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It’s finals week and many of you have started the stressful endeavor of studying for finals!

Now, you might swear by all-nighters and that “I-learn-better-under-pressure” excuse, but here are some legitimate tips for a brain-boost while you study for finals.

1. Don’t forget to sleep!

You may be tempted to stay up all night but getting some shut-eye will help you remember all that useful info you studied.  Plus, who wants to be groggy on finals morning?  Study hard, sleep hard.

2.  Have a healthy snack

A snack with fiber and protein will keep you from feeling that mid-day “crash” in energy.  Try a granola bar like Kashi or Luna,  string cheese and whole wheat crackers, or a bowl of cereal made with whole grains like Special-K, Kashi, or Multi-grain Cheerios with milk.

3. Get an natural energy drink

Try brewing a cup of green/black/white/herbal tea with lemon or coffee however you like it.  These are better ways to get quick energy than, say, a soda or energy drink with tons of sugar.  The bookstore in Ryan sells Noggin energy drinks made with stevia and green tea extract, in addition to cold-bottled Starbucks drinks if you can’t get off campus.

4. Relax and know that summer is almost here!

Trust me, I have to remind myself of this one too.  Don’t completely forgo studying because it’s almost the end of the year, but use it as motivation to do your best and not let the stress of finals ruin your mood.  Summer is just around the corner!

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Sarah

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!

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Katie

Ready for Summer!

by Katie on April 30, 2015

in Extracurricular

This summer is my last summer break of my undergrad and I’m feeling both anxious and excited.

I will be working full time at my job, while still finding time to relax and spend time with friends and family.  I’m looking forward to quality time with friends and family because during the last month of school, I’ve hardly had time to take a breather, let alone devote enough attention to loved ones.  I guess that comes with the package deal of being nearly done with undergrad.  At least I’m on the home stretch!

This summer one thing I have planned is to visit my boyfriend’s mother and sister in Raleigh, North Carolina.  I’ve only driven through North Carolina so I can’t wait to see what the city is like. Vacations are not only fun in the moment, but they really make you appreciate home once you come back.  Illinois can get a little boring in the summer, needless to say.

One goal I have for summer is to practice bike riding more.  I recently learned how to ride a bike last year.  A childhood bicycle accident traumatized me, and before I knew it I was an adult who was super embarrassed to get help riding a bike.  It would be a great achievement if I could feel more confident on a bike this summer.  :)

Good luck to all the seniors graduating this semester!

Have a great summer, everyone!

-Katie

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This semester is wrapping up and it’s hard to believe that it’s already done when it feels like the start wasn’t that long ago. I feel like this semester has presented so many valuable lessons that I’ll be able to carry with me into the summer and beyond. I learned that one of my biggest passions is ceramics. I love working with clay to create something beautiful. Best of all, there is so much support and encouragement from teachers and fellow students to do what you’re passionate about that it can help drive you forward in your goals.

Like many students, I will have to work a lot during the summer, bills are a never ending reality, but after this semester I’ve gotten a renewed confidence in the art that I create and a resolve to continue creating ceramics over the summer. A local pottery shop, Krueger Potter Supply, has studio space and classes available all summer. That, coupled with a generous opportunity to sell my art at a gift shop in St. Charles, and my summer feels complete!

I could not have stepped out and taken these opportunities if it wasn’t for the support and encouragement from my teachers and classmates here at Fontbonne. I feel grateful and beyond blessed. So I would just like to say that if you have a passion for something in your life then go for it! This life is so short and we only get one shot at it. Do what you love and always go with your gut, it’ll help steer you down the right path. Cheers!

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Are you Ready?!

by Rikia April 28, 2015

Hello everyone, I hope you all have a great Monday and a great week! I don’t know about you, but I am truly looking forward to the rest of this year. Yayyy, this semester will be over VERY soon! CONGRATS to the graduate class of 2015! May you all be successful and happy! I plan […]

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Summer School

by Taylor April 28, 2015

Are you taking classes over this summer? A lot of students wonder if and how that would benefit them. I say if you have the option to take some of your required classes over the summer, do it! I took two courses last summer, both of which were online. I recommend it! There are a […]

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Summer 2015

by Sarah April 20, 2015

I realize that I am kind of late for Spring Break plans, but it is never too late for Summer 2015 plans.  Honestly, I have already been planning like my entire summer schedule even though the semester is not even over.  Though sadly I have signed up for classes during the summer, which is never […]

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Stuck in Summer

by Conner September 15, 2014

I know that the academic year has begun, but I can’t help thinking about the summer I just had each day. After class, after this meeting, that practice, that job, all I can seem to do is remember and relive through memories of where I was this summer, thanks to Fontbonne. Fontbonne offers many study […]

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Hopped Off the Plane at LAX

by Carlyn August 1, 2014

I finally went on a trip that has been on my bucket list for a long time: Los Angeles! I started planning this vacation a few months ago with two of my closest friends, Delane and Taylor. The three of us have fun together no matter what we do, especially when we visit one of […]

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Nanny 911

by Carlyn July 31, 2014

Each week during the summer, half of my days are spent babysitting. I guess I shouldn’t really say babysitting anymore since the girls aren’t babies. We can just call me a nanny. That sounds more sophisticated anyway. Emma is 13 and Kara is 10. I have been with them the past few summers, and knew […]

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