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Tara Jones

“Tara, what are you majoring in again?”

I am a Fine Arts major! Why, you may ask? Well, I don’t know, maybe it’s the thrill of getting creative with a blank canvas or the fact that I’m just really good at drawing, painting, and graphically designing. It’s my niche, where I belong. I always knew it.

People always ask me if ‘art is difficult.’ LOL. I say, “You either have the gift or you don’t. If you want to acquire the gift, good luck.” But it’s true! It takes a lot of skill and dedication — trust me, drawing is much harder than it looks. Plus, I know for a fact that over a million people out there can agree with that statement. (Caught ya)!

Now, of course, there are plenty of subjects I want to explore to discern my vocation. For example, I have a high interest in Psychology/Sociology, Communications, and Fashion Merchandising. All of the former involve me socially applying 1) myself and 2) what I learn in my every day life at a deeper, more meticulous level.

I think it is far beyond beneficial to have variety in your coursework so that in the future, you have more options when you’re job searching. Unfortunately, I feel that with the handful of general education requirements, it feels so difficult to achieve that goal!

Anyways, what do I plan to do with my major? As of now, I really want to intern for Teen Vogue or a personal stylist. If not either of those, I definitely want to shadow an artist/graphic designer or someone of the sort.

All in all, I love art! Art is everywhere. It’s in our words, our ideas, and our hopes & dreams. We can’t let Art down. Let’s do Art a favor and appreciate how beautifully it works into our lives. Okay? Spectacular :-)

That’s all I have for that! Ta, ta for now!

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Hello! Today, I am going to be sharing my thoughts on community service and its relevance to Fontbonne’s mission statement.

“Why is service so important?”

Serving your community lets others know that you want to help change the world little by little while gaining a new perspective of life. Service, amidst being so important, is beneficial for communication skills as well as other attributes that are admirable in the work place.

“Why is it important for Fontbonne to encourage and participate in service as a whole?”

At Fontbonne, it is important and somewhat obligatory to be inclusive and welcoming as a part of promoting and participating in community service. People, especially college-aged students, need to understand the value of contributing to such great causes, whether those be for the environment or social justice.

“And why is service important to you personally?”

I just really love helping people and accomplishing either tough or fun tasks that promote goodness and the cultivation of a stronger community . It makes me happy to see others smile! I always think, “Wow, we just made a huge impact on someone’s life today. I’m so proud of us,” after I finish a day of service with various groups of people.

“Who has influenced your thoughts on service and community contribution?”

My parents. I owe it all to them. (And God, of course)! They taught me well.

A couple of examples of places that offer amazing volunteer opportunities are 1) NAMI St. Louis (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and 2) Saint Vincent de Paul thrift stores. If you have the chance, check either out on the web to learn more about their causes.

Thank you so much for reading! Good luck with studying for finals, everyone. Ta, ta for now!

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In college, it’s hard to keep up with, well, EVERYTHING. I’ve got your back; you know who you are, busy bees. Without further ado, I have made a list of 5 ways I have gotten into the habit of doing to progress and promote personal wellness!

1. Wake up at the same time everyday. Our bodies are regulated by a psychological something called circadian rhythms. That is, in simple terms, our bodies have internal agendas! Establish a routine of waking up at the same time every morning and your body will be happy, happy, happy! (i.e. I wake up at 9:30 AM and go for a run at 9:45) …But nothing too crazy or late early unless that is absolutely necessary.

2. Speaking of which, include at least 15 minutes of exercise in your routine, indoors or outdoors. You don’t have to be a try-hard, but once you start doing simple workouts, such as HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training; I do mine through “12 Minute Athlete”) or walking on the treadmill, you will definitely want to kick things up a notch! Your body will appreciate this kind gesture. Physical activity is über important!

