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“You would never guess what I saw today!” I say to my  mother. She pauses before I dramatically respond “A Vinyl Record!” I laugh as I see her anxious expression change to one of slight dissapointment and humor.

I was riding the bus when I noticed it- a man obsessing over his ‘new’ purchase. He fixated on the cover which depicted complex artwork of angels. I gazed, less contently than he, at what I considered a mere vintage artifact. What does he see in those old things I wondered. Does he really have a record player still? Without even realizing it, I unlocked my phone and began to get lost in my own music. Wow have times changed!

Looking at that record made me wonder how things will be in the future. What crazy inventions will outshine our technologies that we love so much, like our high definition headphones, or our convenient smart phones. I mean really, how can these things get any better? By the end of the ride, I too found joy in the vinyl record, for it reminded me that there’s plenty in store for the future!

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind” -C.S. Lewis

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Tim

This is the new year

by Tim on September 11, 2014

in After College,Career Paths

It is my last semester here at Fontbonne. It is starting to kick in that I will be starting a new adventure after this. I have grown since I transferred here — about myself and about others that I care about. Here is a list of things that  I have discovered since I began here.

  • i can trust my friends
  • when you are taking a class with Dr. Sommer, you have to give a lot of details
  • teaching is not for me, but writing is for me
  • enjoy the little things in life, like walking to Walgreens or Bread Co on a nice day instead of driving
  • having hope is a good thing to have
  • teachers want to help you graduate

I began thinking about what will happen after December, which is kind of scary for me. Here is another list of things, only this is what I want to accomplish.

  • see the last The Hobbit movie
  • adopt a beagle
  • get a job
  • kick off living on my own with one of my best friends

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What I am looking forward to next semester is first off the fresh start. The chance to learn something new and fresh and have an opportunity to work well in it. I really like my schedule for next semester so I am happy to see what it will hold for me. I am also extremely happy to take the journey with my FOCUS family. I get the opportunity to meet all new students who are eager to be here at Fontbonne University. I know we will all have fun and grow and learn new things. Lastly I am super pumped to be a junior! I feel closer to the finish line of college. It just surprises me how fast my two years have already flown bye. College definitely has its ups and downs, but I am ready to face all the challenges that comes with it.

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On Monday I had the pleasure of turning my hands blue (Okay, this is totally an exaggeration, but still.). Also on Monday, I had the real pleasure of calculating my engineering physics grade after receiving my very first graded physics exam. Then Wednesday I spent 3 hours with the engineering physics tutor, before going to lab and letting my soon-to-be-an-engineering-major lab partner boss me around.

The other night, after I calculated my grade, I called up my Father, and he told me the story that I always like to hear in times like these, the one about him, my age, studying mechanical engineering down at Rolla. He told me once over break, after I got my Quant Grade back (C+…I survived…BAM), how the average GPA for guys there was, well, a C. And how they were pretty much okay with it because the stuff they were studying wasn’t exactly easy. During my phone chat with him a few nights ago, he once again told me about those Rolla days, and even though I was crying about my horrible, atrocious physics grade, I started feeling a lot better. As Father would say, I’ve been punched in the nose a few times this year, getting into these upper-level chemistry and math classes, and next year isn’t going to be any easier (helllllooo P-Chem!). And while for the past two weeks I’ve been really questioning why in the world I thought pursuing a chemistry degree next year would be “fun” or what kind of job I will get with said degree, I think I’m in the right place. I may spill indicator all over the place and turn my hands blue. I may have to get tutored in the hard classes. I may have to deal with being one of two girls in a physics class off campus with a bunch of engineering guys with big egos (For the record, though, my partner couldn’t remember how to say the word “Meniscus.” Take that!). I may have to settle with knowing that I worked my butt off and still got a C.

But I realized, when Dr. Paine-Saunders today handed me my Quant Lab notebook that Dr. Spudich had given her to return to me from last semester after a run-in with her on the Maryville campus, that all of the stupidity that I put up with this week on my way to becoming a real-live chemist (?) is worth it. Yes, holding my good old Quant Notebook in my hands made me remember how much my mind was blown every time by Dr. Spudich’s ability to figure out why one of our instruments was malfunctioning in lab, or every time I left a lecture. I may not have gotten the best grade in Quant by my old standards (and the same will most definitely be said about physics!), but I feel like I’m really learning this stuff and being challenged and inspired in new and exciting ways. And I really think that maybe I want to someday have some random college student write a blog post about me saying, “She was the toughest professor I had, but man, I learned a lot and for that reason, I think chemistry is pretty cool!” I want to inspire people with my knowledge, too. I want to challenge people. I want to be the one who knows how to fix the Mini Gas Chromatographs when they aren’t working. I don’t want to work in a lab in the chemical industry per se, but teaching…maybe that’s what I’ll do! Over the past few weeks, I’ve felt sheer admiration for all of the awesome instructors I’ve met since changing majors, from Dr. Bookstaver who told me to go into chemistry, from all three of my calculus teachers, to Dr. Spudich, to all of my biology teachers like Dr. Paine-Saunders. Having students admire and look up to me, too…that would be totally, totally, cool (I’m talking zero degrees Kelvin here, that’s how cool.)!

Who inspired you to take the path you’re on? What keeps you going when the courses get tough?

Have a spectacular weekend everyone!

-Carly

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Second Semester Frenzy

by Alumni Posts December 12, 2013

YAY! I am so proud of all of us for finishing first semester successfully! Soooo, now what? What about second semester? Hmm… I really want to try my absolute best this upcoming semester. That seems cliché, but I want to quit with the mind games and be serious about my education. I don’t want to […]

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Mise en place

by Alumni Posts April 14, 2011

Mise en place has been ingrained in my brain this semester…along with syneresis, flocculated, chalazae, and an abundance of other culinary terms. (Shout out to my dietetic classmates and Dr. Cheryl Houston!!!) With all that said, Mise en place is a great representation of how I feel going into Fall 2011 semester.  For those of […]

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“OOP”s…I Did It Again

by Alumni Posts April 13, 2011

Registered for a great semester again, that is!  And if you weren’t tipped off by the oddly-placed quotes in the title,  “OOP”s is a pun:  I’ve signed up for a class on Object-Oriented Programming – OOP. I humbly admit that a joke’s not funny if it needs a detailed explanation to accompany it.  Maybe I […]

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