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PRAXIS PANIC

by Isabella on March 18, 2015

in Academics

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.

Best wishes!

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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 :)

– Kathy

 

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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?

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This is my last semester at Fontbonne. Wow. Though it feels like I’ve been waiting for years to be able to say that, actually saying it feels strange.

I finished all of my courses required for my various biology programs in December, so now I’m just finishing up my theatre minor and taking a couple of independent study courses with two of my favorite Fontbonne professors. In addition, I’ll continue working for the Kinkel Center as a peer tutor for biology courses, and I’ll continue interning in my microbiology lab.

I’d be the first to say that this blog’s title may seem contradictory, since I’m hoping to go “back to school.” I’ve had aspirations to continue with my education at the graduate level ever since my freshman year at Fontbonne when one of my professors told me I’d need a graduate degree in order to pursue science and, in particular, biomedical research in the way that I want to. As of right now, however, I have no idea where I’m going or which type of degree I’ll be pursuing. For someone who’s as much of a planner as me, not knowing such important life details can begin to feel unbearable at times.

All of that aside, however, I’m hoping to have a relatively peaceful last semester at Fontbonne before I enter graduate school and the “real world.” Welcome back, Griffins, and a good semester to all.

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A Word about the Library…

by Alumni Posts December 9, 2013

I must admit that during my undergrad studies I went to the library to A.) Print a paper when my dorm printer didn’t work, B.) Find a book to use as a cited source when the professor required it, and finally (my favorite) C.) Take a nap!  Now, college students, I am not saying this […]

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Leadership shadowing

by Alumni Posts November 26, 2013

This semester, I took a leadership course for graduate students (HES535 Leadership Development for Professional Practice). In this class, we talked about different leadership styles based on theories. There were many meaningful assignments we needed to do for this class. One of my favorite projects is to shadow a CEO or president in a non-profit […]

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Advising week

by Alumni Posts November 26, 2013

Last week was our advising week, which is a very important week to prepare for registering for classes. Next semester will be my last but not least semester at Fontbonne, which is sad but very exciting news. I will take my last three graduate courses: marketing for non-profits; administering programs for children and families; the […]

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But Where Will I Blog?!

by Alumni Posts November 16, 2013

I’ve been preparing for my May graduation in various ways. I’ve applied for grad schools all over. I’ve really considered what I want to do with my life. I’ve been tutoring biology at school a ton, and I’ve been interning off campus in a lab all while taking 18 credit hours in order to prepare […]

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Potpourri

by Alumni Posts July 17, 2013

I’ll proudly admit that I love watching the classic gameshow “Jeopardy!”. I’ve actually taken the online quiz twice in an attempt to take the next steps to be a contestant on the show. One of the categories that always befuddles me, however, is called “Potpourri.” This category, which is in play in extremely random intervals, […]

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Midsemester Thoughts

by Alumni Posts March 13, 2013

Ahhhhhh! How are we already passed the midpoint of my last semester of undergraduate school? How am I a Senior already?!? For those who are still in high school or aren’t quite Seniors in college yet, just know that the time will fly by! Don’t take that time for granted! If you’re a Senior like […]

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