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Thanksgiving Break

The thanksgiving break is coming, but that also means that our finals week is coming.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays in the United States, because it means family gathering. It’s like the Lunar Chinese New Year in Taiwan. However, it’s sad that the final week of the semester is coming as well. Therefore, there are a lot of projects and assignments that are due, but I think it’s the process to be a student, learn by writing, reading, speaking, and doing. I believe all the process is to prepare me to be a more successful person in the future. I’d like to share a Chinese phrase to encourage my blog readers:

The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step(Lao Tzu).

千里之行, 始於足下

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Deanna

So close!

by Deanna on November 26, 2012

in Academics,College Life

What has seemed like the longest, most difficult semester of my life…is finally coming to an end! As my final day of Thanksgiving break is beginning, I am realizing that once I get back I only have two weeks left! That’s just crazy! Although two weeks is a short time, I do have a lot to get done within that time, so I can’t be blinded by how close winter break is, I need to plow through the rest of the work and not just quit! Even knowing the amount of work these next two weeks are going to be, I still find it hard not to be excited. After I finish my final exam on Thursday December 6th, I will have five weeks of no classes! I’m sure after about two weeks it will begin to feel too long, but five weeks off sounds great right about now!

Winter break is so close! … Yet so far…

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“I’m just having the worst day…”

“That man in there is going to have to learn how to walk again without a leg, and the woman down in 501, she’s going to be told that she has stage four pancreatic cancer.  You’re not having the worst day.”

The above dialogue is from my new televised addiction, the CW’s “Emily Owens M.D.”  Though this show is definitely in the dramedy category, I think that these short lines speak volumes.

It’s Thanksgiving break.  One of the most-revered holidays in America is tomorrow.  And as I sit here writing this blog, I’m taking a break from all of the work I still have to do.  By next week, I have to complete a plant biology research paper, a developmental biology essay, a physics term paper, and a statistics case-study paper, plus I have to prepare for two major presentations.  And as I said, it’s Thanksgiving break.

At various times during the semester (especially near the end), it’s easy to get caught up in yourself.  It becomes increasingly easier to be pessimistic than optimistic.  I find myself asking, “Why do we even bother having a break from school when all we’re going to be doing is homework?”  However, it’s always important to remember to count your blessings.  It’s important to remember that a) I chose my major, b) I chose my classes, and c) I’m blessed to be at Fontbonne, an institution where I’m not only receiving a great education, but where I’m also really valued as a student, future biologist, and friend.

“You must think I’m incredibly self-absorbed.”

“No.  Just human.”

 

 

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Thanksgiving is coming this Thursday (Nov 22). I feel so excited because it will be my first Thanksgiving in the United States.

I really want to say thanks a million to my dear God. He is so faithful, graceful and amazing to take care of me wherever I am, whatever happens.

I want to say thank you to my parents and sister who always support and comfort me when I feel lonely while studying aboard.

I want to say thank you to my all my American friends who help and support me a lot, especially for motivating me to keep studying and enjoy my life here.

I want to say thank you to my all friends in Taiwan, you’re always my best friends no matter how far apart we are.

I want to say thank you to all my professors and friendly staff at Fontbonne, you’re really my key persons to make me become more confident to use English for everything.

I want to say thank you to Rebecca, Ryan, Linda and Gail in the international center, because you’re the most important people helping me to study my graduate program at Fontbonne.

I want to say thank you to all the people who help me, teach me, or just give me a smile. You’re my sunshine to light up my life.

I really like Thanksgiving to let me have a chance to say thank you to everyone. Now, I can describe my feelings to you, it’s just like William Shakespeare said, “I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”

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Perks of Staying Close to Home

by Deanna November 9, 2012

Typically, Fridays are  very hectic days for me. I have Calculus in the morning, and then go straight to Brentwood Middle School to observe 7th grade math, then I usually have about two hours before I have to go to work. Last week, I got really lucky and not only had Friday night off work, […]

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