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I have always loved performing, and I guess I am decent at it as I did receive a scholarship for performing for my undergrad and I do want to be a theatre teacher.  But, if this is my passion, then why haven’t I done it more?

It’s so easy for us to get caught up in work, obligations to our families, sick kids or pets; your car needs to be fixed, and so on.  I allowed myself to get caught up in this for the past 5 years.  Yes, I have done about one show a year but this is a big change from what I used to commit to.  I allowed myself to get caught up in work and I thought this was being successful.  I was making money, I was working full time at only 23, and hey, I was able to live on my own and take care of my doggie.  That’s success right?  But I wasn’t happy.  Yes, I had good days, but it wasn’t that magical, happy to go into work every day, type of thing.  It was, oh I go into work, don’t really care if I am late or not, and something positive might happen type of thing.  That isn’t happiness.  I gave up performing as I used to so I could dedicate myself to my job, and with taking night classes, I just didn’t have time.  I think I rationalized it by having those night classes which were going towards my dream of teaching.

Now that I am almost done with my degree, and I had to quit my job in order to do my Student Teaching course, I have so much free time.  That could be why I am back to doing two shows at a time.  I am nervous because my routine of working daily is gone, but I am back to being happy.  I have such a great time at rehearsals; it’s amazing I ever let myself not do this!

However, no matter how much fun I have performing, nothing can ever compare to the joy I had teaching!  My mom brought up in the car the other day, “What happens if you get a teaching job and its not what you thought it would be?”  I immediately was shocked!  How could she even think this?  I have never felt so filled with purpose, so complete as when I was in the classroom.  It was like that Harry Potter wand moment!  I didn’t choose teaching, it chose me!  Now that I am job searching again, my parents keep suggesting full time jobs that, yes, I am qualified for, but they aren’t in a classroom.  I can never go back to doing anything but teaching.  I don’t know how people go through their lives doing something they don’t like!

So here is my last piece of advice to you who are here at Fontbonne beginning your lives!  Chose something great, chose something that makes you happy and do it!  Now, that doesn’t mean if you enjoy playing baseball or volleyball, painting, or pottery, acting or reading, still do that too!  Make choices for yourself!  I have always found myself to be a selfless person, but this is the time to be selfish.  This is the time to choose your career, to choose your destiny and enjoy it!

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Holly

Work Work Work

by Holly 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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Holly

Failed Internship

by Holly on November 25, 2013

in College Life,In Saint Louis

As a first semester Freshman, I was so excited to get to have an opportunity for an internship. Yes, it was unpaid, but I figured it would really add to my resume. And I needed more things besides Taco Bell and Racanelli’s Pizzia. I needed something that actually applied to my degree, and this company wanted me to do some flyers and redesign their menu. That’s a big job, considering I am just an intern, one with little to no experience at that. So I emailed the company. No response. They took about 4 weeks to eventually get back to me. At that point, I had basically forgotten about the whole thing. But I was happy to hear from them. And we set up a meeting. It went very well, I said I’d love to join their team, and they seemed happy to have me. I told them I’d talk to my job and see when I could next be available, and I’d email them my schedule. And I did. That was about 2 weeks ago and I haven’t heard back. I got my excitement up too early, seeing that they wouldn’t even respond after meeting and bringing me on to join them. But, who knows. Maybe I’ll hear from them in a few weeks. To say the least, internships and the corporate world are tough. And maybe I’m still too young to be out there. I am only 18, and I have plenty of time to enjoy myself. All I did in high school was work, maybe I should look back and try not to do that to myself again in college. Free time or job experience? It’s a toss up.

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This is my second to last semester as a grad student. Next semester I will be doing my student teaching.  I quit my 9-5 job to focus on school.  I thought  now that I am not working I would have all the free time in the world. This is not true! I have learned that for me being on a schedule is a good thing. Having large blocks of unfilled time during my day started off as procrastination time.

What this semester has taught me the most is balance your time. Prioritize. Before I quit work, my schedule was created by many other factors.  Now it is my choice to create and adhere to my schedule. Change can start off to be rocky but can be a wonderful learning experience in the end.

Happy Halloween!

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Hi my name is…

by Erica V. September 14, 2012

My name is Erica Van Buren and I’m currently a senior here at Fontbonne University. For me, 24 hours is not enough time to juggle work, school and family. I’m majoring in English, and I’ve recently decided that my part time job gives me lots of writing material. At the moment I’m employed part time [...]

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student by day, babysitter by night

by Meredith February 27, 2012

Hi all! This weekend’s post is being brought to you by late-night weekend babysitting. As a busy graduate student, finding time for a part-time job is limited. Between classes and clinic, my availability to work is nonexistent. However, I tend to spend money on brain food, coffee when I find myself camping out in Starbucks [...]

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Thanksgiving Work

by Allison November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving break came and went in the matter of a snap. I had a long list of things I needed to complete over the five days, but now I am playing catch up with all my school work this Monday and Tuesday. It’s fine with me though because I spent a lot of my time [...]

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