The summer has begun! For many of us that means picking up extra hours at work, taking summer classes if need be, and trying to squeeze a little fun into the long, warm days. My little bit of fun this year coincides with my search for the right master’s program. In the last three years, I have plowed through my associates, jumped right into my bachelors, and with any luck, I’ll head right into my master’s after graduation. As someone in pursuit of an Art Therapy degree, finding the right master’s program can be tricky and limiting. The job market in the area of license must be considered, otherwise that license is just a fancy piece of paper. I’ve done plenty of research and, in a few short days, will be heading up to San Francisco! I’ve never been to northern California so this trip is especially exciting.
Setting up a tour with the college was very easy, and the informational packet they sent me reminded me a lot of Fontbonne. It’s a small, private college as well and emphasizes small class sizes to give a higher quality instruction to the students. This is very important to me because I feel like small classes really do work the best. I’ll have to take the price of the college into account as well as earning any possible scholarships. Drowning in debt to achieve my goal is not exactly at the top of my list. Checking out the program that they offer in my major is the most important thing. I want to make sure that they offer what I need to become licensed and an effective Art Therapist.
It won’t all be tours and checklists though. Northern California and San Francisco especially, offers so much to do! From Chinatown and the Warf, to the Golden Gate Park, Haight and Ashbury, and amazing seafood I doubt I will have a dull moment downtown. I will also be crossing hugging a redwood tree off my bucket list. Redwoods are an iconic symbol of the west coast and I feel like everyone should have the opportunity to stand in awe of those majestic trees. There will also be plenty of chill time on the beach and, hopefully, in front of a fire pit with a great bottle of wine. I’ll be sure to give a full report next week! Cheers!!
On Monday, I had the good fortune to take my PRAXIS examination. It’s the exam all students wishing to obtain licensure to become a speech-language pathologist have to take. It’s nerve-wracking because it’s expensive, and taking it again is a depressing prospect. You can take it as many times as you have to but you can only take it so many times; once you use up those “lives”, you have to wait until the next cycle.
I have been studying speech-language pathology for many years and one thing I definitely learned is that I’m not a standardized test taker. It’s terrifying. One would think that multiple choice questions are easy… not so for me. I am generally bad at math, so no wonder probability isn’t often on my side.
But God was that day. God always is. With a mix of prayer, practice tests, support, and studying, I passed the PRAXIS. And it felt great.
Standardized tests make up a large number of application processes. To be accepted into college, you have to take the ACT or the SAT, or some equivalent. Some students have to take the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language). Of course, in our classrooms, our teachers are merciless when it comes to tests. When you’re thinking about graduate school, signing up to take the GRE is a dismal sign that you’re growing up. Then, certification requirements often include PRAXIS or other tests to make sure you’ve got the chops to be a licensed whatever-you-are-studying-ist.
Yes, those tests are necessary. I understand why they are. It just makes paperwork easier, and the process is simplified. These tests are an objective measure that can be used to determine eligibility. BUT it does not make you who you are. Never forget that. You can pass or fail a test, but it does not define you. That’s not to say, don’t try your best! I think you can trust that you know more than you know… and that you are receiving an education at an amazing institution that prepares you well for all of those tests you will need for your future.
Hello Fontbonne students and faculty,
How’s everyone doing? I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and is now full of energy to work and study hard in this semester! Since I am a graduate student studying nutrition, this semester I would like to share some of my useful and interesting nutrition knowledge for you all! Hope you all will like learning about it.
This week I’d like to talk about some important micronutrients that help boost up your immune system to fight against the seasonal illness “FLU”. Does anyone know that some vitamins like VITAMIN A, C, and E help protect you from getting sick? The followings are some foods that are high in those vitamins:
Vitamin A: helps build up your immune system and protect you from infection! Foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, kale, spinach, red bell peppers.
Vitamin C: helps stimulate production of antibodies >>> antibodies help fight against bacteria. Foods such as orange, lemon, red bell peppers, tomatoes, grapefruit, etc.
Vitamin E: antioxidants help remove free radicals>>>> improve immune function. Foods such as sunflower seeds, almonds, peanut butter, fortified cereals. *p.s.: Vitamin E helps your skin get prettier too *
Hope this little nutrition information help you fight against the easonal FLU and prevents you from getting sick easily
It’s the last week of class . . . where has the time gone? I know that everyone is excited that summer is nearly here. Unfortunately, we still have that week of stress known as “finals” standing in our way. Ugh!
Anyway, for many students, these last two weeks are the final days of school before moving into the “real”world. Graduating seniors, besides studying for finals and finishing projects, have been preparing for graduate school or filling out job applications, completing forms for graduation, and purchasing caps and gowns. Let me tell you, it takes a lot of work to graduate! Preparing for the next step takes a lot of preparation.
The next step for me involves earning a graduate degree in speech-language pathology; my field requires a master’s degree before I can become a speech therapist. I have enrolled in Fontbonne’s master’s communication disorders program, and will begin my studies this summer. While I don’t have a lot of down time before the next leg of my academic journey begins, I will get to have some vacation time before I return to school. Kind of. But not really.
The day after graduation, I leave for a trip to Germany with the HST/PHL/REL 496 class on the Holocaust, and I return a few days before summer classes begin. I am excited to be visiting a new country, but with moving to an apartment and trying to get ready for graduate school, I will be super busy for the next two months. But since I’ll be continuing school for two more years, I don’t feel like I’m growing up quite yet. I will be doing many of the same things I’ve been doing—attending classes, seeing friends, working. I think that my next step in schooling is slowing my progression to adulthood. Which can be both good and bad.
What is your next step in life? Are you beginning a new job, a new school, or a new year at Fontbonne?