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Hi, everyone!

Are you as excited as I am about spring break?  Honestly for me, this semester has been quite stressful and really busy.  I’ve not been able to spend time doing anything other than work, class, homework, or (a little bit) of sleep, and quite frankly, that’s not good for my physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health.  So for me, spring break is going to be a small opportunity for much-needed decompression and “me time”.  I say small because I’m going to spend a large chunk of break working on a presentation, four or five papers, regular reading/homework for several of my classes, and discussion boards/quizzes/a test for my eight-week online class that just started.  I remain hopeful that there will be a few spare moments, though, to get well-rested, spend a little quality time with my family and friends, and maybe even catch up on pleasure reading or go see Beauty and the Beast.  I’m sure many of you have a much more exciting, enjoyable break planned, but I am grateful for the week off if for no other reason than to catch up on many, many things!  I’m not sure I’d be able to feasibly get through the rest of the semester if I didn’t have spring break on the horizon!

In the meantime, I’m about halfway through the week…or a test, three labs, a presentation, and four regular class periods away from “freedom”!  I’m enjoying the cold weather and snow, though.  See my picture below of my Monday drive to Fontbonne…the snow is so pretty.

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Happy spring break — stay safe and enjoy your time off!

~Anna

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I can’t believe we are already a month into this semester!  Spring semesters always seem to fly by!  This is around the time people start losing motivation and lack on the skills they need to succeed.  So here are some tips to keep you on track this semester!

  1. Make time for yourself! Sure, homework is important but every one needs a break from school work.  Take some time to step away from school and go on a walk, call your parents, or watch some Netflix to give your brain a break.
  2. Connect with your professors! Now I’m not saying go to their office every single day but, I know many professors that genuinely like to get to know their students.  Once they connect your face with your name it will be a lot easier for the both of you and you may even use them in the future for a letter of recommendation!
  3. Slow down and actually understand what you’re learning!  I’ve been there when I am just trying to get the homework done and not really understanding the answers.  However, that will hurt you once the test comes.  Instead, make time to actually do your homework and read the book if you need to.  What I found that helps me is teaching others what I am learning.
  4. Eat healthy!  Yeah that ice cream or Snickers bar may look delicious but try cutting junk food out of your diet especially during late nights.  Instead, reach for a handful of almonds or grapes.  You will be able to focus more and it will actually satisfy your hunger and keep you full!
  5. Take advantage of planners and sticky notes! I use my planner all the time to keep track of assignments and due dates.  It is a nice place to see everything that is coming up for the semester.  I definitely recommend you getting one!

Best of luck this semester!!

-Courtney

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Hello, Griffins, and welcome back!  My second semester at Fontbonne is now nearly one-fourth completed, which is pretty hard to believe that much time has flown by already.  Homework, tests, deadlines, and learning new things is in full swing. I’m taking 18 hours this semester, so my time is much more limited.  It’s amazing how last semester has been put into perspective, and what I thought was busy three months ago pales in comparison to busy now…hello, 1:30 a.m. bedtimes! Overall, though, I have settled in and am pretty happy with my classes.  It’s nice to be in some that directly pertain to my major (dietetics), too.

Here’s a quick recap of what I did in the past month: We celebrated Christmas, my favorite holiday, and immediately afterwards headed to Colorado for a family ski trip.  I’ve been a snow-lover and ski fanatic since the itty-bitty age of two, so you could say it’s inherent to my nature.  This time, we tried out a new place for the first two days, Telluride.  We also skied a day each at Snowmass and Sunlight Mountain.  Amazingly, we were blessed with glorious sunshine and comfortable temperatures for all four days!  That’s a record for us.  It’s always amazing to be in God’s beautiful creation with my loved ones, and I’m so grateful we were able to find the time to get away for a bit before the craziness started.

After we got back, I did some unpacking and catching up on various tasks, and it wasn’t long before the spring 2017 semester began!  That brings us to the present, as I’m juggling work (I operate a house/petsitting business), class, and homework…annndddd not much else right now.  I still have my two horses, Blondie and Pearl, although I haven’t gotten a chance to do anything with them (other than feed them twice a day) for awhile.  Somehow, though, at the end of the day, it all works out.  Assignments get completed on time, critters get fed and cleaned up after, and the next day is a new day…a fresh start, a new chance to learn, grow, and be more.  (that just came to me…thank you, Fontbonne motto!)

