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Sarah B.

Good Impressions

by Sarah B. on September 8, 2014

in Career Paths,College Life

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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Alumni Posts

The Balancing Act

by Alumni Posts on February 9, 2014

in College Life

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 read countless chapters and finish assignments until I fell asleep (either in my books or in my bed – whichever was closer at the time), and spend the weekends catching up and attempting to get ahead.

However, this year is different. I’ve finished all of my required biology courses, so you’d think it’d get easier to balance out my schedule. Wrong! I’m actually finding it harder to do so. I’m working a lot more this year than I ever did before, so that means that most of my free time at school is devoted to tutoring and that I spend half of my weekdays in the lab, where it’s hard (sometimes nearly impossible) to get any studying or reviewing done, even during lunch breaks. I’ve been getting home later in the evenings due to work and classes, so, by the time I get home, it seems pointless to crack a book since I’ll literally just fall asleep as soon as I open it. Therefore, my homework is, once again, pushed off to the weekends.

Do I like this new balancing act? It goes both ways. I love having the opportunities to tutor and work in the lab more, which is something that the past three years didn’t give me a lot of time to do. And I am finding that I have more free time on the weekends to catch up on taped television shows. On the other hand, though, I miss the order and schedule that enveloped my life for the past three years. I’m definitely a scheduler – you should see my planner – so I miss knowing exactly how every day would be. I guess this year is a good experience in spontaneity, though it’s hard figuring out how to spontaneously plan out my days.

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Alumni Posts

Work Work Work

by Alumni Posts on December 9, 2013

in College Life

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 a college student in an apartment, naturally making minimum wage isn’t quite cutting it. So. I am becoming a Certified Trainer, which will give me about a dollar raise, and from there I will become a Shift Lead making $11+ per hour. But there is one thing still on my mind: my job has absolutely nothing to do with my major. Even a job in retail would be more relevant to Advertising than food service is. And it’s not like I absolutely LOVE my job, so should I consider switching to something else? My dream job (for right now, until graduation) is to work at Crate and Barrel. And I think I am going to look into that. I guarantee I’d make more than minimum wage, and I’d be doing something I actually love: displays and looking at furniture all day. I haven’t been with Potbelly for too long, but what’s the harm in finding something better?

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Family Time

by Lizzie 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 Deanna 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 Deanna 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 Deanna 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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Thanksgiving Work

by Alumni Posts November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving break came and went in the matter of a snap. I had a long list of things I needed to complete over the five days, but now I am playing catch up with all my school work this Monday and Tuesday. It’s fine with me though because I spent a lot of my time […]

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Library Story

by Alumni Posts October 21, 2011

My first year at college, I attended a massive state university (I’ll bet you can guess the one). In the first semester, I had to learn a valuable lesson in focusing on studying that involves the library. Seeing as how I’m taking an online course right now about information systems at Fontbonne, I started thinking […]

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