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It seems crazy to think that just three-and-a-half months ago, I was starting my college journey.  Now, it’s almost 1/8 done!  Whoa…that’s a little scary to think about!  If this semester went by quickly, just imagine the remaining seven; before I know it, Fontbonne will be a memory and I’ll be entering yet another new phase of life.

But before I get too carried away with the future, I’d like to focus on the past 16 weeks and how my life has changed.  My professors have not only built a solid higher-education foundation for me with this semester’s classes, although that is very true.  I’ve also built solid relationships with many faculty members, including several I didn’t even have as teachers but may later on.  It’s priceless to have those positive associations both now and in the future — they know I’m a dedicated, hardworking student who is invested in learning for life; I know they care about me, truly want to push me and see me succeed, and are always willing to help in any way possible.  I can’t compare this to other schools because I was always homeschooled, and Fontbonne is my first college experience, but I must say I think you’d be hard-pressed to find — anywhere else — the level of dedication and professionalism all the instructors at Fontbonne have.

I have learned a lot more about myself and Fontbonne’s mission.  I’ve gotten through exams and essays and hard days that, prior to, seemed daunting, scary, or even impossible.  I’ve become more confident and knowledgeable in areas I never imagined I would be.  I’ve worked through difficult problems with logic and persistence, finding joy in finally coming up with the correct solution/answer and knowing I’m capable of doing so.  I’ve laughed a lot and cried a little (hope to keep it that way!).  I’ve been blessed with support and respect from my family.  I’ve learned how to be impeccable — and I mean impeccable — with my time.  I’ve also learned how much of a privilege sleep is — here’s looking at you, long-since-gone 8-hour nights!  Finally, I am not only majoring in dietetics; I’ve officially declared a minor in history, which is not something I expected to do at all, but now I am and I’m so glad!

For all this sentimentality, I sincerely hope I have expressed how glad I am to be a Fontbonne student (bet you never would have guessed).  This semester wasn’t perfect; I wouldn’t expect one to ever be.  But it completely affirmed my decision to attend; there’s no looking back or second-guessing myself!  I’m happy to have a month off with family, relaxing and getting ready for next semester. Christmas is my favorite holiday, so I’ll be that all-December-long celebrator.  I’ve already got the Christmas music in full swing during my commutes…and I’ll be starting my chocolate Advent calendar tomorrow (as I write this…and yes, I do have a chocolate Advent calendar; I don’t think you’re ever too old for one)!  My family and I are also going on a quick ski trip to Colorado at the very end of December/beginning of January, so that’s something I eagerly look forward to.

Whether you’re graduating in a couple short weeks (congratulations!), are midway through college, or completing your first semester ever, here’s some good luck sent your way for finals and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and break.  Study hard, have fun, and I’ll be back in a month!

Blessings,

~Anna

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If you’ve read some of my past posts, you probably know I’m a commuter.  Overall, this is the best possible way for me to get an exceptional higher education experience and maintain the lifestyle I’m used to at home.  My commute ranges from 35 to 45 minutes one way, depending on traffic, but I enjoy driving, so it’s actually something I look forward to.  A lot of the time, I listen to music (more on that here); sometimes, I will also review some concepts we’ve been covering in class to push myself to think a little harder.

One of the best (in my opinion) parts of being a commuter is that it forces me to be impeccable with time management.  Spending one-and-a-half hours per day on the road means I have that much less time for homework/anything else.  I have to get up every morning early enough to get ready, take care of my horses, and hopefully grab some breakfast before heading out the door for the day.  Mondays and Wednesdays are my long days, so I have to make sure I have a lunch packed in advance for them.  I also have to double-check (every day) that I have all of the materials/books/supplies I need, because I can’t just run back to my room in a matter of minutes.

For all the effort surrounding being a commuter student, I really do like it.  I can still work, see my family and horses, and have the comfort of home around me every morning and evening…but I also experience the wonderful campus community of Fontbonne during the day.  Sometimes being a commuter (and also my work schedule) prevents me from participating in evening activities on campus, but I’ve found some really great events during the day (and lately, I’ve had more than enough homework to keep me occupied all day and night).

My biggest tip for future commuters would be to have good self-discipline.  If you’re not on campus, it can be easy to forget about “college” and “homework”, but you really have to be on top of things at all times if you want to be a good student.  Plan your time and schedule wisely, which includes making not-so-fun decisions (passing up an outing with your friends to study for the upcoming exam is unpopular, but may be necessary).  Most of all, don’t forget to enjoy being a college student!

Blessings,

~Anna

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Okay, so where do I begin for this post?!  First of all, let’s start with the fact that I am pretty much all over the map as far as favorite artists/genres/etc. goes.  A lot of the time, it depends on my mood — if I’m a little down, or really upbeat, or stressed, or open to anything, it makes for different “musical cravings”.

