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Hey everyone! My name is Morgan, and I am back again to write some blogs for you to (hopefully) read!!

I am a sophomore (credit-wise a junior) here at Fontbonne, and I love it! This is my second semester writing blogs for Fontbonne, and I am very excited to write for you all! Since my last intro blog, not too much has happened… I’m steadily getting used to my spring semester classes, but I’m not sure if I will ever be awake enough for my 8 AM class on Tuesdays and Thursdays… OR will I ever be excited for my 4 HOUR BIOLOGY NIGHT CLASS ON THURSDAY NIGHTS. Now if you ask any of my friends, they are all probably sick of me complaining about my bio class, but to be honest, I doubt I’ll stop complaining all semester ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I’m from O’Fallon, MO (not to be confused with O’Fallon, IL) where I went to St. Dominic High School and worked/still work at my local Baskin Robbins… You will learn that I take a lot of pride in my job at Baskin Robbins and that I love ice cream as one of my favorite foods. I’m majoring in Speech Language Pathology here at Fontbonne. Speech Language Pathology is when speech language pathologists help those with speech, swallowing, communication, and language disorders. Language is just so mind boggling to me because it’s one of the many ways that we can communicate with others. As I take more and more classes for my major, I am more intrigued and I fall in love with it even more!!!

That’s all for this week! I hope you guys come back and read again!

peace out,

Morgan

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Beefy

by Jacey on January 30, 2017

in Academics

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“When I was in high school, they used the word ‘beefy’ to describe someone who was muscular or really built. I’ve never heard it used in the way you’re using it,” my dad told me as I ranted about my classes for the spring semester. ‘Beefy’ is how my Language Disorders teacher portrays our text book. ‘Beefy’ is how the graduate students summarize three of the five classes I’m taking this semester. ‘Beefy’ is how my roommate, current undergrad speech-language pathologist (SLP) student, & alumni of our soccer team described my schedule to our soccer coach. So, with no accurate dictionary (or urban dictionary, for that matter) definition of the term ‘beefy,’ I’ve decided to explain the word to the best of my ability, using the context it’s been repeated in within the first few weeks of my semester.

When I first heard the word, I smirked at it. What a silly word. Beefy. Why can’t they just say “information-filled” or “educating?” I’ll tell ya why. They’re SLP students (and educators) with a wide vocabulary that like to play with words and their meanings and sounds. They have to be ready to explain anything in the most understanding way possible to any age. So here we are with… BEEFY.

I can understand, now, why it’s used to describe our Language Disorders text book. I just started the 4th chapter today and just took my first exam on the first 3 chapters (almost 100 pages, mind you) Thursday. Talk about an overwhelming abundance of information. Not only is the print on each page minuscule, but the information given in each PARAGRAPH is like taking in an explanation of how the earth was made. (Okay, not literally, but it’s a lot of information in a little amount of space). Each chapter is about 25-45 pages long. Your first question is probably “Do you actually read every word on every page?” Yup… I really do. Now you’re probably wondering “Your dramatic description of the book makes that seem impossible…” Although my description may be a little dramatic, I get the job done. Reading that many pages of any TEXT book is going to seem overwhelming and boring. With this text book, especially, I would not recommend sitting down and reading all 25-45 pages in one sitting. It takes me about 30 minutes just to read 6 pages (that’s not an exaggeration, I’ve actually timed myself before). So, prior to reading each chapter, I break it up. I only read 10-12 pages a day. This helps me digest the wealth of information I’m reading while also giving my brain and eyes a break! So, when one of you SLP students is sitting in Dr. O’Hara’s class & you get to hold “the Bible” as this text book has been referred to, don’t freak out. The hour and fifteen minute lectures will fly by, but when you get out of class & begin reading the text book, slowwww iiiitttt doooowwwn. Make the time to take things at your pace and digest all the details, statistics, & facts you’ve been learning about. (Helpful hint: BUY the text book.. DON’T rent it… it really is “the Bible.” DO read the chapters. DO the essay questions she gives you at the end of each chapter. And finally… BREAAATHE).

