The title of this blog really is the biggest lesson I’ve ended up learning here at Fontbonne this semester. Not that I didn’t know or believe in following my dreams before, that’s one of the reasons I’m here in the first place, but I guess you could say that the lesson has been solidified. One of the best things about all my classmates in the art building is that they have a lot of the same dreams and goals as I do, and it’s an inspiration to say the least. We all want to create art and share it with the world in one way or another. We share our ideas and help each other work through challenges. It’s so easy to get caught up in the social ideas of having to work yourself to death for a big house, luxury car, and mountains of debt from buying things. I’ve met more people being happy with making a modest living doing what they love and appreciating what they have. The secret to that has been that they’re following their dreams and going after what they’re passionate about. Life is short, we only get one shot at it, so do what you love and make some amazing memories along the way.
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If I was asked to write about someone who works at Fontbonne and the relationship that I’ve fostered during my time here at Fontbonne so far… Well I would have no problem narrowing down my choices because I would immediately choose my sister. My own sister works at Fontbonne University as a graduate admissions counselor. She is my one and only sister, which makes this even better because I am glad I do not have to pick between multiple siblings. My sister, Ann, and I have known each other well since I was born, since I am the youngest of the family. We shared a room for several years though I can barely remember when we switched rooms and split apart. Seems so long ago. I know I would steal her clothes, go in her room when I was not supposed to, those things that a younger sibling should not do but sadly follow through on anyway when they know better.
I want to fast forward to about three years ago; I think that is about how many years ago it was that she moved out of the house, although I know I may be wrong. Anyways, I really have fallen in love with the type of relationship I have made with my sister since she moved out. I remember before she moved out I was nervous that I would not talk to her as much as well as see her anymore. But I had a feeling also that that would not happen between the two of us. Since I started at Fontbonne University almost two years ago, we have talked more, seen each other more and just enjoyed each other’s time more. Now I will admit that she was not working at Fontbonne University when I was admitted as a freshman, though began shortly after. I find myself going to her office just to say hello multiple times a week, at least recently I know. I tell her about my day, such as classes going on, stressful situations with friends or family members and so on. I see her as my best friend as well as my sister. I love how I can talk to her about Fontbonne issues, advice for when talking to teachers, and even happy moments such as accomplishments. Last summer, when I found out I could not really pursue a future career in my last major of study, I went to my sister asking for ideas on what to switch my major to. She provided me with several possible ideas as well as hope that I will find a new major. Something I will love and not be as insecure about. We had discussions on what I valued most and had deep interests in, which in the end was helping people. In the end we were able to find a new major for me to try out and really I am so glad to have my sister on campus at Fontbonne, sharing memories together as well as creating new ones each day.
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 to repair the body and the brain..
2) Eat healthy, drink water, and exercise! All of these things are important for every day living but they are even more important during finals when the body is weak and running on things like caffeine or 3 hours of sleep!
3) Take study breaks.. I don’t mean stand up from your chair and stretch your arms out.. I mean step completely away from your work and go do something for 15 mins.. You’ll be amazed at how refreshed you are!
4) Call your parents! Not only will they love it and enjoy hearing about how hard your life is as a college student but again, you will feel eager to get back to studying..
5) Follow Fontbonne University (fontbonneu) or myself (evanj_247) on Instagram and waste some time looking at amazing pictures!