Happy Halloween everyone!

This week has been great! Tuesday was my birthday and today is Halloween. I am so excited to see everyone’s creative costumes! Tonight I am dressing up as a Toddler and Tiaras kid. I have a tutu with a crown and a Binky. Even though its starting to actually feel like fall, hopefully I wont get too cold.  All the leaves are falling off the trees which is my favorite part about fall. The beautiful colors of orange, brown, and red make me so happy.

Along with great things this week, I had a chemistry test on Wednesday. To be prepared for this test I had 3 days of tutoring and I reviewed on my own. Hopefully I received a good grade on it because I worked very hard on understanding it. This week, I am still fixing up my schedule. Now, they actually have the names of professors so I  can see who is teaching the classes. Hopefully my professors next semester are just as great as the ones I have now!

Well, have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!


Happy Halloween!

Hey everyone!

I hope you all have had a great week! Hang in there one more day because it is almost Halloween and the WEEKEND!! I have been so busy and stressed out lately that I am beyond excited for this weekend. I am especially excited because I am going home tomorrow! Unfortunately it isn’t too much of a break because I am going to be working on homework the whole time. The work never ends for an Occupational Therapy student. Oh well, I am very excited to be in the program and to be able to focus on schooling for my career.

These past few weeks I have done a few fun things. Last weekend I carved pumpkins, went to the zoo, and went to the Blues vs. Blackhawks game. (And the Blues won of course! Let’s go Blues!) I have rekindled my Netflix binge watching because I have started the series Gossip Girl. It is very difficult to chose between what I want to be doing (Netflix) and what I should be doing (homework and studying). Most of the time homework and studying wins.

Well, I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween weekend!


Business Suits….Business Suits Everywhere!

Hey there!

So today, I went to the Ac Sci Career Fair to help work the sign in table. As soon as I walked into the DUC I could feel the tension in the air. All of these companies were here to see all of these students for potential jobs and internships. In case you didn’t know, that’s a whole lot of people in suits! I greeted people as they came in and had them sign in and create a name tag. When I was not busy, I was people watching and observing what was going on around me. One of the most memorable moment was when one popular company came over and announced they had two open chairs. It was so entertaining to watch 15 college students rush to two chairs as if they were playing a professional version of musical chairs. From talking to the students, I gathered that this was very nerve racking for them because they could help determine their life after college or throughout it. The most interesting part to me was that the students were able to come at only the designated times by their year in school. I’ll be talking to you soon!!


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Meet and Greet: Freshman Steps

Hello Again!

On Monday the 29th of September, the Office of Career and Professional Development had a Meet and Greet event in the Potter Hall Lobby. Karlla and I were here for an hour. The idea of this event was to get students to stop by and say hello. It was also to make the Career Advisors a familiar face on campus so we aren’t so intimidated to come and talk them. We got heavy foot traffic in there and it was great experience. Karlla and I  mainly talked to freshmen and the steps that they can be taking now to better prepare them for their future. I can’t wait to help the students that I already got to talk to at the event!

Side note: Be on the hunt for our cool scavenger hunt I made up!! You could win a cool prize!! :)


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Just another Friday

Hello Everyone!

This week FLEW by! I had my lab practical yesterday and I think I did great. Every night of so far I have been in the library studying the bones. The professors had sent  3 boxes of bones to the library which any student could rent out. This helped me study especially because I got to actually hold the bones and point out the different areas rather then just look at the pictures in my lab manual. Also, I have a quiz in anatomy on Monday and a  Chemistry test on Wednesday. Good thing I have a tutor for both of these classes!

This week I also officially made my schedule for next semester which was nice. I got to pick and choose the classes and hours I want but its not guaranteed until I submit it into the system on November 5th! My schedule could change due to classes already being full but hopefully that wont happen! Also, Mid-Term grades went in yesterday which means that thanksgiving break and Christmas is around the corner! That also means we only have half a semester left to bring up our grades and that can be very stressful to most students. On the bright side, Halloween is next Friday and I still do not have a costume picked out!

Have a great weekend!


No Gift Cards for Me!

