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.
The grades are now all in. The semester is officially over. And I have only one semester left at Fontbonne University.
This semester was definitely different for me in many, many ways. First of all, I only had classes two days per week, and I spent the other days of the week interning in a microbiology lab off campus and working on the seemingly-endless process of graduate school admissions, scholarship, and fellowship applications. Secondly, I only had one “real,” required-for-my-degree biology course. This was very strange for me since my semesters are generally chock full of science courses of all types, ranging from lab research to lectures. Finally, this semester was different for me because many of the people I’ve grown to love and be around weren’t on campus. They either graduated last spring or, in the case of my favorite professor, retired.
But even though this semester was totally different from what I’m used to, I found it to be beneficial. I’ve learned so much from my internship, and I’m now much more comfortable working independently in the lab and being solely responsible for the outcomes of the lab procedures that I perform. In addition, the extra days “off” from classes gave me the time I desperately needed to fill out grad school applications and talk to the various schools about any questions that I had. (And trust me when I say that I had a lot of them.) So even though this semester was extremely unconventional, I’m happy I experienced it.
Now that I’m officially 7/8 of the way through my undergraduate education, though, I’m excited to have a restful Christmas break and return refreshed for my final semester.
Happy Holidays, Everyone!!
Well, that’s it. The Fall Semester is officially over. I had a few difficult finals and a rough week (39 hour all-nighter included), but what’s done is done. Now it’s time to celebrate!
The month of December is one that is celebratory for everyone every year, but for myself especially. December brings winter break, Christmas, holiday festivities, my birthday, and my roommate’s birthday! What more fun could a girl ask for? This year both my roommate and I are turning the big 2-1, and are having a joint birthday celebration to celebrate. We’re going all out with invitations, a cake, and an “End of Prohibition” theme.
With the celebration of winter break is the art of relaxation, or a little more sleep and a little less stress. I’m hoping to have some quality “me” time before the spring semester begins. I plan on getting a pedicure, shopping, going to the zoo, and seeing Christmas lights. I’m spending most of winter break at school working, so it will be my first official December in St. Louis. I can’t wait to see what’s in store!
Thanks for reading..