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Getting back into the groove of things isn’t the simplest of tasks. This week, I really began to feel the impact of this semester flying by! I can gladly assure you that I survived my first few tests and papers, all while managing to be a part of campus life (SAFACS and STARS), and working weekends (Sometimes I wonder, “How?!”).

Through it all, I have vowed to stay active at least 30 minutes to 1 hour per day and always have a healthy meal on hand.  Any college student can agree that this isn’t an easy vow to keep — but it’s not impossible!  Here are a few ways I stay on top of things even when time is scarce:

Prioritize!

I keep a personal agenda and a school agenda. This way, when I know I have a thousand things to do, I can jot them down in my calendar and free my mind from worrying if I’ll remember to do something. When I get seriously busy, I like to schedule my day by the hour. Listen, it sounds tedious- but I reserve this for my really busy days, and it gets the job done! Don’t forget to schedule time for music, relaxation, a walk, or however you choose to spend your allotted “free time”.

Use Your Time Wisely

If you’re surfing Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram in between classes, you’re not the only one! Let me warn you though, mindless surfing adds up! This results in a big time-suck in your day. Now I’m not suggesting you completely give up Instagram-ing your Iced Mocha Lattes with your best friend, but rather, start becoming aware of how much time you spend mindlessly using social media, such as watching cat videos on YouTube.

Give Yourself a Break

Although this may sound counter-intuitive, giving yourself a break every so often will improve your studying, not hurt it!  Giving yourself a chance to grab a coffee, chat with a friend, or go on a run will give you more energy towards the projects you are in the process of conquering.  Personally, my favorite ways to give myself a break are: Watching an episode of my current-show on Netflix, cooking, taking pictures on Instagram (mindfully, of course) and going to the gym.

How do you like to give yourself a break during a busy semester?

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Snap shot of dinner & snack for my Tuesday evening class

One of my priorities: packing healthy foods for long school days!

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Oats don't have to be boring!  Here's a picture of my morning oatmeal :) Oats don’t have to be boring! Here’s a snap of how I fuel my morning :)

This will be my third semester here at Fontbonne, but it seems like it was just yesterday I was brand new.

My first impression of Fontbonne was how easy the transfer process was.  I continue to love the small, accessible size of the campus, and the staff and advisers that are always extremely helpful and dedicated to what they do.  In my search for a great Dietetics program, I instantly connected with the Fontbonne campus after my first visit (The ridiculously cool food lab was a plus too!)

Fast forward to the present and Fontbonne students are already several weeks into the semester where the inevitable tests, projects, and homework are coming full-force.  Stop.  Take a deep breath.  Here’s three ways to get your study on and still keep your cool:

1) Use Study Blue as a free tool to make flashcards, quizzes, and notes for your classes.  Set up and account and create your cards online, then once you’ve made your flashcards, quiz yourself online OR download the Study Blue app on your phone and study your flashcards anywhere!  I flip through my note cards in whatever spare time I have, even if it’s just for five minutes.  A little bit goes a long way!

2) Been known for procrastinating?  Feel like you’ve studied for hours without accomplishing anything? Read this article from The Greatist for 22 Science-backed Study Tips to Ace the Test:

3) Eat Breakfast!  You’ll have a brain-boost for those morning classes and you won’t be starving by the time lunch rolls around.  My latest breakfast obsession is oatmeal, (see my picture above!)  I like to test out new, fun recipes like these:

Overnight Oatmeal Recipes

 

If you try these three tips you’ll be well on your way to a good semester!

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Alumni Posts

Saving money

by Alumni Posts on May 28, 2014

in College Life

A lot of people have an issue with saving money. Here are a few tips: 1. Don’t buy what you don’t need. 2. See how much is in your bank account and set up a spending budget. 3. If you don’t have self control with money and you know you don’t have extra money to spend, stay in the house and DO NOT go to Applebees with your friends. Last but not least: 4. Don’t eat your money. A lot of times, we don’t even think about it but when we stop at fast food places to grab a quick meal or buy snacks, we are eating our money. Those dollars will add up and you have nothing to show for it. Try packing a lunch before you leave home. Have fun saving!!

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Kristen

Airplane Tips

by Kristen on April 7, 2014

in Uncategorized

As I am now a seasoned airplane veteran (having been on five airplanes, all in the same trip), I feel I have some quality advice about flying that I can share with you.

When you first get onto the plane, you will have to find your seat and store your luggage nearby.  For big bags, there is a compartment above the seats; but if you have a backpack or purse and can shove it under the seat in front of yours, it will be a lot easier to access later.  Once you’re seated, you have to put your seatbelt on and wait until the plane crew has checked and rechecked the entire plane.  At least five times.  Then you begin takeoff.

When the plane first starts to move towards the runway, you may think to yourself, “This isn’t so bad.  It’s just like riding on the ground.”  Well, that’s because you are still on the ground.  When the plane finally begins to go up, you will feel yourself tilt as the plane starts to rise.  If things start to get bumpy, don’t freak out!  Unless everyone else on the aircraft looks concerned, you probably aren’t crashing.  Probably.  As you get higher, you can look out the window (if you are near one) and see the airport and surrounding city get smaller.  Eventually it will resemble a patchwork quilt of little streets and hills.

