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Hello all–Happy Friday! The good thing about being in a challenging, fast-paced program is that the weeks fly by! This weekend is going to be particularly awesome in my household come Sunday evening—it’s the Oscars! My roommate and I are both movie buffs so we’re scrambling to watch all of the Best Pic nominees before the big day. I’m not a huge Woody Allen fan, but so far Midnight in Paris has been my favorite. We’ll see! (Although… I’m bad luck lately. I was rooting for the Pats last week. So… sorry if I just doomed you, Woody.)

For as much as I love having the opportunity to spread my wings and live independently in St. Louis while my loved ones are home in Maine, it can also be really hard sometimes. Something that does not make things easier is the hour time change. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but my mom always forgets and texts me when she gets up in the morning, because at home we get up around the same time. I’m the twenty-first century girl who sleeps with her cell phone by her head, so when I occasionally forget to turn the sound off… I get a five or six AM wake up call. Or then there’s the flip side, when I go to Skype my boyfriend back home in Maine before bed. If I’m getting into bed around 10:30 or so, it’s 11:30 his time, and he’s wiped. It’s crazy how one little hour can mess with sleep schedules and daily routines so much!

It’s all about adapting though, because this transition is SO worth it. I love my life here in the Lou! I love being independent, I love being in a new place, I love that I’ve made a smart career choice, and I love making new friends with similar interests. I had job offers last year and I had other graduate programs that I was looking at… but coming to Fontbonne ended up being a no brainer. For anybody out there who is reading this and is contemplating the SLP graduate program… it’s a really, really well-rounded program where you will learn the ins and the outs of being a great clinician. And, added bonus, there is funding available for people interested in committing to specific areas of professional development such as deafness, AAC, becoming a graduate assistant, or working in the developmental language group. I’m a deaf emphasis scholar, which is an awesome opportunity — especially in St. Louis. There are lots of renowned schools for the deaf here, and I can’t wait to experience one or two out on my practicum rotations in the coming year.

Okay, I’m off! Happy weekending ☺

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Alumni Posts

Hey yo!

by Alumni Posts on February 6, 2012

in In Saint Louis

Hello Fontbonne friends, in St. Louis and beyond!

I’m new to the blog, so let me introduce myself. My name is Meredith and I’m a first year graduate student studying speech-language pathology with an emphasis in deafness. When I told the girls in my program that I’m taking up blogging with Fontbonne, they all stopped what they were doing and looked at me like I had two heads. Time is kind of at a premium in our program; in fact, I’m currently taking a break from reviewing client files and writing up the rationale for my treatment methods this semester… And it’s a Friday night. *sigh* Blogging about my week is a welcome distraction!

Back to my story: I’m a transplant not only to STL but to the entire midwest region. I’d never lived outside of New England up until about 6 months ago (go Patriots!). I packed up everything I could fit into my car last August and drove 24 hours straight so I could relocate to St. Louis with nobody but me, myself, and I. This whole experience is proving to be quite the little adventure, and I’m looking forward to sharing the trials and triumphs with you all.

Okay… now back to work I go!

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Today, Fontbonne is hosting an Open House for prospective student! EEKKS, I remember the day I visited Fontbonne during an Open House in February of 2009! My dad and I flew up to St. Louis from San Antonio, Texas, on February 14, 2009. What a way to spend Valentine’s Day of my senior year of high school — with… my dad. I felt determined that Fontbonne was the school for me. It was a private, Catholic university, housed in a robust city. The few Texas schools I looked at are located in small towns in the middle of nowhere with nothing but cattle surrounding the school. (Yes, I’m a Texan born and raised but the idea of going to a school in the country did not appeal to me. I am a city girl through and through!)

Fontbonne had a Speech Pathology program as well as a theatre program: two out of my three requirements for any school I was looking into. I am majoring in Communication Disorders, which allows for me to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Through my financial aid, I am work-studying in the same department — Communication Disorders and Deaf Education. Even though I am not majoring or minoring in theatre, I was able to perform in the One-Act Festival Fontbonne held last December.

I am in my sophomore year at Fontbonne, living on campus in Medaille Hall. I share a suite with a friend I made up here my freshman year, and it just so happens that we are majoring in the same department! Crazy how things work out! I am involved in NSSLHA (National Students Speech-Language and Hearing Association), the club geared for Communication Disorders and Deaf Education majors. This year will be my first year as a Griffin Girl, the dance team at Fontbonne! You can see us perform at Basketball games during half-time 🙂 If you have any questions about me or anything Fontbonne, just ask!

Well that’s me in a nutshell!

Lee

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