Now, my class schedule. Because I am a transfer student, my classes for my major (which, by the way, is speech-language pathology), are all kind of stacked on top of one another. Where other undergraduate students have to take the same classes, they are also spreading them out more than I am because they’re also taking care of their gen. ed courses. I got all, but one, of those out of the way in my first two years at a community college. So, as previously stated… my schedule is a little BEEFY. I’m taking speech science, fluency, language disorders, learning diversity, & physical science (there’s that one gen. ed). According to the graduate students I recently spoke with during a tutoring session (10/10 recommend taking advantage of the tutoring opportunities!!!!), the first three listed are some “beefy” classes. The roommate, current SLP undergrad student, & alum of the soccer team I was referring to earlier couldn’t believe I was taking all three of those classes in the same semester. All I really have to say about it right now is thank God it’s not soccer season. Fitting workouts into my schedule is manageable, but if I was having to miss classes for games, I would probably fall way behind, pull my hair out, & move half way across the country. (Kidding! I’d find a way to make it work). I hate missing class and this semester, I cannot afford to! So far, mind you we’re only a month into the semester, fluency and language disorders have been the “beefiest.” (There she goes being an SLP student, playing with words and adding morphemes where they don’t even make sense). There’s a lot of reading in those classes… granted fluency is a much easier read than language disorders, but still – reading is reading! It’s not so much the reading that is stressful, it’s comprehending what you’re reading that makes things a little strenuous. I take notes while reading fluency because we have pop quizzes on the chapters. This way, I have something to review and refresh my memory before class begins so I have an idea of what we may be quizzed over. I don’t take notes while reading my language disorders text. I underline things and also read the questions in the back of the book and write in the margins of each page where the answer can be found so that I’m prepared when she gives us the questions she wants us to know. It’s very helpful because then you don’t have to skim over page after page looking for an answer. You’ve already read it and found where it’s at! (And since you BOUGHT “the Bible,” you can write in it! … see how that works?) As for speech science, make notecards over every bullet point on every slide! I make notecards after every class. (Fun fact, you also have pop quizzes in there – be prepared!)

So… beefy. Beefy can take on a multiple of meanings from what I’ve gathered. For one, it means I’m busy. I’ve got a lot of meat on my plate (ha ha). I’ve always got something I should be or need to be doing. Whether it’s reading a text book or making notecards. I am never bored because of this… HA. Beefy also means informative, educating, detailed, enlightening… all that. Hence why “the Bible” is beefy. It’s like the book that you think is never going to end – and it may not, I haven’t gotten that far yet. The point of all this is, beefy can be an intimidating term when used in the contexts I’ve heard it used in lately. But it’s also a reason to work hard. Some semesters, students may find more difficult than others, and they are and they will continue to be. However, it’s not impossible. Mix in some time management skills, determination, study dates, & a couple naps with beefy & you’re nearly vegetarian!

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I had no idea what I wanted to do when I first set off to college my freshman year. I didn’t declare myself undecided, but I had my sights set high on Biology and doing Pre-Med. I’d grown up wanting to do something like House did (you know, that show with the cynical doctor whose sarcasm was way too inappropriate to probably use in a hospital setting…) However, that dream fell short when my freshman biology class at Truman State knocked me on my butt. Then I moved onto Health Science and Pre-Occupational Therapy. This seemed more ideal at the time. Less schooling, a secure future, good pay, and a variety of people and places to work, but this also fell short having to major in classes that mainly dealt with public and community health and its administration.  I could barely keep my eyes open learning such rigorous material in class.  Needless to say, I was more interested in the Pre-OT part rather than the health bit.

Then things changed and I had to move schools.  I went to community college to figure out some stuff and take some classes that were paid for already having done the A+ Program in high school.  I struggled to find my calling. I even took a business class to see if that would be my forte and… it definitely wasn’t. I wanted to do English because I loved reading and writing books, but I figured I could do that in my spare time if need be, especially since I didn’t want to teach it. Then I heard about Speech-Language Pathology. I had no idea what it was, but I knew it was a promising field to go into. I found out that it had to do with linguistic type aspects and essentially also English in a way with words, grammar, and language. The first class I took here in the major was one that compared the various components of language, and I knew from that moment on that it was what I needed to do with my life. Needless to say, I love it.  I may not be passionate about it like people are about art or literature or psychology, but it’s a field I enjoy where I know I will be able to help others and their language. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s okay if you’re undecided, it’s ok if you change your major, it happens. You just have to find what works for you.

