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Patricia

Who Am I?

by Patricia on September 7, 2016

in Academics,Career Paths

My name is Tricia Welch. I am a Senior at Fontbonne this year. I am a double major in Buisness Administration and Management. I am part of the Fontbonne activities board, an SGA rep, and a member of Enactus. I am currently doing an internship with lifework systems. My boss runs a business in her home. She sells professional development programs to different health care facilities. It is my job to put word doc into an excel spreadsheet and call the facilities to get contact information. I am helping her book a conference so that she can sell her programs. Next year I would like to go to grad school at Wash U to get my MBA. However, it is likely I will need work experience first. I want to work in retail and I love sales. For fun, I like to hang out with friends, watch TV, play games on my phone, bake, and go swimming. I am really excited for Fall, but I’m not ready for it just yet. I can’t wait for my favorite show Scream Queens to start and to drink pumpkin drinks. I also love Halloween. I will be doing lots of baking, decorating and going to haunted houses.

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The most important thing anyone should know in college is to plan your career junior year! You should start looking at internships before than, but definitely take the time during Junior year to figure out what you want to do. If you wait until Senior year, it may be too late. For example, I am a Junior now and I found out that in order to get a schalorship to get my MBA I need to do more leadership and community service. Right now I have a year to do it. Had a waited until next year I would have been out of time since the application is due in October.

Besides that, it took a long time to figure out what kind of job that I want. I went to the career fair hosted at Fontbonne and did not see any jobs that I liked. Being a Buisness major, there are many jobs that are not of interest to me. But then I found a company that I was interested in: Nordstrom! I applied for the internship and they gave it to me next summer. Had I waited until next year I would be a year behind!

It is very fulfilling to know what I am going to do after I graduate. Many people take a year off and then decide what they are going to do. I would advise anyone not to do that.

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I have learned several things this semester. The first and most important thing I learned is your education has to be high on your priority list. If you are struggling, seek help immediately, it is vital to your success. My course work consisted of budgeting and finance, economics and finance for non-finance managers. These courses have taught me that understanding budgeting and finance can be beneficial in work and your personal life. Both classes were difficult for me but after seeking help I passed the budgeting and finance class, determination has been the key for me. My advice to fellow students during finals is to prioritize, seek help, study and be determined to reach your goals and success.

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I am not involved in any academic organizations but I am involved in the media ministry at my church. I enjoy this ministry because I assist the pastor with conveying God’s word. I ensure that scriptures are presented as the pastor delivers his message. I display lyrics to songs and church activities on the projector screen.

I also create power point slides for holidays and special events that are taking place in the church. My role in the ministry requires accuracy, timing, creativity and paying close attention. I take pride in my responsibilities and feel that what I do contributes to the church.

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Why did I choose my major?

by Fontbonne University September 23, 2015

I am currently working on my master’s of management. I chose this program because I have managed before and enjoyed it. Managing comes with a lot of responsibility but the rewards are great. One must be dedicated, reliable and able to communicate well with others. I am passionate about managing because it allows me to […]

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Research Methods

by Alumni Posts April 9, 2014

So… I’ve spent the first six months in 2014 trying to decide whether I wanted to do a thesis or not. In the graduate program for speech-pathology, this is optional, so we have a choice. I asked around; students who did do one felt incredibly gratified and fulfilled. Those who did not do one were […]

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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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Balancing Act

by Alumni Posts November 1, 2012

This is my second to last semester as a grad student. Next semester I will be doing my student teaching.  I quit my 9-5 job to focus on school.  I thought  now that I am not working I would have all the free time in the world. This is not true! I have learned that […]

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