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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..


Amanda W.

Registration already?

by Amanda W. on April 2, 2012

in Academics

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.


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 much of a difference it was going to be. Being involved with clubs, sports, classes, friends, and having time to go to activities around campus almost feels impossible. Since my freshman year here at Fontbonne, I have realized a lot about myself. I realized that I need better time management. You can still have fun in college, but you have to make sure you plan your schedule so you won’t feel so stressed. My best friend has become the Griffin Scratch, which is the planner given to us at the beginning of the year. I write down every little detail of each day that I might just need to remember. Having better time management this year is going to help me a lot, and I am so glad I have finally realized that it is an important aspect of being a college student. :)


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 a form of procrastination where I can still claim I’m getting something useful done. I don’t know!

Anyway, course guides have come out for next Fall. Since I’ll be graduating in December of this year, this is my last course registration and my last advising week! I’m so excited. Looks like my careful planning over the past few years has led to a super easy last semester, too:
- Music Appreciation as an 8-week course, so I’ll be done with that by midterm.
- Diversity Studies, a 200-level Sociology course with Dr. Phelps, a brilliant, fascinating, wise, and eccentric professor whom Fontbonne is unbelievably lucky to have.
- Senior Seminar in Advertising, which will be difficult, but I love many of my fellow Ad majors and I’m really excited to work with them, as well as polish myself up professional prior to graduating!
- Sociology Internship II, which will be taken as an independent study; the only real requirement will be to develop a paper regarding my internship experience over this summer and discuss the sociology of advertising.

That’s right. 12 hours, and only 3 classes to attend. By the end of the semester, with Music Appreciation over and my Sociology paper written, it should feel like I’m only taking 2 classes! I’m so excited.

The moral of my story (because all good stories—and all bad ones, to make up for being bad—should have a moral) is to plan, plan, plan. Foresight can save you so much trouble and so much money. I’ll be walking out of Fontbonne with 3 majors and a minor in only three and a half years. Just think: a few hours of planning every semester has saved me one entire semester and the costs and stress that go with it!


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