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Last year, as a freshman I would hear professors tell me that it is common for people to switch majors in life at least once. I had not really believed my professors, in addition to my family members until that happened to me. When I started my college career I thought for sure that I had found the best major and knew that I could help people grow individually in a passionate way. I wanted to become a Speech-Language Pathologist since I had personally gone through language therapy as a child. I could give back my time personally to the greater community and allow other children know that they are not alone when having difficulties. Though slowly throughout the semester I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach that something was off, or uncertain about my life. During classes, especially one of my speech-language pathology classes, I would have those same thoughts, multiple times a day for multiple classes.  I knew something was off in my gut but I had no idea what was coming and when I would find out what this was.

Once the summer almost hit, I had a language evaluation conducted right on campus since we have resources available. I received the results and of course I was diagnosed with a language disorder that could not be treated just through therapy. Honestly it is complicated to explain as to why I cannot really receive therapy for growth but it is alright not completely understanding. So upon hearing this news and really talking to one of my favorite professors, I felt devastated, one of my dream job opportunities was being taken away from me it felt like and all I wanted to do was blame myself and blame the way I was born, since this is something I have had since I was a baby basically. I felt alone that entire summer, even though I was the light of the party whenever with friends and having a blast. I felt alone in regards to the fact that I did not know what I was going to do with the rest of my college career. What would I major in? What kind of career can I pursue to hopefully one day maybe raise a family? So many questions and yet no where near able to find answers. I am thankful for my sister to have helped me think through possibilities of what to major in reflecting upon my own interests – helping people.  Though through much time and patience, I really was able to find another major of interest that I completely and ultimately feel so comfortable in and actually enjoy my classes.  I have a sort of peace within myself now when I sit in classes and sit with confidence — no more doubt. I really understand now what my friends and family meant by how the switching of majors really does happen to everyone – and it is still okay. We are not alone.

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PRAXIS PANIC

by Alumni Posts March 18, 2015

On Monday, I had the good fortune to take my PRAXIS examination. It’s the exam all students wishing to obtain licensure to become a speech-language pathologist have to take. It’s nerve-wracking because it’s expensive, and taking it again is a depressing prospect. You can take it as many times as you have to but you […]

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Research Methods

by Alumni Posts April 9, 2014

So… I’ve spent the first six months in 2014 trying to decide whether I wanted to do a thesis or not. In the graduate program for speech-pathology, this is optional, so we have a choice. I asked around; students who did do one felt incredibly gratified and fulfilled. Those who did not do one were […]

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Speech Therapy Observation

by Fontbonne University March 24, 2014

This week I had the opportunity to meet with a private practitioner speech therapist. She talked with me about all the different places she has worked as a speech-language pathologist, and even let me observe a therapy session! I was super stoked because this was the first time I got to watch a therapy session […]

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Remember Who You Are

by Alumni Posts November 6, 2013

On my Facebook page, my cover photograph is a still shot of Simba looking at the sky after Mufasa’s starry figure has just left him. The last words he said to him were, “Remember Who You Are.” I think that recently, I have personally forgotten a lot of things that are important for me. In […]

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NSSL…What?

by Alumni Posts October 15, 2013

This is going to be one of those “propaganda” posts for a Fontbonne activity (consider yourself warned).  But it won’t be painful, I promise! I want to tell you a little bit about NSSLHA. What is this acronym, Kristen? I’m so glad you asked! NSSLHA stands for the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. As […]

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Back in Action

by Alumni Posts September 23, 2013

Wow! I can’t believe my senior year is already here. Since it has been a little over a year since I have blogged, I would like to take a moment to reintroduce myself. My name is Whitney, and I am a senior at Fontbonne University I am studying Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). I am a commuter […]

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