Griffin 101 has been amazing so far! The team members that I am working with are unique in their own way but most importantly, we work well with one another. So far, each Griffin 101 Leader has exceeded my expectations, and I know that this program will be in good hands after I graduate Fontbonne in the spring. Before I start sobbing, I am going to rewind to our first meeting in April. In that first initial meeting that we all met each other, all of the leaders meshed really well together without my help or Beth’s help. Beth and I are both Peer Supervisors for Griffin 101 this year and we are having a blast! Fast forwarding to our training that we recently had; we had a day retreat at Cedar Creek for team building exercises and from that moment on we were truly unified. As the training progressed, Beth and I taught the team our ways of Griffin 101’ing so that they can be the best…. like us. While they were in sessions, I realized that everyone’s energy levels would be medium low but around lunch time everyone would be hyper and more conversational. It became hysterical because food would be the key to our souls. Meanwhile, the team was excited to utilize the tools they have learned during training to good use.
The first Griffin 101 was a transfer day and everyone was excited. The leaders, the parents, and the students. As the day progressed, I noticed that some of the leaders thought they were doing something wrong or panicking that a session was going over its scheduled time. During our wrap up I reassured that they did nothing wrong and that it was in fact okay. There was another Griffin 101 the next day from that moment on all of the leaders felt that were prepared for anything. For me, I wished had been more involved like I was two year prior but, this was my time to trust in my leaders that they were doing everything right and that they didn’t need my help. After day two I was content.
I am beyond excited for the last two Griffin 101 sessions that are approaching and cannot wait to see more incoming students that are genuinely excited to start a new journey in their life.
Room 316 has served as the residential hub for most of the summer residents this far. Before it became a residential hub, it was just a normal apartment on the third floor of the Fine Arts building, also known as Southwest. A little over a month ago, I moved into this apartment with the expectation of just living here and living out my summer RA duties and working in the Department of Leadership Education and Student Activities (name will be changed shortly). Shortly after Griffin 101 training all of those “expectations” soon changed when practically all of my friends (whom are Griffin 101 Leaders) were constantly in my room day after day. Night after night we got to know each other more and within a matter of days we became the best of friends!
Kicking off summer ’16 the six of us; Gabe, Beth, Marki, Jordyn, Stania, and myself, have gone out to the many festivals that St. Louis has to offer and also enjoyed each other’s company. Recently, we have started making family dinners in the kitchen for more of a homier feel. Before we would just go out all of the time but then we realized that is costing us big time so we stopped that real quick. The first dinner was made by yours truly. On the menu that day was chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, and mashed potatoes. The following day Beth whipped up spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, and a delicious Caesar salad. Who knew a home cooked meal could be just as filling as going out to eat?! Long before room 316 started making “30 minute meals,” Marki Miller in room 321 was cooking up a storm. One night she made her infamous Tuna Helper. Marki also added mixed vegtables to make it more of a heartier meal. The following week, she made chicken, mac & cheese with broccoli, and a delicious side Caesar spinach salad. It was literally the best meal ever.
When we’re not having a luxurious meal, we are either watching Netflix or dancing in the main lobby of Southwest. All seven of us live our lives just like any other college student. There is never a dull moment when we’re all together. Stop by room 316 anytime before July 30th.
Being a Griffin is such an awesome experience. And everyday is not quite like the other; you meet new friends, are constantly saying hi, and enjoying life and the beauty of campus. To be a Griffin means to be able to stop and say hello to almost everyone on campus. A normal day in my life as a Griffin consists of getting out of bed, getting dressed, going to class and being productive for the rest of the day. Being a Griffin is unlike anything I have ever experienced and if I could do it all over again… I would.
I am a Senior in college… I am graduating on May 9th… Am I sad or happy?
All of these are things that I have had on my mind for the last few weeks. As my time at Fontbonne comes to an end, it is time for me to reflect.
What have I done… What am I doing next… How do I connect the two?
I have donated so much time to the Fontbonne community, through being SGA president to Fontbonne Days for three years. There are so many out there that have still given so much more. I loved my chapter at Fontbonne and it pains me that this time must come to a close. I have grown so much as a person here from student government, professors, being a student intern, and even my academic courses. I am a totally different person than the girl that walked on campus back in 2012. I am attending Saint Louis University in the Fall to get my masters degree in Student Personnel Administration. I am going to be in college for the rest of my life (that is what they tell me). But I plan to have much more of an impact on others than what most people see. I have always wanted to help people, to grow, to lead, to be more than what they dream they can be. If it wasn’t for my time at Fontbonne, and those who have helped me grow, I would have never chosen this career for myself.
Who am I now… How is that going to help me… Am I really ready to “Adult”?
I am different, I have changed, I have grown. I know that I am on the right path. I have always been told that I can do anything I set my mind to; I believe that to this day. I can do or be anything I want to be in this world. I want to help students like myself realize that early; money is not everything in this world. It does not matter how much money you make if you are in a job that you hate. Live for what you believe in and do whatever you wish to do. Someone along the line will support you, and help you to grow into the person that you need to be for the career.
Believe me, this is not the end… It is just a new chapter in the book of my life. And I cannot wait to see how it reads.