~Anna

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This is a subjective list of what I think is important or even essential to college life.  You may have some different thoughts, and that’s okay!  Maybe you’ll find one or two items from this list that you hadn’t thought of before.  Just remember, everyone is different and what works for one person may not for another — that’s okay!  A common theme for all college students, though, should be organization.  I know there are various methods for achieving this, but here’s what works for me.

  • Binder & Color-Coded Dividers:  This is so important for keeping all your important papers (and trust me, you’ll get plenty) organized and easy to find!  I like a binder with a clear sleeve on the front so I can put my schedule in it for quick reference, a campus map, and anything else I might need to have ease of access to.  Inside the binder, I have tabbed dividers in five distinct colors for each class — all of my psychology-related work is in the red tab, my history documents are in the blue tab, etc.  This way, I never have an issue finding information when I need to, and it’s really helpful when I’m studying for a quiz or test to have everything in the same place.  Saving time is valuable for a college student!
  •   Folder for Homework:  While my binder is great, I reserve it for the syllabuses, notes, in-class activities and discussions, and any hand-outs or readings.  All of my homework, from essays to math problems, goes in a separate folder reserved only for it.  Then when my professor asks for the work due, it’s readily accessible and there’s no chance of me accidentally giving the wrong paper.
  • Laptop:  If you take notes on a laptop, you obviously have one!  I prefer to take handwritten notes because it helps me engage and think more critically, but I still use my laptop plenty.  Many instructors have information or homework only available on Blackboard, and it’s a lot easier to read an article or take a quiz on a laptop than a small phone screen.  You’ll also want a laptop for writing papers, and Fontbonne offers Microsoft Office for free to all of its students.  Can you do all of this in the computer lab in the library?  Of course!  But there’s going to be times where you’ll want to be in a cozier setting, like your dorm room or bedroom, and then that laptop will come in handy.  Go ahead and spend a little more money on a good one if you can; it will pay off.
  • Highlighters/Pens/Pencils:  Yeah, it’s probably pretty obvious…but it’s worth reminding!  Always have at least two pens, two pencils, an eraser, and a highlighter with you.  You’ll have your bases covered for note-taking and emphasizing important ideas.  There’ll be no chance of panic setting in when you’re taking a test and your pencil runs out.  Also, even if you take notes on your computer, you’ll eventually need to write something down in class.  Be prepared!
  • Snacks & Water:  You have plenty of options for purchasing food on campus, I’m not denying that.  But if you’re ever in a rush to get to your next class and you don’t have time to grab lunch, you’ll probably be hungry before class ends!  Find something with nutritional value, like a Macrobar (my favorite), that fits in your backpack and can be eaten quickly.  And always have a bottle of water with you to drink in and between classes.  Staying hydrated and fueled will keep your energy up so you can pay attention in class!

Blessings,

~Anna

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Procrastin…..I’ll tell you later….

by Yuri October 4, 2016

Procrastination. We all do it! It is everyone’s best friend yet an enemy at the same time. You never get things done, leave it to the last minute, and so on.  Here are a few things you could do to step up your organizational game & avoid procrastination . 1. Use a planner of some kind; keep due dates of […]

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How I Tackle Finals Week

by Lauren April 27, 2016

While I’m writing this post about Finals Week in particular (since it’s on the horizon) this generally applies to every week for me. Never in my life have I made so many to-do lists. To-do lists might be a bit cliche and I never used to make them–but I found a really cool way to […]

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Tips for Your First Semester!

by Alumni Posts September 10, 2015

So you’ve finally made it. Whether you’ve just started your first semester of college living on campus or living in an apartment or a house by yourself, there are some things to consider as you take this academic year head-on. 1. Make a budget and follow it! It’s easy to get carried away buying stuff […]

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My Secret Study Spots!

by Fontbonne University December 1, 2014

The awesome thing about college is the amount of free time you have compared to what you had in high school! However, that can be a bad thing as well. With all this new found free time, it seems harder to get assignments done and study ahead for tests. In order for me to get […]

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Freshman Year vs. Sophomore Year

by Fontbonne University November 10, 2014

If I had to look back at freshman year and compare it to this year as a sophomore, for starters I would say that I am a heck of a lot busier this year.  As a freshman I was mainly confused as to what was going on since it was my first time in college […]

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Staying Organized

by Alumni Posts October 1, 2014

If you’re anything like me, you start the semester with the best of intentions.  You vow to stay perfectly organized and file everything in its appropriate place before you go to sleep at night… and then September rolls around, and you’re back to your unorganized, I’ll-deal-with-it-later habits. If you know anything about Pinterest, it’s a […]

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