Fontbonne University has a unique learning environment. From the time I first stepped foot in Fontbonne for one of their campus tours, one of the first things I noticed was the accessibility of resources. Each building is within walking distance, which makes getting to class on time a breeze! There is a beautiful food lab in Anheuser Busch, so I knew food labs would have high quality equipment… but there were a few things I wish I knew before coming.
APA: Going into Dietetics, I wish I had the prior knowledge of APA format in my first two years of college. Throughout high school and college all we used was MLA, so as silly as it sounds… diving straight into APA was a bit of a shock. (Don’t worry though, it gets easier with time.)
Clubs at Fontbonne: There are so many clubs to join! When I first started at Fontbonne, I immediately joined SHESA (Student Human Environmental Science Association), now known as SAFCS (Student Association of Family & Consumer Science). It wasn’t until my third semester that I joined another club, STARS (Students Thinking & Acting Responsibly & Safely), realizing that there were a lot of groups, even ones outside my comfort zone, that I could join! For a list of clubs at Fontbonne, click here.
Fontbonne is a small community, but it has a lot to offer. I would highly recommend that anyone even the slightest bit interested in getting a degree at Fontbonne take a tour of the campus and see for themselves what a great school Fontbonne is!
Coming into college, I was scared about picking a major right off that bat. However, I knew that I was really interested in English and it’s what I love to do. I now find myself writing essays about pieces of literature that interest me. I honestly couldn’t have picked a better major. I chose this major because I’m a certified book nerd. I won the reading student of the year award my senior year of high school, basically the book nerd of the year award. I have loved reading since I was little; it has become something that I’m super passionate about. Also, I chose this major because of the intensive writing courses. I love challenging myself when writing a paper. I love constructing a paper out of an idea in your head, then making it cohesive. It astounds me how one can use words to provoke a message and I love every minute of my major because of it. I love the material we read in my classes. Right now, we’re reading a novel and analyzing said novel. It’s amazing how you can view literature from a way and develop an idea about it. I love my professors in the major, they allow you to create your own ideas. They allow you to use your own words.
I’m a strong believer in doing what you love. If you love reading and writing and are passionate about it, I highly suggest you become an English major. It’s a lot of writing and hard work, but it’s all totally worth it. I’ve learned how to look at literature differently as an English major. I’ve learned that words are used deliberately and the author probably used it for a reason. Nothing is always something can be confusing in a way, but analyzing literature makes you look at the world differently. Literature is a direct link to our culture and society. You can develop ideas about both of those when you read a piece of literature. No literature is the same, each piece is unique. When reading a piece from the 1950’s, you will find something different than reading a poem from the 1800’s. Literature shows how the world has developed and changed. I’m done with my rant about how awesome my major is, but I really do recommend this major to anyone who loves to read.
I will leave you with a quote from Steve Jobs on the topic of doing what you love, have an awesome week!
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -Steve Jobs
I never really thought about why I changed to professional writing. I used to want to become a teacher, then it became too stressful. I have always enjoyed writing, mainly poetry and creative writing.The writing classes here have helped make my writing better. Dr. Sommer keeps asking me to put more detail in my writings so much, but I know that he wants me to succeed at writing. I am always writing something, from poetry, short stories, and journaling in general. Last semester, I wrote a short story for a class and one classmate asked if we wanted them published. So I am a published writer.