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After College

Passion. What am I passionate about? Well, first and foremost, the project that I have with the Fortune 500 company. On top of that, I have come up with an idea that I think will become a massive hit! And yes, that is the entrepreneur in me talking… It will not matter if I have a development team or if I will be a one man show. I see potential in the software that I am developing. At this current time, I will not disclose any information about the second idea mentioned previously. I personally feel that the software that I am currently developing will help people become more efficient from both a business perspective, and also from a personal perspective as well. And I am not afraid of failure. I have failed several times, so now, the failure does not bother me. I see it as a learning experience. I think Thomas Edison said it best when he said, “If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” Until next time guys, stay classy!

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Hello! My name is Michelle Wilson.

I am from Collinsville, Illinois: home of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle and the Horseradish Capital of the World!

My major is dietetics and nutrition. I’ll be graduating in December, then onto my master’s degree (hopefully at EIU for the dietetics internship!!)

My hobbies include travelling, swimming, and hiking. I also enjoy watching movies with my girlfriend Dani, and going out to eat with my fiance Paul. I will be travelling to Europe soon, hopefully finding a place for us to live there after I get my master’s degree.

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After nearly 4 months of work, the production finally came together, and “Mary Poppins” was a huge success! Myself and the rest of the cast and crew spent over 80 hours at the high school last week. We were working until the very last minute to get everything ready: all the costumes, props, set pieces, decorating the lobby, printing tickets and programs, and the list goes on. After the performances, we received a lot of positive feedback from the audience members. Adults and kids alike enjoyed all the magical elements that the show brings. It is extremely rewarding seeing it all come together, and see everyone’s hard work pay off. Fort Zumwalt East has never put on a production quite as challenging as this one. There were actors being flown, almost 40 set changes, over 120 costumes, hair and makeup changes between every scene, and dance choreography taken straight from the Broadway version. The director set the bar extremely high with this one, but everyone rose to the occasion. It is truly amazing to see what high school students can pull off. They are capable than much more than we believe them to be at times. I am so grateful to work for the FZE theater department. My experience with “Mary Poppins” was practically perfect in every way. And that’s a wrap!

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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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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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Beyond Excited!

by Yuri February 20, 2017

Everyone has heard of the phrase: Good things come to those who wait. But in fact there is a second half to that saying that many may or may not know about – and that is: Better things come to those who go out and get them! And quite frankly, I can personally relate to this! […]

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Mission… Possible!

by Yuri February 16, 2017

Living the Mission of Fontbonne University. Whether you know it or not, we all as students are the living and breathing evidence that defies just that. Fontbonne’s Mission statement is: “Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, […]

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Welcome to Spring 2017!!

by Claire January 31, 2017

Getting back to Fontbonne Fonties! It has been a cold start to this Spring Semester. With the fourth week of school in motion, this semester is already flying. After this week, we  will be 1/4 of the way done with the semester . . . crazy! I have a few tips for getting back into […]

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I’m Baaaack!

by Carly January 30, 2017

Hi everyone! It’s great to be back blogging again, two years later. I was a blogger until I completed my undergrad at Fontbonne in 2015, and here I am again starting grad school. A LOT has gone on since I’ve been at Fontbonne, so I’ll briefly catch you up to speed on life after my […]

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Inspiring Education

by Claire October 12, 2016

As I am a sophomore in college, there are a variety of educators who have influenced me. One of the most impactful teachers was an english instructor my senior year of high school. Thinking my writing skills were at the level they needed to be at, I was shocked when I did not receive the […]

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