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It is truly hard to believe how fast the year is winding down. The number of student organization events, class assignments, and final projects is getting lower and lower. It is a very bittersweet feeling. I feel good knowing that I have accomplished so much in the past four years of college. But it is also sad knowing that a huge chapter in my life is coming to a close. But it is a chapter that I am very proud of. The memories I have made in and out of the classroom are endless and absolutely priceless. I will forever cherish my experience at Fontbonne. Also, I am extremely excited to say that I have been selected as the commencement speaker on graduation day! This is the perfect way to bring my time to a close, and I am beyond honored to be chosen for this. And, it will be streamed live on Fontbonne’s website. No pressure!

A couple days after graduation I am going on a class trip to New York City. Another very exciting thing to look forward to in the next month! I went on the trip with the fashion merchandising department two years ago as well, and it was an absolute blast. We had a variety of industry tours, as well as plenty of free time to explore the city. And this trip will be set up in a similar way. However, it will still be a different experience with different people. Then, as soon as I get back from NYC, I will officially start working full time at TalentPlus as an entertainment agent. Since I’ve been working there part time this past semester, I will be able to dive right in. While I am upset to be graduating from Fontbonne, I am still looking forward to the future ahead.

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It’s hard to believe another holiday season is already here! Although the time went extremely fast (as always), I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was full of family fun and, of course, amazing food. My favorite part of dinner was the dessert. My aunt deserves a lot of credit for making what I considered the best dish of the night: pumpkin gooey butter cake. Just the name says enough about how delicious it was.

I love that holidays bring everyone together, despite so many of us living in various cities for school, work, etc. There are many family members that I only see on holidays, so there is always a lot to catch up on. After dinner and dessert (a couple rounds, I must admit), we played board games. I love family game nights, and wish there was time to have more nights like this. Therefore, I cherish the ones we do get. We all were being so goofy and having an amazing time together.

After staying up late playing games and munching on leftovers, I did not go to sleep like one would assume. I went straight to work at 1 a.m.. I pushed through the night on no sleep (or, should I say “morning”?) and finally got off at 9:30 a.m. This is just part of the job now when you work in retail. This is the sixth holiday season I have worked at Gordmans. This is the first year we opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and then stayed open all night, into Black Friday. I lucked out that I didn’t have to work during Thanksgiving. That’s what I kept telling myself every time I felt really tired at work. Working this day wasn’t nearly as crazy as the other years, since I was not there to open the store. Although I was sleep deprived, my shift went faster than expected. Singing Christmas songs all night long really helped. We are now officially in the season!

Happy holidays!

Mom and Me! Mom and Me!

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Alumni Posts

Work Work Work

by Alumni Posts on December 9, 2013

in College Life

I work at Potbelly Sandwiches in downtown Clayton. I was so excited when the company finally expanded to St. Louis. Their food is DELICIOUS! But it comes with a price. Don’t ever work at your favorite restaurant, because you will get so tired of the food. And unfortunately, that has happened to me. And as a college student in an apartment, naturally making minimum wage isn’t quite cutting it. So. I am becoming a Certified Trainer, which will give me about a dollar raise, and from there I will become a Shift Lead making $11+ per hour. But there is one thing still on my mind: my job has absolutely nothing to do with my major. Even a job in retail would be more relevant to Advertising than food service is. And it’s not like I absolutely LOVE my job, so should I consider switching to something else? My dream job (for right now, until graduation) is to work at Crate and Barrel. And I think I am going to look into that. I guarantee I’d make more than minimum wage, and I’d be doing something I actually love: displays and looking at furniture all day. I haven’t been with Potbelly for too long, but what’s the harm in finding something better?

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I’ve worked in the entertainment department at Six Flags St. Louis for 3 years now, and boy, has it been a blast. This year, however, is my very first year working Fright Fest. Fright Fest is basically exactly what it sounds like, scary attractions and themes the park adds around Halloween time. This Fright Fest has been a blast so far, and I definitely recommend everyone visit the park sometime during the next month before Six Flags closes for the winter. The shows this year at Fright Fest are especially fantastic! I am in the show “Love at First Fright,” which takes place 3 times a day Friday-Sunday at the Palace Theatre. This show is super fun and enjoyable for people of all ages! Another show you definitely want to check out is “Dead Man’s Party,” which takes place outside the Palace Theatre on the Palace Porch. The show consists of 8 very talented/creepy ladies who dance the night away to some entertaining, hard core music. They will blow you away with their awesome choreography and creepy disposition. Those are just a couple of the amazing shows and attractions that Fright Fest has to offer this season at Six Flags St. Louis. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this Fright Fest! You might be scared, but you won’t be sorry!

Fright Fest at Six Flags St Louis occurs every weekend through October:
Fridays: 6:00-11:00
Saturdays: 12:00-11:00
Sundays: 12:00-8:00
Hope to see you there! :]

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Working Double Duty

by Deanna October 12, 2011

Many of my friends and myself have a job and keep up with classes and our school work. It’s a tad difficult at times because balancing both and having time to do the things you actually want to do is not always the easiest, but it’s fun and ya gotta do what ya gotta do! […]

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