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Mary

Hello everyone,

This is my final blog and my final week here on campus at Fontbonne as a student.  I can’t believe my college career is coming to a close really quickly.  I have learned so much from my time here at Fontbonne and one of the main things is time management and experiences.  For me I have had to manage my time well throughout my four years at Fontbonne because I have been an involved student athlete.  I have been on the Fontbonne golf team all four years and I am so thankful for the opportunities, friendships and memories that my team has given me during my time on the team.  I have had so many positive experiences during my time on this campus from on campus events to campus ministry retreats, they have all had an impact on the person who I am today.  One thing I learned most is to always take opportunities to attend events whether on campus or off campus because that is the way you will gain friendships.  I have gained so many close friends through organizations and events I have attended such as Snowcoming, off campus sports games, service projects, and various retreats.

In the future I plan to continue taking on experiences with my friends whether it is a local service project or attending a local event, and I hope to always find the positive in the moment.  Once I learned how to stay busy and still manage all of my school work, I knew I could make from week to week and that in the end I would make it through the semester.  Time management is key for any type of job whether I am working in food service or I am serving the dear neighbor by working in the yard.  It is always good to find an efficient way to get the job done so that those who you are working with are not telling you to hurry up.  I learned that it is good to live in the moment throughout all of the fun experiences I have had with friends and my hope is to continue doing that with my good friends after I graduate.  I was recently given great advice from my golf coach, your windshield is larger than your rear view mirror for a reason, because what lies ahead of you is great and more important than what is behind you.  I can’t change what has happened in the last four years while at Fontbonne, it is all a bunch of memories created by my friends and faculty who have made me the person I am now.  The windshield is what lies ahead and the opportunities are waiting and only God’s timing will tell where I end up having a strong career after college comes to a close.

Thank you for reading my blogs this semester and have a great summer everyone.

As one nation, GO Cards and GO Blues!

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Hello all,

I hope everyone has had a productive week as you all have been preparing for the end of the semester with papers and projects.  As a senior on campus who is getting ready for graduation, so I know it is a tough time in the semester.  I am also a student athlete at Fontbonne and I work outside of school downtown at Busch Stadium.  It has definitely been a stressful few weeks since we have been back from spring break because there is just so much to do.  I will give you all the advice that I have been given from other some of my life mentors who I have known for a while.  Even though it may be a stressful time in the school year for students, just remember to breath and smile along the way.  If you remember to smile and stay positive you will make it to the finish line.  Although you may be overwhelmed with all of your assignments and deadlines, but know you will make it through to May. Sometimes I feel as though things are being thrown at me all at once, but it only lasts for so long and then the semester will be over.

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Hello everyone,

I have been truly enjoying my senior season of golf as a Division III athlete at Fontbonne.  The university just recently celebrated Division III athlete week on campus with a few on campus events April 3rd through the 6th.  I am a proud DIII athlete and I am thankful for the opportunity to represent my university when out on the course playing.  Anytime I am out at practice or playing an away tournament and wearing my Fontbonne uniform I am representing my university as a whole.  Without a doubt I have made improvements over the last few years since being on the golf team and I am glad I took the opportunity to play my sport for my university.

My team has three tournaments this spring as one of them was last weekend and we still have two of them coming up before the end of the semester.  I have really enjoyed practice lately as it has been nice enough to get out to the course consistently and either hit on the range or play a round of nine holes.  There is definitely a lot of aspects to work on in the game of golf in order to have a descent score when out on the course.  I have definitely made improvements in my game as the first round of eighteen holes that I played this spring I shot a 92 and I hadn’t played a full round since the fall.  I am only hoping that I will continue to improve my game in the next couple of weeks in both practice and especially at our tournaments we have.  I am planning to make the most of these last two weeks of golf season as my time playing competitively for my university is coming to a close.  If there is one thing I am thankful for this spring season it is for my fun loving team who is always there to make me laugh.

Thanks for reading this weeks post and stay tuned for the next blog coming your way.

Go Griffins and Go Blues!!

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Serve the others with love

by Mary on April 10, 2017

in Our Causes

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had another great week, as I know it was a busy one for many people around campus.

This week’s blog is about service and why it is important to me particularly. For me, it has been an important part of my life since I was in 8th grade as a part of my confirmation through my church. The motto of serviam was engraved in all of the students at the high school I attended here in St. Louis during my entire four years.  I was so involved with different service projects and events around my community when I was in high school, and I am thankful for all of those experiences I had. To serve means to give of your time and talents to those in the community who are less fortunate and need a helping hand. I am someone who truly enjoys giving of my time, especially when the service project entails doing something that I love like preparing food for those in need.

Over the past eight years I have done a lot of different service projects with different populations of people and hands-on work. One of the most impactful service project I have completed was during my service trip to New Orleans which was during my junior year of high school. I was down in the lower ninth ward seven years after Hurricane Katrina hit the city, and I had the opportunity to serve at a few different houses throughout the week. I served at one particular lady’s house and the back portion of her house hadn’t been touched since the hurricane hit a few years prior. I worked in the spare bedroom of this one family’s home in which we were told to remove some dry wall and tile flooring from the space. As a group we were really productive that day as we got lots of debris removed and bagged. Then, the next day our experience was just as rewarding because we worked in Miss Veronica’s front yard and side yard to help remove weeds and lay fresh mulch. As a group of five we were able to get down on our hands and knees in order to get a ton of weeds removed from the dirt areas. Buying the mulch was our gift to Miss Veronica and she was so gracious for the beautiful mulch, as it looked really nice on her lawn. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to serve at Miss Veronica’s house that day and I still remember her five years later.

I hope you guys have had some sort of impactful service project that you have had a part in at some point.  Thanks for reading about my experience and come back next week to read what I have to write about.

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New Music by a Christian band

by Mary April 3, 2017

Hello everyone, I hope you have had a great first week back on campus after spring break and you are all ready for the home stretch of the semester.  This week I am going to write about one of the many new albums being released in stores nationwide, as I am aware there are probably […]

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My productive, but adventurous spring break

by Mary March 28, 2017

Hello everyone, Let me tell you about all of the wonderful things I have done over my spring break.  I have had the chance to spend a lot of quality time with my parents and even some quality time with my boyfriend. Over the weekend I had the chance to practice golf with my dad […]

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For the love of Sports

by Mary March 8, 2017

For me, I am very passionate about sports in general as I watch many different sporting events throughout the week.  I am a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues as I faithfully keep up with their schedules and stats throughout the season.  I have always been a sports fan […]

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Helpful study tips

by Mary March 6, 2017

For me I have had different study habits each year that I have been a student in college because for me it is based on what classes I have at the time. I used very different study habits when I was in religion class freshman year as compared to sophomore year when I was in […]

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Upcoming retreats hosted by campus ministry

by Mary February 27, 2017

Next weekend is the Refresh and Renew retreat at Fontbonne and I am very excited to see how it will go this year.  I went last fall when Lori Helfrich had the first R and R retreat which was held off campus at the Mercy retreat center in Ladue. I really enjoyed the retreat last […]

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Exciting upcoming events

by Mary February 20, 2017

There are lots of things I am really excited about that are going to happen in the next three months of my life.  To start with, I am interested to see what the evening is like at my high school’s annual Buona Festa auction. For the second year in a row it will be held […]

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