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 we want to do with that major. All of sudden, you are picking classes and setting up for graduation. All this happens with the expectation you will graduate and go into the real world.
I walked in knowing I want to major in English. It was the obvious approach due to my affinity for books and writing. The question previously stated changed to “Is this really what I want to do when I grow up?” I learned this year that the answer to the question at every single family party was: English. It was always there, but I had some insecurities due to how important the decision is.
This year I learned about literature and read more authors that I have ever read. I have interpreted literature and learned more about writing than I ever knew. I was introduced to reading literature in lenses and it changed the way I read. Harry Potter is, and always will be, obviously a Marxist text.
This year I learned that I never want to stop reading and writing. My hobby turned into passion, now I want my passion to turn into my career.
Let me take you under the sea. That was the inspiration for my most recent (and last) window display in my independent study visual merchandising class. Erika Kuhn and I worked together on this one on the smaller window (you may remember me posting about the bigger one earlier in the semester). We work together in FAB and ODK, so it has been nice to collaborate with her from a class perspective as well.
The process for this display was interesting, because we actually revamped it from our original idea. We had the window about half-way done, and then changed almost everything. We tried to create a display that was upside down, and it would have been an underwater scene. This idea sounded really neat and different, but was very difficult to implement. And it did not look like we were expecting. Therefore, we decided to recreate something that we knew we could be proud of and excited about.
The entire background is covered in blue tissue paper. Green tissue paper makes up the leaves of the tree, while the trunk is painted construction paper. Moving your eye from right to left, you then see the mannequin that has a dark underworld style to her. We painted her hair and makeup in various shades of blue and green. We also constructed her dress out of fabric, rope, and netting to go along with the nautical theme. Additionally, her necklace is made out of a seashell. The train of her dress is draped up and down throughout the rest of the window, until it eventually runs into the ocean and is part of the waves. Additional types of blue fabric create layers of waves on the left and middle panels of the window. There are also strands of fish, seaweed, jellyfish and coral made out of paper, trash bags, and coffee filters weaving in and out of the waves. The entire floor is covered with tan fabric, sprinkled sand, and seashells. The final step we took was painting the border of the windows. We intended it to look swirly and wave-like. It also forces people to peek into the window more since the paint covers some of it.
Like all the other displays, I had so much fun working on this. Hands-on projects are always my favorite. It is also a nice creative outlet. As much as I enjoy this, it does feel nice to be able to say that I am done with one of my classes (I also finished my portfolio for the class). I look forward to coming back to visit and seeing what future visual merchandising students come up with. It’s time to pass the torch!
Check it out in AB Hall by next fall!
What is my major?.
In an earlier post I stated that I am currently studying Family Consumer Sciences, which is designed to help individuals, families, communities and much more, but my major is a branch of FCS, specifically called Family Policy & Advocacy. Now I will be honest and tell you that I am still in the learning process as to what my major entails. I know that I will work towards improving the quality of life for individuals in a given area in which I will reside. Additionally, I will aid families and communities as a whole since each group is affected by one another in some way shape or form. I will strive to make a difference with family and social issues that are present in the community around me. Going off of Fontbonne’s description for Family Policy and Advocacy majors, I will “promote social justice and stand up for human needs and rights on local, national and global levels.”
I will overall do what I can to help those around me like I have already stated. I know that I have several Social Work classes ahead of me, since I have social work commitments, which is not as stressful as the job of a social worker, or so I have been told. I still have more to learn about what I am to look forward to in this field, though am very excited!
Why you chose your major?
Well to be honest, I was in a situation where I was forced to switch majors. I wish not to go into detail as to why I was put in that situation though looking back on it, I am forever glad that such events occurred. I knew that I wanted to help people and give back to the community, plus knew that I had to have a passion for what I would do for the rest of my life, and I love working with children. Though recently I realized that yes, it is a good thing I love working with children, though is it more of my maternal instincts within me saying that I hope to one day have a family? The more I thought on that, the more I realized that I would burn out very fast if I ended up working in a work environment that was with children day in and day out and then come home to a family with multiple children – I would one day soon end up not giving all of my love and attention to both sides of the spectrum. I would be doing more harm to myself as well as those around me because I would have reached a burnout level too soon. So I looked deeper and asked myself what is it that I really like about what I do when I volunteer? I love helping people strive for greatness through personal relationships!
What you love about your major?
I realize that I must be repeating myself in this post, but I love how I can impact other people’s lives through my time? I love the moments that happen between me and someone else in need, and how those moments of genuine time spent make life so worth it.
This week I had the opportunity to meet with a private practitioner speech therapist. She talked with me about all the different places she has worked as a speech-language pathologist, and even let me observe a therapy session! I was super stoked because this was the first time I got to watch a therapy session up close rather than through a computer screen like they make us do at Fontbonne. I realized that I have definitely learned a lot about speech and language in my two semesters at Fontbonne. I picked up on voice and language errors and was confident in using speech therapy jargon with the therapist.
I definitely feel more confident in my choice of major now, and the experience has helped me reflect again on why I want to be a speech-language pathologist. I believe communication is very important — after all, how can society succeed without communication? How can people fall in love if they never speak with one another? How do friendships form without talking about experiences, likes, dislikes, etc?
Not to mention that studying how the voice works is amazing! It’s crazy how intricate the voice is, and there is a lot more science to it than one would think. I think my background in singing makes me particularly interested in studying the voice. So if any of you out there love to sing and think that the only way you can turn that into a career is by being a popstar…think again! You can be a speech therapist and incorporate singing into your therapy! It definitely helps some people and can be a lot of fun
Whatever major you are going into, be sure you look into what career that could lead you to. And always be sure you have good reason for why you want that to be your career. College can be kind of scary because you have sooo many decisions to make, but it can also be exciting for that very same reason!
Until next time,