If I could give any advice to the pre-Fontbonne me I would definitely tell her to not stress so much. Understand that you cannot be in control of absolutely everything in life. I would also tell myself that I was going to end up a planner and that was going to be tough for me because I cannot control everything. I did not know this as a freshman coming into college and if I could prep myself for that I know I would not have stressed so much when I did not have control.
I would also tell myself to actually go to class. Even though I thought I did not need to and that I was free from mom and dad I was not a genius. I would tell myself to get up out of bed even if I had the worst headache. Unless I was vomiting or unable to move I should have gone to classes all the time.
Another piece of advice I would give myself is to not sleep so often. Although taking naps always felt amazing, I was only hurting friendship and wasting time to spend with those friends I had made.
The last piece of advice I would give is to attend the Freshman orientation. I would have made so many friends much quicker and would not have struggled so much in my first year. I skipped my orientation and although I made many friends here at Fontbonne, it was not without challenge.
Go to orientation, Go to class, and DO NOT sleep so much!
When I was little I don’t even really remember what I wanted to be. The last memory I have of wanting to be something was a teacher; that was when I was a freshman in high school. I knew that I wanted to help kids learn; I liked the idea of teaching high school freshman so I worked with my favorite teacher. I got to teach a couple of lessons and with sitting in her classes, seeing how they didn’t quite understand the meaning of respect, I decided that was not the fit for me.
I decided toward my senior year of high school that I wanted to design the next big roller coaster at Six Flags. I wanted to be an engineer; I didn’t know what that meant to me about where I was going to go but I knew it was what I wanted to do.
Neither of those are exactly what I ended up wanting to do by my Senior year of College. I am going to graduate school starting in the Fall of 2016 at Saint Louis University to achieve a master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration. I am beyond excited for this new chapter in my life and accept that it wasn’t my original plan.
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.
The most important thing anyone should know in college is to plan your career junior year! You should start looking at internships before than, but definitely take the time during Junior year to figure out what you want to do. If you wait until Senior year, it may be too late. For example, I am a Junior now and I found out that in order to get a schalorship to get my MBA I need to do more leadership and community service. Right now I have a year to do it. Had a waited until next year I would have been out of time since the application is due in October.
Besides that, it took a long time to figure out what kind of job that I want. I went to the career fair hosted at Fontbonne and did not see any jobs that I liked. Being a Buisness major, there are many jobs that are not of interest to me. But then I found a company that I was interested in: Nordstrom! I applied for the internship and they gave it to me next summer. Had I waited until next year I would be a year behind!
It is very fulfilling to know what I am going to do after I graduate. Many people take a year off and then decide what they are going to do. I would advise anyone not to do that.