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Athletics

Even though I’ve played sports all my life with friends, I didn’t “officially” play a sport until high school. My sport was football. But the sport that you play doesn’t matter unless you have a great selection of music to accompany it. And naturally when you play football, you listen to Hip Hop/Rap and Hard Rock (AC/DC anyone?!) Why Hip Hop/Rap or Hard Rock? Let’s say you are at the gym working out. Since the instrumental beats are loaded with bass and are repetitive, it helps you with lifting weights, running, or performing any other activity at a consistent and steady pace. Plus, it hypes you up to the point where you feel like an immortal while you are working out (certain songs have such ability). I’m pretty sure that everyone has listened to “Remember The Name” by Fort Minor while working out. These are the only two genres that are the music equivalent to the amount of adrenaline that is inside your body during a workout or playing a sport. But that was back in high school. What about now?

I still have the two genres in my Spotify playlists. I currently listen to almost everything: from 70’s/80’s classic Rock to today’s G-Eazy & Sammy Adams. I fall into the category called “Bass Heads.” If you haven’t deduced that already.. But when the moment strikes I can be listening to the polar opposite. When studying or doing mindless tasks (like copying notes from a PowerPoint), my headphones output the equivalent to getting some work done at a Bread Co. The reason behind this is because when you listen to songs that have no vocals (Classical or Smooth Jazz), you are less likely to get distracted, more likely to be productive and attentive of what you are doing. Until next time guys, stay classy.

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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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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 to many of my alma mater, St. Mary’s High School’s, football games every Friday when I get a chance and see my former teammates and coaches competing. I can go to just about any type of football game and immensely enjoy the atmosphere whether it’s a high school, college or professional level game. Even with it being a cold out, the game before me can provide enough excitement to warm me up. I was so used to playing every Friday night in the fall that I couldn’t just let it all go away that easily without still being able to enjoy it. High school football was one of the most fun, interesting and worthwhile experiences that I have ever taken part in and it had a large impact on my life.

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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 am very passionate about track and have been doing it for the past six years of my life. My favorite thing about the track and field team is the great relationships I have with my coaches and teammates; there is a great bond between everyone on the team despite some differences and there is an overall fluid chemistry between everyone. The black student union is a great organization because it helps empower the students of color at Fontbonne and help us get our culture and interests across to the rest of the student body and faculty. The GAP program is a great help to the freshmen in helping ourselves become more organized and accustomed to life as a college student and being able to balance out many different things that occur within our life. This is a great support program for both the mentors and mentees because it’s a great learning experience for both.

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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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5 Ways to Balance Finals

by Alumni Posts April 29, 2015

Finals are approaching! For most high school and college students, this means a HUGE loss of sleep and long hours studying.. Basically, 3 weeks of hell.. Here’s a few tips to help everybody get through their week — 1) I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again.. Take naps! Naps are an amazing way […]

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What I Learned this Year…

by Alumni Posts April 22, 2015

The semester is almost over and hopefully all of you are feeling that you didn’t hold anything back! I don’t know about you but my first swim of the year is always better when I feel that I did the best I could possibly do. This week is about sharing the most important thing I […]

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Selfie here, selfie there..

by Alumni Posts April 7, 2015

This place is full of things to do and places to see! Plus, what’s better than taking a good selfie!?

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It’s college… Spread your wings!

by Alumni Posts February 3, 2015

(First time blogger — I’m not going to lie, i’m a little nervous!) I don’t know if you’ve heard but the division 3 Fontbonne Men’s basketball team just defeated the SLIAC #1 ranked team in Spalding University for the first time in program history! Both teams fought hard the entire game but the Griffins came […]

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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone IS a Good Thing!

by Alumni Posts November 25, 2014

One of my latest experiences at Fontbonne was teaching a Sports Nutrition lesson to the Lacrosse players at Fontbonne University.  Initially, I though this was way out of my comfort zone.  After the experience, I found out that it was completely painless!  Although public speaking has never been my strong suit, I loved the confidence […]

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