I’ve been thinking a lot about graduation lately. Perhaps that’s because I now have less than a month until the big day. My final undergrad to-do list is quickly dwindling, and every project, quiz, paper, or test that I’m finishing is becoming one of my last of my undergrad career.
My planner is definitely filling up with important dates. Next week, I’ll be seeing my last required play for my Advanced Acting class, and then it’ll be time for the Fontbonne Honors Convocation, the Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony, and, one of my favorite evenings of the year, Zoo Friends’ Day at the Saint Louis Zoo. (Yep, I’ve been a proud member of the Zoo since before I could even talk!)
I finally feel like everything is starting to fall into place and like all of the hard work and tears I put into my biology degree are paying off. Who really knows where I’ll be in a year, two years, or ten years from now? I’m beginning to realize that, as long as I truly dedicate myself to learning more and yearning to perfect my lab techniques, I’ll be alright in the end.
I’m starting to realize that this is it. My last year here due to graduation in December. It is my last time for a lot of stuff. I have had a blast the past year and a half here. I’ve met some great people that i consider my family here. The experience are priceless that I will never trade or take for granted. All my hard work has gotten so far from high school.
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.
The grades are now all in. The semester is officially over. And I have only one semester left at Fontbonne University.
This semester was definitely different for me in many, many ways. First of all, I only had classes two days per week, and I spent the other days of the week interning in a microbiology lab off campus and working on the seemingly-endless process of graduate school admissions, scholarship, and fellowship applications. Secondly, I only had one “real,” required-for-my-degree biology course. This was very strange for me since my semesters are generally chock full of science courses of all types, ranging from lab research to lectures. Finally, this semester was different for me because many of the people I’ve grown to love and be around weren’t on campus. They either graduated last spring or, in the case of my favorite professor, retired.
But even though this semester was totally different from what I’m used to, I found it to be beneficial. I’ve learned so much from my internship, and I’m now much more comfortable working independently in the lab and being solely responsible for the outcomes of the lab procedures that I perform. In addition, the extra days “off” from classes gave me the time I desperately needed to fill out grad school applications and talk to the various schools about any questions that I had. (And trust me when I say that I had a lot of them.) So even though this semester was extremely unconventional, I’m happy I experienced it.
Now that I’m officially 7/8 of the way through my undergraduate education, though, I’m excited to have a restful Christmas break and return refreshed for my final semester.
Happy Holidays, Everyone!!