Tag Archives: Majors

My major!

I chose my major for many reasons. I love psychology and always have. In high school, it was my best subject, and I was just able to grasp the information better than any other subject — so it was kind of like this major was calling me. When I first started at Fontbonne, I was an Occupational Therapy major. Just recently, I’ve changed my major and created a minor to specialize in nutrition. Along with psychology, I’ve always been fascinated in food and nutrition and they way it effects everyone. I hope to someday be able to either study how food effects people’s behaviors, or I would want to help those who struggle with eating disorders. I’m really excited to begin taking nutrition courses!

Choosing Classes for Spring.

So it’s time to pick classes for spring. I’m only a freshman in my first semester but there are a few things I’ve already picked up about choosing which courses I want to take next semester.

I still find it hard to believe that I’m almost finished with my first semester of college and I can say I’ve never been happier. Although there are still a few things about being a college student that I haven’t gotten completely used to. One of those would be registering for classes. It’s not that I find it difficult… just different.

There are a few things I have found to be helpful as I planned for next year. First, it’s important to know what time of the day you like taking class. I have learned that it’s hard for me to get up for a class that is early in the morning. I find it hard to get to my 9 AM class so therefore an 8 AM class is probability not the best idea for me.  Also I find that talking to my advisor helped me out so much. I made a separate appointment with my advisor so I could ask some questions I had regarding my major. I found it was very helpful to speak with her before advising week to give me some times to think about my future.

I guess to sum all this up, I found planing for my classes to be kinda… well, fun. Maybe I’m a nerd (haha) but I’m excited to see how next semester goes. And I wish everyone good luck as they pick their classes!

The one person every student should get to know on campus

There are so many great people that every student should get to know on campus. It might just be too hard a task to narrow it down to one. So to be fair, I’ll break this topic down, and I’ll choose a person in an educational sense, as well as in the social scene. Therefore, as a general statement, everyone should get to know their own advisor. My advisor has been more than helpful in my studies here, but he is always looking out for things outside the Fontbonne community that would help me too. As a pre-law major, he has given me flyers from a wide variety of things such as law school admissions fairs, interesting cases in the news, and mock jury trials. As far as students on campus go, there are a number of people who are always fun to be around! In my experience at Fontbonne, there are two main groups of people always looking to have a good time — Focus Leaders and FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board). You can never go wrong with these people. Finally, to get back to the original question of “Who is one person that every student should get to know on campus and why?” I choose Cameron Elliot. Not only is he super social and always passing out hugs that bring happiness to your day, he is the Student Government President, a helpful resident hall assistance, a member of the undergraduate academic committee, and on the Fontbonne Board of Trustees. So if you’re looking for a pick-me-up in your day, have an issue with anything Fontbonne related, or even get locked out of your room, Cameron is your man. In a nutshell, everybody should get to know Cameron Elliot, and I’m sure he would be happy to get to know you!!

How can math be discrete?!

Hardest class I have this semester… or have ever had, for that matter… is Discrete Math. I still am not sure what purpose it will ever serve in my future, and I have to work twice as hard to do well in that class as I do in any of my other classes. It’s a tough one, but I have to complete it for my major, so I’ll trudge through it. Since it is my first college math course, it freaks me out quite a bit, but a lot of people make it sound like it’s the hardest math class I will have to take, so I hope they are all telling me the truth!

Where Everyone Knows Your Name…

This semester has been kind to me as far as classes go, so I thought I would talk a little bit about what classes I’m taking. I’m happy to not have many Gen-Eds to get out of the way, so now I can really get down to my major-specific classes: this semester, it’s Chemistry, Food Science, Principles of Nutrition, and Foundations in Human Environmental Science. I’m really enjoying all of them! (Yup… even the chemistry!)

If I had to pick a favorite class, I would probably go with either Food Science or Principles of Nutrition. If you hadn’t guessed, my major is dietetics, and I love learning about food! In Food Science, I’m learning about the properties of certain foods and how they react with other things – like why oatmeal swells up when you cook it, or why fruit browns when it’s cut. It really is fascinating! Plus, I get to cook food in the lab, which is always fun. Principles of Nutrition is more of the facts of eating healthy: how to do it and why it’s important. It’s a great class to pick up tips on how to eat right!

Of course, none of my classes would be enjoyable without my great teachers. I feel so lucky to be at a school where all my teachers know me by name, and where I can talk to my advisor about anything! Fontbonne is a small school, and it has its pros and cons, but the atmosphere here is what makes Fontbonne really special. :)

That Senior Paper

86 pages.

25,615 words.

53 citations.

This is my senior paper in applied sociology: “Applied Sociology and Adcult: Reflecting on an Applied Sociology Internship.” And it’s finally done.

I started this paper at the beginning of the school year, back in August. In a little over a month and a half, I churned this thing out. Excuse me while I regale you (or really just myself) with a blog about how thrilled I am at my own accomplishment here. I’ve never written this much in my life!

Before I scare away any potential applied sociology students who are terrified at the notion of writing this much, let me point out that I was never actually supposed to write this much. This was originally supposed to be 18 to 20 pages long, the capstone paper of SOC491: Internship in Sociology II. (Part I is actually getting the internship). I just… I don’t know what happened. I started writing, and there was just so much to write about for the sociology of advertising that words kept pouring out. Really, writing so much isn’t that difficult when you actually have things to write about and when you’re deeply interested in your topic. There’s a life lesson, there: do something you like. As the idiom goes, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and take a very long nap.

