Looking forward to This Summer!

This summer is a period that I have been looking forward to for so long since I came to the United States, because this summer I will be truly having my dietetic internship and gaining experience in different areas of the dietetics field, including clinical, food service, and community nutrition. I’m very very excited because this is my dream career to become a Registered Dietitian, but at the same time, I’m kinda scared of stepping into the real world for “Real” practice! But I believe that every new challenge needs a buffering zone to get through it, and I’m sure my heavenly father will accompany me all the way through my hardships as well as the exciting moments that I will have. Right now, I just want to prepare myself well, study hard, and continue to fight for my life-long goal!! Cheers everyone!

– Kathy

Meet the Intern at TalentPlus

In order to get my degree in fashion merchandising, it is a requirement to complete an internship. And as hard as it is to believe, I am at that point in my college career. My internship is at a company called TalentPlus Universal, which was originally intended to be solely a summer thing. But, I am excited to say it has been extended into the fall! I am glad that they like me enough to keep me. I first found out about this internship opportunity back in February when I was at the National Association for Campus Activities conference in Boston. I spoke with a TalentPlus representative at a booth that was set up at a fair, and applied as soon as I got back home to St. Louis. My first official day was May 15.

TalentPlus Universal is an agency that is only located in St. Louis (in the Central West End, to be specific). There are four divisions within the company: TalentPlus Entertainment, Centro Models, TalentPlus Commercial, and TalentPlus Production Services. The agents at TalentPlus represent talent, which includes musicians, comedians, models, actors, hair/makeup stylists, and more. They are responsible for getting the talent bookings and handling their marketing. There are only 12 employees, plus three interns. It is like a family around the office because everyone works so closely with one another. There is even a TalentPlus pool party coming up. I’m really looking forward to that and getting to know everyone better outside the work environment.

Honestly, I can say I learn something new every day I am there. So much goes on between all four divisions. And I’ve never been in a setting such as this before, so it’s like a new world to me. Luckily, I’ve had the opportunity to see the way each division operates. I primarily work with Entertainment, analyzing and handling client social media and marketing. Within the Commercial division, I’ve helped film videos and edit them myself. This was a completely new and very exciting experience to me. Last, but not least, most days I work on my projects while sitting at the front desk. While there, I answer phone calls, process payments, and greet and direct visitors. I especially enjoy greeting models when they come in for photo shoots and model scouters traveling from other major fashion cities. There is definitely never a dull moment at TalentPlus!

Lovely Life in Lexington

Way back in February, I found out about an internship opportunity on the Omicron Delta Kappa website. It said “Are you interested in a career in event planning!?” And since I am interested in such a career and am an ODK member, I thought this would be perfect. The position would entail an intern to arrive at the ODK summer convention in Lexington, Virginia a few days early to help set everything up and run the events throughout the conference that lasts four days. I applied and found out in April that I got the position! This opportunity has been a long time coming, and it finally happened way too quickly.

The three days before everyone else showed up for the convention, I was in Lexington to help prepare, along with two other interns. Starting at early hours and ending late in the evening, I spent most of my time at ODK headquarters. I worked a lot with the registration packets, goodie bags, programs, meal tickets, and name tags. Another one of my responsibilities throughout the week was to be an RA for all the people that would be staying in the resident hall. Therefore, I prepared room assignments and the linens for each room. Also, I tried to become familiar with the campus as much as possible so that I could show people where to go for each event/meeting. Washington and Lee University is a beautiful campus and very historical (it was founded in the 1700s by George Washington and Robert E. Lee). This is also the school where ODK was founded in 1914. This year marks the centennial celebration for ODK’s founding. The little town of Lexington was very nice as well. All the residents were extremely friendly and the green hills and trees everywhere are so pretty.

It was very exciting when everyone else began to show up. I love meeting people from all across the U.S. I was extremely busy throughout the convention, always leaving things early to set up for the next event (and then actually run it). But I get a thrill out of being busy, especially for a setting like this. There were multiple workshops, guest speakers, delicious meals, service projects, and a 5K race. Some of the fun activities during free time were a brewery tour, concert, comedian, ghost tour, and drive-in movie. There was a formal ball to end the convention.

It was very hard to leave Lexington. My time there went by too fast. I had such a great time making so many new friends and professional connections as well. In just one week, I learned so much about ODK and about myself. I am eternally grateful for this experience and can’t wait to share my stories with my Fontbonne ODK circle.

The interns at the Centennial Ball celebration
Washington and Lee University

MetalMadness.

