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All of my work as an art major these past 4 years at Fontbonne have culminated in this final event: the senior thesis art show. Time and time again, I was reminded to start early. If you’re an art major (or will be one soon) I highly recommend setting aside time for your own work. This is incredibly difficult considering you most likely have a job and other classwork. It’s very hard to choose between settling in for another night of Netflix or working on your art.

Even though I thought I had given myself adequate time to prepare, it still wasn’t enough. In the long-run, there are just some things that you can’t plan for. Once senior year hit, it was nearly impossible to balance all the things going on in my life and still have time to commit to making works of art that represented me. Now, that being said, many of my classmates were able to pull off his feat with grace. They preserved and exhibited the most beautiful pieces.

I really hope that everyone had a chance to get out and see the show! This is a reminder that there is another gallery opening this Friday from 6-8pm. It features the brilliant work of the MFA and MA students.

I am so fortunate to have landed in such a great department. And that night is one I won’t forget! S/o to my beautiful friends who came to support me.

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If you’re considering going into art, I want to encourage you so hard. You gotta go for it. And Fontbonne is the best place to do it.

Thanks to all my amazing professors and mentors–your guidance has been invaluable to me.

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I am graduating.

The day has finally come.

I learned so much from going to Fontbonne. I met the most amazing people and made the most amazing friends. Even now in my senior year I’ve made friends! This might sound strange, but I learned how to be. I had such difficulty being myself in school. Every year, it would get a little better. But I’ve never felt so at home and so outwardly myself than when I’m at Fontbonne. I learned how to talk in front of crowds without melting down, how to tackle challenges instead of run from them, and just how to be silly and have fun!

The real heart of Fontbonne is in its people, and  I don’t think that comes as a surprise to anyone. I learned that people are the best. And for someone with generalized anxiety, interacting with others is not always the easiest thing for me.

I am so excited for the future. The financial aspect scares me a little, but I already have a long list of projects I want to get cracking on as soon as I’m a graduate! (Also, post-graduction includes a dog so…you can imagine the levels of joy I’m experiencing).

I just want to tell younger students or soon-to-be freshmen that you’re in the right place. Don’t stress about being liked! You will find your niche, even if it takes a little time, but the people make it easy.

I’ll never forget staging a play composed of entirely text messages in Flores’ theater class, losing to my sister at Sibling Bingo, dying of laughter with my podcast co-host, and sharing a slice of pizza with MVP Mark Douglas (head of the art department) in Applied Design.

There are so many unforgettable memories. I’ll definitely be back. You haven’t seen the last of me, Fontbonne!

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Good question! This forced me to get fairly introspective and reflect on what I’m most passionate about. The easy answer would be art, as it consumes a lot of my life and has helped me through trying times. But I wanted to get an outsider perspective so I reached out through Facebook, asking my friends what they thought I was most passionate about.

There were varying answers: dogs, memes, the Legend of Zelda, Marvel comics, noodles. All very true.

While I am very passionate about all of these things, I wanted to dig a little deeper. I think my passion lies in many things, but I think I’m most passionate about art, learning, and kindness.

Kindness means a lot of things in my eyes. It means respecting others’ lifestyles, cultures, beliefs, and religions. It means loving my friends to the point of madness (I love my friends a lot, okay.) It means holding the door for someone, collaborating on a project, saying “thank you” to a professor…the list goes on and on.

I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to learn–even if it’s a little overly ambitious. I want to consume all the knowledge I can, whether that’s through music, reading, films, or just experiencing the wonderfully mundane but magical moments of the day: getting coffee with friends, eating ice cream in the park, or scribbling on a piece of paper while listening to good music.

And art, dude, how could I not be passionate? It’s always been there for me.

Then again, maybe dogs should make the top 10… I really am passionate about those fluffy, lovable creatures.

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I was particularly psyched to write this blog post. It’s the start of a new semester…or it was a few months back. And things are happening rapidly. In this crazy madness of school, work, and extracurriculars I have this growing excitement.

If you would’ve told me as a freshman that I would be this excited about my future, Freshman Me wouldn’t have believed you. Thinking back on that time I was very shy, insecure, and anxious. In fact, I even questioned my place at Fontbonne. For a while, I panicked and thought maybe I had made the wrong decision.

Now I’m over the moon about being a Griffin. (Do people still say “over the moon?”) In a few months, I’ll be a graduate. And for the first time I can adamantly say that I am excited for the future. Sure, it’s scary. But I have so many ambitions.

Aside from all the normal adult things that us millennials dream about (apartment, financial stability, health insurance, a pet…), I’m most excited for my career. Part of the reason, I think, that I’m most excited is because that I don’t know for sure what will happen. That fear factor would’ve scared me off, say, a semester ago. But something about being so close to the end has caused me to have a drastic change of heart.

I’m a proud art major who is expanding her horizons. I love art and drawing dearly but I also like to code. It was something that I was always interested in but wasn’t sure that I was smart enough, had enough drive, or even had time to pursue it. The few computer science courses that I was able to take sparked enough of a curiosity in me that I am now looking at an apprenticeship at LaunchCode!

It’s definitely a lesson: There is more than one way to do things and more than one way to look at things. Try all sorts of things before settling on what you want. And it’s okay to change your mind! There’s always another path.

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Why Give Thanks?

by Lauren November 17, 2016

I always have a lot to be thankful for. But this year was especially trying, as I’m sure it was for many of us. There are lots of different reasons. Some people are losing hope in a world where there is so much injustice. What better way to combat all the ugliness and bitterness than […]

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Music to My Ears

by Lauren November 3, 2016

I am jazzed to talk about music. Music has gotten me through a lot of trying times. In fact, if you ask anyone on campus, I’m sure they’ll tell you that music has played an important part in their lives in some way. I’ve always been passionate about music. My parents’ love of music rubbed off […]

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

by Lauren October 8, 2016

Fall is here, and everyone is freaking out. I can’t believe that the leaves on the trees are already falling, everyone is rushing to get their Pumpkin Spice Lattes and breaking out their scarves and hats. I’ve always considered myself a bigger fan of winter, because of the snow (which is pretty unpopular around here, […]

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Podcast Update

by Lauren October 6, 2016

Hopefully you guys have seen Fontbonne’s twitter and multiple social media posts by me and my co-host DeMarcus about our now-official podcast, Fontbonne After Dark! It has been such an exciting journey so far and we’re so eager to really get into what Fontbonne has to offer and what students, faculty, and staff what to […]

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Homecoming!

by Lauren September 26, 2016

While I didn’t attend all the events at Homecoming, I got to experience a little slice of it. On Friday of Homecoming weekend, my sister and I attended Sibling Bingo! My sister is so cool and always down for a good time. When she was in college, she was very involved. I was never as […]

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Getting Involved

by Lauren September 15, 2016

This semester has gotten off to a crazy busy start! Summer seems like a distant memory. But I can vividly remember my hopes and goals for the coming fall semester and I am pleased to say that things seem to be on track. Being a commuter, there is a small (and I mean very small) […]

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