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Oats don't have to be boring!  Here's a picture of my morning oatmeal :) Oats don’t have to be boring! Here’s a snap of how I fuel my morning :)

This will be my third semester here at Fontbonne, but it seems like it was just yesterday I was brand new.

My first impression of Fontbonne was how easy the transfer process was.  I continue to love the small, accessible size of the campus, and the staff and advisers that are always extremely helpful and dedicated to what they do.  In my search for a great Dietetics program, I instantly connected with the Fontbonne campus after my first visit (The ridiculously cool food lab was a plus too!)

Fast forward to the present and Fontbonne students are already several weeks into the semester where the inevitable tests, projects, and homework are coming full-force.  Stop.  Take a deep breath.  Here’s three ways to get your study on and still keep your cool:

1) Use Study Blue as a free tool to make flashcards, quizzes, and notes for your classes.  Set up and account and create your cards online, then once you’ve made your flashcards, quiz yourself online OR download the Study Blue app on your phone and study your flashcards anywhere!  I flip through my note cards in whatever spare time I have, even if it’s just for five minutes.  A little bit goes a long way!

2) Been known for procrastinating?  Feel like you’ve studied for hours without accomplishing anything? Read this article from The Greatist for 22 Science-backed Study Tips to Ace the Test:

3) Eat Breakfast!  You’ll have a brain-boost for those morning classes and you won’t be starving by the time lunch rolls around.  My latest breakfast obsession is oatmeal, (see my picture above!)  I like to test out new, fun recipes like these:

Overnight Oatmeal Recipes


If you try these three tips you’ll be well on your way to a good semester!



Addiction: Spotify

by Corie on February 5, 2014

in Academics

Spotify is for sure my new addiction in life. Thanks to my best friend Erica. I use to be a loyal Pandora user, but I found my love elsewhere. Spotify is just perfect; it fits everyone’s music needs. I have multiple playlists. Anything from Frank Sinatra to System of a Down. Some of my playlists are called: #GetYourCountryOn, MetalMadness, Chicago!, Mainstream, RockinNRoll, and Throwback. Just to name a few. ha. I have a lot.

As for studying, I usually listen to my #GetYourCountryOn and Throwback playlist. Of course some Sinatra as well. Those usually help me focus more. It gets me in the zone, if you will. There are a few songs that may just get me a little distracted. For example, “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. LOVE that song. It just puts me in a good mood every time I hear it. It is just a song you have to stop what your doing and sing to it. You just have too.

Keep rockin’ Fonty’s.


It’s still hitting me that this is my life right now. A few days ago I arrived in London to study abroad this summer. It’s hard to believe that this dream is now a reality. I have already seen and done so many amazing things, and this is only the beginning! My class starts tomorrow, so that will be when the studying experience begins. So far it has just felt like a vacation. During my first weekend in London, I explored numerous neighborhoods and markets, dined at pubs (as the British call most restaurants), visited the Fashion and Textile Museum, and went on a walking monument tour. One of the main attractions that I saw on the tour was the Tower Bridge of London. As I witnessed the iconic and beautiful architecture of the bridges, castles, and stores, it was hitting me more and more that this setting is going to be my lifestyle for the next few weeks. I feel so lucky to be here experiencing this opportunity.

Speaking of lucky, I also feel grateful for the wonderful people I’ve met and become friends with so quickly. There are about 30 other Regents School of Fashion and Design students that live in the same building as me, and I’ve gotten a chance to speak to most of them. It’s also nice that I have my own room with a bathroom, shower, desk, closet, bedding, etc. There is a communal area and a kitchen at the end of each hallway. This is a neat setup, but it feels weird yet cool to be doing all my own grocery shopping in markets in cute brick buildings with red double-decker buses driving by. I feel like a grown up that lives in London. Oh wait, I AM a grown up that lives in London! (At least I am for now, anyway.)


“How do you study?”

I’ve been asked this question a few times over the course of my higher learning journey. The answer is always, “It depends.” On what? you might ask. Well, for me, the way I study depends on the class, my mood and surroundings.

The one thing that is constant, however, is my need for silence and order. So, I don’t study well in groups. The only exception to the silence rule is music. And, like I said, depending on my mood, my studying soundtrack could vary a great deal. You might find me listening to anything from the Beastie Boys to Beethoven or Mozart to Israel Houghton.

I’m kind of all over the place, to be perfectly honest. I don’t know if that’s such a great thing. Hmm …

Don’t get me wrong! I do take homework and studying seriously. I just don’t have a specific studying style. I could probably stand to be a little more grounded when it comes to that but, what matters most is that I understand the subject matter. Excellent grades are important to me as they provide a visual representation of my effort. Studying plays a huge role in getting acceptable grades.

I wonder how my fellow Fontbonne students get their study on?


Library Story

by Alumni Posts October 21, 2011

My first year at college, I attended a massive state university (I’ll bet you can guess the one). In the first semester, I had to learn a valuable lesson in focusing on studying that involves the library. Seeing as how I’m taking an online course right now about information systems at Fontbonne, I started thinking […]

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