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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.

Taylor

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Hello Fellow and Future Griffins

When I started at Fontbonne in 2012 I was determined to be an engineer and wanted to work on roller coasters.  I was in the dual degree program with Fontbonne and Washington University, on my road to becoming the next roller coaster designer.  It was my sophomore year of college before I realized that engineering was not for me.  I was starting to have unhealthy habits such as staying up too late, putting off studying, and even some nightso crying for hours because I was so unhappy.  I was in an accounting class and really liked that so I thought I would try that out.Life-Lessons-From-Engineers-1I switched to Accounting that Spring semester.  I was so excited and knew that accounting would be a great fit for me. I love numbers and I love working on tedious tasks.  So I thought I was set and ready to go, to be happy, to find a career and know what I was going to do forever.  But like all college students, I got bored of that too.  Some students change their major more than once before they find what they want to do.onlyacctsposterThen I started contemplating my life decisions and had a sort of mid-life crisis.  I did not know what I wanted to do, all I knew was that I got the most joy from being Student Government President; I loved trainings, retreats, meetings and all the stuff that comes with being a student leader.  After having intentional conversations with my SGA advisor, I came to the conclusion that a career in Higher Education and Student Affairs was the road I wanted to take.  So I did not have to change my major for this, which was convenient since I was a junior in college already.  I am finishing up my Accounting and Business Administration degree now and have plans to attend graduate school to get my master’s degree.Leadership-quote-01If you can take anything from this blog post please know that you should always follow your dreams.  Changing your major is never a bad decision if it is what is best for you.  You can do whatever you set your mind to.  And last but not least, always follow your heart and chase your dreams.

XoXo

-D

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“Why professional writing?” Or, “Why an English major?” These are common questions I am constantly asked by my friends, coaches and family members. I know the general consensus about English classes is typically a negative one so why in the world would I want to spend four years of my life studying it? Well, I for one have always loved writing, learning about the English language and improving my writing skills while doing so. My passion for writing developed at a young age when I was about 5 or 6 when I began to write dozens of short stories in my spiral notebooks. The amount of notebooks that I went through as a child was more than likely upwards to about 100. Most of these relics are scattered around my house and I’ll find myself from time to time picking one or two up and flipping through it to relive my childhood. My mother and my great-grandmother were great influences in my life who always encouraged me to continue my writing and would always ask to see my most recent works. As I advanced in age so did my writings. I soon began to have aspirations of writing lengthy novels and plots for movies and television shows and would always write these ideas down. Mainly due to a short attention span, none of these ideas ever took form. I soon shortened the lengths of the ideas down and began to write short stories and poems. Throughout high school and college, I have a strange enjoyment to writing essays and other various writing prompts that I’ve been assigned. This love for writing is what led to me becoming a blogger and writing these different posts.

Now, another major question I am always asked is, “What are you going to do with a professional writing degree?” I’ve always known what I was going to do with a professional writing degree and this is to continue writing. I have aspirations of working in the publication industry and potentially at a magazine company. One day I dream to have my own magazine or sort of publication where I would write about the things that interest me. I am working on getting internships at magazine companies where I can continue this dream forward that I have been living since a young boy.

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Patricia

Why Business?

by Patricia on February 23, 2016

in Academics

Freshman year, I knew I wanted to major in business. I really liked my business classes because they didn’t require much reading. Personally, I do not enjoy reading that much. I have a hard time paying attention and often fall asleep. Anyway, recently I got an internship at Nordstrom to be completed next summer. This will lead to a job afterwards. Someone who did the internship last year got a job because she had majored in management and leadership. I asked my advisor about this program, and he told me that I would only need to take 5 more classes. So I entered in the program. So that is why I am a double major: business and management/leadership!

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My Major!

by Fontbonne University October 1, 2015

My name is Jessica Jordan. I am majoring in Computer Science and technology and Cyber security. I chose to pursue this major because I do well with computers. I am intrigued when it comes down to technology. My strongest subject is mathematics. So I can say that I not only chose my major it chose […]

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Why Professional Writing?

by Quinn September 24, 2015

My whole life I have always been passionate about writing in all it’s forms. From short stories and poetry, to essays and critical analysis I have always loved writing. While in high school I made the decision that I wanted to study writing in college. A majority of people thought I was crazy for this. […]

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Why did I choose my major?

by Fontbonne University September 23, 2015

I am currently working on my master’s of management. I chose this program because I have managed before and enjoyed it. Managing comes with a lot of responsibility but the rewards are great. One must be dedicated, reliable and able to communicate well with others. I am passionate about managing because it allows me to […]

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Why Fontbonne, huh?

by Fontbonne University September 21, 2015

I think I’m becoming what you would call a professional student. I went to college straight out of high school, got my bachelor’s degree from UMSL in communications 4 years later, then continued to go back and take random classes because I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Eventually […]

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I Didn’t Choose Fontbonne: It Chose Me

by Alumni Posts September 17, 2015

I ended up at Fontbonne in December of 2013. Before that I had hopped, skipped, and jumped from school to school hoping to find the right place to settle and finally figure out what I wanted to do. Truman State University was my home for my freshman year and I wanted so desperately to return […]

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

by Fontbonne University April 23, 2015

First year college students walk in with a lot of insecurities. This is the year we begin to answer the question that our relatives at awkward family parties have been asking us for years: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We are asked what major we want to do and what […]

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