(Two months and one week until I graduate! … But who’s counting?)

Learning Through Experience

So I’m currently taking a course called “Introduction to Classroom Teaching” and let me just say, it has done nothing but confirm to me that I was meant to be a teacher. It delves into the psychology behind classroom management and the different theories of how the mind develops through a child’s school years. But it also has another aspect that has proven far more valuable to me: the “practicum” involves shadowing a teacher in their classroom at Brentwood Middle/High school. I was unaware of this when I registered for the class, and I don’t regret it in the slightest. Practically speaking, I’ve learned so much in just a short time watching a professional teacher work. More than that, it’s reminded me of why I first became interested in education: to pass the spark along. In my mind, there is nothing cooler than discovering a new way to look at a novel or uncovering a hidden layer of subtext in a piece of fiction. I’ve always admired the teachers who got excited for their job, and seeing this in the teacher I’m observing just makes me want to have my own classroom even sooner. If you’re considering whether or not the teaching profession is right for you, then I wholeheartedly recommend this course.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Hello, everyone!

I’m a transfer student. This is my third year attending college and my first at Fontbonne, and I gotta say, it feels so good to be part of a university again! Since the semester started, I’ve discovered a whole plethora of reasons why Fontbonne is the school for me. I’m having trouble just keeping track of all the little things that have impressed me so far! I could recite a whole list of big changes I’ve felt since coming here, but it’s the little differences that are usually the most profound. I’ll start with one that might not seem like a huge deal, but it means the world to me: people here remember my name.

Now, this might seem pretty commonplace to most of you, but allow me to explain. My name is Arjuna Ganim. It’s pronounced exactly as it looks. I was born in America, and I’ve lived in St. Louis all my life. The ‘j’ does not sound like ‘h’ ‘w’ or ‘y.’ English is the only language I speak. In fact, I’m an English major working towards a secondary certificate in teaching. I’ve been given several nicknames over the years. I suspect that a lot of people simply don’t care enough to put forth the effort t0 try and learn my name. Every time I meet someone new, I have to stand there and spell out, pronounce, and explain it for them. Let me tell you, this gets exhausting after the eleven millionth time.

For my first year of college, I attended a massive university away from home. You know when they say that you might end up being just a number at big colleges? They’re right.  My classes were all huge, making it difficult for professors to connect with every student. On more than one occasion I’d see one of my professors walking by on the street. I’d wave to him and he’d wave back politely, but he wouldn’t have the slightest idea of who I was or what was my name (much less how to pronounce it correctly).

That’s where the difference comes in. At Fontbonne, every single one of my teachers can recognize me by face. To them, I’m not simply student #465320. I’m Arjuna Ganim, and I can’t begin to describe how good that makes me feel.

Mise en place

Mise en place has been ingrained in my brain this semester…along with syneresis, flocculated, chalazae, and an abundance of other culinary terms. (Shout out to my dietetic classmates and Dr. Cheryl Houston!!!) With all that said, Mise en place is a great representation of how I feel going into Fall 2011 semester.  For those of you unfamiliar with French or cooking…mise en place referrers to having all the ingredients necessary for a dish prepared and ready to combine up to the point of cooking. Sounds corny, but this is where I am…everything is in its place geared up for graduation in 2013!

I’m most excited to get into my junior level dietetics classes this fall. I’ll be taking three: HES 312, HES 326, and HES 319. In addition, I’m taking GOB (CHM 228) or “gobs of science” as everyone has been jokingly calling it! However, Chemistry is a hard subject for me so I’m sure this won’t be a laughing matter :( .  But I’m not going to sweat the small stuff…plus I’m always up for a challenge.

On the whole, my first year here at Fontbonne has been AMAZING, and I look forward to continually accomplishing Fontbonne’s motto of  “Learn more, Be more.”

Ashley-Nothing's Better than Communications

Hello! Choosing my major at Fontbonne was a hard process. I would like to share my story with you…
       As I came to Fontbonne as a freshman, I had no clue of what I wanted to do. I remember researching different majors and trying to make a final decision about what I was going to major in. As the end of my freshman year approached, I still had not declared what I wanted to do. As the end of my sophomore year approached, I remember talking with my academic advisor to seek advice about what I should do.  She reminded me that I only had two years of school left, and strongly encouraged me to pick a major. After talking with her, I finally declared my major to be Communications.

        I couldn’t have chosen a better major. I feel that Communications suits me because I am personable, and I also love to work with others. I am really proud of the fact that I took my time in deciding what I want to do. Even though it took two years for me to decide, I am happy that I was able to make sure of what I wanted to do.
To conclude, I would like to offer a few words of wisdom: Don’t worry if you are not sure what you want to major in yet. Contrary to what many people may say, being undecided for a period of time can actually help you be more certain about the major that you actually do go into. So if you are feeling pressured, don’t sweat, just take your time, and everything will come together in due time.
Whether you’re interested in Communications or still undecided, check out all of Fontbonne’s undergraduate majors!