As the semester slowly comes to an end, that means the holidays are approaching! Since I live far away from Fontbonne, I have to plan my trips to go home way in advance. I recently flew home to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. In this post, I want to give you all some tips and tricks on traveling to and from school.
-Look at the Academic Calendar (found on Fontbonne’s website) as soon as possible to see what days you don’t have school.
-Figure out which days/times you are able to leave school and book your flights; be sure to check multiple airlines and other traveling resources such as Travelocity and Orbitz to find the best deals!
-Pack lightly: you may come back with more than you brought in the first place, so plan accordingly.
-If you are taking public transportation such as the MetroLink or city bus, check their schedules and pricing.
-For those of you who may travel via an airplane, review the TSA safety guidlines for what you can/cannot bring with you on the airplane and the specific carry-on luggage sizes.
-Have tons of fun! Traveling allows you to see so many new places and faces, and sometimes the best part is meeting new people and hearing their stories.
One of my latest experiences at Fontbonne was teaching a Sports Nutrition lesson to the Lacrosse players at Fontbonne University. Initially, I though this was way out of my comfort zone. After the experience, I found out that it was completely painless! Although public speaking has never been my strong suit, I loved the confidence I gained from jumping past this hurdle. I truly appreciate that the classes I take at Fontbonne give me a positive push in the right direction, even if it feels scary at first.
Next fall, I am collaborating with another dietetics student at Fontbonne to create a grant proposal for a nutrition education program for athletes on the Fontbonne campus. Fingers crossed! Here’s a little Pinterest inspiration for anyone who’s pushed past their comfort zone these past few weeks, and anyone that needs a little encouragement this week. Also, if you’d like to check out my website with my lesson plans on Sports Nutrition, it will be up and finished by this weekend! Click here!
It has been a long semester, but we all survived, didn’t we?
Best of luck in the Spring! Happy Holidays!
Hmm …autumn, what is there not to talk about for this season and the city of St. Louis?! Honestly. I love living here in general but when fall comes around, my heart just flutters with joy because of all the color around to see! The trees are changing, as well as falling, the temperature begins to drop and take a change of course, more family events and dinners occur – which means much more family bonding of course!! As well as my birthday and my sister’s birthday since we share the same birthday month, that of being October. Now sadly October does not have a special background of origin as compared to January, February, March, April, May, June, July or August basically.
Going back to what I was saying about the several kinds of trees in St. Louis…where can I even begin?! There are so many colors that I see just from my drive to and from campus each day! There are several trees in Forest Park – which I used to know the exact number of how many different kinds of trees but much more than I would ever know. I know that certain things that make St. Louis so great in the fall would be the little events and traditions that go on that some of us may not even be aware of. Such as the “Best of Missouri Fest” that takes place at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where several companies come together to share some of their products for possible customers to purchase. I know that whenever my family attends, we come home with 3-4 caramel apples from our favorite little shop. Also there is pumpkin picking at Eckert’s Farm, where you can choose any pumpkin of varying sizes to take home and then carve for Halloween.
Now I will say that I am beginning to love hiking though it depends on where. My boyfriend and I actually love taking walks outside in the neighborhood, now sure, that is not the same as hiking, but we make sure to go for bike rides on Grant’s Trail through the city as well as county. Bonfires, now those are the best! A group of friends of mine have been planning on meeting up a few times each month just to go outside and have a bonfire with this horrible cold weather coming upon us, so we must make the best of it! Roasting marshmallows and creating the best s’more possible!
I will say that fall traditions vary from person to person but making sure to share those traditions with others makes fall even better, because there are more opportunities to spend amounts of time with friends in one of the best seasons possible for this city. There is so much color and beauty out there – so make sure to spend time exploring it while you can as well as creating more memories with friends along the way!
My time at Fontbonne has gone WAY too fast. I transferred here with one goal in mind: work hard and get my degree. I didn’t know how my experience would be. This was my third time transferring to a school and I just wanted to get school over with. Fontbonne was more than that. I had wonderful experiences, very few that were bad. I think the one thing (besides my education) that surprised me the most was all the incredible people I met. They helped me grow these last 2.5 years.
If I didn’t go to Fontbonne I don’t know if I would be the person who I am today. I might have been, but I’m glad of the path I took. Being at Fontbonne taught me how it is important to help people and be the better person in each situation. It also taught me that it is okay to go out of my comfort zone and be the person I want to be.
The people I met at and outside of Fontbonne made my experience just as special as getting my B.A in Advertising. I am very sad to leave, but I wouldn’t have changed anything. After Fontbonne I am going back home to Chicago for a few weeks and then moving to Colorado and see where life will take me. It brought me to Fontbonne — now to see what else is in store.