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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.



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 😉


Why Dietetics?

by Taylor on February 29, 2016

in Academics,After College

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, I was drawn to the subject of eating disorders and their role in the female athlete triad, and that was what I planned to focus on. Towards the end of my sophomore year, I decided that I wanted to eventually have more of a medicine-based career, and decided that instead of becoming a dietitian that I wanted to try to become a physician’s assistant or a doctor that worked with athletes, specifically tennis players. Despite my change in career paths, I found that dietetics could still get me where I wanted to go.

Because dietetics and nutrition is so science based, I am able to take most of the classes that I need for PA or Med school without changing my major, and just adding a few more chemistry classes to my schedule. I love  dietetics, so when I found out that I could still major in it, I was thrilled. I love this major because of how diverse it is. Yes, we take a ton of nutrition classes, but we’re not just all calories and vegetables. We also learn about things like food science, advocacy, chemistry, microbiology, food management systems, community nutrition, anatomy, and there’s even a business class thrown in there! Dietetics is a huge field, with so many different categories that I am literally never bored. I have learned so much about not only food, but how to apply for internships, how to manage employees, how to cook all kinds of foods, how to write grants and advocate for my community, how to run a kitchen, how to teach education classes, and even how to apply for jobs and do things like write cover letters and resumes. A lot of things that I have learned I have learned in real settings, like the giant decked-out kitchen that resides in AB Hall, or in hospitals, schools, and cafeterias in the STL community that I have been exposed to through my practicum this semester.

One of the best parts of the Fontbonne dietetics program has got to be the instructors. They care so much about all of us, and I have not met one who has not only been excited to teach us, but who has been even more excited to help us plan our futures and succeed. Every one of them is brilliant and has something different to teach us in specific areas of dietetics. All of us in the program are on a first name basis with every instructor in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) department, and I am comfortable going to any of them with questions, concerns, or just to talk. I really feel like I am getting the most out of my education here.

So there you have it griffins! What major(s) are you thinking about? Talk to you next time.



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. Later on I also found out that Edward Jones is not what I thought it was. So I may not do an internship for them. Either way, I know I will get one that pays $15/hour! That’s a lot of money for me — I will feel like a rich person!


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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My blessed life in 2013

by Alumni Posts December 16, 2013

Thank God for blessing me this year, so that I have enough grace to finish everything I should finish in 2013. Here is the list of what I did this year: Continued to be a contributor for Real Life at Fontbonne blog Became a social media specialist for Student Alumni Association of Fontbonne Volunteered to […]

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Health Fair

by Alumni Posts December 9, 2013

This semester, I am volunteering my time as an intern at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. It is a very meaningful experience for me. I attend different meetings with a clinic lead, met and educated patients and families, and assisted family resource center to deliver educational materials to the public. It was a very meaningful experience […]

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