Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and are ready for another week studying hard at Fontbonne. Today I’d like to share five things I am most excited for — some happening presently, others I am eagerly looking forward to. They’re in no particular order, too, by the way!
- My family’s return from California: This weekend (February 18), my cousin got married. He lives in California, and my college and work schedules did not allow me to attend the celebration. I’m really glad my parents, brother, grandma, and other relatives could all make it out to attend the wedding and reception, but I also have that reserved feeling that we couldn’t all be together as a family — not just for the wedding, but the other fun activities they’ve been enjoying. My mom has been sending me tons of pictures to make me feel included, but it’s still not the same as being there. Monday (February 20) my grandma and brother return, and Wednesday (February 22) my parents return. It’s not that I am incapable of carrying on a normal life without them…we’re just a really close-knit family, and when we’re apart like this, it’s a little bittersweet and lonely.
- Trying new recipes: I’m a dietetics major (only a freshman, so I’m not really into degree-specific classes yet) and I love cooking and baking, whether it’s creating new recipes out of my head (I’m not afraid to take a plunge, even knowing something might not turn out well) or changing up existing recipes to be healthier or appropriate for people with different dietary needs. Tonight, I’m making a fish taco and my own guacamole. It’s always good if you can make your own of anything because then you can control how much of an ingredient you put into the recipe!
- The Triple Crown: I’m a horse girl, and that extends into many areas of my life, including the Triple Crown horse races every May/June — the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont. Two years ago (2015), we had American Pharoah win all three races, which hadn’t been done for 37 years. I can’t begin to express how emotional I was witnessing his wins, and it further increased my enthusiasm for the sport. My mom and I make a full-out celebration of the Derby complete with hats, singing My Old Kentucky Home with utter solemnity, apple juleps (a non-alcoholic trade for the mint juleps), mint chocolate chip shakes, picking our favorite horse to win, and breathlessly watching the two-minute race. By the Preakness and Belmont, it’s time to get serious and just watch the race — no other “partying distractions”. Even if you’re not a horse person or horse-racing fan, it’s so exciting that I guarantee you it’s worth two short minutes of your time!
- Summer vacation: I don’t really get much of a summer vacation because I’ll be taking summer classes at a community college in order to graduate in four years. But there’s a window of time between when those end and Fontbonne’s fall semester starts, so my family and I will be taking a summer trip (what?!) to the east to climb Mt. Washington (a five-year aspiration of mine) and visit Philadelphia, New York City, Washington D.C., Gettysburg, and other great spots. As an aspiring history minor, I’m certain there will be moments of emotion as I realize the deep historical roots of the places I visit…the very places some of the most significant moments in America’s history happened!
- The Winter Olympics: I’m a winter lover through and through (sorry, all you cold-weather-haters), and I have to say this winter has been very depressing to me with the lack of cold temperatures and snow (and I mean SNOW, not the rotten ice that struck us twice earlier this year). A comforting thought is that the 2018 Winter Olympics are just a year away now, though! That’ll get me through whatever crazy weather we have coming at us.
What are some things you’re excited for, whether they’re happening now or way on down the road? Let me know, and have a great week!
I’ve been in Internship-land for the past year. Internships are pretty common among art students. Junior Synthesis is a class that prepares art students for the real world. And applying for internships is one of the requirements. Internships are a sure-fire way to gain experience and knowledge without all the pressure of a full-time job (although you might be surprised! They can be just as much work sometimes.)
Most importantly, they are a learning experience. You’re not supposed to know everything right away. Since I’ve applied to quite a few now, I thought it would be handy to share some tips with you!
- ALWAYS write and attach a cover letter, unless they specifically don’t ask for one or there is no place to attach it. Some internship applications will say you can add one “if desired”. You absolutely should!
- Don’t be afraid of the Big Bad Cover Letter. Cover letters get easier with each one you make. You can also use parts of your previous cover letters and tailor them for the next one. But remember to be authentic–don’t copy your old cover letter entirely! Also, you might seem like you’re getting a bit redundant. That’s natural, especially if you’re just starting out. Work on it until it feels right and real it aloud, maybe to some friends, to get some feedback.
- Don’t sell yourself short. It might feel awkward, but you have to emphasize your skills and strengths. If you think something is worthwhile, then it probably is! Mention it!
- Keep applying. There’s no rule that says you can only apply for one internship. Apply for as many as you can. If you get accepted to more than one, pick which one you think is the best fit.
- Have patience. This is what all your friends and family will tell you. And when they stop telling you, you have to tell yourself! You will get something. And besides, with every application it gets easier to write the next. The experience of just applying is worth it.
I have been thinking about internships lately. I went to the Career Fair and I considered applying for Edward Jones. Then I saw Dillards. I talked to the person at the table, and I think it’s a job i will really like! I also know someone who completed a Nordstrom internship and really liked it. Later on I also found out that Edward Jones is not what I thought it was. So I may not do an internship for them. Either way, I know I will get one that pays $15/hour! That’s a lot of money for me — I will feel like a rich person!
It is truly hard to believe how fast the year is winding down. The number of student organization events, class assignments, and final projects is getting lower and lower. It is a very bittersweet feeling. I feel good knowing that I have accomplished so much in the past four years of college. But it is also sad knowing that a huge chapter in my life is coming to a close. But it is a chapter that I am very proud of. The memories I have made in and out of the classroom are endless and absolutely priceless. I will forever cherish my experience at Fontbonne. Also, I am extremely excited to say that I have been selected as the commencement speaker on graduation day! This is the perfect way to bring my time to a close, and I am beyond honored to be chosen for this. And, it will be streamed live on Fontbonne’s website. No pressure!
A couple days after graduation I am going on a class trip to New York City. Another very exciting thing to look forward to in the next month! I went on the trip with the fashion merchandising department two years ago as well, and it was an absolute blast. We had a variety of industry tours, as well as plenty of free time to explore the city. And this trip will be set up in a similar way. However, it will still be a different experience with different people. Then, as soon as I get back from NYC, I will officially start working full time at TalentPlus as an entertainment agent. Since I’ve been working there part time this past semester, I will be able to dive right in. While I am upset to be graduating from Fontbonne, I am still looking forward to the future ahead.