The Good, The Bad, and the Fortunate

Winter Break has officially come and gone. Wait a minute? Weren’t finals like 2 weeks ago? *sigh…* Well, it is now 2017. The year for incredible possibilities. The reason why I say that is because, as I have hinted at before, I am working on a project for potentially several  Fortune 500 Companies. Time will tell. My excitement is through the room right now! That and the exciting classes that I am taking, and last but not least, my tireless effort and contributions to Enactus as I serve as President (2.5 years running)! Until next time guys, stay classy!

Chapter 3, Part 1

Next week is Finals week. My Junior year so far has been filled with many highpoints and some low points. But overall, I would have to say that it was pretty successful! Academically, I am doing well; and organizationally I am excited to see what 2nd semester brings! We will be traveling to Chicago again for the 2017 Enactus Regional Conference and presenting our efforts with the Criminal Justice Ministry (CJM). Hopefully, we will advance to Kansas City for the 2017 National Conference! Even though I am practically half way done with my Junior year, I still cannot believe that I am HALF WAY done with JUNIOR year! It is crazy! Second semester will fly by!
As for what my plans are for Winter Break: Regain lost hours of sleep, visit family, & work on a project that is currently in development with a Fortune 500 company. I cannot disclose anything beyond that just yet.  Until next year guys, stay classy!

The Final Countdown

We are almost done with week 12 of classes. Is it just me or was August 15th just last week? It’s hard to believe that we are about a month away from Winter break. Once Thanksgiving Break comes around, we will automatically shift into Finals Mode and the semester is practically over. For me, that means my 5th semester is almost in the books. I am half way through my Junior year. As I write this, it seems unreal! Main point is: we are in the final stretch. Don’t shut down your brains just yet. You’ve made it this far, what’s one more month? Until next time guys, stay classy!

Alleviate Stress as the Semester Ends

1. Keep active! Walking or doing yoga or going to the gym is a great way to alleviate stress as the burden of finals and research papers comes nearer in the next few weeks. Exercise means endorphins and endorphins make you happy!!!

2. Sleep. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep will prevent you from being anxious, overwhelmed, and tired as the next few weeks go on. It will also leave you well rested and your body will love you in more ways than one.

3. Make a schedule. Start studying for finals and do papers ahead of time — don’t leave them to last minute. Even writing a few paragraphs a day for your papers will leave you ahead and less overwhelmed as the due dates draw nearer.

Doing all three of these things will help keep you motivated as winter break comes closer and this semester finally comes to an end! That way you’ll do well on your finals and be able to finally relax as December 10th arrives!!

Good luck everyone!!

Bye Fall 2015!

As the semester of Fall 2015 slowly comes to an end, I can’t help but to recollect on this long and tedious semester. The past few semesters have been tumultuous, so I generally expected Fall 2015 to be the same. I took it upon myself this semester to focus on myself and my grades. To do this, I had to quit my job and put my all into school. Although it’s been difficult, I wouldn’t have it any other way. My grades have soared and I’m happier than ever.

I’ve learned that it’s important to take time for yourself and not let anyone else get in your way. Some people will never understand the work that goes into college and never will. I’ve had this problem with several people in my past who wanted me prioritize them and a social life over the hard work it takes to get good grades in my major. I’ve also had people question why I’m not working, because money is important. What they don’t understand is that I’m securing a good paying job for my future, but it will take me a while to get there. So for the time being, instead of focusing on some minimum wage paying job that’s subpar and I won’t enjoy, why not focus my time on something that will benefit me and pay well in the long run. This closing semester of my senior year here at Fontbonne has been a good one. I’ve made tons of good new friends and worked my butt off to get here now. And graduation is just around the corner!!

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that you should absolutely take the time for yourself rather than anyone else. It’s been good, Fall 2015! Bring on the finals and winter break!!

Winter Break Plans

What are your plans over winter break? Anything fun? My plans are quite simple. I’m staying home and spending some time with family and friends. I haven’t seen many of friends since summer because we are all at different schools, so the long break gives us time to catch up and hang out with one another. I can’t wait to see them!

Along with catching up with family and friends, I plan to relax at home doing some of my favorite things which include: watching the classic Christmas movies, baking delicious treats and drinking an abundance of hot chocolate! (You can’t end winter break without doing at least one of those!)

I’m also going to try and catch up on some sleep too because I don’t think I’ll be sleeping much during the spring semester since I’ll be working. I’ll be working at an accounting firm during tax season which is when accounting firms are their busiest.

I hope everyone has a good winter break!

Winter Break in Pictures

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season came and went so quickly. It’s even harder to imagine that I’m finally back in school working through my final semester of my undergraduate education. Before we jump right in to the semester, though, I’d like to share some of my favorite photographical memories from this past winter break.

Posing for a picture with Dad and Cocoa Dixie before opening presents on Christmas morning!!

Gearing up for the 2014 Cardinals Baseball season. Spring training will be here before we know it!!

Taking a break from skating at Steinberg with an old friend. (And Thomas, for the record, I was skating – I was NOT just going off your momentum!!)

Attending my first-ever St. Louis Blues Hockey game!! It was a great time despite the incident revolving around the spilling of the 32-ounce soda I had just purchased at the concession stand. I’m just so happy I bought the refillable cup!!

So close!

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…

It’s a New Beginning!

I always love the beginning of a new semester because it’s a chance to start new and fresh. I like getting all new classes, it really makes learning more interesting. The long winter break was definitely refreshing and readied me for this new semester. Waking up for my 8 AM class however, wasn’t too easy. But I know with time it will get easier, hopefully. With this new semester I hope to try harder in my classes, eat healthier, and work out more. Hopefully I can keep up with my new semester goals! I’m also hoping for some snow this semester! So far we’ve had a pretty mild winter, and I’m kind of hoping for maybe a snow day or two, but we’ll see how that turns out. :] Overall I’m excited to be back at Fontbonne and to have an awesome second semester! Good luck to all my fellow students! :]

Last Blog of 2011

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but this will very likely be the last time I blog in the year 2011. It really does seem like I started school just a few weeks ago, and now we’re already halfway through the school year!

As I wrote in my most recent blog, this semester has been challenging, rewarding, and surprising all at the same time. I feel very accomplished due to everything I’ve learned. Organic chemistry, though not as terrible as everyone says, did make my semester-long ride a little bumpy at times, but I feel as though the lab techniques and problem-solving skills that I acquired from that class will benefit me greatly in my future profession. I loved how all of my classes this semester were directly tied with my major; I was almost always able to clearly see the correlation between my classes and what I want to do with my life (which, as I’ve said countless times, is biomedical research).

I’d better get back to studying for my cell biology final exam. I’ll be taking it in approximately 14 hours from now.

Have a great Winter Break, everyone, and I’ll see you when we return in 2012!!!