Hey Everyone!

Its me, Abbey, again. On the Friday of Alumni Weekend, the Office of Career and Professional Development had a Career Networking LinkedIn LIVE Event. This event had many opportunities presented to students. Students, alumni, faculty, and others were invited.  The room was set up into the different schools that Maryville provides. They also had a photo booth set up so that you could take a picture to use on your LinkedIn event. The main purpose of the event was to network and meet new people. This is exactly what happened. I got the opportunity to talk to every person in the room by the night was over. Even if I was intimidated to talk to some of the faculty or business people, they would come up to me and ask me about myself. It was a very relaxing and calming experience. I got to ask any of the questions I wanted/needed to know.  At the very end of the night, many gift cards were given away to people that entered their name in a bucket that I was carrying around all night. I thought it was so great to give away these gift cards because they were to places you could invite someone that you met that night and talk about your career and professional life. They also gave out gift cards for Macy’s to current students so that they could update their career and professional wardrobe. I was extremely jealous of the people who received the gift cards.


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Business Woman???

Hey All!!

I attended the Business Career Fair that was held in the DUC. The Office of Career and Professional Development invited companies to come and talk to students about employment and internship possibilities. (How awesome, right?!) Even as I was working the event, many of the people would stop and ask me a question or introduce themselves to me. I highly recommend this event and other events that are like this in the future. Even if you are not interested in this now, it makes for great research and networking for the future when you are ready!

P.S. Leave me comments or questions!


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Mid-Terms are Scary!

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since I have posted on here. I have been SUPER busy with all of my classes and everything that is going on in my life. I have been trying to stay in touch with friends and family, keep my grades up, make sure my apartment is clean, take care of my guinea pig, and attempt to find time to sleep. These past few weeks have been crazy!  I have two midterms this week in two of my hardest classes.  Last week I had a different midterm, and I have had multiple other tests and projects and even more coming up. I am just ready for this week to be over.

Two weeks ago was Fall Festival week. Since I was so busy, I wasn’t able to get to all of the events, but I did get to go see Andrew Schulz, a comedian that is on MTV’s Girl Code and Guy Code. He was very funny and I loved being able to meet him, especially since Girl Code is one of my favorite shows. Last week was Bingo and Brew, so me and a couple of my roommates went to that so we could try to relax and not think about school for a little while. It was fun but also frustrating because you would get so close to getting a BINGO but then somebody would get one before you. Oh well, we still had fun and got the shirts that they were handing out.

I am very excited for this weekend because I am going to the Blues vs. Blackhawks game on Saturday. I am slowly getting more into sports, especially with living in St. Louis. We have some pretty good sports teams, although I wish the Cardinals would have made it into the World Series. We can’t win everything though. Time to cheer on the Blues…and the Rams, who pulled out a surprising win yesterday. That was a fun game to be at.

Well time to study, which is going to be my life for the next four days.
Have a good week!!


Family Weekend

Hey Everyone!

This weekend is Family Weekend! This weekend is so exciting for all the students that do not get to see their parents that often. There are SO many events going on that should make it a fun filled weekend! Also, last night was Bingo and Brew, and it was so much fun! There were over 250 students there! RHA put this on and it was bingo with some root beer. If someone at your table got bingo the WHOLE table got free t shirts..who doesn’t love a free t shirt?

This past week I had two tests! One in chemistry and also one in Anatomy. I am hoping I did well because I studied so much! Monday I also met with my adviser to plan my schedule for next semester which was so exciting! I do have two challenging classes next semester that I am nervous about. But I can do anything if I put my mind to it. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!



Hey Friends!

For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Abbey Bender. I am the Career Peer in the Office of Career and Professional Development. I am a student, just like you! I am a fourth year student here at Maryville. I am also a junior in the Elementary Education program. In case you think you already know me, you have probably seen me around campus, I’m everywhere!! I work at the Kaldi’s on campus. The past three years, I lived on campus (two years as an RA), but this year I am living in an apartment off campus. I am a part of the commuter club and the education club.

Side note: I am going to have a video out soon on how to find me!! Be on the lookout!


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