My time on the road adds up to about 1 1/2 hours per day, so I end up listening to some form of music for upwards of 7 hours every week while I commute to and from campus.  My car has a free year-long subscription to Sirius radio so I’m definitely taking advantage of that through March; anything from French country and Spanish stations to retro (’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s) and classical.  Yeah…like I said, I’m all over the place.  I also often listen to 99.1 JOY! FM, which has some really nice contemporary Christian music, moments in the Word in the mornings, and ever-so-helpful on-time traffic reports that have given me enough warning to change my route more than once.

As far as favorite artists goes, I think it’s a toss-up between Matt Maher and Tenth Avenue North.  I really love the great variety of their songs, so no matter how I’m feeling, there always seems to be one that directly speaks to me.  I’ve also been known to dance really wildly to some of Matt’s songs.  I’m reserved on the outside, but inside there’s a spark of lively, unreserved craziness that will occasionally make its presence known. 😉

Oh!  I can’t leave out Hamilton!  I didn’t know anything about this smash-hit musical before this semester, but we’ve been using the soundtrack for some discussions and an assignment in my history class.  If you would ever like to engage in an endless, deep conversation about any of its songs or underlying meanings, by all means feel free to engage me…or just count the time until the whole shebang comes to the Fox next season!  I’m really looking forward to finally seeing the dancing and visual artistry go along with those catchy lyrics!

So to sum it all up, how about this quote from Victor Hugo (1802-1885)?  “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent”.  Words sung a certain way can be so much more powerful and meaningful than simply spoken.  Happy listening to whatever it is that you find enjoyable!

Blessings,

~Anna

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Fall break is just a few days away, which means we are halfway through the semester!  Wow!  That doesn’t seem possible.  As much as I enjoy coming to campus for classes each day, breaks are also really nice because they give everyone a chance to breathe, regroup, maybe enjoy some free time with family or friends, catch up on homework, and get motivated for a strong second half of the semester.

I don’t have anything overly exciting planned for fall break, like a quick getaway, although that would be really welcome!  I know I’ll be spending quite a bit of time studying for two upcoming exams, starting my online LIB 199 class, and probably working Saturday night.  On Monday, I’ll be taking my horses to the vet for their fall shots (they get a series each spring and fall).  My poor babies will be a little sore, but I much prefer that to the serious illnesses they could get if they aren’t protected.  Finally, my mom and I have a weekly tradition of playing badminton each Monday afternoon/evening.  We just do it in our front yard, and it’s a great way to to be outside and active.  We’ve played enough to wear out the lower-grade plastic shuttlecocks we started with, so the big event on Monday will be trying out our new, professional club-grade birdies!  Exciting, right?!

Other than that, no set plans!  I’m sure something random and spur-of-the-moment could get added, since that’s how I roll. 🙂  Maybe I’ll catch up on some much-needed sleep, or go see a movie, or do something fun and unusual with my family.  How about you?  What are you looking forward to during fall break?  Let me know in the comments below if you want!

Blessings,

~Anna

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Falling for Fall

by Anna September 21, 2016

As I write this, we are just TWO days away from fall (although with the temperatures, it’s hard to think about)!  Can you believe we’re already back at this point?  It feels like we just started 2016 and now we’re moving into the final quarter of it! Coming in at a very close second to winter, fall […]

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Decisions! Decisions!

by Candance September 8, 2016

Have you ever been in a spot where you’ve had multiple things on your plate and yet you had to make a decision as to what you’d prefer to do? Should I do A? Should I do B? If I do A, then this will happen and then I could potentially lose out on B. […]

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Trip to Jefferson City

by Alumni Posts March 9, 2016

When I first heard the news that I would be visiting Jefferson City for advocacy day, I was really excited and eager to learn more about the legislature and the way policy worked. This was an eye opening experience for me because I was able to see how mean, sarcastic and egotistical some of the […]

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Taking a Second Look : Fontbonne Gallery Opening

by Lauren February 29, 2016

I attended Fontbonne’s gallery opening last night. Mounted on the walls was Muhammad Alhawagri’s “Occurrences [reduced]”, a brilliant series of black-and-white photographs that aimed to capture the essence of everyday objects. While art is most often subjective, and Alhawagri’s work isn’t exactly an exception, there is comfort in knowing that perhaps these objects and subjects […]

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The Year In Review

by Fontbonne University December 7, 2015

I think it can be said that the fall semester here at Fontbonne has flown by faster than anyone thought possible. There were days that I wondered how I would make it to the end with my sanity in tact. With a schedule that consisted of two 12 hour days, two 10 hour days, one […]

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Friday, FAB, and Fundraisers – Oh My!

by Fontbonne University October 19, 2015

Happy Friday, Fonties! Friday is my one day that I don’t have class (woo!), but typically tends to be the busiest. As President of the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB), we have a meeting every Friday at 11:00 AM and (typically) an event at 8:00 PM. In between there, I’m usually spending time up in the […]

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