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Hello again, everyone!

Boy, talk about waking me up when September ends!! I think I ‘woke up’ and realize how close midterms are – YIKES! Aside from that, I have to say that the best experience I’ve had at Fontbonne so far has been meeting so many people and making great friends. Quite honestly, it’s very reassuring to know that whenever you are going from class to class, you will see a friend or two to say “Hi” to along the way. Part of this comes from getting involved but also just putting yourself out there, being your own person, and socializing with an open mind.

I, for one, am a huge people person – I always love learning about and meeting different people. In a way, it helps you to learn about yourself a little more. (Yes, I meant to get philosophical there)! I wish more people were willing to try and make friends with people who have differing personality types, interests, so on and so forth. You seriously can’t judge a book by its cover!

I have to say that I am most looking forward to making the best of my college career while I can. I want to be reaffirmed that yes, I am going down the right path for my future – which, at the moment, I am hoping consists of my very own Personal Styling business! I know there are many great plans in store for me and it’s all in God’s hands, but I’m not worried by any means.

I have a lot to appreciate for now and later, so when I get über stressed, my focus diverts from that sense of appreciation to high inquisition about everything (i.e. Well, what do I do now?, How can I possibly get motivated?)

Maybe some of you can relate, maybe not.

Overall, I’m confident about where  I’m headed in this mad world and I hope to meet more people along the way who contribute to cultivating a sense of direction in my life. I’m in it to win it!

Ta, ta for now!


Guess what! We have officially made it through half of the semester. I know I’m constantly counting the days until Thanksgiving, winter, spring, and summer break (I would include fall break too, but that’s a joke), but I really do love school. I just hate the stress that comes along with it. Oh, and living in a dorm. I hate living in a dorm and desperately want an apartment next year (heck, why wait? Why not next semester?)
Anyway, tons of stuff happened this week, and I learned a few very important hot tips that I’d like to pass along to you:

#1: Assignment guidelines for projects are often misleading. They make you think that what you’re doing is NBD, and that you have tons of time to do it. WRONG! As soon as you get those assignment guidelines, hightail it to the library or wherever and get to work. Otherwise you’ll be like a majority of my classmates in my Quantity Foods course (myself included!) freaking out Wednesday night before turning in our massive Cycle Menu project the next day. Spending all of that time in the Kinkel Center together was quite the bonding experience.

#2: Never start studying the night before an exam. I like to say that I was conducting an experiment in which I was testing the hypothesis that studying the night before an exam will produce a lower exam score, but honestly, I put off studying because I was just plain stupid. Oh, and because of hot tip #1. The assignment guidelines for my Cycle Menu project duped me into thinking it wouldn’t be so bad (when it was), and so I spent more time on that project this week than studying for Plant Biology.

In other news, today I got my ID badge for the Botanical Gardens! Look at my face! Don’t I look so serious and professional and official? I think so!

Most enthusiastic intern EVER.

Have a great week everyone. And whatever you do, don’t procrastinate!


“Yet Again” by: Grizzly Bear


Hello Everyone,
It is around midterm time! I have taken one and have another one waiting for me this week. These major tests always result in super stress and a very forgetful mind. I think I might have lost something at least 5 times! It could be a pen, my phone, a homework assignment, car keys, anything! Whenever my mind is fragmented into a million tiny thoughts I need an outlet. My stress free, midterm free time is yoga. Yoga, if you don’t already know, is a form of exercising that focuses on stretching, breathing, and recognizing that you, as a human being, need a moment of nothing; nothing being no thoughts at all, only thinking of breathing in and out. We fill up our schedules so much with classes, work, sports, friends, homework, and barely leave time for ourselves. I find yoga extremely relaxing, but everyone has a different outlet.

What do you do? Read? Run? Sing and dance? If you don’t do anything, I IMPLORE you to try it! It doesn’t have to take a long time. Just try something to release the crazy! It will help more than you can imagine!


Alumni Posts

My First Midterm

by Alumni Posts on October 5, 2012

in Academics

I’m a biology major.  I’ll be the first to tell you that I adore my major (well, most of the time, that is).  I’ll also be the first to tell you that many of our classes have tests every couple of weeks because, realistically, how else are we supposed to show that we’ve learned about and understood topics such as dorsalization, cortical rotation, somatic cell nuclear transfer, and solution preparation calculations?  (Okay, I know there are ways, but even I – as test anxious as I am – agree that tests are the simplest way to show our professors our mastery of these and other topics.)

However, I can now say that I’m taking my first midterm exam.  Yes, you heard that correctly – I’m a junior, and I’m just now taking a midterm.  Usually in my biology and chemistry courses, we have “test 3” while everyone else is crazily cramming for an exam covering eight weeks’ worth of material.  And yes, the information that we learn definitely builds; take organic chemistry for a perfect example.  But for me, whenever I’m studying for a test, I don’t feel like I’m trying to remember x-amount of weeks’ worth of information; I’m only really trying to remember what I’ve learned since the last test.  And usually, our tests are so frequent that there isn’t an ungodly amount of information left to learn.  (Realize that I’m talking about the amount of information, not the complexity of the information here.) 

But anyways, like I said, I’ll be taking my first “real” midterm.  It is in Plant Biology, and it will be next Friday.  My friend and fellow blogger, Carly, and I already have a study schedule figured out.  But I’m still nervous.  I’ve been asked to recall a whole semester’s worth of work at the end of the semester, but I’ve never been asked to recall eight weeks’ worth. 

So wish me luck on my midterm, and I’ll do the same for you.  I know I’ll be studying like crazy for plant – that is, after I take my developmental bio test on Tuesday and my bio seminar quiz on Wednesday.

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Happy Studying

by Alumni Posts October 3, 2012

When I am doing some hard-core studying, there’s always a certain process I go through. First of all, I turn off all distractions. I’m not the type of person that can work with music or TV on.  Because, I can guarantee you, as soon as Justin Bieber comes on, all of my focus is lost. […]

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Birthday Bash!

by Alumni Posts October 3, 2012

Thursday (9/27) was my 21st birthday! My mom traveled all the way from Plainfield, IL to surprise me. It was a huge surprise because everyone knew, even my roommate. So I was able to go home for the weekend and my roommate came with. It was so much fun, I showed her around my neck […]

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I’m Not Trying to Lose My Mind

by Alumni Posts October 21, 2011

I woke up one morning last week and thought to myself, “I think we need a rainy day in the near future.” Finally! Despite the fact that I hate walking to and from class in this rainy haze since I don’t have any really warm clothes or an umbrella with me at school at the […]

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by Alumni Posts October 12, 2011

Midterms. The one word every college student never wants to hear. The big scary test that happens before the exam. Well, they are definitely scaring me. I have two of my midterms on the same day. I had always been lucky enough in high school to never have more than one test on the same […]

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