Soon you will reach cloud level, where the window view is particularly interesting.  Clouds tend to look like this:

When you are above them, as you can see in the photo, the clouds resemble frothy white waves.  I like to imagine I’m on a beach somewhere looking at a white ocean, instead of miles above the ground.

If you are taking a short flight to another part of the country, you won’t have to entertain yourself for long.  However, if you are flying overseas, you have a long ride ahead of you.  Mine was between 8 ½ and 9 hours from the east coast to London; I hope you can occupy your time!  Longer flights have TVs at each seat, with a selection of new and old films.  They also serve scanty meals, just enough so you won’t starve.  On both my flights we were served two meals, which differed depending on the time of day I was flying.  The food isn’t terrible as long as you remember a few simple guidelines to ordering your meals.  First, when they ask if you want pasta or chicken, you always want pasta!  Even if you love to eat baked chicken; trust me, you need to order pasta.  They heat their meals on the plane, so any meat options have essentially been microwaved.  Or that’s how they taste, at least.  And as chicken tastes rubbery when cooked in the microwave, pasta is always a better option.  You should also know that they won’t wake you to ask if you want food, so make sure you are awake, especially at the beginning of the flight, when they serve the first meal.  If possible, I recommend asking those seated next to you to be vigilant and wake you when the food carts come down the aisle.

A word on airplane staff:  some are nice, some are cranky.  Stewardesses, I have heard, treat you with extra care when you’re an attractive male.  For the rest of us, we have to be especially nice to them and clearly make our needs known.  For example, if you look particularly young and the stewardess asks you what you would like to drink, she may try to give you apple juice when you ask for the complementary glass of wine.  You will have to speak more loudly and correct her if you want to get what you actually requested.  Or take the juice meekly and try again on your next flight.

If you plan to sleep on your flight, I recommend purchasing a travel pillow.  They are small and fit around your neck to give you some comfort while trying to sleep in your nearly upright seat.  Overseas flights, at least on US Airways, provide small pillows and thin blankets, but it’s difficult to find a position in which you can lean your head on the pillow without dropping it onto the person next to you.  I also recommend bringing your own headphones; while overseas flights do hand out earphones, they suck, so bring your own if you want to listen to music or watch a movie.

You know how it feels when you’re driving and have to make an abrupt stop?  That is how landing feels, except it lasts longer than a few seconds.  When the plane starts to land, you will definitely want to be back in your seat with your seatbelt securely fastened.  When it’s safe to move again, the seatbelt light will go off above you, and you can stand and stretch before picking up your bag or other belongings.  Then, after another five minutes or so of waiting for everyone else to get off the plane, you can exit and be on your way to a great vacation!

I’ll stick in a few more Europe photos for you before you go.  Have a good week!

More of the Irish countryside

Oxford University

Bridge in London

An Underground Railway Station

Double Decker Bus, London

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Written in my Soul From Me to You

by Alumni Posts March 31, 2014

I’m gonna take this opportunity to chat a bit about a workshop I’m doing for the Human Environmental Sciences department this week – Wednesday, April 2nd, at 11am to be precise. The presentation I’m giving is based off of a project I did in my Methods in Teaching class last semester, which in itself is […]

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Words of Wisdom from a Friend

by Alumni Posts December 16, 2013

Last night my friend from high school experienced her first robbery since she moved to Chicago 6 years ago.  Now, I don’t know what thief was dumb enough to try and rob this girl, my friend is by no means a helpless damsel in distress.  She is about 5’11”, always wears heels, so that makes […]

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Studying for Finals

by Alumni Posts December 10, 2013

With finals underway, it is crucial to study hard and finish the last minute assignments before the semester ends.  One of the keys to success when it comes to getting a good grade on a final is studying.  At Fontbonne, there are many places to study.  There is the DSAC café, AMC, library, as well […]

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An Irksome Subject and BICYCLES!!

by Alumni Posts March 7, 2012

Hello everyone, This week I do not really know what to talk about. It has been a semi-stressful week because of my least favorite class… biology. Do you have a class where you don’t necessarily hate it, but you have the hardest time understanding it? Okay, maybe a little hate is in the mix. Biology […]

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Determination, Procrastionation, Eating Disorder Awareness

by Alumni Posts February 27, 2012

Hello everyone, As some of you might have noticed, the Lenten Season started this past Wednesday. This year, I have been hoping to be less of a procrastinator. Lately, I have been putting things off until the last minute, which causes stress, the ripping out of hair, and the occasional yelling at the ceiling to […]

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Green Laundry

by Alumni Posts September 22, 2011

In honor of the Environmental Club’s “Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent” program on Thursday night, I’m going to leave you all with a few tips on how to make doing your laundry better for the environment! Don’t toss those jeans into the laundry after just one wear! Put hangers on a doorknob or curtain […]

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