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Procrastination. We all do it! It is everyone’s best friend yet an enemy at the same time. You never get things done, leave it to the last minute, and so on.  Here are a few things you could do to step up your organizational gameimage & avoid procrastination . 1. Use a planner of some kind; keep due dates of important events, assignments, tests/quizzes and large projects in that planner. It is scientifically proven that if you hand write something, you are more likely to remember it better. But what if a planner isn’t your thing? 2. In that case, most (if not all) digital calendars have several helpful features: A. Re-occurring events is one. I200_sf you know for a fact that you have a test in a class every Wednesday, have that calendar push a reminder every week so that you never forget about that important test. B. Another great feature is the frequency of the reminders. Here’s a real world example: I have Board Meetings that I need to constantly attend. So I have my phone remind me several times about it in this exact order: 2 hours, 1 hour, 30 minutes, 15 minutes prior to the Board Meetings. This not only lets me know that I have a meeting coming up, but it also give me an idea of how much time I have left before I have to leave for the Board Meetings. C. To go even further – have the calendar remind you in advance (i.e. Due date is Dec. 5; remind me on Nov. 20th @ 8 AM). 3. And finally, one EXTREMELY helpful tip that I don’t know if everyone uses is: Let’s say you have a project or a 12 page paper due within a month or two. No one ever told you that you had to complete it in one sitting. Break it up! Divide the project or paper up into smaller sections so it doesn’t look so overwhelming. Completing smaller parts = less stress. Until next time guys, stay classy!

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Tips for Summer!

by Taylor on April 18, 2016

in College Life

Hey guys! As you all know, (and are most likely counting down every second to) summer is almost here! In less than a month, we can all wave goodbye to another year and being summer 2k16! While it’s important to relax and decompress from your year at school, don’t forget that summer is the perfect time to be productive and do things that will propel you into your awesome future awaiting you! Here are a few suggestions of things that you could consider doing this summer instead of just laying around:

  1. Go to summer school– I know, I know. Why on earth would you spend even a second sitting in a classroom this summer when that’s all you’ve done all year? I always think the same thing. However, summer is the perfect time to either take that class that you couldn’t fit into your schedule during the school year because it required too much time or studying. I use summer to take my harder classes because I can focus on just that class as opposed to that and 4 other classes. I find it easier to study and stay motivated in the summer. Or, you could take classes in the summer to get ahead so that your course load during the year is lighter.
  2. Get experience– Summer is literally the best time to gain all the experience that grad schools/jobs want you to have when you graduate but never seem to actually have time to get. Want to go to med school? Use the summer to volunteer at hospitals or participate in undergrad research that med schools with inevitably require you to have. Going into finance? Try to score that internship at a local firm to give you real life experience in the job setting you want to be a part of. Trying to get a dietetic internship? Spend the summer working at Fontbonne’s Camp F.R.E.S.H. or at volunteering at local food banks to get the dietetic experience that future internship preceptors want to see filling up your resume. Opportunities like these exist everywhere, you just need to find them. Ask your professors and advisors for help. They often have plenty of ideas waiting for students to take
  3. Work-If school, volunteering, or internships are not in your plans this summer, that’s fine! Work instead. No matter what job you have, you will be getting benefits. Not only will having a job give you something to do everyday and cash to spend, but it will also teach you valuable things like working on a team, time management, and responsibility that you can carry with you through life.

What are your plans this summer? Make it a good one!

Taylor

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These first few weeks of school have been great. Classes are going well, seeing my friends for the first time in 3 months is amazing, and watching the Women’s Soccer team come out on top for their first couple games is awesome. This school year starts a lot of firsts for me, as it does for everyone. We all have new classes, classmates, and some different professors. Whether we like these new changes or not we are stuck with them for at least these next 6 weeks or the rest of the semester. Each morning when I wake up I think to myself, “Who am I going to see today?”, “How do I want them to perceive me?”, or I think “Do I even care?” For a lot of us college students, I feel like we go through these questions constantly in our heads. Usually in the morning I am left with that question of “Do I even care?” and honestly I guess it just happens to depend on the who? and what? of the day. Who am I going to be running into? and What am I planning to do the rest of the day? Am I going to a nice dinner with friends tonight or am I just planning on working out after my classes?

This past Wednesday I started my first practicum. I was a little nervous going into it, not sure of what to expect. I was assigned to the Central Institute for the Deaf over in downtown St. Louis. I haven’t gotten the opportunity to explore that area of the city yet, so I was excited to be at the specific institution. Because it was my first day it was necessary to wear my business casual attire to my practicum. I wore a dress and flats, which was appropriate attire for the occasion. When I got to the room in which I was staying for the evening I realized that I would have to be on the floor playing blocks and dancing around with children the entire time. The teacher thanked me for being so well dressed, but confirmed with me for future references that I could where leggings and tights with my dresses, so that I could be more active with the activities.

