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Sarah

Spring Break Shenanigans

by Sarah on March 28, 2014

in College Life

At the beginning of March I found myself counting down the days until Spring Break!  Not too uncommon for a college student to do so being as the weeks leading up are usually filled with midterms, tests, quizzes, and projects.  But this was my first Spring Break as a college student so it was way more exciting than any of my breaks in high school.  I didn’t do anything to spectacular but I think it was the best spring break I’ve ever had.  I started out by spending a day in Chicago visiting some family and then made my way back home to Wisconsin were I spent a good amount of the week sleeping, spending time with family, and getting together with friends.  I don’t go home very often so I really appreciated my time there.  Halfway through spring break I left for a road trip that entailed traveling through most of the midwest (5 states) and eventually leading back to school.  Again, it may not have been as glamorous as going down to myrtle beach it was definitely a great time!

Now that I’m back I’m still trying to get back into the swing of my studies but I certainly can’t wait for my next break!

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Kristen

College “Needs”

by Kristen on November 14, 2013

in College Life

As a high school student, I began preparing for my move to college very early. Like, a-year-in-advance-making-grocery-lists kind of early.  Now that I’ve been at school for a few years, I have determined which of my possessions are most vital to my existence as a college student.  If you are reading this post, and you are still in high school, you might want to think about purchasing the items listed below, at least sometime before the big move-in day.  It’s not an all-inclusive list of what you’ll need, but I definitely feel grateful for having these objects.  What would I do without them?  Cry.

Laptop computer:  Let me preface this item by saying that a computer is NOT necessary to a college student, at least not at Fontbonne.  There are many computer labs on campus available for student use; if you cannot bring your own computer to school, you will not fail at college.  That being said, computers are handy to have at school.  I use mine every day to write papers, look up grades, participate in discussion boards, do some online shopping . . . lots of things.  It’s nice to have your own place to save your work.  And, because my computer is a laptop, I can take it with me wherever I want to do homework (which is usually in my room, but sometimes I do go other places—more on that later).  So, I recommend that you bring a laptop to school, but it is not completely necessary.

Flashdrive:  This, for me, is not optional.  I use a flashdrive to back up my homework and picture files.  My flashdrive transports assignments from my computer to the library to be printed for class.  It holds PowerPoints for presentations.   It is amazing.   It is wonderful.  If it were a human, I swear it would be able to juggle while blindfolded.  Flashdrives are that impressive.  Do yourself a favor and go buy one.  I think mine has 4 gigabytes of memory, but I wish it could hold 8, which is what I’d suggest for you.

Winter coat and boots:  These aren’t needed for every college.  And they aren’t only restricted to college students.  But I received boots and a new winter coat as Christmas gifts during my college career, and I’m thankful that I have them.  Missouri doesn’t have the coldest or snowiest winters, but we do get occasional snows here, and the temperatures can drop enough that you need a warm coat.  This week we had several 20 degree mornings when I was happy to bundle up in layers before heading to class.

Vacuum:  Not all my friends have vacuums, so it may seem like you can get by without one.  But when I reflect on my past years on campus, all of my friends who don’t own their own vacuums have borrowed mine, from once a month to once a week.  This leads me to believe that vacuums really are important.  Personally, I can’t stand living in a place that isn’t kept clean.  If you are like me, you should pick up a vacuum for college.  And maybe some Clorox wipes, dust rags, window cleaner, Pine Sol . . .

Lamp:  If you live on campus, and if you plan on ever accomplishing anything between the hours of 9:00pm and 7:00am (or between 5:00pm and 8:00pm right now), you will need a lamp in your room.  Although the dorm rooms all have ceiling lights, I find that they don’t adequately illuminate my room for me to do homework in the evenings, without straining my eyes.  I have a floor lamp and a desk lamp right now, and I use them both daily.  Mine are from Walmart and Target—cheap, semi-fashionable, and worth the small amount of money I spent on them.

Storage:  If you’re living in a dorm room or apartment, you’ll need somewhere to keep your belongings.  Some people I know have storage tubs they keep underneath their beds.  My solution is using cube shelves and plastic drawers.  I think most dorm rooms provide some furniture, like desks and dressers.  But after you unpack your clothes and school supplies, you’ll probably need somewhere to put everything else you own.

Planner:  Every college student needs some organizational system to make sure that deadlines are met and meetings are attended.  I have a dry-erase calendar on my wall that lets me know what big events are coming up.  For everything else, I use a planner.  I use it to keep track of all my homework, activities, meetings, work schedules, everything.  Planners keep me successful; I have rarely forgotten assignments since I have been using them.  Staying on top of your schedule is especially important at the college level, when you are expected to act like an adult and a professional.  My teachers would not be sympathetic if I was missing classes or homework because I “forgot.”

Sticky notes:  Remember earlier when I mentioned making lists?  It’s an obsession for me.  I use several packages of sticky notes over the course of a school year.  Each day, I write a list of all the tasks I need to complete.  I write reminders to myself and stick them on my desk.  I even use sticky notes to decorate friend’s rooms for special occasions (try labeling every object in your friend’s room—it’s mischievous and takes forever to clean up.  Muahahaa!)  Not everyone needs as many sticky notes as I go through, but it will be nice to keep a few on hand.

If you’re reading this and notice I left something really important out, please comment and share!  I’d love to hear what you think college students can’t live without.  Next week, I promise to post sooner.  I had written a post on Monday, but lost it at work.  Hopefully I can find it and share what I wrote with you soon!

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Hello, Dear Readers!

It’s been a while since I posted my last summer blog. And my, how things have changed since then! The weather is saying that fall is soon upon us, classes have been in session for almost a month, and my favorite holiday of the year, Halloween, draws ever closer.

