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Choosing colleges is one of the huge life events that happens after high school.

Fontbonne wasn’t a hard pick for me once I knew what was out there.  When searching for colleges, I looked in the Illinois and the Saint Louis area for colleges that offered dietetics programs.  It was Fontbonne vs. a handful of other colleges, but after visiting the campus and going to an Open House geared for dietetics majors, I knew Fontbonne was the right choice for me.

It was something about the individualized attention that the staff gave to prospective students. The impression that I received from the beginning has continued semester after semester. Big universities were never my thing. In fact, when I was younger, I thought that college wouldn’t be “my thing,” because I pictured giant lecture halls and dorms the size of a small bathroom. I thought this was my only option, but that’s absolutely not true! The good thing is that at Fontbonne, you have a wide range of paths that you can take to reach your goals.

I am a transfer student from Illinois who commutes to campus. In the beginning, I thought this might make me different from everyone, but it certainly wasn’t the case. Many of my classmates are commuters, and many are far from “traditional” students. This is one of the things that makes Fontbonne so great!

Another thing that really drew me to Fontbonne was the small but beautiful campus! It’s hard not to love only having to walk a short distance from your car to your class, or to the library. I have many friends from other universities that drive from class to class! So to me, this is another bonus of Fontbonne. Along with its small size, Fontbonne is a small and connected community. In other words, you really get to know people and the campus, and that is what I ultimately love about Fontbonne.

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Hello everyone,

Hope everyone is doing good! I have been living in St. Louis since this June. I am originally from Hong Kong and came to the United States for studying. Everything seems new to me once I move and live in here. Before coming to St. Louis, I was little bit nervous because I have no close friends and familiar faces around and I started to live alone. However, within these 4 to 5 months, I began to love this city and love my school Fontbonne University. I have met many awesome classmates and we hang out a lot for relaxation. Also, professors at my department, “Family and Consumer Science,” are very friendly and nice. Not only were they very willing to help students, but they were also very sweet. One of my professor brought me some delicious cupcakes and a kitchen utensil for my citizenship celebration. We all shared the cupcakes in class and got lots of best wishes from my classmates and teachers.

Although living in a new place at the beginning was a little bit scary, I am thankful that God always gives me a lot of friendly people and angels around me so that I won’t feel alone and have courage to encounter my heavy schoolwork and work. My career goal is to become a registered dietitian. Thank you so much Fontbonne University for offering me a great opportunity to accomplish my goal to become a dietitian and giving me an opportunity to explore another city and new people. I can’t wait for my internship coming up in next year and start really doing my internship!

Wish everyone all the best and fight for our future!

Best Wishes,

Kathy

 

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I’ve always heard that it’s best to live in the present, and focusing too much on past and future events isn’t healthy for the mind.  While I do agree that focusing too much on the past is typically unproductive, sometimes it is productive to have an idea of what your future may look like.

Now, I’m no psychic, but I can tell you without a doubt that your future may not end up exactly as you planned…and that’s okay!  Planning still serves a purpose. It gets you thinking about what you want to do post-college, and possibly for the rest of your life.

For me, today is the perfect day to discuss where I see myself in ten years, because today I had my first real-client, nutrition counseling experience through my Medical Nutrition Therapy class.  Thankfully, other dietetics classes have prepared me for this experience. It was nothing brand new to me, but living the true client-counselor experience really gave me a fuzzy feeling inside. I absolutely loved it.

In ten years, I see myself working as a Health Coach in an outpatient setting or possibly a clinical setting. Health Coaching is a type of goal-oriented interviewing that helps motivate clients to create their own goals. More often than not, when people create goals themselves, they follow through with them. When someone other than the client creates their goals for them, it makes those goals less personal and less meaningful. If I could help my future clients make even the simplest of positive changes in their lives, I would feel accomplished with my day. I know I could do something like this for the rest of my life.

Fontbonne has helped me prepare for my future in so many ways. Since developing my own healthy habits, I have always known that I wanted to do something with nutrition, but I didn’t know exactly what to do. The dietetics program at Fontbonne does a phenomenal job at letting you explore different career choices out that are out there. I believe I have found my emphasis in the dietetics world. It’s nice to know that, even in the same major, there are so many different ways my classmates and I will be creating positive impacts on the health of communities and individuals.

 

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Happy Tuesday Everyone!

We are about to that time in the semester where the newness is wearing off, assignments are piling in, and I am gradually starting to get behind on my laundry… Welcome back to college! I am very excited to have the opportunity to post for all of you this year! First, let me tell you a bit about myself…

My name is Hannah. I made the conscious decision to accept entrance into Fontbonne’s graduate program to obtain my Master’s in Multidisciplinary Health Communication Studies (yeah, it’s a mouthful :-D). I am doing the Individualized Supervised Practice Pathways (I will refer to is as ISPP in my further posts) option, which is just a fancy way to say my Dietetic Internship (DI). I just graduated in May with my undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in Nutrition & Dietetics (Go Huskies!). My hopes and dreams for my future career are to be a Registered Dietitian involved in nutrition communication; whether that be public relations, health campaigns, event coordinating, or political advocacy.

