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As a first year freshman, the question I get the most is “what are you studying?” When I say fashion, merchandising, the next thing they ask is, “So you’re going to work at target your whole life?

It is pretty annoying to get opinions about your passion that are less than flattering. However, I am passionate about my decision to study fashion and follow one of my favorite things. Most people may not know what they want to, but that is okay! It is more than okay! It should be expected. How can you expect a person to know at 17/18, what they want to do with the rest of their lives? The formative years of college will help you decide what you are interested in. It is okay if you try something for a little while and decide in the end that it was the right choice. Changing your mind is fine and encouraged. You should never settle for what anyone else wants you to do! No matter who it is or what the history is, you should do what you need to do to be happy and follow your heart, even if it may not be able to make up its mind!

Moral of the story, do you. Find something you love, and go for it. Do not let anyone hold you back from doing what you are passionate about. If you want to be a doctor, lawyer, model, chef, teacher, etc., try it out and find a career that is going to be satisfying to you intellectually and emotionally, over financially.

Xoxo,
Claire

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Claire

When I grow up

by Claire on April 13, 2016

in Academics,Career Paths

When I Grow Up….

When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a banker. I honestly don’t really know why, but that’s what I always wanted to be. When my grade school teachers took all of the students on a field trip to the village area at the Magic House, I “applied” to be a banker. I knew banking meant that I got to do math and I really liked math at the time. I was formulate enough to be the “Banker Manager” at the Magic House for the field trip. We cashed all the other works play pay checks and taught the students how to fill out a deposit slip and write a check. This is one of my fondest memories from my childhood.

Continuing into middle and high school, I always excelled at math so I figured banking would be a safe bet and something that would always be needed. However, once I got into more complicated math, banking seemed less and less appealing to me.

After taking many more math classes, I realized I liked and wanted to continue with math, but not banking. My middle school opinion was that I did not want to sit at a computer all day with a calculator doing math. I found a passion for fashion as one may say, and out went the banker passion.

I still am fond of math and honestly find myself into crunching numbers quiet frequently. I am thankful for my initial interest because now I know how to calculate interest rates and things like that.

Now, as written in other posts of mine, I study fashion merchandising and I am hoping to be able to use my math skills as a buyer one day!

Whatever you decided to do as a career, even if you do not know when you make it to college, know you have time and people to help you. But, most importantly, pick a career that is going to be fulfilling and challenge you as well as maintain your interest for a few decades!

Xoxo,
Claire

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Interestingly enough, in 2nd grade my teacher asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. And then she had us write a letter to our future selves and include our future job description. Then she said she would mail it to us some years down the road. I received the letter years later and past me wanted to be…a police officer! It’s a noble profession but I definitely don’t think I could do it today.

Growing up, I never had a realistic grasp on what I wanted to be or what I wanted to do. I had aspirations to be a police officer and then as the years went on I switched to dolphin trainer and then veterinarian. I love animals so a career path that included physically touching soft, furry animals seemed like a perfect fit. Then things started to get serious and I realized careers required hard work, dedication, and motivation.

Math, science, literature…I struggled with all of them. If I had to choose one, it would be literature (since I loved to read) but I wasn’t really passionate about it. When I found out I could turn my hapless doodling and drawing and creating into a career, I was ecstatic!

Even now, I can’t recall exactly when I made that decision to be an artist. In a manner of speaking, art chose me. It was the only thing I considered myself good at and it was something I loved to do. Art is a field that offers so many possibilities–and that’s the reason it works so well for me. Today, I have a better grasp on what I want to do but I also firmly believe that nothing is certain. There are so many different paths to take. Right now I’m a graphic designer but in a few years time, who knows?

As long as my job description requires me to create–anything!–then I’m satisfied.

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Thinking about coming to Fontbonne? Here are some reasons why you should consider this lovely school!!!

1. It’s small. Unlike at a big school where the lectures have 75 students or so, Fontbonne is only a few thousand students, so the classes are like max 30 people. The professors have less students to know so it’s easier to get to know them and most likely you can get to know a lot of the students on campus!
2. It’s in a good area. There are plenty of things you can do while attending school here. Whether it’s going a few blocks down to Delmar to check out the loop, or going to the Galleria or Brentwood. It’s also a few blocks away from Forest Park where there’s tons of fun activities always going on. With winter coming up, the Steinberg skating rink will be opening soon too!!
3. There are a lot of major choices. Whether you’re looking into one of the education fields, nutrition, or something else, Fontbonne has a variety of academic choices.
4. It’s negative wind chill outside, snowing, and your professor still hasn’t cancelled class? Good thing the buildings are only 5 minutes away from each other!

Fontbonne is a nice little school with a big personality. That’s why you should considering coming to Fontbonne today!!

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Mid-Life College Crisis

by Fontbonne University May 4, 2015

Last year, as a freshman I would hear professors tell me that it is common for people to switch majors in life at least once. I had not really believed my professors, in addition to my family members until that happened to me. When I started my college career I thought for sure that I […]

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Do what you love.

by Fontbonne University October 30, 2014

Coming into college, I was scared about picking a major right off that bat. However, I knew that I was really interested in English and it’s what I love to do. I now find myself writing essays about pieces of literature that interest me. I honestly couldn’t have picked a better major. I chose this […]

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Why Professional Writing

by Alumni Posts October 30, 2014

I never really thought about why I changed to professional writing. I used to want to become a teacher, then it became too stressful. I have always enjoyed writing, mainly poetry and creative writing.The writing classes here have helped make my writing better. Dr. Sommer keeps asking me to put more detail in my writings […]

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I Bet You Never Thought Your World Would Come to This.

by Alumni Posts January 25, 2013

As cliché as it may sound, if there’s one thing I’ve learned during the course of my time in college so far, it’s that this really is a time of self-discovery. If you had told the straight across bangs-sporting, ballet dancing, high school version of myself that once I went to university, I would quit […]

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Those Questions

by Alumni Posts April 9, 2012

At every family event, I get the same questions. Those questions. The ones about college, and majors, and dorm life. Those questions. This Easter, my favorite question was “So what’s your major this week?” And it’s not like I have changed my major at all… Don’t get me wrong, I have questioned if high school […]

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Getting Started

by Alumni Posts March 20, 2012

I remember fondly my young, idealistic self who went to college the first go around as an English major. My goal was that I wanted to be an investment broker. I had big plans that I would make tons of money and then settle in and have a family and then use my degree to […]

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