Practically Perfect In Every Way

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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What I’m Excited For

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.

Beyond Excited!

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! Not only from an educational perspective but also from an Entrepreneurial & Business stand point (the Fortune 500 Project). Again, I cannot talk about it just yet. But when the time comes, hopefully I can let you all know (assuming there aren’t any Non-Disclosure Clauses in the contract). But that is beside the point. We will cross the bridge when we get there. For now, I am excited to see what future lies ahead! I know that it is cliché to say that but in all sense of the word, it is truly exciting! I have a year and half left at Fontbonne (sad, I know..) and I am currently seeking internships! Hopefully things turn out Great! Until next time guys, Stay Classy!

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Mission… Possible!

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, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically and serve responsibly.”

A simple yet impactful and powerful statement. I speak on behalf of myself when I say that I value my pursuit in education each day. That being said, I see each day a new day. My goal for each day is to learn something new. It does not matter what that is. Knowledge is endless power. The more knowledgeable you are, the more you can do with it. Not only that but with this knowledge you could shape a better world. Think of Elon Musk and the companies that he founded/co-founded: Telsa, SolarCity, & PayPal just to name a few. Never heard of SolarCity? They are in the process of replacing the current roof shingles with solar panels! In translation: NO MORE ELECTRICITY BILLS! Just look at the photos!

Interested in seeing the keynote for yourself? Here you go!

As always guys, stay classy!

I’m Baaaack!

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 undergrad in fashion merchandising. Right out of school, I was working at a talent agency, then a couple retail management jobs, but nothing I’ve been particularly passionate about. But then in the fall, I started working at my former high school, Fort Zumwalt East, as the assistant director and costume manager. And I have fallen in love with my job! This is what has brought me to my current status at Fontbonne: obtaining my master’s degree in theater education. I may not have taken a direct path to get here, but sometimes you need to find out what you don’t like as much as what you do like. In addition, another major life update is that I am engaged to be married! So in my “free time,” I am also attempting to plan a wedding. I am optimistic and excited to see where these journeys will take me in the next couple years. Stay tuned with my future blogs throughout the semester!

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My fiance and I love living in the Lou

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A New Semester

This semester is very weird from what I am used to. I have all night and online classes and no day classes. I am still on campus on some days when I have meetings for SGA, FAB, or some other event. I look forward to attending the senior retreat this weekend. Over break I worked at Dillard’s. I am hoping to get the retail management internship this summer. I am majoring in business & management. Hopefully I will have a job with Dillard’s in the fall. I quit once the semester started. I usually cannot work during the semester while I am going to class. But right now, I am contemplating working on weekends. I often feel like I don’t have enough to do. I am hesitant because before I couldn’t handle going back and forth between work and school. I am still not sure what I want to do yet, but I will decide by this month. I am concerned that I will not be happy with whatever decision that I make.

I wish that it would snow more. I recently saw some snowflakes outside and that made me more hopeful. I love sledding and building igloos and snowmen. Last year I built an igloo and put a treat inside and took a video of my dog going in it. I also love going ice skating. Me and my friends usually go to Steinberg, the biggest skating rink in St. Louis.

Chapter 3, Part 1

Next week is Finals week. My Junior year so far has been filled with many highpoints and some low points. But overall, I would have to say that it was pretty successful! Academically, I am doing well; and organizationally I am excited to see what 2nd semester brings! We will be traveling to Chicago again for the 2017 Enactus Regional Conference and presenting our efforts with the Criminal Justice Ministry (CJM). Hopefully, we will advance to Kansas City for the 2017 National Conference! Even though I am practically half way done with my Junior year, I still cannot believe that I am HALF WAY done with JUNIOR year! It is crazy! Second semester will fly by!
As for what my plans are for Winter Break: Regain lost hours of sleep, visit family, & work on a project that is currently in development with a Fortune 500 company. I cannot disclose anything beyond that just yet.  Until next year guys, stay classy!

What I am thankful for

There are many things that I am thankful for. I’m thankful for all the new people that I have met this semester. I have had a busy semester and I’m grateful for that. I hate being bored with nothing to do, and I was working on projects and getting to spend time with people.

I’m really glad that I will be graduating on time; lots of students don’t. I was able to get an internship that I can do online without having to drive anywhere. I am doing well in all my classes. And most importantly I will not be working over the thanksgiving holiday including black Friday! Many people have to do this, and I will not. I made sure to tell my manager that I have exams right after that, which brings me to my other point.

I got the job at Dillards! I will be working as a sales associate over Christmas break and will hopefully get their internship over the summer. I’m pretty sure that I will get it; my manager knows that I really want it and appreciates my persistence! I have training this Saturday and I can’t wait.

MVP: The Most Valuable Professor

Where do I start with this post – Most Influential Professor. Even though I’m still a Junior and haven’t graduated from Fontbonne yet, it would be difficult for me to pick a professor that has influenced me to: Learn More. Be More. IF I had to choose as of this moment, I would have to say Professor Mark Alexander. I feel like this professor does not receive enough credit. Yes, he was a professor of mine at first, but that all changed when he asked me a question (during freshman year) that changed my College Experience and Life for the better, “Why are you not a part of Enactus?” Not knowing how to respond, I agreed to attend that week’s meeting. And the rest was history! 

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Even though I’ve known him for only three years, he has gone above and beyond what a typical professor does/should do. Speaking from personal experience, he wears many hats (Professor, Faculty Advisor, Mentor, soon to be Ph.D recipient, & many others). He treats his students as if they were not only students but also as if they were his work colleagues and friends! He constantly wants his students to improve themselves. And let me tell you, I’ve improved myself and have done things that I did not think I could have done without his guidance (represented Fontbonne at a National Level – TWICE)!!! Not only is he the Faculty Advisor for Fontbonne Enactus (which I am the President of), he has many valuable connections! If it was not for him, I would not have joined the Regional Business Council and had Kevin Demoff (COO/EVP of Football Operations) of the former St. Louis Rams, now Los Angeles Rams; along with several other Top-Level Executives from various other companies (some Fortune 500 Companies) as contacts that are one tap away from my PHONE!!! Above all of that, Professor Mark Alexander has his own Scholarship fund that aids certain students (inner-city students) here at Fontbonne!!! Seriously, Professor Mark Alexander is the true definition of MVP (Most Valuable Professor). Until next time guys, stay classy!

A Sense of Purpose?!

Have you learned what your purpose in life is? Have you decided upon a career at Fontbonne that will allow you to reach your purpose? Do you believe it’s teaching? Working within a medical setting? Helping in the deaf community? Computer technology? Management?

If you have not thought about your life’s purpose, do you know what brings you pleasure? What comes easy to you? What do you “love” to do whether being paid or not? If you can answer one of these questions, you’ve probably found what your purpose is.

NOW WALK IN IT! There’s someone out there that needs you!

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