I believe that it is a good thing to be prepared in your nicest and most appropriate attire for the first occasion in meeting someone or doing a new job. It is in that first impression that can make or break you. If you dress up on your first day wearing holes in your jeans and a tee shirt when that is clearly an inappropriate attire for the occasion, then it could reflect poorly on you. It could resonate the question to your employer of “Do they want to work here?” or “Does this person even care about having a job?” You don’t want your employers even be considering those questions. My advice on this topic… always look the best on your first day and set a good first impression. Even set good impressions throughout your semester at that practicum, class, or work office. Be that good looking  example for others and care about how you express yourself to others when it really matters most. Be yourself, but be classy in the way you do it. <3

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Working in college is a kind of debated topic. Some people say you should focus on school, that college is a big change in your life and you need to take it one step at a time. Others say you should work as much as you can. I think the answer is somewhere in the middle. When you’re a full time student, it is really hard to keep up your grades and work 30+ hours a week. But there is a lot to be said for working in college. Just be sure to keep it under 20 hours a week so you don’t get overwhelmed! I’ve had a job my entire Freshman year, and I’ve adjusted fine. Not only have I adjusted to both college, living away from home, and working, but I have actual benefitted from these changes. All of these changes, including work, have made me a more mature and confident lady. While all of these things have their benefits, I’m focusing on working today. Maybe I’ll blog about college classes and living on my own later. Anyway, I’ve compiled a list of the perks of working in college below:

It can help you make friends outside of school. Sometimes being around all the same people at school can drive you crazy, and spending time with different people at work allows you to still be social, but is kind of a relief at the same time.

Another perk is the money of course! College students can always use a little extra spending money, and many of us save up for grad school, paying off loans, or travelling abroad. Paying for things on your own gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment and gives you opportunities. Of course, studying or traveling abroad is the biggest opportunity, but you also have opportunities to do little things like go to the movies, go to concerts, or see plays. These things are great stress relievers too! College can be stressful, and while adding work to your endless To Do List may seem like a bad idea, if you work 20 hours or less, you won’t be too overwhelmed and you can actually afford to go places that will relieve the stress of school!

Working also builds up your resume. You can choose to work somewhere related to your major, which will definitely look good to future employers! But even if you work somewhere completely unrelated to your major, it will still look good. Employers are always looking for well-rounded people, and if you’ve worked in a variety of places, then you still make an excellent candidate. So no matter where you work, it looks good 🙂

You can learn a lot about yourself from working at different places. What you like, what you dislike, how you react to different people and situations. It’s a learning experience in itself!

Welp, that’s all I’ve got for now. If anyone has any other perks they’d like to share, let me know! Comments are always appreciated.

Peace out, Fonties and Future Fonties!

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The Balancing Act

by Alumni Posts February 9, 2014

I’ve recently come to the hypothesis that every college student is a circus performer. That is, while in college, one is balancing school, work, friends, family, and extracurricular activities. Up until this year, biology courses have dictated my life, meaning that my schedule was set. I’d go to school during the weekdays, come home to […]

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Work Work Work

by Alumni Posts December 9, 2013

I work at Potbelly Sandwiches in downtown Clayton. I was so excited when the company finally expanded to St. Louis. Their food is DELICIOUS! But it comes with a price. Don’t ever work at your favorite restaurant, because you will get so tired of the food. And unfortunately, that has happened to me. And as […]

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Family Time

by Fontbonne University April 23, 2013

Good afternoon! I hope everyone had a nice, relaxing weekend. One of my favorite things to do is spending time with family. During my childhood, my uncle was always taking all of us out for fun. What I mean by “us” is our group which includes me, my twin sister Mary, our brother Anthony, and […]

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Catching Up

by Alumni Posts April 17, 2013

I feel as though it has been forever since I last blogged! (When in reality it has only been a month) Ever since Spring Break I feel like I have been in hyper-drive trying to get everything done early so I am not stressed out with all my big projects right around exam time! Over […]

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End of Year Stress

by Alumni Posts April 24, 2012

As we only have about two and half weeks left of this year (can’t wait to be able to say I completed my freshman year of college!), everything is beginning to pile up. Teachers are at the point where they are realizing they don’t have as much time left to teach us everything they need/want […]

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Eventful First Night Back

by Alumni Posts January 19, 2012

Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. day, was our first day back in the dorms. It was very exciting to be back in our own little homes away from home, and great to see everyone as well. Just after I got back from the DSAC for dinner, my work called me in to close, so I […]

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