Over the weekend I went to a show for my internship. It was crazy! The bands were awesome. I saw: Stray from the path, Like Moths to Flames and For Today. It was at the Fubar. If you have ever been there, you know it is a small venue. The line to get in was wrapped around the building and it was already really crowded inside. Standing in like I knew it was going to be really rowdy. It was. The mosh pit was intense. I would of went in myself put I had all my promo stuff with me. Then people were jumping of the stage and speakers to crowd surf. The bands didn’t care, they actually encouraged it. I was tempted to do it. I really wanted too. YOLO right? I had so much fun and met some cool people. For Today, which was the band I was promoting is going to be at warped tour this summer. I CANT WAIT. Warped Tour 2014 here I come!

So from a metal show on saturday this wednesday I have a country show to go to at the old rock house. A group called Whiskey Myers. Interested? http://oldrockhouse.com/event/whiskey-myers/

Hope to see you there!!

Only A Month In.

January is over! I can’t believe it! This semester is going to go by so fast just because I have so much to do. This semester is the start to my senior year of college. I feel like I just graduated high school not that long ago. It has only been a month in and so many things has happened:

-I got an internship.

-I have been going to many concerts.

-I made new friends.

-I only have class two days a week!

My internship is with ‘Stache Media and they have interns all over the country promote musical artists. Which means I get to go to shows, for FREE. I just do reports and go out around STL to promote. SO MUCH FUN. This is something I have always wanted to do, but never knew how to get there. So far the concerts I have been to are: Lecrae/Derek Minor for Winter Jam, and Jeremy Messersmith. On Saturday I will be seeing a band called For Today. They will be playing at Fubar so go check them out! 🙂 Like I said I have been making new friends and it has been people that I have seen before on campus. Just never really had a chance to be friends with them. I’m glad I am now though. They are such wonderful people. Now, I only have class two days a week. WHHHATTTT?! How does this happen. I was aiming for no Friday classes. Ill take no Monday, Wednesday or Friday classes. Though, I am at Fontbonne everyday working on homework, intern stuff or doing work study.

If you are interested in going to the show at Fubar to see For Today here is a link for more info:

http://www.fubarstl.com/event/432065-for-today-like-moths-flames-st-louis/

Hopefully I will see you there!

7/8 of the Way There

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!!

Snow!! Wished I had classes.

On Friday Fontbonne was closed due to the snow we had on Thrusday night.  While most of the Fontbonne students went back to sleep after receiving the cancellation notice.  I was up and awake at 5:30 am in order to go to my internship.  By 6:30 am I was eating my breakfast.  I decided to give myself plenty of time (50 min to be exact) to drive all the way to St. Charles.  After letting my car warm up for 10 min, I started my drive to Breeze Park Lutheran Senior Living.  Surprisingly the roads weren’t that bad, but people were driving carefully.  I arrived at 8:15 am. Luckily, I got out of my internship at 12:50pm. The only thing we did was to decorate the main dining room with Christmas decorations.  The residents loved it!!

And You Say I’m Not Competitive

I’m not athletic. I don’t relish in the idea of a trophy room. I’d rather see everyone who sincerely tries succeed instead of seeing the same few people being successful all of the time. However, all of that being said, I’m definitely excited to have taken home first place from my microbiology lab’s first Thanksgiving pie-off.

What started as a joke turned in to one of the biggest events of this fall at my lab. Test pies were made before the actual event. One of the would-be judges was disqualified because he knew who was making each type of pie. Even some “trash talk” was issued over lunch. (“You bake pies like your momma. Unless your momma bakes good pies, in which case you bake nothing like your momma.”) Yep, it got intense.

We started out the competition day with what one of my lab managers called the “pie parade,” which was basically just us bringing our pies into the building and putting them into our refrigerator. (Don’t worry – no bacteria or samples go in that refrigerator!) Then, at lunch, one of our scientists judged the pies. I was so enthralled to have won.

Want to make my award-winning pie? Here’s the recipe. If you want it to be more like my pie, use these modifications: I didn’t make my own whipped cream. I just used Cool Whip. I used one entire normal-sized (sorry, I’m not sure of the actual volume) container’s contents to fold into the chocolate mixture, and I used half of another container’s contents on the top of the finished pie.

