Posts tagged as:

Summer School


Summer of 2015

by Sarah on May 4, 2015

in Extracurricular

Oh my gosh can you believe that this summer is almost here?!  Though really we will still be in the season of spring until the ending of June, summer vacation is so close!  I have been doing my best not to wish this semester away and get stuck by spring fever.  So far I have been doing well, though on a day like today, what more could one ask for?  I love planning summer vacation, with all of the possibilities ahead: road trips, having a summer job, or three at least in my case.  I hope to have the time to go and visit some friends and family actually up north, since the snow has melted and warmer temperatures have arrived.  This summer shall be a blast and my goal is to take each day one day at a time because really that is all I have in front of me.  Sure I have seven more days as a sophomore within the semester, but with each of these days I can take one at a time as well.

As for my summer plans, really I have a lot planned in the end.  I have at least 3 jobs in line that should span across the entire summer though each on different days that do not cause conflict with planning.  Also, I shall be taking at least two classes at Meramec Community College, one online and the other one will be on campus at least once a week though for about three hours.  I find that taking classes during the summer helps lighten my course load through the main semesters where I am a full-time student.  This time around with taking a class online, I had one of my friends sign up with me who also needed to take a history class, so that way I will have someone else holding me accountable for doing homework.  I shall do the same for my friend since I want what is best for her in return.

Along with having about three jobs and taking two classes at Meramec, I am pretty excited about volunteering with various organizations.  For starters I am excited about going back to St. Louis Children’s Hospital and volunteering at least two days a week for a few hours, where I can spend time with patients and give of my time.  Along with volunteering at Children’s Hospital, I anticipate returning to Springfield, Missouri to volunteer at two weekend retreats with a total of about 6,000+ teenagers and chaperones and youth ministers called Steubenville.  This weekend can be just about the peak of any teenager’s summer, at least a teenager who is in love with their youth group and growing more as a person.  Now that is not the exact criteria to attend such retreats, because I think that any teenager can really attend this retreat weekend and create new experiences.  And last, I hope to return to a Vacation Bible School that I have volunteered at since I attended as a kid.

I cannot wait to plan road trips with friends, take an adventure and let the summer begin!


This summer I am taking a two week class at Fontbonne that is worth three credit hours. I like it because its worth a lot of hours in a short period of time. Even though the class is four hours long, we get breaks in between. It isn’t as bad as I thought it would be and sometimes we can get out early. It sucks that I don’t have a car though because when we get out early, I just have to sit somewhere and wait until it’s time for me to go to work. However I would recommend taking a two-week class but I do warn you — coming on time is crucial. In a two week class, skipping class is not an option.


How is your 2013 summer?

For me, this summer is a season for learning and doing.

During this summer, I have classes plus volunteering at a hospital. Actually, this is my first time to take summer classes. Before taking summer classes, I had heard about summer classes were easier than regular classes. Unfortunately, it is not true, at least for my graduate level classes. Although all my graduate classes are challenging, summer classes are harder to undertake, since we have so many research papers and projects that need to be finished in 8 weeks instead of 16 weeks; therefore it’s more condensed. Actually, my classmate just figured out that our due dates are nearly every day. If you miss one day, you will lose points. Therefore, I set up daily reminders and alarms to help me submit my assignments on time.

Although this summer is very hard and hot for me, I believe it’s worthy to sacrifice my sleep time to make my 2013 summer more meaningful by working and studying hard for my graduate program. Here are some quotes I want to encourage my classmates and other students who work hard for summer classes.

There is always a reward in all hard-work and sacrifices, so you must be patient and stay strong in all circumstances” (Nishan Panwar).

Your hard work might not pay off today or tomorrow, but it will eventually pay off” (Sonya Parker).

By the way, some classmates just asked me about my strategies for time management. The most useful strategy I found is writing down all the due dates on my calendar, and to start working on them as early as I could, so I have time to think, write, and revise it again and again. I’ve always worked very hard to try my best to prevent being a last minute person. I found out “the harder I worked, the luckier I got” (Alan Bond). Hoping this strategy also helps my blogger readers.


Helloooo again,

Woah, the last time I blogged must have been sometime in the Spring of 2012! Well, I am Lee Drahl, a SENIOR Speech-language Pathology major and I welcome you to the ride! Loads have happened since Spring 2012! By loads, I mean an absurd amount of changes, new experiences, new decisions, new options, and a new school year!

Since the Spring, I have officially changed year status to SENIOR!! It does not feel right, like, college flew by and swept me up in the whirlwind! Now that I’m 22, I still feel like that 19 year old freshman girl who came to Fontbonne even though a lot of changes have occurred.

In May, I travelled and studied abroad in Berlin, Germany and surrounding areas with a Fontbonne group! We had one head professor, Prof. Gilleo, another Professor accompanying as a “chaperone/husband of a student” (two spouses), and eight students. A few students were traditional students and a few were older non-traditional students. We all had this great opportunity to study abroad in Germany for one month! For me, that was long enough, in hindsight I would have enjoyed a longer visit but at the time, I was ready for home! [Side note: I went home for a little less than a week between school letting out and flying out of St.L the next week]. From the beginning of the Spring semester to flying out for Germany, I had only been home for a combined two weeks. That might not seem like a short amount of time, but I am from Texas, and I do not get to go home every weekend like some students do who live in St. Louis or the surrounding areas or states. (But the upside is my parents cant make any unexpected visits! My sister went to school seven hours away from home and my parents still made unexpected visits!)

We visited many cities within Germany and a few of us traveled onto Prague for a weekend. Over the course of a month, we learned a few phrases in German, learned about ancient German history (composers/musicians/religions/royalty/wars galore!), the German people, and the German Government (The Reichstag was definitely the coolest government building both outside and inside–we ventured onto the glass dome on roof). It is important to look beyond World War I and II and see what all Germany was before and what all they are afterwards! It is pretty incredible!

After a blissful month abroad, I came back home (Texas) and began planning the summer of doom. Which contained registering/studying/taking the GRE (wooo Grad School), registering/taking a summer school class, and mentally preparing for my last summer of Undergrad! So technically, I had been in school for the past seven (7) months!! I didnt like that so I focused on the task at hand!

School started real quickly after that, and now its a myriad of class, studying, clinic (SLP student clinician, right here!!) and tests!! It has never hit so hard this fast! Looking back, I guess I would say I have changed a great deal from that 19 year old freshman girl, even though the Galleria Mall Security think that I look seventeen (17, really? I havent looked 17 since I was 14! I act mature for my age, or so people tell me). Unfortunately, this semester I will probably be writing about the tests I have survived and how I managed to stay sane through out it! But, lucky for you, I will probably develop tricks and quips along the way!


Students writing for Real Life at Fontbonne are paid a small fee for each post by the university.