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Hey Y’all!

by Jessica on February 16, 2017

in College Life,Uncategorized

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Do you like music? I do. I listen to it for fun, I listen to it to help me study, and I listen to it to daydream about my stories. “Why should I care?” you ask? Well, you probably shouldn’t. I just wanted to share some music with you.

Today, I’ll just share my “Study” playlist. It mostly consists of instrumentals from the Celtic, Fantasy, Asian, and Spooky genres. All of them have helped me focus on my schoolwork and put me in a relaxed, blissful state.

Here’s the list; I have them arranged by genre, and they all range from an hour to three hours long:
Fantasy/Celtic –





Spooky –


Asian –


 

Here’s a bonus! A Valentine bonus. What? Did ya really think I was just going to leave y’all with just study music on the day of love?! Here are my personal favorites:








I hope you cherish one another today. Bye bye!

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Getting back to Fontbonne Fonties! It has been a cold start to this Spring Semester. With the fourth week of school in motion, this semester is already flying. After this week, we  will be 1/4 of the way done with the semester . . . crazy!

I have a few tips for getting back into the swing of things and making this semester a great one!

  1. Start early. With cold, bitter, rainy (and hopefully) snowy days upon us, use your time to stay up on your assignments.img_1276
  2. Get ahead! While it is gross outside and you can’t be as adventurous, get ahead on assignments so you can enjoy the beautiful spring weather when it decides to show up.img_1278
  3. Find a study space. Find a place where you can study and are without distractions. Having a designated space for homework will help you concentrate and be productive.img_1279
  4. Take a break! Check out a softball, baseball, basketball, or lacrosse game as they make their way to campus this spring. Take a break from working so hard to cheer on your favorite Griffins.

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These are just a few tips to help you kickstart your semester into high gear. Remember we are 1/4 of the way done with Spring 17 and let the countdown to Spring Break begin!!

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xoxo,

Claire

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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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Even though I’ve played sports all my life with friends, I didn’t “officially” play a sport until high school. My sport was football. But the sport that you play doesn’t matter unless you have a great selection of music to accompany it. And naturally when you play football, you listen to Hip Hop/Rap and Hard Rock (AC/DC anyone?!) Why Hip Hop/Rap or Hard Rock? Let’s say you are at the gym working out. Since the instrumental beats are loaded with bass and are repetitive, it helps you with lifting weights, running, or performing any other activity at a consistent and steady pace. Plus, it hypes you up to the point where you feel like an immortal while you are working out (certain songs have such ability). I’m pretty sure that everyone has listened to “Remember The Name” by Fort Minor while working out. These are the only two genres that are the music equivalent to the amount of adrenaline that is inside your body during a workout or playing a sport. But that was back in high school. What about now?

I still have the two genres in my Spotify playlists. I currently listen to almost everything: from 70’s/80’s classic Rock to today’s G-Eazy & Sammy Adams. I fall into the category called “Bass Heads.” If you haven’t deduced that already.. But when the moment strikes I can be listening to the polar opposite. When studying or doing mindless tasks (like copying notes from a PowerPoint), my headphones output the equivalent to getting some work done at a Bread Co. The reason behind this is because when you listen to songs that have no vocals (Classical or Smooth Jazz), you are less likely to get distracted, more likely to be productive and attentive of what you are doing. Until next time guys, stay classy.

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Fall Break Fun

by Anna October 6, 2016

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 […]

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How I Tackle Finals Week

by Lauren April 27, 2016

While I’m writing this post about Finals Week in particular (since it’s on the horizon) this generally applies to every week for me. Never in my life have I made so many to-do lists. To-do lists might be a bit cliche and I never used to make them–but I found a really cool way to […]

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Best Study Spots

by Taylor April 25, 2016

Hey guys! As you all know, finals week is quickly approaching which means it’s time to start studying. Lucky for you, Fontbonne is full of great places to have a good study sesh. Here are all my favorite places: The Library (obviously)– I usually like to go into one of the study rooms upstairs, but if […]

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What Helps me Study and Focus

by Quinn March 8, 2016

Whether I am in the Library or in my dorm room, I will always try to make either the best study environment possible. First, I MUST be listening to music to be able to focus. Yet, I just can’t listen to any sort of music to study. I have a “Study” playlist on my iPhone that […]

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Tips for finals

by Fontbonne University December 7, 2015

So finals are up and this week is almost the last lap of the semester. I believe that all of us have, in one way or another, some struggles to study for exams, especially holiday is so close. Nevertheless, we still need to pass through this period, so that we would not have to worry […]

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It’s the Finals Countdown

by Fontbonne University December 7, 2015

Hey all, Brooke here! With finals quickly approaching… everything on campus seems to be a little more hectic and a little more alive. With this being my 7th finals week at Fontbonne (whoa!), I have a few pointers (or at least places) that may help you survive these next two weeks! At Fontbonne, we are […]

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