3. Drink your H2O. Seriously. People say, “Oh, you must have 8 glasses of water a day or else your body will be dehydrated. Hmmm, false! But, did you know that if you have a nice, cool glass of water in the morning, your metabolism rate will increase by 30%? Yep, truth be told. Also, you should really only drink water when you’re thirsty. Having ‘too much’ water can make you feel nauseous (or at least myself), but hey, at least there aren’t any calories. Bottoms up, everyone!

4. Avoid saturated fats. Long story short, avoid those salty, greasy potato chips and opt for something healthier like a fresh, leafy green salad or scrumptious fruit parfait. Both are still sooo delicious! Let’s be honest here.

5. Last but not least, keep up with your studies and stay out of drama. Getting homework done is the most relieving thing ever. Like the common teenage girl would say on her social networking profile, “I can’t even-.”  Ha, meeee neither. As far as drama goes, it’s better to just choose the right friends; friends that will positively influence you and your decision-making. If you don’t like the gossip someone is spreading or what they’re doing, go and find something more fun to do and less of a waste of your time! You deserve the self-recognition for time well-spent, so be proud of you and your healthy habits.

Hopefully these tips help in some way, shape, or form. I definitely know that they have helped for me! Have a great rest of your week and drink your water :-) Your body will love you for it. Ta, ta for now!

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If I were to give a new student advice on how to survive college, the first word that would come out of my mouth is, “God.”

It is crucial to have a backbone of faith – in something. By having faith in our Lord, you will have more faith in yourself. When you have more faith in yourself, you feel more motivated to do what you love and live gloriously in college.

I don’t know where I would be without speaking & living with and for God. He walks with me every day…I can feel and hear the Holy Spirit responding to my cries for help and my shouts of joy – especially when I am most distracted by life’s complexities. Those complexities make me so much stronger, and I could not be without the Lord. When I am weak, He carries me, comforts me, and helps me to be back on my own two feet again.

God is not a choice for me. He is necessary and innate. And I absolutely adore my one and only Savior.

P.S. Check out “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young — it’s an amazing devotional that I think would help just about anyone as a morning pick-me-up, nightly read, or daily reminder!

Ta, ta for now!

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Love

by Tara Jones April 7, 2014

LOVE isn’t solely for Valentine’s Day. Love is patient and love is kind. Love is for all. You might even think of Nat King Cole’s “Love” or Haddaway’s “What Is Love.” …Baby, don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me no more. Honestly, I think love is so overrated. People give love way too many definitions. Love […]

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Music + Me

by Tara Jones March 21, 2014

What role does music play in my life? Music answers questions. And the lyrics are more than words; they are emotions, stories. Want to know the best part? Everyone has an undeniable love for music. Music thrives in us. It’s hard to go a single day without listening music. Not only because it is SO […]

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

by Tara Jones January 29, 2014

Sometimes, people feel pressured to do what everyone else is doing. Although, ‘sometimes’ might be an understatement. You know what I mean? It’s as if there is this constant reminder from our acquaintances that somehow they are ‘alpha.’ Well, I’m pretty sure we were all created equal. Maybe not. Eh, who knows? Sarcasm. All I’m […]

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Back in the St. Lou Groove

by Tara Jones January 21, 2014

Hello again, readers! It’s so nice to not only be starting a new year, but a whole new selection of classes. Break was most definitely not long enough for a large portion of us I would assume! Even so, it was much needed and well-deserved. What are your resolutions for 2014? Maybe you only have […]

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Second Semester Frenzy

by Tara Jones December 12, 2013

YAY! I am so proud of all of us for finishing first semester successfully! Soooo, now what? What about second semester? Hmm… I really want to try my absolute best this upcoming semester. That seems cliché, but I want to quit with the mind games and be serious about my education. I don’t want to […]

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Happy Holidays

by Tara Jones December 11, 2013

I feel so guilty already! My family doesn’t exactly have set holiday plans for Winter break like everybody else. Rather, we’re spending time bonding with each other because I feel like that’s something we can certainly improve on! The Christmas season isn’t about gifts and gluttony, food and folly. It’s about love. Thus, that’s what […]

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