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Everyone has heard of the phrase: Good things come to those who wait. But in fact there is a second half to that saying that many may or may not know about – and that is: Better things come to those who go out and get them!

And quite frankly, I can personally relate to this! Not only from an educational perspective but also from an Entrepreneurial & Business stand point (the Fortune 500 Project). Again, I cannot talk about it just yet. But when the time comes, hopefully I can let you all know (assuming there aren’t any Non-Disclosure Clauses in the contract). But that is beside the point. We will cross the bridge when we get there. For now, I am excited to see what future lies ahead! I know that it is cliché to say that but in all sense of the word, it is truly exciting! I have a year and half left at Fontbonne (sad, I know..) and I am currently seeking internships! Hopefully things turn out Great! Until next time guys, Stay Classy!

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Patricia

What I am thankful for

by Patricia on November 21, 2016

in Career Paths

There are many things that I am thankful for. I’m thankful for all the new people that I have met this semester. I have had a busy semester and I’m grateful for that. I hate being bored with nothing to do, and I was working on projects and getting to spend time with people.

I’m really glad that I will be graduating on time; lots of students don’t. I was able to get an internship that I can do online without having to drive anywhere. I am doing well in all my classes. And most importantly I will not be working over the thanksgiving holiday including black Friday! Many people have to do this, and I will not. I made sure to tell my manager that I have exams right after that, which brings me to my other point.

I got the job at Dillards! I will be working as a sales associate over Christmas break and will hopefully get their internship over the summer. I’m pretty sure that I will get it; my manager knows that I really want it and appreciates my persistence! I have training this Saturday and I can’t wait.

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I’ve been in Internship-land for the past year. Internships are pretty common among art students. Junior Synthesis is a class that prepares art students for the real world. And applying for internships is one of the requirements. Internships are a sure-fire way to gain experience and knowledge without all the pressure of a full-time job (although you might be surprised! They can be just as much work sometimes.)

Most importantly, they are a learning experience. You’re not supposed to know everything right away. Since I’ve applied to quite a few now, I thought it would be handy to share some tips with you!

  • ALWAYS write and attach a cover letter, unless they specifically don’t ask for one or there is no place to attach it. Some internship applications will say you can add one “if desired”. You absolutely should!
  • Don’t be afraid of the Big Bad Cover Letter. Cover letters get easier with each one you make. You can also use parts of your previous cover letters and tailor them for the next one. But remember to be authentic–don’t copy your old cover letter entirely! Also, you might seem like you’re getting a bit redundant. That’s natural, especially if you’re just starting out. Work on it until it feels right and real it aloud, maybe to some friends, to get some feedback.
  • Don’t sell yourself short. It might feel awkward, but you have to emphasize your skills and strengths. If you think something is worthwhile, then it probably is! Mention it!
  • Keep applying. There’s no rule that says you can only apply for one internship. Apply for as many as you can. If you get accepted to more than one, pick which one you think is the best fit.
  • Have patience. This is what all your friends and family will tell you. And when they stop telling you, you have to tell yourself! You will get something. And besides, with every application it gets easier to write the next. The experience of just applying is worth it.

 

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I just finished my last exam of the semester! I thought this would be a great opportunity to blog a little about summer and what I plan to do.

I actually have a very long list of things I want to do this summer. It doubles as a to-do list and a bucket list. I’ve been adding to it probably since Spring Break. I am going to jam-pack these upcoming months with activities.

Probably the two biggest summer goals: work on art and get an internship. A lot of art students will agree–part of the struggle is applying non-stop for internships. This past year I’ve been applying like crazy and I will continue to do so until I get something! At least, that’s the plan. In the meantime, I plan to spend most of the summer creating. Aside from pieces for the senior thesis show, I have some projects of my own that I can finally work on, as well as some more crafty enterprises I want to do with my family (tie-dye and silkscreening for example). I also want to make a zine! A zine is a handy magazine that you make yourself. It’s super easy and I hope to blog about the process (so you, too, can make one!)

My friend and I are also brainstorming ideas for a podcast. That, in itself, is a rather large project.

Lastly, my sister and I are hosting a small film festival in our own backyard! Our projector arrived in the mail a few weeks ago and now we just need to have a test-run. My sister studied film in college and I’ve always been a movie buff. This is a small dream of ours and it will be fantastic to see it become a reality.

So those are some of the things I am looking forward to!

Good luck to those of you who still have exams and congrats to those who are done. Summer will be here in no time 😉

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Why Dietetics?

by Taylor February 29, 2016

For those of you who do not know, I am currently a junior dietetics student at Fontbonne. That major was the primary reason that I chose to attend this University, and I have loved it from my very first day of classes. Originally, I planned to major in dietetics and work in sports nutrition. Initially, […]

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Internship Possibilities

by Patricia November 9, 2015

I have been thinking about internships lately. I went to the Career Fair and I considered applying for Edward Jones. Then I saw Dillards. I talked to the person at the table, and I think it’s a job i will really like! I also know someone who completed a Nordstrom internship and really liked it. […]

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Why Fontbonne?

by Fontbonne University September 28, 2015

“Why did you choose Fontbonne?” is a question I found myself getting asked quite often. Whether it’s family asking me or my classmates, my answer is usually the same. I say something along the lines of “I like the small community feel” or “I wanted a school with a small student to faculty ratio.” While […]

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Casting Call!

by Alumni Posts September 15, 2014

Through a connection made at my internship, I was offered a position as the Shoes and Accessories Coordinator for St. Louis Fashion Week this fall. As someone about to graduate with a degree in fashion and wanting to go into event planning, this is absolutely perfect for me. The last couple years, I have helped […]

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Happy New Year!!!

by Fontbonne University January 31, 2014

Chuc mung nam moi!!! Translation: Happy Lunar New Year!!! Or Chinese, hehe. Hello, again, everyone. I hope you’re all happy and healthy out there! Things have been pretty okay lately for me. Well, except for the bitter coldness not too long ago…I have never been so impatient for spring to come! But I’ll deal with […]

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Last First Post of the Semester!

by Alumni Posts January 29, 2014

I got confused just writing the title for this blog post, but it’s true: this is the last post I’ll be making for the first (blogging) week of a semester at Fontbonne! Which, frankly, is crazy. Then again, this semester will also be crazy, and I suspect I’ll be ready for the end when it […]

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