A month after walking across that stage, I moved to St. Louis from Rockford, Illinois, to start in Fontbonne’s grad program! Therefore, I still consider myself a newb to the area. I have managed, however, to forgo the GPS and be an independent navigator, which is a pretty big feat I must say! Anywho, I am incredibly happy with my decision to come to Fontbonne as a grad student (although I greatly underestimated how much brain strain was involved in grad school..) and embark on this new journey! St. Louis and the Fontbonne community have been gracious hosts thus far and this seems to be a great voyage for my academic growth!

Since I am not just a dietetic-professional-in-training but also a health enthusiast, I will be using my blog posts to share (what I hope to be) helpful, healthful insight to the Fontbonne community! Since this is the first post, I will start you on a more painless note. :)

I say it is the little things in life that count; catching that green light, someone holding the door open for you, or getting that last chocolate chip cookie (yes! I do eat those!) Just as it is the small moments that make life sweet, the same holds true with your health. It is the tiny things that are often overlooked or seem insignificant that can really make or break your progress towards a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few small, simple things I try to do everyday to keep my body in tip top condition.

1. Add a spoonful of chia seeds

Chia seeds have been getting a lot of attention lately for being a “superfood.” In my mind, all foods are super in one way or another (taste, health benefit, ect.) and therefore I don’t like to put only specific ones in this spotlight. However, chia seeds can be very beneficial when looking at nutrient content. They are a great source of Omega-3, protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium, and zinc! I simply add a spoonful of chia seeds to breakfast cereal, smoothies, or yogurt to give them a bit more of a nutritious punch.

2. Balance with fruits and vegetables

As I mentioned earlier, I might be a dietetic student but I also have quite a sweet tooth! Even though I know those chocolate chip cookies are not the best for me, I have a hard time saying no. Thus comes another nutrition philosophy of mine, all things in moderation! Don’t deprive yourself of sweet treats, just moderate them. I like to help quite the guilt of succumbing to my sweet tooth by adding a handful of fruit or veggies on the side. Take this morning for example; I made cinnamon rolls. I had a few (small) cinnamon rolls but I also had a few kiwis to make sure my breakfast included some beneficial nutrients. I also did not eat the entire package of cinnamon rolls (though tempted..) Pairing a small portion of a “sometimes” food with a handful of fruits or veggies is a great way to treat yourself while still getting essential nutrients as well!

3. Finding time to play!

We have all heard time and time again how important exercise is for our health. I was thinking the other day, how was it so easy to be active as a child yet more difficult as we become adults? Granted, yes less energy and busier schedules play a factor, but I believe your mental approach is key to every situation! As kids, we simply saw it as going outside to play! I find it much easier to entice myself to be active if I see it as “playing” rather than “exercising.” When I think, “I need to go exercise,” I get the immediate feeling of boredom, angst, and resistance. I find a million excuses and reasons for why I should do other things instead. But when I say, “I need to go play,” I start to feel energized and excited! Seeing it as “playing” just gives it that sense of fun and a way to release stress! It takes those same activities and gives them a more positive attitude. Also, calling physical activity “playing” opens your mind to more ways to accelerate that heart rate rather than the boring, old jogging on a treadmill (seriously.. 10 mins of that is all I can take..). So relax a while today and go play!

Are there any small tricks you try to implement into your day to stay on top of your health game?

Feel free to send in any nutrition or health questions to EddyH@fontbonne.edu and I may feature my responses in a future post! Also, I encourage you all to check out my personal health blog, The Wholey Trinity, and like the Facebook page!

- XOXO Hannah

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Well, I Guess This is Growing Up

by Alumni Posts February 25, 2014

This week, instead of looking back on my storied college career, I’ll be looking forward to the future. As you might know, I have been a dietetics major since first setting foot on the Fontbonne campus, and I’ve never once wanted to deviate from that path.  Although most people have a general concept of what […]

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The Boys are Back in Town

by Alumni Posts January 23, 2014

WELL here we are back in school again. Is it really my last semester in college? Welp, as long as I don’t accidentally fail something, it sure is. Medical Nutrition Therapy II, Experimental Foods, Microbiology, and HES Senior Synthesis are all on the schedule for the next few months, and then that’s all, folks! So […]

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Internship at Valley Park School District

by Alumni Posts October 10, 2013

Last week I started my internship at Valley Park School District. You might be wondering what am I doing there?… Well, I am a graduate student doing my dietetic internship in several sites. Right now, I am in the school system overseeing how they run their food service.

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Just Do Your Best, Do Everything You Can

by Alumni Posts July 26, 2013

As I approach my final year at Fontbonne, I have to start thinking about my life post-grad. Like most dietetics majors, I’ll be applying for an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics-certified internship this spring and then preparing to take my exam to become a Registered Dietitian. The internship selection process is notoriously cutthroat, so it […]

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Into the Great Wide Open

by Alumni Posts April 2, 2013

Now that April – and hopefully warmer weather – is upon us, it’s time to begin the registration process for next year’s classes. As usual, I’ll be knee-deep in dietetics! There will be some clinical nutrition classes, some family/consumer science-based classes, and a class that will prepare me for the dietetic internship application process (which […]

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Shadow Days Are Over

by Alumni Posts February 4, 2013

I have good news, everyone: I am pleased to report that on February 2nd, 2013, Punxsutawney Phil did not, repeat DID NOT see his shadow, which means that we are ON TRACK FOR AN EARLY SPRING!!! I’m beyond pumped. Even besides that, though, I’d have to say the semester is off to a good start. […]

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