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Hello, dear readers! You may have realized that I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for almost two weeks. That’s because I was on vacation with my family in Orlando, Florida. While there, we went to three Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and – my favorite! – EPCOT), and we also went to both of the Universal Orlando parks. It was a great time despite a bit of rain from their first tropical storm of the season. Let’s just say that “Sunny Florida” isn’t always sunny. But all in all, we had a great trip. We experienced a lot of great theme park shows like “Beetle Juice’s Graveyard Review” at Universal and “Beauty and the Beast Live Onstage” at Hollywood Studios. Plus, we rode a lot of really fun rides and saw a lot of great attractions. We even tried two new (as in “new to us”) attractions for the first time – “Toy Story Mania” at Hollywood Studios and “Twister – Ride It Out!” at Universal Studios. Both attractions were really fun and innovative. “Twister” was so realistic that I felt like I was back at home in good ol’ Tornado Alley!

About halfway through our vacation, I randomly recalled that poster that hangs in the Kinkel Center. It says, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Maybe it was the Disney Magic, or maybe it was my once-upon-a-time-an-author-to-be mind racing yet again, but I came up with my own version of this poster. It’s called “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Disney.” Enjoy, and be enlightened.

1. “What do you do when life gets you down? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”

2. “There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day…”

3. “It’s a small world after all…”

4. (Based on one of my all-time favorite EPCOT attractions, “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” starring Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy): Brain power “is the one source of power that will never run out.”

5. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Vacation was a blast, and I got to spend a lot of time with my family. However, I’m excited to return to the lab, and I need to start preparing for the GRE. While looking forward, I’ll definitely look back on this and other great vacations I’ve had thus far in life.

And now, enjoy some of my favorite vacation pics. (Sorry – I just can’t resist!)


At my favorite park, EPCOT, with my mom.


Once a tiger, always a tiger. If you don’t understand this little inside joke of mine, read my previous blog, “What’s YOUR Animal?!


Waiting for my favorite theme park show to start….


Grad school, here I come!!

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I recently found out that I am struggling with my grades in my major field. I talked to the department chair and he is helping me in finding out what it is that I’m struggling with. I went to both of my professors in my program. They are going to do their best to help me succeed. They advised me to go to the Kinkel Center and talk to the person in charge of accommodations.  We are currently trying to find out if I do have a learning disability. It feels great to know that the staff is willing to help me.

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The campus community is the best thing about being a Fontbonne student. It feels like family. The classes are not overly crowded, you get to know your professors and fellow students on a personal level. This is a great advantage Fontbonne has to offer. The staff and professors are committed to helping their students succeed.

To me there are also hidden treasures that Fontbonne has to offer, such as the study rooms on the top level of the library. What a great environment to sit in silence and either relax for a few minutes or work on your latest and greatest project. The Kinkel Academic Center is also a great tool.

I am partial of course, being a theatre major, but to me the greatest thing the Fontbonne community has to offer is a solid Theatre program. I promote this as often as I can, the professors and students fall into the family category. We really are a team effort and want everyone to succeed. I am grateful for Fontbonne and the dynamic and caring community it has to offer.

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For so many reasons.

First and foremost is the social work program and the strong connection the university has fostered with graduate programs at other local and equally prestigious universities. Other universities have programs that are similar but don’t quite cross the bridge all the way to where a true opportunity for a graduate degree materializes.

I love the way the campus feels. It’s small enough and big enough at the same time. I came to campus and was immediately welcomed by all ages and groups of students.

It makes such a huge difference to me that my advisers and my professors are approachable. Knowing that when I am struggling, I can make direct contact with my professor or advisor and get such quick and enthusiastic responses is a great source of comfort. What better arsenal to have at your disposal than a professor enthusiastic about their subject, or a resource like the Kinkel Center available to assist you with writing that crazy paper on “Capitalist Ideals that Have Influenced Obesity”!

Finally, the flexibility of the program has been a great asset to me and my family. I attend Fontbonne full time as a day student, and I work part time. I have a family complete with one husband, two children and three dogs! So needless to say, flexibility is key to juggling all of these things. The blended classes help me manage my time and allow me to work when I need to not just when I have to.

All in all, these were the reasons I came to Fontbonne University and the reasons I chose to return again this semester.

I can’t imagine pursuing my BSW anywhere else!

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