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Hi all,

This past weekend, I attended a great conference put on by Maryville University and Fontbonne called the Summit on Leadership Development.  It was open to any school within “drivable distance” according to the keynote speaker, Tracy Knofla, a leadership trainer, and that meant there were students from as close-by as Saint Louis University and as far away as McKendree University (in Illinois) and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (I’ll let you guess where that one’s located).

Honestly, when I signed up for the conference, I did not think it would be very fun.  I’ve been to so many “Be a leader!”-type motivational presentations that I figured there really can’t be that much more to learn.  I was right in this prediction in the sense that I didn’t come out hearing anything new about the qualities good leaders have, how to be one, etc.  However, it was really beneficial for me to hear from the presenters about topics like how to better market events and how to use the available resources to their fullest.  At the conference, I was also able to interact with group leaders from other schools. Trading ideas with them, comparing club activities, and commiserating about the relationship between free food and meeting attendance got me excited about doing new things with the groups I’m in, namely the Commuter Advisory Board.

I’m really glad I attended SOLD this year, and I’m already excited about next year – it’s going to be hosted by Fontbonne!

Talk to you later,



This week has been a crazy week for biology majors, and it will only get crazier as we head in to next week. I had my first genetics test yesterday; I’m thinking (and hoping!) that it went relatively well. And next week, we have tests in anatomy/physiology 2, kinesiology, and organic chemistry 2.

How do we get through it all? We study, and we work together, which brings up a great point I’d like to make about the biology department at Fontbonne. The bio department is definitely close knit. I’m in class with my friends. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and our professors understand how each of our personal interests differs from everyone else’s. Tomorrow, for instance, a lot of us are going to attend the SOLD leadership conference that’s being held at Maryville University. Afterward, we are all going to grab some soda and snacks and head over to Fontbonne’s library for an organic chemistry study session.  I love the bio department because I feel like we’re all on the same team, “Team Bio Majors,” if you will, working together in order to understand some pretty complex topics and eventually transform our world.

So am I busy?  Definitely.  Are there times that I wish I could have a break?  You betcha.  But, as Dr. Homsi, our former lab technican, constantly told me, “Being busy is a good thing.  You need to keep yourself busy.”  And when I think about it, there’s nothing else that I’d rather be doing.


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