The summer has officially come to an end. My Griffin 101 duties have ended as well as my status as a summer RA. This summer has truly been an adventure. Hanging out with with friends, going to Delaware, and finally piecing together a podcast that I’ve been working on for over a year. To see the hard work pay off is incredible; especially when you’re working with friends that support your ideas and goals even when they seem hazy at first. My Griffin 101 Team has showed me that confidence is key in any situation, Residence Life has taught me how to be more accommodating for other people and that everything doesn’t go as planned. Lastly, I’ve learned from my “roommates” that it’s okay to treat yourself to a night out on the town every once in a while…or every other weekend. All in all the summer sixteen was a success and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. Now, I am preparing for my senior year and all it has to offer.
Hello, my name is DeMarcus Davis, and for the summer I hope to write about my experience as a summer Residence Assistant, my role as a Griffin 101 Peer Supervisor, and my adventures during summer ’16 of my senior year. While the summer here in St. Louis is just getting started, I’ve already done so much. So far, Griffin 101 has been my main priority and is a major success that I cannot wait for the new incoming students to arrive. The team of eight that I work with are amazing and very different from each other, which makes our chemistry awesome. There is never a dull moment when we’re all in the same room. Currently, Griffin 101 is on a three week hiatus and I am starting to having some withdrawals but we recently had a get-together at Chevy’s to catch up with each other. Our next Griffin 101 will be on June 29th and June 30th.
Secondly, being a summer RA is amazing. I’ve been on duty twice so far and it has been a good time. I have spent a lot of time with the apartment coordinator, Brooke, to know the scoop of her experience with Residence Life. At the end of the spring semester, I made the decision that I wanted to work in the department later in life and wanted to know what were the highs and lows of the job. So far, the two of us have had a blast checking new residents into their rooms, traveling all over St. Louis, and making sure that everyone is safe and sound. When the fall semester begins, I am going to miss all of our adventures that we encountered and just having fun at Fontbonne.
Lastly, my summer adventures have only just begun. So far, I attended a movie festival at my friend Lauren’s house (fellow blogger), went to SLAM Underground at the Art Museum, created memories at Ballpark Village, and hosted numerous movie nights in my apartment in Southwest. There is never a dull moment in Room 316. There are still more adventures to come and I cannot wait to share them with you!
This year I embarked on one of the most amazing Spring Break adventure of my entire life. Though the adventure was full of ups and downs, I wouldn’t have traded anything. My best friend, Brooke, and I went to three different Charlie Puth shows in a week. We started with driving four hours to New Albany, IN to visit our friend Jessica. We spent the night and were able to spend most of the day exploring New Albany. That evening we traveled to Louisville (about a half hour) to our Air BnB (a website where you can rent someone’s apartment for a short period of time). Then we made our way to the Louisville show; mind you, we were a few minutes later than what we were supposed to be. We got all the things and were immediately taken down to Charlie’s dressing room. It was such a cool experience to walk in to a room and see Charlie sitting casually in a chair. He sang One Call Away in a lower tone to warm up his voice. We got to take a selfie and then stood in line for about two hours after all of that. We made friends with security and built a relationship with his tour manager.
The Louisville show was amazing and the next morning we were off to Hamilton Ohio. In Hamilton we got to hangout with Brooke’s family for the day and had such a good time.
The next day we were off to Columbus to see our next show. On the way to Columbus we noticed a weird smoke coming from my car; we thought this was dust since we were in a construction zone. Once we realized it was smoke my RPMs starting raving and we had to pull over on the left side of the highway (because we were in the fast lane). It was approximately 40 degrees outside and we were stuck 6 hours away from our parents. We didn’t know what to do.
I met some pretty amazing people that day, got to ride in the back of a cop car, connected with Charlie’s tour manager again and got to go on the tour bus to meet Charlie for a second time. Needless to say, the show was still amazing!
My car was finally fixed and we were celebrating with an Easter egg hunt with Brooke’s family. Then we were off to our third and final show with two new recruits (Brooke’s cousins). We managed to get them VIP tickets as well so that they could stand by us. This time when Johnathan (Charlie’s manager) saw us, we had a greeting of “Friends”. We were put back into the front row for our final show and it was such an amazing experience.
I couldn’t have asked for a better adventure for my last #FBUSpringBreak. Check out the video of our adventure below.
I got involved my freshman year at Fontbonne in the student government association. I was lucky enough to be selected to serve on the executive board, which as a freshman doesn’t happen often. I was so excited to assume my role as I had always wanted to be on student council in high school. I hit the ground running and help the position of VP of Finance for 2 consecutive years.
Student Government Association (SGA) is a great organization on campus that is the voice for the entire student body. I got to serve as a reference point between other organizations on campus and the general board of SGA. I got to talk to many different students and keep track of a running budget. This are great skills to have. After my time as VP of Finance was coming to an end during my second year I chose to run for President of the organization.
Since then I have served in the roll of President. It has been two years since then and I have grown so much as a person in that time. Getting involved in an organization was the best decision I have ever made. I have grown and thrived as a person since I have been involved. I learned how to push out of my comfort zone and to care more about others than myself.
Everyone should get involved during their time at Fontbonne. Whether it is in SGA, the activities board or even the service organizations on campus.
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