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Patricia

Starting My New Job

by Patricia on May 25, 2016

in Career Paths

I have just finished a week at my new job at Nordstrom! I really like it. This is my first step towards my career! After I graduate, I hope to complete the retail management internship and have a job. I work in the dress department, and I have helped a lot of mother/groom of the bride choose dresses. There are lots of things to remember about the register and following up with customers. I also have to organize racks and put things in the right order. The time goes by so fast! I usually get an hour for lunch and I get to shop at the other stores at West County Mall. My paycheck is commission based, the average wage for a sales person at Nordstrom is $16/hour, but since I just started, I’m only earning $11/hour. I hope to get up there this summer!

Besides working at Nordstrom, I have lots of vacation plans as usual and other fun things to do (baking of course) so stay tuned!

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It is almost that time of the year again where people make wish lists, to-do lists, and all kinds of possible lists they can come up with. I, too, have a bucket list of things that I want to do before the year ends. Of course, some of them are leftovers from 2011. Those crossed out are the ones I have achieved.

  1. Have a toned and healthy body: Quite impossible. Food is just, you know, the most sacred thing to humanity. Just can’t let it go to waste.
  2. Travel to 3 different countries in the world: to Japan in February, to Indonesia in June, to America in August. I’m from Vietnam, by the way.
  3. Get into a good university: Here I am in Fontbonne.
  4. Earn some money by writing: Because I plan to become a writer. Thank you Fontbonne for paying me for my written words.
  5. Get A for Math: It was easier than I thought.
  6. Exercise everyday: I’m crossing this because walking 40 minutes to and from school counts. And 15 minutes to Starbucks.
  7. Travel to 3 cities in America: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago. My next stop is San Francisco. Yes, I do love traveling.
  8. Save $100 every month: Simply impossible…
  9. Make 3 new friends in America: And I made way more than 3.
  10. Learn a new language: I’m learning Chinese.

So I was able to do 8 out of 10. It was pretty impressive because last year I only did 5/10. Guess America is quite the place for me! I have not made a list for 2016 yet, but it would possibly filled with travel and diet plans.

How about you? Did you achieved your goals for 2015? Tell me!

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Patricia

A New Language

by Patricia on November 30, 2015

in Academics,Extracurricular

I have made a life changing decision… I’m going to become bilingual in French. I took it for 4 years in high school and even earned some college credit but had to quit since fontbonne doesn’t offer any foreign language. However, I have a cousin who is on the verge of becoming bilingual and I thought it would be a cool thing to do! I could teach myself and I already have a head start. In order to do this, I downloaded some apps so I can hear words sounded out. I also do some reading. I try to do this everyday. Of course it’s not the same as getting a degree; I’m not officially qualified,  but I can learn it as well as someone who is!

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Raven

Falling Into Place

by Raven on October 16, 2015

in Academics,Career Paths

Hey there Griffins! Back with more advice and a story to tell. We all have dreams right? For some of you, that dream may be becoming a doctor, politician, athletic trainer, or even a first generation college graduate. Whatever your dream is, know that it is achievable and you have every right to chase after it. I know what some of you may be thinking “why should listen to you? Aren’t you a student yourself? And your answer is yes, you’re right, I am a student, just like everyone who may or may not read my posts, and you’re right, I don’t have all answers to all the questions life has to ask.

What I do know though, is that every person on this planet has a dream or goal they want to achieve, and I can kinda sense that someone out there may need a little push or someone to tell them not to give up on their dreams. Well, aren’t you lucky? That’s why I’m here! Let me tell you a little about some of my own dreams, hopefully it’ll inspire you to go after your own.

Ever since I was about five years old, I have always wanted to be a lawyer; specifically, a criminal prosecutor. When I was around that age, I actually wanted to go Harvard Law School to begin my journey. Now you may be thinking, “if you’ve always wanted to be a prosecutor, why in the world are you a communication studies major? And why did you stop chasing this dream? Well, those are great questions, Griffins; the first one will be answered in my next post (that means you’ll have to come back next week…. stay tuned….). The second question though, I’d be happy to answer now. The reason why I put the dream of becoming a prosecutor on hold, is because of the naysayers in my life. Let’s be honest here, Griffins, we all have a naysayer in our life, some of us may have an entire team of naysayers in our lives. Whether your naysayers are family, friends, church members, or a significant other, they are in our lives, and trust me, it can get really tough when you’re chasing something. The truth is, I listened to my naysayers for a really long time.  When everyone around me told me that I couldn’t be a prosecutor because my grades weren’t good enough, I believed them. It wasn’t until last semester, during my time as a dispatch intern, that the dream of becoming a prosecutor started to reawaken in me. After a routine visit to the doctor, I decided that that little five year old girl who wanted to be a lawyer would finally achieve the dream her little ambitious heart desired. I know it’s not going to be easy; nothing worth having is ever easy to achieve. I know the work will probably be tough, and believe me, I am very aware that there will be law students who are smarter than me; but I don’t care, it’s time for me to make myself proud.

I’ll leave you guys with two pieces of advice: the first would be to go after your dreams, whatever those may be. Give them all you have, make the appropriate sacrifices, and invest in yourself at all times. The second piece of advice would be to never quit. Ever. No matter how hard it gets, or how scared you become; don’t give up. Always be willing to fight for what you want.

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Breaking Past Barriers

by Alumni Posts June 22, 2015

I’ve adopted a new mantra lately, and that is “Do one thing every day that scares you”.  In other words, get used to pushing your comfort-zone. I think many can relate when I say that in the past I’ve certainly let my fears stop me from leaving my fluffy, comforting comfort-zone. Comfort zones may feel […]

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Follow Your Dreams

by Fontbonne University May 8, 2015

The title of this blog really is the biggest lesson I’ve ended up learning here at Fontbonne this semester. Not that I didn’t know or believe in following my dreams before, that’s one of the reasons I’m here in the first place, but I guess you could say that the lesson has been solidified. One […]

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Summer Plans and Living Your Passion

by Fontbonne University April 28, 2015

This semester is wrapping up and it’s hard to believe that it’s already done when it feels like the start wasn’t that long ago. I feel like this semester has presented so many valuable lessons that I’ll be able to carry with me into the summer and beyond. I learned that one of my biggest […]

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10 Years Later…

by Lauren October 14, 2014

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that a lot can change. As kids we foresee a certain future for ourselves. After all, our teachers and parents used to ask us all the time, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Now us college students know that the future is a term that […]

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Down the Road

by Fontbonne University October 14, 2014

Fontbonne Alumni Reunion Weekend is this weekend, which is the inspiration for this post. Where do I see myself in 10 years? 10 years from now I will be thirty-years-old! Wow! By that age I hope to have graduated, have a career that I love, and be settled into a family. I am pursuing a […]

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This is the new year

by Alumni Posts September 11, 2014

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. […]

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