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I think it can be said that the fall semester here at Fontbonne has flown by faster than anyone thought possible. There were days that I wondered how I would make it to the end with my sanity in tact. With a schedule that consisted of two 12 hour days, two 10 hour days, one 7 hour day, and weekends full of homework and studio time, there were times when it felt impossible. There were many lessons I learned from this semester, however, that I hope to take with me into the next three semesters I have left.

  1. Don’t look at the whole semester at once, just get through one class at a time and one day at a time. When I was trying to get through my longest days it was more manageable if I broke it down by what class I had next, how much time I had to relax/eat, and what I had to get done before the next class started. Breaking everything down incrementally helped me keep my sanity and kept me on track with my work load.
  2. Figure out what your priorities are and go from there. It’s easy to loose track when you’re not sure what to do first, or you’d rather be doing something more fun and exciting. But when you’ve got 15 credit hours, a part time job, and bills to pay, sometimes you have to make sacrifices and decide what your top priorities are. Make a list if that helps. I have made countless lists this semester of everything from my daily schedule to important due dates for projects. It helped me stay organized and that allowed me to sneak some fun stuff in too.
  3. Make time to take care of yourself. I know it can be really hard to make sure you’re getting enough sleep or eating mostly healthy, but it’s so important when you’re going through the stress of college. The amount of people in my classes that got sick this semester was staggering. And all of them missed at least one day of school because of being sick. If you make time for sleep and make a greater effort at eating healthier, your immune system will have a better chance at fighting off the illnesses that circulate each year and all of that will reduce your stress level significantly.
  4. Work on that procrastination. Like now. Not next semester, not next week. It’s easy to put off writing that paper or finishing that project later when you’ve got a week or two till it’s due. I’ve always been really good at putting things off until the last minute, and it sucks every single time. So, in the interest of reducing stress and keeping on track, that will be put at the top of my priority list starting now.

I’m sure there were several other lessons that were learned, but these are the big four that come to mind immediately. The important thing is that you take a look at the things you’ve learned this semester and try to apply those things to next semester, or your life in general. There is so much more to learn and it’ll be interesting to see what the new year brings!

 

Cheers!

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This is the beginning of the end. That’s what I keep telling my friends at least. Senior year is upon us….and basically half over. Everything that happens this year is essentially my last as a Fontbonne Undergrad. This is crazy to think about, but also super exciting at the same time. Why so sentimental? Well, I’m nearing the end of my seventh semester here at Fontbonne. It’s absolutely nuts how fast time can fly when you’re having fun. Yeah, everyone says that. Yeah, I’m being super cliché. Yeah, I’m 123% telling the truth. My time spent at Fontbonne has created some of my favorite memories throughout these past 21 years of my life. So in honor of these past seven semesters, let me tell you seven things that I love about being a part of Griffin Nation.

1) Feeling at home

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Admit it; you’ve probably gotten this feeling once or twice (or maybe even a few hundred times).

2) Free Shirts

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I literally have TWO drawers full of Fontbonne t-shirts at this point…and I have only bought two of them from the bookstore. Riddle me that one. Getting involved = getting a purple and gold wardrobe for days. #Perks

3) Small school benefits

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Speaking of #perks…one of the BEST things about being at Fontbonne is that if you need an answer about something on campus and someone doesn’t know, they usually know someone that knows. When in doubt, phone a friend! It’s fantastic. Another awesome thing? Even if you are running late for class it will probably take you three minutes TOPS to get across campus.

4) Knowing people by name

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Yeah, it’s pretty awesome walking across campus and knowing (almost) everyone that you walk past.

5) Not just being another fish in the sea

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I’m a face with a name. My advisor knows me personally and has supported me through so much. Pro tip: if you ever feel lost – email your advisor! They’ll set you on the right track.

6) Starting our own traditions

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…and seeing them last. With Fontbonne being so small, it’s easy to make an impact and leave a legacy! If you’re super passionate about something, run with it and make it great! Chances are, somebody else is also passionate and will help you soar.

7) Being forever purple and gold

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As cheesy as it is…I’ll always be a Griffin. Fontbonne has helped me spread my wings and grow far more than I ever thought possible. As my best friend once said, the circle at Fontbonne is never-ending. As nervous as I am to graduate and head out into the real world…I am SO excited to exclaim that I am a Fontbonne Alumni. It’s quite the place to call your Alma Mater.

