This week has been a long week because I have the dreaded summer cold. Luckily it hasn’t stopped me from doing much, but it has made things less than pleasant for the start of my week. Last night my friends from the dietetics program and I got together for a much needed girl’s night. It felt like forever since I’d seen them. Four of them graduated this Spring and are off to internships at the end of this summer/early fall. I’m so happy for them and proud of their accomplishments! I hope to have good luck in my search for internships in the Spring of next year. Despite graduating in December, I decided to wait until Spring match for internships because most internships match in the Spring. I’m looking into Eastern Illinois University’s internship and hoping to get a tour of campus and talk to the internship director sometime this summer. In addition, another thing I’d like to get done over summer is the GRE. I would like to get a master’s degree in a nutrition-related field someday, so I figure if an internship also has a master’s degree program attached, all the better.
Wish me luck on getting past this cold and getting some relaxation on my day off today!
Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far. -Katie
From right to left: Me, Chelsea, and Morgan… love these girls!
When I tell people I go to Fontbonne University, they say “where is that!?” After I tell them the location, they say “oh it’s by The Loop, isn’t it!?”
If I had not been from this area, I would have been skeptical with the same questions when thinking about attending FU.. However, I was fortunate enough to know that Fontbonne offers many sports teams, clubs, organizations, and jobs to help you get involved.. In my first year as a full time student, I was a part of two sports teams, 2 clubs, and worked 2 on campus jobs as well as writing for the blog and juggling a social life.. Not once did I think about how small Fontbonne was (except when I was trying to park, but we’re getting a new parking lot now so woooooo!)
Aside from the campus community, STL is a beautiful and exciting city that is culturally diverse and alive! Concerts, festivals, charity runs, are just a few FREE things that you can find from week to week.. If you don’t mind spending a few dollars, try this simple 3 step process that only takes a few minutes!
1) Open your computer or smartphone to the Google search bar..
2) Type in, “fun things to do in St. Louis”
3) Explore! Don’t forget to try new things!
If someone were to ask me “Why did you choose Fontbonne?” I can honestly say that I do not have the same answer as I did last year. Going back to senior year of high school, I know that I was not too fond of having to make another big life decision for myself. I was comfortable with my high school routine, minus the early morning wake-up call each day for carpool. But really I was unsure of where I wanted to attend and all I could really think of was Fontbonne or else Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. Fun fact actually, both Fontbonne University and Avila University are sister schools. In addition to the uncertainty of choosing a college, I was still unsure of what major I wanted to study! Stressful time for a high school student, which for sure I was shown how much more I could be stressed out as a college student.
When it came to the prime factors of choosing where to go to school I had certain personal requirements: 1) Close enough that I can be a short drive away, so not more than a six hour drive 2) Hopefully somewhere other classmates of mine were attending as well so I could know people on campus 3) The college had to have my current interest of major to study [[special education at least at the time]].
Though as the months were coming to an end I choose Fontbonne University because I began to actually take an interest in Speech-Language Pathology since I had previous received language therapy as a kid for a language disorder and learning disability. Sadly Avila University did not have that specific major. Also, since I did not really want to leave my home life just yet, I was able to have a win-win in the end. I have been happy with my choice of living at home and going to school as a commuter. Sure there are those up-and-down moments where I may feel disconnect from some of my classmates that do live on campus. But when I make an effort to hang out with classmates outside of class time or off campus even, it makes everything else disappear in terms of doubt.
I can’t believe I’m vastly approaching my senior year at Fontbonne! It feels as though I was opening my acceptance letter yesterday. Before I graduated from high school in 2012, (By the way, I am a proud alumni of University City High School… class of 2012… woot! woot!) I had several offers from schools in the area. I went to go visit every school that I was accepted into and I enjoyed every school that I visited, but Fontbonne had something about it that I needed to be a part of. Fontbonne was the only school that met every single requirement that I had on my checklist. Here’s what that list looked like:
*Had my major
*Close to home
*Small class size
*I could live on campus
*Offered me a GREAT financial aid package
Now don’t get me wrong, the other schools I visited were awesome institutions; they had a lot of things to offer me as a perspective student but it was important to me that I was more than just a student who got a degree, I wanted to go to a school where I would do more than just graduate, I wanted to be somewhere that I enjoyed myself outside of the classroom and a place where enjoyed learning and growing as a person. As a student at Fontbonne, I feel like being a part of the university was part of my God given purpose and I’m blessed to have been placed in such a fabulous place.