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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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Studying abroad, especially going to such distant countries like the US. .is definitely excited. However, along with the excitement for the trip ahead, packing your stuff would be a challenging mind game if you want to make your stay convenient and comfortable.

  1. Put cash in several places.

Even with the advancement of internet banking today, it is still inconvenient to have absolutely no cash or too little cash on hand. Transferring money from countries to countries is also often charged. Thus, bringing some cash with you is necessary.

There should always be cautious about unanticipated situations. Losing your purse, bag, or baggage is one of those. To prevent getting all your money lost and being trapped in unwanted troubles, put cash here and there. Keep most in your personal wallet that you always have, a large note in your front pocket and some in the backpack.

But of course, remember to always keep your valuable belongings on you.

  1. Have an extra set of clothes in your backpack.

You have packed all your favorite pieces into your checked baggage, hoping to start your new life at a new place with your most confident costumes. But who knows if there would be problems with the baggage transferring between places or flights? You will never know when that one who got his or her baggage lost is you. Besides the terror of losing your belongings, the greater question is, how are you going to appear in front of everyone in your new school with this dirty shirt you had on one day ago before you boarded the flight? The answer is, that extra new one in your backpack.

As it would be placed in your backpack, the clothes should not be of significant weight. A casual clean T-shirt and a pair of shorts should be good enough.

And do not forget your underwear.

  1. Universal adapter is never redundant.

Upon traveling to a foreign country, it is important to check the type of electricity plug used in that country. You do not want to be in that situation where everything is nicely organized except your table lamp cannot be turned on and your phone is unable to charged. Hence the adapter should be in your carry-on bag, too.

  1. Charge everything before setting off.

Keeping in touch is quite the most important thing when traveling to a foreign country alone. Getting all your devices fully charged is a way to keep in touch. Thus, you should charge your laptop, your phone, your tablet, etc. before leaving your house. Do remember to have all the chargers in your backpack just in case those devices run out of battery, which is likely to happen because the travelling time to the US from all countries outside the continent America is long, unless you have your own private jet and pilot, of course.

Also, it is recommended that one should bring a portable charger instead of the charging cable only. Some airports do not have charging stations available or easily spotted. In case of your phone dying in an emergency, the portable little friend would come in handful.

The above are just a few basic tips. Other things such as your beloved teddy bear, or the lucky charm your mother gave you would be up to personal preference. Do not worry too much because studying abroad is a marvelous experience and if you are lucky enough, you can buy other necessities as very cheap prices.

 

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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.

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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.

xoxo,

Claire

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Amidst the craziness that can be college life, there is the inevitable chance that we will make mistakes. Sometimes we make small ones that are easy to fix, and sometimes we make really big ones that feel impossible to overcome. Like forgetting a really important event, or breaking someones’ heart. We are human and the truth is that we aren’t perfect; most people have no desire to make those big mistakes that can feel so heart-wrenching. We also seem to learn some of our most important lessons in life through making those big mistakes. It doesn’t make things any easier, but it can make the future better.

Some of my most necessary life lessons were learned though making pretty epic mistakes — while my gut was yelling at me the whole time to not even get into those situations in the first place. After all the heated words, the pain, the tears, the guilt, came the healing process. How can you heal from something that was your fault to begin with? That was your mistake? You can apologize to whomever else was involved, hoping they will accept and forgive. But I think, more importantly, you should learn to forgive yourself. You can hold your breath waiting to be forgiven by outside parties, and maybe you will be and maybe that’ll help. Forgiving yourself, however, can be more therapeutic than any outside source of comfort. We are human, we stumble, we fall, we get up again and keep moving forward. Life is too short to be so hard on yourself for messing up. Take your time, learn from your mistakes, forgive yourself, and wake up the next morning knowing it’s going to be a better day.

Cheers!

 

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Benefits of Taking an Art Class at Fontbonne!

by Fontbonne University November 9, 2015

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 […]

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Why should you come to Fontbonne?

by Alumni Posts October 29, 2015

Thinking about coming to Fontbonne? Here are some reasons why you should consider this lovely school!!! 1. It’s small. Unlike at a big school where the lectures have 75 students or so, Fontbonne is only a few thousand students, so the classes are like max 30 people. The professors have less students to know so […]

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Favorite Time of Year

by Fontbonne University October 26, 2015

Of all the seasons in the midwest, I have to say that autumn is hands down my favorite one. The weather has cooled down from the hot weather of summer, but hasn’t hasn’t become the unbearable cold of winter. Everything is crisp and there’s a riot of color everywhere. One of my favorite activities in […]

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Local Coffee Shops

by Fontbonne University October 19, 2015

Maybe I’m broaching a subject that has already been done, or perhaps more than a bit stereotypical? But it’s near and dear to my heart. St. Louis offers up some awesome local coffee shops to fulfill the caffeine needs of any student. If you’re looking for something relatively close to Fontbonne I would have to […]

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Giving Back

by Fontbonne University October 12, 2015

As the fall semester here at Fontbonne is halfway through, I’ve finally had a chance to start my volunteer service at St. Mary’s Hospital. I have to admit, when I first started the process to become a volunteer I felt a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information and a little unsure whether I could […]

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A Thank You to My Former Teachers

by Claire October 6, 2015

Thank You to the My Former Teachers Thank you. I want to say thank you to every teacher who has taught me. You have influenced my life starting when I was four years old. You assisted with the transition from one grade school to the next and middle school to high school and you put in […]

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