~ B.

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Alumni Posts

Bye 2015!

by Alumni Posts on December 7, 2015

in College Life

This year has been wild from start to finish! I rang the New Year in by getting a tonsillectomy. My little brother with Down syndrome graduated high school!! I got to spend the fourth of July in Panama City Beach and missed a day of work because the car broke down in Alabama on the way home. I started my senior year of classes and applied to grad school. I got a job at a cupcake place and made a hell of a lot of awesome friends at school!!!!! Friends for life, I’m sure.

I hope everyone else has had a wonderful 2015. This school year has been rough, but I’ve learned many lessons.  I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs, but needless to say, it’s been a solid year overall.  Hopefully, 2016 is better by far and filled with so many wonderful things and opportunities.  Hope you all do well on your finals and have a great break!!!!!

Until next semester!

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It’s a bittersweet time of the year! As students, we have finals to study for and our schedules start filling up during the month of December… but, on a brighter note, the end of the semester is near and so is the winter holiday :)
Since finals and some level of stress are in students’ inevitable futures, why not learn how to best cope with them?
Here are three practices to do while studying for finals:

1) Roll with the chaos. Finals are going to happen whether you’re pulling your hair out or calm and collected. Which sounds better? Keep a positive perspective in mind if you become negative about finals week. Get enough sleep, eat regularly and be sure to make time for yourself over the weekend so when you do study, it’s more tolerable!

2) Eat balanced. Sorry, as a dietetics student I had to put this one. Although I know part of it is likely a placebo effect, I tend to eat what I think of as “brain foods” before finals. Eggs keep me fuller longer and contain choline which is good for cognitive function**. Therefore, I like to switch my morning oatmeal to eggs during finals week. Walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds and salmon have omega-3s, which fight inflammation and has been linked to brain health*, so I incorporate these foods in my meals and snacks if possible. Lastly, if you’re a coffee drinker- be sure to drink your coffee this weekend! The caffeine will help keep you alert and focused. If you don’t drink caffeine, just remember to stay hydrated! Dehydration can lead to a feeling of sluggishness aka brain fog!

3) Take frequent breaks. You might be tempted to study for hours at a time, but you will actually retain more information if you take a break at least once per hour! Stand up, make coffee/tea, have a snack, take a walk or do a mindless Buzzfeed quiz… Whatever it is… Give that brain a rest! You deserve it. One easy way to schedule breaks is to set an alarm on your phone, that way you don’t have to watch the clock which can be a huge distraction to effective studying.

Currently taking a break from studying? Read Buzzfeed’s 33 Stages of Finals Week :) Good luck to everyone on finals & Happy Holidays!

References:
*http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/omega-3-fatty-acids-fish-oil-alpha-linolenic-acid/background/hrb-20059372
**http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2782876/

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It’s the Finals Countdown

by Fontbonne University December 7, 2015

Hey all, Brooke here! With finals quickly approaching… everything on campus seems to be a little more hectic and a little more alive. With this being my 7th finals week at Fontbonne (whoa!), I have a few pointers (or at least places) that may help you survive these next two weeks! At Fontbonne, we are […]

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Things to be Thankful For!

by Alumni Posts November 30, 2015

Being near the holidays, here’s a list of some of the few things I am thankful for this year: 1. Good friends 2. Supportive family 3. A paying job 4. Having one more semester of undergrad!! 5. A roof over my head 6. Netflix 7. Food on the table 8. Being in good health 9. […]

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[November 17, 2015] Fontbonne University International Bazaar

by Fontbonne University November 20, 2015

In collaboration with International Education Week, FBU organized an International Bazaar to present different cultures to the school’s students. The bazaar was made up of numerous stations: food testing, handicrafts showing, instrument playing and dancing showcases.                      

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Alleviate Stress as the Semester Ends

by Alumni Posts November 16, 2015

1. Keep active! Walking or doing yoga or going to the gym is a great way to alleviate stress as the burden of finals and research papers comes nearer in the next few weeks. Exercise means endorphins and endorphins make you happy!!! 2. Sleep. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep will prevent you from […]

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Internship Possibilities

by Patricia November 9, 2015

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. […]

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Finals are right around the corner. What have you learned this semester?

by Fontbonne University November 4, 2015

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 […]

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