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?
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.