, and Fashion Merchandising. All of the former involve me socially applying 1) myself and 2) what I learn in my every day life at a deeper, more meticulous level.

I think it is far beyond beneficial to have variety in your coursework so that in the future, you have more options when you’re job searching. Unfortunately, I feel that with the handful of general education requirements, it feels so difficult to achieve that goal!

Anyways, what do I plan to do with my major? As of now, I really want to intern for Teen Vogue or a personal stylist. If not either of those, I definitely want to shadow an artist/graphic designer or someone of the sort.

All in all, I love art! Art is everywhere. It’s in our words, our ideas, and our hopes & dreams. We can’t let Art down. Let’s do Art a favor and appreciate how beautifully it works into our lives. Okay? Spectacular :-)

That’s all I have for that! Ta, ta for now!

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Help Yourself By Helping Others

by Tara Jones April 30, 2014

Hello! Today, I am going to be sharing my thoughts on community service and its relevance to Fontbonne’s mission statement. • “Why is service so important?” Serving your community lets others know that you want to help change the world little by little while gaining a new perspective of life. Service, amidst being so important, […]

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The Last Post.

by Carly April 28, 2014

Top Lessons I Learned in College (And Not from a Textbook) 1.)  You don’t need to transfer schools or move across the country to somewhere more beautiful or exciting in order to be happy. Happiness is right where you are, and finding it is all a matter of changing your perspective on where you’re at. […]

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The Seaweed is Always Greener

by Marielle April 28, 2014

One of the things I like best about Fontbonne, and I’m sure I’ve said this many times before, is how easy it is to get involved in things.  And not just get involved, but dominate.  Perhaps this sounds negative, but I’ve always felt that Fontbonne provides a perfect “big fish in a little pond” atmosphere, […]

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…And Decisions.

by Carly April 21, 2014

A couple of weeks ago as a blog prompt, it was suggested we post a picture that pretty much sums up our Fontbonne career. Here’s a good one to sum up my life as of late: I don’t think I’ve ever been so sleep deprived in my entire life, between early morning track practices, staying […]

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Life in Fast Forward

by Courtney April 19, 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot about graduation lately. Perhaps that’s because I now have less than a month until the big day. My final undergrad to-do list is quickly dwindling, and every project, quiz, paper, or test that I’m finishing is becoming one of my last of my undergrad career. My planner is definitely filling […]

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Research Methods

by Isabella April 9, 2014

So… I’ve spent the first six months in 2014 trying to decide whether I wanted to do a thesis or not. In the graduate program for speech-pathology, this is optional, so we have a choice. I asked around; students who did do one felt incredibly gratified and fulfilled. Those who did not do one were […]

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