As Spring Semester is in full swing, I wanted to share a few things I am excited about in this coming year.
I am so excited to have the opportunity to be spending my summer abroad this summer studying Photography at Regent’s University in London. I am thankful for Fontbonne for giving me this opportunity and giving me the channel to explore my creativity across the pond.
I was fortunate to be able to receive a partial scholarship because of my involvement in the Honors Program here at Fontbonne University. Without this, it is unlikely that I would have been able to do this.
This opportunity will allow me to test myself by moving to another country for 7 weeks by myself, not knowing anyone else going. This is the time in our lives where we can go and be spontaneous and find ourselves. Thinking of all of the people I am going to met, food I am going to eat, and places I am going to see are making me want this semester to go by even faster!
I cannot wait to be able to come back to Fontbonne and share my experiences with my friends, family, and peers and help to make me a better person and leader on campus.
I am so excited for the things I have coming up for me in the rest of 2017 and I hope you have a wonderful year filled with adventure, excitement, and amazing people.
Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun. Quite a bit has happened since last semester. I traveled to California during the winter break to visit family and did a lot of site seeing and had a great time bonding with my sister, nieces, nephew and great nieces and nephews. I’ve made some new connections, joined a new group called Fontbonne Community Connections (FCC), an all women philanthropist group that assists students and staff at Fontbonne by donating money to selected projects that not only benefit Fontbonne, but the community at large. I’ve also planned a couple of trips out of the country this year where I will be doing mission work, and I’m elated about these opportunities as well.
There’s a lot in store this year & I’m super excited about all the things are to come.
I hope all of you thoroughly enjoyed your winter break and that this year has been a great so far!
Well, this semester has finally come to a close! My last class of the year is tonight and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m really looking forward to a month of recuperation – I definitely need it. Grad school is even more mentally taxing than my undergraduate was, and there was a time when I never thought I’d say those words!
Over break I’m going to Orlando (of course) and to Pennsylvania to visit my family. I’m hoping to get in a lot of Disney World, sunshine, and then, on the flip side – snow on Christmas! It hasn’t snowed in PA for the past few Christmases, so I’m hoping Jack Frost will be visiting this year…
I learned how tough I was this semester. There was a lot of frustration, a lot of sleepless nights, and a lot of anxiety. But guess what – we all made it! I can guarantee you only learn to be stronger as college – and life – goes on.
I hope you all have a WONDERFUL break. Eat lots of Christmas cookies and don’t forget to save some for Santa and his reindeer 😉
Keep moving forward.
Who am I? That’s a tough question to answer, mostly because I’m very like Alice in Wonderland in that “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then…” I think my volatility can be attributed to the fact that I was constantly moving when I was a kid. By the time I was eight, I had lived in seven different states and attended zero public schools in favor of homeschooling, because my parents foresaw a substantial amount of traveling in my future and wanted to save me the pain of switching in the middle of multiple semesters. I also blame my constant need to be busy on this frequent relocation – as well as the Type A personality present in most Nutrition & Dietetic students. I guess it’s good for students going into the medical field to be perfectionists?
So. I can’t tell you exactly who I am, because I don’t really know. But I can tell you what I like. I like traveling and being in new cities and listening to obscure music (that’s the Nashville girl in me). I like sports (Penguins, Red Sox, Penn State) and have been known to get crazy over my teams. I love people, and having conversations with said people – my friends say I can talk to a tree. I also like coffee, which makes for a great combination, because there are many wonderful conversations to be had with strangers at a coffee shop. I love to read – I have, hand over heart, read four books of the Harry Potter series over thirty times each, and the remaining three at least ten times each. Which brings me to the fact that I am a proud Slytherin [but not a Voldemort-esque Slytherin, I promise. Just cunning and resourceful :)]. My favorite flavor of ice cream is cookie dough. My favorite food to make is buffalo chicken dip. I have only eaten one pickle in my entire life – I was seven years old and it made me throw up, so you can see the natural aversion that developed. I would eat sushi every day of the week if I could afford it.
For five months at the beginning of this year, I worked at Walt Disney World as a bellhop at the Tower of Terror*, one of the most amazing, rewarding, unbelievable experiences of my life. I currently spend a great portion of my free time plotting ways to get myself back to Disney World as soon as I complete my master’s program and internship at Fontbonne, which will be next December. However, I am looking forward to making the most of my time here in St. Louis – I’ve already had some great adventures, many of them involving Cardinals games and the vast majority of free events like the Art Museum and the Zoo – and I think I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this moment in time.
Keep moving forward.
*For those of you who are curious, this is kinda what it’s like to be a bellhop at the Tower. Its true name is “The Hollywood Tower Hotel”…the story goes that in 1939, it was struck by lightning, and five unfortunate guests on board one of its elevator mysteriously disappeared into the Twilight Zone. Bellhops get to be really creepy and sassy and scare the crap out of people on their Disney vacations. I’m the second from the right, and that’s my hotel in the background.