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“I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn. And we are led to those who help us most to grow, if we let them…”

The above lyrics are from the final song in my all-time favorite musical, “Wicked.”  I’ve been thinking about these lyrics in depth for quite some time now since many of my friends have graduated and are moving on to new chapters in their lives.  But even so, I’d like to devote this blog and these lyrics to a newer friend, one whom I’ve only known since spring break.  I’m talking about my good friend David, who is another intern in the microbiology lab where I’ll be spending my summer.  David is from Colombia, South America, and in the short time that I’ve known him, he’s taught me some invaluable life lessons.

1. “You Can Do It!”  Whenever I screw up in the lab or speak negatively about my chances of getting into a graduate program related to immunology or microbiology, David always reminds me that I can do it.  We put restrictions on ourselves.  Yes, I may not get in to the program of my dreams, and yes, I may – and most likely will – stumble along the way, but with a positive attitude, practically anything that you truly put your mind and heart into will happen.

2. Invest in your education.  I’ll admit it - sometimes I feel completely burnt out on school.  I absolutely love learning, but when I realize that I’ve been in school since I’ve been six years old, it begins to feel redundant.  But as David reminded me, the only thing that can truly never be taken away from you is your education.  This reminder will become ever more beneficial as I continue my education during my final year at Fontbonne and beyond.

3. Be patient!  Life is a process.  Things take time.  Whether it be the process of micropipetting a particularly viscous soap sample or the process of becoming your true self, always remember to be patient. 

4. We are young.  Sometimes I literally freak out.  (Okay, that’s incorrect – I freak out more frequently than “sometimes.”)  But that’s okay.  Even though the future is super important, I don’t have to have everything figured out all at once.  Going back to #3, life truly is a process, and, though I’d like to know what lies ahead, there’s no way that will ever truly happen.  Therefore, it’s more beneficial to worry about doing my best in school, in work, and in my personal life now because doing so will help me to prepare for what lies ahead.

5. “La vida está llena de cosas interesantes.”  (“Life is full of interesting things.”)  No words could be more honest.  Sometimes we forget how awesome life is.  We get so dragged down by worry and responsibility and day-to-day madness that we forget how truly blessed we are to even be alive.  We need to take time to partake in the famous cliche of stopping to smell the roses.

I’ve learned so much from my new friend, and I’m sad that he’ll be leaving all too soon.  I’d like to think that he learned new things from me; at the very least, I know that he now has a better understanding of American terms such as “cougar” and “freaking out,” and he is much better at pronouncing similar-sounding words such as “both,” “boat,” and “bought.”  So here’s to our last few days working and laughing together in the lab, and to the many future endeavors that we will share with each other via email and other virtual communications that make our world a much smaller place.

“And now whatever way our stories end, know you have rewritten mine, by being my friend…”

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Now that April – and hopefully warmer weather – is upon us, it’s time to begin the registration process for next year’s classes. As usual, I’ll be knee-deep in dietetics! There will be some clinical nutrition classes, some family/consumer science-based classes, and a class that will prepare me for the dietetic internship application process (which all graduated dietetics students have to complete before they can sit for the RD – Registered Dietitian – exam). I’m excited for my senior year, and very pleased with how my college experience has gone so far. I’m very lucky to say that food and nutrition has always been my surefire passion, and I’ve never once considered switching my major. One reason is that there’s just so many areas that a dietitian can work in – food service, hospitals, private practice, large corporations, grocery stores – if there’s food involved, chances are there’s a dietitian on staff somewhere! And in the past few years the need for more dietitians has just kept growing. Personally, I see myself working for a health foods or grocery store, perhaps with a private consultation business on the side. I’d like to write a book, too, and hopefully specialize in vegan/vegetarian diets. But I’m open to more ideas, too! The great thing about dietetics is that I can change things up without having to go back to school and get another degree.

