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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!





How I Tackle Finals Week

by Lauren on April 27, 2016

in Academics

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 make them that helps me a lot. And it’s just one simple thing!

Here is a to-do list I made a couple of weekends ago. I know it’s tempting to push all of your work to Sunday but spreading out your tasks across the weekend(week) will make it so much easier on you. There’s some buffer room if you don’t want to complete all the day’s tasks. It can run over into the next day if need be.



But what really helps is having a “done” list as well. After I complete a task, instead of just crossing it off I add it to another list. This gives me a boost of confidence, as the done list is a list of all that I’ve accomplished.

A few other things as finals week approaches:

  • Stay hydrated! I struggle with this one as I’m prone to drinking cup after cup of coffee to fuel my late nights. It’s also easy to forget to drink water so make sure you always have a supply nearby!
  • Consistency. Find a place that works for you and surround yourself with things that will help you focus. I have a spot at Fontbonne and at home where I go to get work done. I also have a Spotify playlist with both mellow and upbeat songs to help me focus and re-energize.
  • Take breaks. If I sit in my spot for long, I get acclimated and I don’t want to get up. Remember to get up and stretch and walk around! Or, what about a change of scenery?
  • Fun stuff. During finals week, it’s serious business. You feel like you can’t afford to do anything other than study and homework. I make sure to include something fun on my to-do list. I treat it like any other task–a must. So spend some time doing something you like to destress. (For instance, writing for fun really gives me peace of mind. I jotted it down on my list above).

Good luck to all! I hope some of these tips helped. Give the “done” list a try. I think you’ll find it pretty satisfying.


Best Study Spots

by Taylor on April 25, 2016

in Academics

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 those aren’t available there are desks all around the perimeter of the floor that will work just as well.

The Meadow– If the weather is nice this is the perfect place to go. There are always tables, chairs, and benches scattered throughout for you to study at, plus it’s the perfect place to people watch. 🙂

DSAC– I love studying here at odd hours like between lunch and dinner time when it is usually pretty slow in there. It’s almost always quiet, and you can get food while you study! DSAC also has a great patio that you can sit on when it’s nice out and see the whole campus from.

The lobby of St. Joseph’s Hall– During the day, it seems like most people head over to the AMC to study, leaving the Joe lobby almost deserted and always quiet. I like studying here during the day because of this and because it’s so bright in the lobby because there are windows everywhere. There’s also always an open computer, which is not always the case in the AMC  or library depending on the time.


Where do you like to study? Keep going griffins, the semester is almost over!



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 I will always go to in order to help get my mind in the right place. This playlist consists of primarily instrumental tracks, whether it’s jazz, neo-soul, indie-rock or hip-hop. Words tend to distract me so I try to eliminate those as much as possible. I have a lot of Quiet Storm-esque music and other types of ambient music to help get me in the correct frame of mind. I will often listen to music through my Apple headphones or in my room through my Harman Kardon Onyx. Second, I have to be alone. Well, you can still sit by me but I’m about to ignore you completely. When I am in the zone I don’t have much concern for whoever is around me. So I just prefer to be alone when doing productive work to take away chances of outside distractions away. I already deal with enough on my phone and computer as it is. Lastly, I always have to go into studying or whatever assignments I am working on with a plan. If I don’t go in with a plan I will be more likely to procrastinate (which I am amazing at).

After winter break I decided to revamp my room to give it a different type of setting by adding LED Christmas lights hung all around the room. I now love studying and doing productive work in my room now.

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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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Favorite Study Spot

by Quinn October 12, 2015

When it comes to studying at Fontbonne, which is something I have to do a lot of, my location of choice is one of the corners of the second floor of the library. It really helps to be in the quiet atmosphere of the library in a secluded space. When I’m uninterrupted I can focus […]

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My favorite place to study

by Fontbonne University October 8, 2015

My favorite place to study is in my home office. I enjoy my office because it is quiet, relaxing and I can close myself off from the family to study uninterrupted. Everything that I may possibly need to study without leaving the room is in my office.  I have a refrigerator stocked with water, soda […]

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My Study Spot

by Fontbonne University October 7, 2015

In college there are a lot of distractions, be it electronics, or even other people. We all need a location where we can get away. So it is important to find your one location where you can really lock your mind in and focus on what needs to be accomplished. For me, it’s on the […]

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Favorite Way to Study

by Alumni Posts October 7, 2015

It can be hard to study when all you want to do is go outside in the beautiful weather! While I do my best to find time for the things I love, when it comes to studying I find ways to relax and zen out (as best as I can) in the process of studying. […]

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