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I would let my pre-Fontbonne self know that I have no genuine idea what I am getting into coming to college. A younger me had a pretty good feel for what it was probably like coming into it all but I really did not know a thing. I had never felt what it is like to pull so many all-nighters in one week and still maintain my typical day-to-day activities. I knew I would be busy, I knew I would be tired and I knew I would be miserable at times with all the dynamics of the life of a college student-athlete with other activities on top. However, you never can really know something until it’s too late.

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I am not a St. Louis native. I spent the first 16 years of my life living throughout the Kansas City metro area. After my freshman year in high school, I moved to St. Louis with my mom and brother. I had never driven more than around the block when I moved to St. Louis and in my new home in bustling “South City” I had a daunting task in front of me when it came to learning how to drive. After a couple of times of going around the neighborhood, my stepfather’s dad told me to turn onto Grand Blvd., a main street. Once I was outside of the neighborhood I had no clue of where I was anymore and I was now surrounded by other drivers. My stepfather’s dad told me where and when to turn. Basically driving blind throughout South City I began to notice how immensely confusing it was. After this pivotal driving lesson, I earned my driving license and began to hit the roads every day. I was fascinated with how thorough the city of St. Louis was and was extremely inclined to go exploring. Most days after school, I would go exploring throughout the city on my own. I got lost a number of times but always managed to find my way back home without any GPS or directions. Throughout high school I met a variety of people who lived in every stretch of the St. Louis metropolitan area. I had been to Wellston, Old North City, Kirkwood, Northwoods, Lemay, The Grove, Dittmer, Ferguson, Ladue, Ritenour, Clayton and Downtown so I was convinced that I had a good majority of the city memorized like the back of my hand by the end of high school.

Once high school ended, I began to not have much interest in exploring new places anymore. Once you do something a couple of times it can begin to seem a little monotonous and not be that exciting anymore.  Now that I go to school and work in Clayton I have been stuck in this community primarily for the past 7 months. About a month ago my friends and I were sitting in my dorm room with friends and we were bored out of our minds with nothing to do on a Friday night. It was about midnight and I could tell most of us were ready to call it a night. Finally I decided that maybe it would be a good time to go out and explore a bit for the first time in what felt like forever. However, there wasn’t a whole lot left for me to explore from all the exploring I did in high school on my own. I began to take my friends around the city and soon realized the more places we visited they became even more interested in our journey. Some of my friends were not from St. Louis so it was a little obvious they would take interest in their new surroundings but even those who were from the area were still as interested as those not native. I asked one of them if they had been out exploring since coming to Fontbonne and astonishingly he responded with, “No, this is the first time I’ve been outside of Clayton.” I was amazed by this. He even had a car too. Our adventures that night stretched from the Mississippi River to Tower Grove to the Central West End. We stayed out exploring until 5 the next morning. At our final stop at a 24/7 coffee shop, my friends kept telling me how great of a time they had going out and seeing new places. I had a great time too. Even though I had been to the places that we went to that night, it was a whole new experience getting to feed off of the excitement from my friends.

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For the past 7 years I have been competing in track and field. The outdoor season always begins in the beginning of March. Every year during this time a strange feeling comes over me. My body has become so used to training and competing in track during the spring that my body just naturally begins to get the urge to go out and run whenever it begins to warm up. I can’t stand just sitting around in the spring and doing nothing. I detest cold weather so I take every chance possible to get out and be active during the spring time. Also, during the spring I get full of a lot of ambition. I just feel compelled to go out and do something productive with my life. My mood is also considerably better during the spring time. I will almost always be in a good mood when it’s warm outside. Ambition has come over me so much this spring that in addition to competing in track and field at Fontbonne that I was going to volunteer coach jumps at my high school St. Mary’s.

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Whether I am in the Library or in my dorm room, I will always try to make either the best study environment possible. First, I MUST be listening to music to be able to focus. Yet, I just can’t listen to any sort of music to study. I have a “Study” playlist on my iPhone that I will always go to in order to help get my mind in the right place. This playlist consists of primarily instrumental tracks, whether it’s jazz, neo-soul, indie-rock or hip-hop. Words tend to distract me so I try to eliminate those as much as possible. I have a lot of Quiet Storm-esque music and other types of ambient music to help get me in the correct frame of mind. I will often listen to music through my Apple headphones or in my room through my Harman Kardon Onyx. Second, I have to be alone. Well, you can still sit by me but I’m about to ignore you completely. When I am in the zone I don’t have much concern for whoever is around me. So I just prefer to be alone when doing productive work to take away chances of outside distractions away. I already deal with enough on my phone and computer as it is. Lastly, I always have to go into studying or whatever assignments I am working on with a plan. If I don’t go in with a plan I will be more likely to procrastinate (which I am amazing at).

After winter break I decided to revamp my room to give it a different type of setting by adding LED Christmas lights hung all around the room. I now love studying and doing productive work in my room now.

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“What are You Going to Do with a Professional Writing Major?”

by Quinn February 25, 2016

“Why professional writing?” Or, “Why an English major?” These are common questions I am constantly asked by my friends, coaches and family members. I know the general consensus about English classes is typically a negative one so why in the world would I want to spend four years of my life studying it? Well, I […]

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Favorite Fall Activity

by Quinn October 23, 2015

During the autumn season there are not too many activities that I have done specifically oriented to the season other than the seasonal sport I was involved in throughout high school: football. My days of playing football are now over but I still deeply enjoy going to football games during the fall. I still go […]

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What I’m Involved In

by Quinn October 13, 2015

In my first semester at Fontbonne University I have become involved in a number of different organizations. I am involved in the track and field team, the black student union, and GAP, which is a mentoring program that stands for “griffins achieving progress.” The track and field team means a lot to me because I […]

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Favorite Study Spot

by Quinn October 12, 2015

When it comes to studying at Fontbonne, which is something I have to do a lot of, my location of choice is one of the corners of the second floor of the library. It really helps to be in the quiet atmosphere of the library in a secluded space. When I’m uninterrupted I can focus […]

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Why Professional Writing?

by Quinn September 24, 2015

My whole life I have always been passionate about writing in all it’s forms. From short stories and poetry, to essays and critical analysis I have always loved writing. While in high school I made the decision that I wanted to study writing in college. A majority of people thought I was crazy for this. […]

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Why did I choose Fontbonne?

by Quinn September 17, 2015

There were a number of factors that went into account of my decision to choose to attend Fontbonne University. First, let me say the one reason why I almost didn’t come to Fontbonne. I simply thought it was too close to home. Growing up I lived in a Kansas City suburb for the first 15 […]

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