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I’ve been thinking about what to say in my final Fontbonne blog for some time now. I’ve been trying to think of witty comments or good advice to give to current and incoming students. But, for the first time, I think I’ll just make it short and sweet.

These past four years have definitely been an adventure. I’ve cried and laughed. I’ve felt like I was on top of the world and stuck under a bunch of rocks. I’ve experienced triumphs and tribulations. The best advice I can offer to students at this point is to keep doing what you’re doing no matter what anyone else thinks. Go with what your heart tells you, even if everyone seems to be against you. You and only you know what’s best for you, even if others laugh and think you’re crazy.

So where will I go after graduation? Well, I’ll be working all summer, and then I’ll start my graduate education at Saint Louis University in the Core Biomedical Sciences Program offered through the School of Medicine. My goal is to join one of the many Molecular Microbiology and Immunology research labs because microbiology is, without a doubt, my biggest life passion.

Thanks for reading my blogs over these past four years and for following me on my life journey.

“Forget regret, or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today.”


I’ve been thinking a lot about graduation lately. Perhaps that’s because I now have less than a month until the big day. My final undergrad to-do list is quickly dwindling, and every project, quiz, paper, or test that I’m finishing is becoming one of my last of my undergrad career.

My planner is definitely filling up with important dates. Next week, I’ll be seeing my last required play for my Advanced Acting class, and then it’ll be time for the Fontbonne Honors Convocation, the Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony, and, one of my favorite evenings of the year, Zoo Friends’ Day at the Saint Louis Zoo. (Yep, I’ve been a proud member of the Zoo since before I could even talk!)

I finally feel like everything is starting to fall into place and like all of the hard work and tears I put into my biology degree are paying off. Who really knows where I’ll be in a year, two years, or ten years from now? I’m beginning to realize that, as long as I truly dedicate myself to learning more and yearning to perfect my lab techniques, I’ll be alright in the end.


I’ve decided that, for my first blog of the semester, I would respond to the following prompt:

“Introduce yourself!”

I’ve decided to respond to the aforementioned prompt as opposed to going off on my own tangent for a couple of reasons. One, I’m pretty sure my “About Me” from freshman year is pretty outdated, as is the hairstyle I have in my little blogger picture that can be seen just to the left of the title of this week’s post. Two, I’m pretty sure I’m a lot different than I was my first year here at Fontbonne. My diet is significantly different. My hair, like I said, is different. My wardrobe, thank gosh, is different. In fact, I think I’m waaaay different now than I was last year at this time. So what I’m getting at here is that a little reintroduction might be beneficial for everyone involved to save some confusion. I don’t want you to have this image of me in your head as being some girl with straight-across bangs who wants to be a physical therapist. Because frankly, I have side bangs now, thank you, and definitely don’t want to be a PT.

Okay. So who exactly am I then? So glad you asked! Because the first thing you need to know is this: I’m kind of narcissistic, and I love answering “Introduce yourself!” prompts.

Here are some other critical facts you need to know about me in order to fully grasp the content of my blog…

1.) I’m a junior majoring in dietetics and “double minoring” in chemistry and biology. After I complete my dietetics internship, my dream (as of now…it will be different in two weeks, I’m sure) is to get into Cornell University, where I want to study environmental toxicology (I love/hate toxic chemicals, see #2) and molecular nutrition, so I can fully grasp how chemicals in our environment and diets affect us at the very cellular level.
2.) I. Love. Chemistry. If you don’t believe me, stop by Medaille Room 205 and ask to see my bathroom. The Periodic Table of the Elements shower curtain will prove to you that my love is very, very real. (And possibly a little preposterous as well.) Organic chemistry is my favorite, and I’m very sad that Dr. Bookstaver, my former organic professor (and favorite teacher at that), is no longer here at Fontbonne. What am I going to complain about now on my blog?
3.) I love food! Mostly plants, nothing processed. Because while I love chemistry, I’d rather not eat a chemistry experiment, comprender? I do have a weakness for my mother’s chocolate chip cookies, though (Yes, Courtney, I do eat cookies.).
4.) I love to run, especially long distances. It clears my mind, makes me feel really good about myself, and allows me to eat cookies (see #3). My favorite workout is The Long Slow Run, which I do weekly in preparation for my next half marathon.
5.) Other random important facts: I love music (M83 is my all time favorite); my fellow bloggers Courtney and Elizabeth, the smartest, most awesome girls I know, happen to be my two best friends (I expect a shout-out in return, now, thank you); and I love the great out of doors (I would give anything to live in the mountains).

So. Now that we’re all on the same page, I’m fully looking forward to what adventures this semester will bring. I’m also hoping that, once I get back in the organic lab, here soon for a project I’m working on for another class, my chemistry joke skills will come back to me. We shall see…

Have a lovely weekend everyone!



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