My time at Fontbonne has gone WAY too fast. I transferred here with one goal in mind: work hard and get my degree. I didn’t know how my experience would be. This was my third time transferring to a school and I just wanted to get school over with. Fontbonne was more than that. I had wonderful experiences, very few that were bad. I think the one thing (besides my education) that surprised me the most was all the incredible people I met. They helped me grow these last 2.5 years.
If I didn’t go to Fontbonne I don’t know if I would be the person who I am today. I might have been, but I’m glad of the path I took. Being at Fontbonne taught me how it is important to help people and be the better person in each situation. It also taught me that it is okay to go out of my comfort zone and be the person I want to be.
The people I met at and outside of Fontbonne made my experience just as special as getting my B.A in Advertising. I am very sad to leave, but I wouldn’t have changed anything. After Fontbonne I am going back home to Chicago for a few weeks and then moving to Colorado and see where life will take me. It brought me to Fontbonne — now to see what else is in store.
This is my last semester of my undergrad!
Nerves are kicking in.
I have mixed feelings about this, I am scared but also really excited. I am so much closer to the real world; it’s intimidating. That’s not going to stop me from enjoying my last semester at Fontbonne though. I have lots of plans this semester with multiple organizations and in my personal life.
Right now, I am taking my senior seminar class for advertising. It’s the real deal. To me, it’s a test to see if this is really what I should be doing with my life. So far, I think it is and will be forever.
Plans after FBU:
- Move out of my house in Chicago
- Go to Denver
- Take a year or so off of school to pay back Fontbonne and get a car.
- Go to Grad school
- Finally MOVE TO LA
Its going to be tough but totally worth it. Especially if I have family and friends supporting me!
I’ve been thinking about what to say in my final Fontbonne blog for some time now. I’ve been trying to think of witty comments or good advice to give to current and incoming students. But, for the first time, I think I’ll just make it short and sweet.
These past four years have definitely been an adventure. I’ve cried and laughed. I’ve felt like I was on top of the world and stuck under a bunch of rocks. I’ve experienced triumphs and tribulations. The best advice I can offer to students at this point is to keep doing what you’re doing no matter what anyone else thinks. Go with what your heart tells you, even if everyone seems to be against you. You and only you know what’s best for you, even if others laugh and think you’re crazy.
So where will I go after graduation? Well, I’ll be working all summer, and then I’ll start my graduate education at Saint Louis University in the Core Biomedical Sciences Program offered through the School of Medicine. My goal is to join one of the many Molecular Microbiology and Immunology research labs because microbiology is, without a doubt, my biggest life passion.
Thanks for reading my blogs over these past four years and for following me on my life journey.
“Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today.”
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?