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There is one thing that I cannot live without. It’s white with small gold polka dots and filled with writing. It follows me wherever I go. It’s my planner. If you don’t have a planner…GET ONE. You can even use the calendar on your phone if that is easier for you. I’m telling you, it has changed my life. In high school, I never had a planer. I was constantly forgetting about important assignments due or meetings to attend. That hardly happens now! The only reason I can remember to do half the things I do is because I have my trusty planner.

As soon as I get the syllabus for each class, I write the assignment and the due date in my calendar. If you are weird like me, you will love to color code each different course. I like to open up my planner and see what is due for the whole entire week.

Also, write a to-do list in your planner everyday. There is no better feeling than crossing something off of your to-do list. Make a small little list every day. Whatever you don’t get done on that day, just write it down for next day until you get it done.

Get your life together and get a planner!




Done with one year and on to planning the next. That’s how my summer started. I went on a four-day retreat with the exec team on the Fontbonne Activities Board. It was a time to complete some deep planning for events for the next school year and also a great time for team bonding. This is so important because making special connections with our coworkers will help us be more cohesive and excited about the event programming we do.
The retreat was at Innsbrook Resort in Wright City, Missouri. We stayed in a cozy chalet, which is similar to a condo setup. There were nine students and one advisor. We fit fairly comfortably though. Within the private resort, there were multiple lakes, woods to explore, tennis courts, golf courses, horseback riding, and more. Most of our free time was spent in the woods and lakes. And inside playing Just Dance on the Wii and Disney karaoke. Not to brag, but we are a pretty fun (and goofy) group. A majority of our planning sessions occurred outside on the back deck. We had a nice bonfire going out there in the evenings.
Although we had a lot of fun and silly moments, we were very productive as well. Myself and the rest of the board are very excited for the upcoming events for the ’14-’15 school year. The Fontbonne community is about to experience some great performers, spirit weeks, and off campus events (which is just the tip of the iceberg). I’m already really looking forward to the next school year. But before that, I’ve got a whole summer to experience!

The FAB '14-'15 exec board with our advisor


I have yet to announce this in my blog, but I will be going to New York City soon! Actually, very soon, 20 days to be exact. My roommate and I are going along with other fashion merchandising student here at Fontbonne, and have been counting down since the beginning of the semester. It’s great that Fontbonne University gives us these wonderful opportunities to see and experience our major in the workforce.  It just feels like yesterday when Carly was saying to me, “57 days!”, and I would think, “Okay, I’ve got plenty of time to prepare”. I have to say it’s 20 days until NYC and I have a lot of preparing still to do.

I am an organized person, and because of my previous travels where my mom would map out everything we would do the entire trip, I feel that I have to know everything Carly and I will be doing during our massive amount of free time. We plan on visiting a lot of museums, parks, and other sights of New York. Contrary to what some might believe, we are more interested in the sights of NYC than the shopping, but will be stopping by Michael Kors’s favorite restaurant and Tim Gunn’s apartment building!

Anxiety over this encroaching deadline is taking over, but I cannot seem to find the time to research and plan our trip. I’ll be in NYC in 20 days and I couldn’t tell you the first place I was planning on going. Yikes! Twenty days is still enough to get sufficient preparation done though, and I think that 20 days from now I will be ready to be NYC bound!

I cannot wait for this trip. I have never been to New York, but have always wanted to go. The fact that I get to spend 6 days in NYC with one of my best friends is also a plus. We are going to make so many fabulous memories together exploring the city. New York City, see you in 20 days!

Until next week..


I feel like this year has gone by so fast. It feels weird looking out my window and seeing leaves on the trees and people out enjoying the weather. It feels like just yesterday it was Christmas break! And look, here we are getting ready to register for class for next year. I can’t believe how fast this semester is going. I almost wish I could freeze time for just a little while because I’m afraid I’m going to miss something.

I’m so excited though for the dedicated semester next fall: Foodology. I’m a psychology major and plan to specialize in health and wellness. Food has always been something I enjoy not only eating but learning about. Nutrition is just something that has always been interesting to me. I’m looking forward to taking some of the dedicated semester courses that are being offered next year, and I encourage everyone to do the same! Happy spring, everyone, and I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break.



by Alumni Posts September 28, 2011

In high school, I didn’t really need to have good time management because I didn’t have a lot to worry about. I could have time for clubs, sports, classes, friends, have time to go to Friday night football games, and still get good grades in all my classes. Coming into college, I never realized how […]

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Planning the Future: Yesss!

by Alumni Posts March 29, 2011

This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about this, but I LOVE talking about this! I LOVE planning for the future. Maybe it’s because it helps me organize my priorities and see what work I need to get done. Maybe it’s because I love visualizing where my life is going to go. Maybe because it’s […]

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