Happy Baking!! 🙂

Inspiration from a Hot Sauce Packet

I love inspirational quotes. They bring a smile to my face on a dreary day, they make me laugh, and they remind me to keep believing in myself and progressing toward my life goals. Generally, I find inspiration in quotes from movies, books, plays, and musicals. However, I just recently found an inspirational quote located on a rather unconventional medium: a Taco Bell hot sauce packet. The packet said, and I do quote, “If you never do, you’ll never know.” How true these words are! Thinking back over the major decisions I’ve made since high school, I can’t help but reflect upon how these words relate. I liked biology, but I didn’t know if I’d like it as my main, focused study. I was hesitant about contacting the lab where I’m now interning because I didn’t know if I was prepared enough or good enough. I am skeptical of people, so it took me a while to trust in the people whom I now consider to be some of the best friends I’ve ever had. All in all, I’ve had plenty of ups and downs as a biology major, just as anyone else in any other major would have. However, if I wouldn’t have made the choices to go into biology and send the questioning email to my lab and talk to various people, I would’ve never known how rewarding all of those choices currently are. I’m not going to lie – I’m not one to live on the edge. I generally think a while before taking any great risks or making any major decisions, but, in the cases described above and in a few other instances that come to mind, I’m glad that I did what my heart was telling me to do. Who knew that hot sauce packets could be so influential and inspirational?!

Back in Session

Hello, Dear Readers!

It’s been a while since I posted my last summer blog. And my, how things have changed since then! The weather is saying that fall is soon upon us, classes have been in session for almost a month, and my favorite holiday of the year, Halloween, draws ever closer.

This semester is definitely different for me. For the past two years, I’ve had eighteen or so hours of almost all science courses. I crammed courses like organic chemistry, cell and molecular biology, and anatomy and physiology all into one semester. Call me crazy, but that’s what I did, and I loved it, for the most part. Now, however, I’m practically finished with all of my biology courses, so I’m technically only taking one required biology course this semester (which, by the way, is immunology) in addition to a few gen-eds and a class for my theatre minor. I’m only on campus twice per week; I spend the other days of the week in my internship lab. I’m still interning in the microbiology lab where I started at last spring break, and I continually love it ever more.

But that’s enough about school. The memories of summer seem distant now, but who’s not up for a little reminiscing? I’ve been excited to designate the following as “My Summer Favorites” for a while now. So enjoy!

Favorite Summer Muny Show: “South Pacific”
This came down to a close call. I enjoyed the entire season, but it was hard for me to determine which show I liked better – “South Pacific” or “Les Miserables.” Though I’ve always loved “Les Miz,” I’d have to say that “South Pacific” was my favorite show of the summer season. The vibrant colors, singing, dancing, and classic Rodgers and Hammerstein storyline were all in perfect harmony. I’ve been voting for this show for at least the past five years, so I’m happy to say that The Muny’s 2013 production was worth the long wait.

Favorite Summer TV Show: “Whodunnit!”
“Whodunnit!” was my televised summertime addiction. A show on ABC, “Whodunnit!” was a murder mystery reality show. I often said it was a televised version of my favorite board game, Clue. In the show, Giles was the butler at the super-creepy Rue Manor, and contestants had to solve murder mysteries to determine who the “killer” was. I was so excited that my favorite contestant
won, and I absolutely loved trying to put all of the clues together and figure out each week’s crime before Giles explained how the crime had been committed. If anyone from ABC is reading this, there’d better be a season two coming up soon!

Favorite Summer Movie: “The Great Gatsby”
Okay, I’ll admit it – “Gatsby” technically came out in theaters right around exam week last May. However, I’d still consider it to be my favorite summer movie. I saw it with my mom and then again with a good friend, and I loved it both times. The director used amazing visuals to retell this classic story. It was haunting, exciting, and romantic all at once.

Favorite Summer Lab Process: DNA Extraction
In my internship lab, I performed my first DNA extraction within the first couple months of being there. However, I was working
alongside my friend David, who knew what he was doing. Right around the Fourth of July, I performed my first solo DNA extraction. It was awesome. I wouldn’t consider myself a DNA extraction pro just yet, but I would say that I have a much better grasp of how the process works and on what goes on in each specific step. Plus, how can you beat a technique that requires continual micropipetting?!

Favorite Summer Memory: Going to EPCOT
My family and I go to Disney World each June for vacation. This year, however, we were able to go to EPCOT on three different days because we had park tickets that allowed us to go from park to park. EPCOT, or the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow,” is my absolute favorite Disney park because it combines science, technology, and culture. Seeing the dolphins and manatees and riding the ever-funny “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” starring Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy made my vacation perfect.

All in all, I had a pretty good summer. But I’m happy that the semester has started because I’ll be able to devote more time to learning immunology and working and learning in my lab.

Tagged as: back to school, Biology, EPCOT, internship, Microbiology, Summer, The Great Gatsby, The Muny