When I started out at Fontbonne I had every aspect of my educational future planned out. I was going to major in Art, minor in Psych, and eventually go off to get my master’s in Art Therapy. Art Therapy is an up and coming career in the mental health field that uses art as a means of helping people with issues they might not have the spoken words for; it helps enrich the lives of the elderly and the mentally disabled alike. It’s a great path for someone that loves art and also really wants to help people. It was also a career choice that would be almost guaranteed to bring in a paycheck while I tried to make time to create my own art. After my first semester, and now into my second semester, I have had a slight change of heart. I fell in love with ceramics. Walking into the ceramics studio to create feels like coming home, and I don’t want to ignore that. So I will be changing to a Fine Arts major with emphasis on ceramics. I’ll be keeping my psych minor because I find it so fascinating, and it’ll give me more options for what I can do when I graduate if I need it. My love is art, my passion is ceramics, so that’s what I’m going to strive to do in my post-college life. Life is too short to work 9-5 in a cube 😉
I had no idea what I wanted to do when I first set off to college my freshman year. I didn’t declare myself undecided, but I had my sights set high on Biology and doing Pre-Med. I’d grown up wanting to do something like House did (you know, that show with the cynical doctor whose sarcasm was way too inappropriate to probably use in a hospital setting…) However, that dream fell short when my freshman biology class at Truman State knocked me on my butt. Then I moved onto Health Science and Pre-Occupational Therapy. This seemed more ideal at the time. Less schooling, a secure future, good pay, and a variety of people and places to work, but this also fell short having to major in classes that mainly dealt with public and community health and its administration. I could barely keep my eyes open learning such rigorous material in class. Needless to say, I was more interested in the Pre-OT part rather than the health bit.
Then things changed and I had to move schools. I went to community college to figure out some stuff and take some classes that were paid for already having done the A+ Program in high school. I struggled to find my calling. I even took a business class to see if that would be my forte and… it definitely wasn’t. I wanted to do English because I loved reading and writing books, but I figured I could do that in my spare time if need be, especially since I didn’t want to teach it. Then I heard about Speech-Language Pathology. I had no idea what it was, but I knew it was a promising field to go into. I found out that it had to do with linguistic type aspects and essentially also English in a way with words, grammar, and language. The first class I took here in the major was one that compared the various components of language, and I knew from that moment on that it was what I needed to do with my life. Needless to say, I love it. I may not be passionate about it like people are about art or literature or psychology, but it’s a field I enjoy where I know I will be able to help others and their language. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s okay if you’re undecided, it’s ok if you change your major, it happens. You just have to find what works for you.
My whole life I have always been passionate about writing in all it’s forms. From short stories and poetry, to essays and critical analysis I have always loved writing. While in high school I made the decision that I wanted to study writing in college. A majority of people thought I was crazy for this. I always enjoyed the various essays I was assigned throughout school that were loathed by most of the other students. Writing is just something that has always come more naturally and fluidly to me; it was my choice of self-expression. I began to think about possible careers to have that involved writing and the field of journalism always came up. I was fond of the idea of being a journalist but was never all too sure about it. Most schools have journalism programs all more or less focused on the same curriculum. Fontbonne does not have a journalism program, however, it does have a professional writing degree. Fontbonne was the only school that offered a more general writing degree that I was looking at. This piqued my interest because it expanded my possibilities that I could do with this degree. I wouldn’t be stuck in a program that I may end up not wanting to do with my life after all. Even if I have a change in heart in what direction I want to take my writing career I can still stay within the same degree. At this point I am still not sure what it is exactly I want to do with my degree but that’s really what the point of college is in my case.
I ended up at Fontbonne in December of 2013. Before that I had hopped, skipped, and jumped from school to school hoping to find the right place to settle and finally figure out what I wanted to do. Truman State University was my home for my freshman year and I wanted so desperately to return after financial hardships brought me home for the consecutive year and a half, but alas, I couldn’t. I knew that as I got back into the groove of a four year program, all of my friends would be leaving in a year. So I set out on the adventure that would lead me to where I wanted to be. I completed my associate’s degree at a local community college before I sat down and really thought about what I wanted to do. At Truman, I was in the pre-occupational therapy program, but I really hadn’t had exposure to the field. I was leaning towards a therapy job in general when I came across communication disorders and speech-language pathology. I didn’t know much about the field, but researched to find that the job outlook was surprisingly high and that it was flexible. I could work in a school, a hospital, a clinic, a nursing home, the works! I applied to Maryville’s Occupational Therapy program and Fontbonne’s SLP program because I couldn’t decide between the two. Both were close to home so I could work and save money while driving to school, and I was tired of being indecisive about what field I wanted to do and knew I was running out of time to pick a major. Then there was waiting. Finally, I received a message from Maryville saying that I needed to complete 25 hours shadowing an OT in order to be considered for admission. It was late in the summer so I had little time to do so before attending school that following semester. Then Fontbonne accepted me into their Speech Language Pathology program! No requirements whatsoever.
I wouldn’t say I chose Fontbonne because I was passionate about going here, but more so for the convenience and my being indecisive. The program chose me, and I absolutely love it!