So I’m definitely excited about what the future holds. That being said, I’m loving college, and I intend to keep enjoying every second of it! I’ve had so many great experiences at Fontbonne – I’ve tried new things, met great friends and teammates, and gone places I never even thought about going. It’s been awesome! And when the time comes, I know I’ll be able to look back with satisfaction and move on to the next chapter. But for now, I’m just enjoying the moment!

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Today, I am back home in Kentucky. After the art show Monday night, my mom, dad and boyfriend packed the car and drove the 5.5 hours back home after a 5.5 hour drive to St. Louis. 11 hour drive in one day! They are keepers.

The show was fantastic and there was a great turn out. A lot of people and a lot of beautiful art. I am thankful for everyone who shared that special moment with me. I will forever be thankful for the relationships I have made here at Fontbonne.


I am thankful for the teachers/education I have been lucky enough to have. I have learned so much and have been introduced to a lot more than I ever thought I would and the great thing is, that will never stop. I will always learn more and grow, and carry my knowledge with me into new situations.


I am thankful for my family for always supporting me and being ok that I moved states away to study art. They always tell me to try my best, and I do.

I am thankful for my roommate. I love her with all of my heart. I will miss her terribly when I graduate in a few weeks. I don’t know what I am going to do without all of my best friends. This means snuggling in bed with 4 of my best friends is a must at least 12 times a day.


I am thankful for my college life friends. These ladies have been with me since freshman year and I would never have wanted it any other way. I love them so much and thank them for always being with me. All of my memories are with them and my college life would have been totally different if it were not for them.


I am thankful for my body & my health.  I am happy I have gone through college as an athlete and have not suffered serious injuries like I did in high school. I am thankful that I did not get deathly ill while away from home. Not once did I have the flu or its equivalent while in a dorm room and I am very thankful for that. I do think I am getting over bronchitis though, but stressing over the show and spending too many nights awake rather than sleeping will do that to you, but still, I am thankful.


I am thankful for the new relationships & new friends I have made. I am so terribly sad that I didn’t meet these people earlier in my college life, but I am so glad I did at all.

I am thankful for the bad. I am thankful for the good. I am thankful for the scary. I am thankful for the unknown. Without all of these things, I would not be who I am or where I am today, and I am thankful. :) Happy Thanksgiving from KY!


-Kelia

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Thanksgiving is coming this Thursday (Nov 22). I feel so excited because it will be my first Thanksgiving in the United States.

I really want to say thanks a million to my dear God. He is so faithful, graceful and amazing to take care of me wherever I am, whatever happens.

I want to say thank you to my parents and sister who always support and comfort me when I feel lonely while studying aboard.

I want to say thank you to my all my American friends who help and support me a lot, especially for motivating me to keep studying and enjoy my life here.

I want to say thank you to my all friends in Taiwan, you’re always my best friends no matter how far apart we are.

I want to say thank you to all my professors and friendly staff at Fontbonne, you’re really my key persons to make me become more confident to use English for everything.

I want to say thank you to Rebecca, Ryan, Linda and Gail in the international center, because you’re the most important people helping me to study my graduate program at Fontbonne.

I want to say thank you to all the people who help me, teach me, or just give me a smile. You’re my sunshine to light up my life.

I really like Thanksgiving to let me have a chance to say thank you to everyone. Now, I can describe my feelings to you, it’s just like William Shakespeare said, “I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”

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Where did this semester go?

by Corie October 17, 2012

I think we can all agree that this semester has flown by quickly. I feel school just started a few weeks ago but we only have two months left of the fall semester. I took it easy this semester because I am at a new school and I wanted to get the hang of things […]

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President’s Night!

by Penny September 13, 2012

Yesterday, I had a good night because it was “President’s Night”, which is a Fontbonne event welcome to international students. At President’s night, our President, Dr. Golden and his wife, Monica, invited international students to come to their house and eat dinner together. I felt honored I had a chance to join this president’s night, […]

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