This semester is definitely different for me. For the past two years, I’ve had eighteen or so hours of almost all science courses. I crammed courses like organic chemistry, cell and molecular biology, and anatomy and physiology all into one semester. Call me crazy, but that’s what I did, and I loved it, for the most part. Now, however, I’m practically finished with all of my biology courses, so I’m technically only taking one required biology course this semester (which, by the way, is immunology) in addition to a few gen-eds and a class for my theatre minor. I’m only on campus twice per week; I spend the other days of the week in my internship lab. I’m still interning in the microbiology lab where I started at last spring break, and I continually love it ever more.

But that’s enough about school. The memories of summer seem distant now, but who’s not up for a little reminiscing? I’ve been excited to designate the following as “My Summer Favorites” for a while now. So enjoy!

Favorite Summer Muny Show: “South Pacific”
This came down to a close call. I enjoyed the entire season, but it was hard for me to determine which show I liked better – “South Pacific” or “Les Miserables.” Though I’ve always loved “Les Miz,” I’d have to say that “South Pacific” was my favorite show of the summer season. The vibrant colors, singing, dancing, and classic Rodgers and Hammerstein storyline were all in perfect harmony. I’ve been voting for this show for at least the past five years, so I’m happy to say that The Muny’s 2013 production was worth the long wait.

Favorite Summer TV Show: “Whodunnit!”
“Whodunnit!” was my televised summertime addiction. A show on ABC, “Whodunnit!” was a murder mystery reality show. I often said it was a televised version of my favorite board game, Clue. In the show, Giles was the butler at the super-creepy Rue Manor, and contestants had to solve murder mysteries to determine who the “killer” was. I was so excited that my favorite contestant
won, and I absolutely loved trying to put all of the clues together and figure out each week’s crime before Giles explained how the crime had been committed. If anyone from ABC is reading this, there’d better be a season two coming up soon!

Favorite Summer Movie: “The Great Gatsby”
Okay, I’ll admit it – “Gatsby” technically came out in theaters right around exam week last May. However, I’d still consider it to be my favorite summer movie. I saw it with my mom and then again with a good friend, and I loved it both times. The director used amazing visuals to retell this classic story. It was haunting, exciting, and romantic all at once.

Favorite Summer Lab Process: DNA Extraction
In my internship lab, I performed my first DNA extraction within the first couple months of being there. However, I was working
alongside my friend David, who knew what he was doing. Right around the Fourth of July, I performed my first solo DNA extraction. It was awesome. I wouldn’t consider myself a DNA extraction pro just yet, but I would say that I have a much better grasp of how the process works and on what goes on in each specific step. Plus, how can you beat a technique that requires continual micropipetting?!

Favorite Summer Memory: Going to EPCOT
My family and I go to Disney World each June for vacation. This year, however, we were able to go to EPCOT on three different days because we had park tickets that allowed us to go from park to park. EPCOT, or the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow,” is my absolute favorite Disney park because it combines science, technology, and culture. Seeing the dolphins and manatees and riding the ever-funny “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” starring Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy made my vacation perfect.

All in all, I had a pretty good summer. But I’m happy that the semester has started because I’ll be able to devote more time to learning immunology and working and learning in my lab.

Tagged as: back to school, Biology, EPCOT, internship, Microbiology, Summer, The Great Gatsby, The Muny

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Hard to believe it, but I’ll be moving back into the good ol’ Fontbonne dorms in less than two weeks. Strangely enough, it seems that each time I make the trek back, I have EVEN MORE STUFF to bring with me….I digress. I’ve had a marvelous time relaxing, reading, running, cooking, and crafting at home this summer, but I certainly won’t mind having my college friends back in my life!

Speaking of moving back, I did some shopping today for the Environmental Club’s annual Move-In Bonanza! This year we’ll be raffling off organic cotton sheets and towels, sustainable glass storage bowls, and lots of yummy local/organic snacks! So if you’re going to be living on campus next semester, look for our table when you’re moving in!

Enjoy your remaining summer and make every moment count!

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Sometimes I’m Just Happy I’m Older.

by Alumni Posts January 25, 2012

What a way to celebrate my 20th birthday: 7 AM wake-up, 8 AM Organic class. I’m not sure which is more fun: having my birthday fall on move-in day for second semester (as it did last year) or having my birthday fall on the first day of classes (as it did this year). Anyway, despite […]

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It Feels So Gooood To Be Back

by Alumni Posts January 19, 2012

Break was fantastic. Break was phenomenal, break was magnificent, break was everything I could have wanted and more. But since break is over and I’m back at school, I might as well be happy to be back! And I am: happy to be around my friends and happy to get started with what should be […]

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It’s a New Beginning!

by Alumni Posts January 19, 2012

I always love the beginning of a new semester because it’s a chance to start new and fresh. I like getting all new classes, it really makes learning more interesting. The long winter break was definitely refreshing and readied me for this new semester. Waking up for my 8 AM class however, wasn’t too easy. […]

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Eventful First Night Back

by Deanna January 19, 2012

Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. day, was our first day back in the dorms. It was very exciting to be back in our own little homes away from home, and great to see everyone as well. Just after I got back from the DSAC for dinner, my work called me in to close, so I […]

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Here We Go Again!!!

by Alumni Posts January 19, 2012

Well here we are again! First blog of the second semester! Today feels like a whole new year for me. I have a new room, roommate, and classes! So far I love it! It is great that I can just jump back into the groove of school and hanging out with my friends. I always […]

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Aaaand We’re Back!

by Alumni Posts January 17, 2012

“So, didja do anything fun over break?” Five dollars says at least one person’s going to ask me that in the course of the next few days, and I’d better have an answer ready! I didn’t go anywhere – my whole extended family comes into Saint Louis for Christmas  – but I had some great […]

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