#WeAreGriffinNation

We Are Griffin Nation. Four little words that mean everything. To me, Griffin Nation is not just a symbol of our mascot. When it comes to this phrase: Fontbonne inspires me to…” It is a simple phrase but how do I answer it? I would have to say “Fontbonne inspires be to go out and do things that I did not think were possible before. ” If it was not for the power of the Fontbonne community, everything that I have done up to this point, I do not take for granted. Everything from my Presidency in Enactus; to receiving my certificate for clocking in 500+ hours with Enactus; to representing Fontbonne at a National Level (TWICE); to being grateful enough to receive a scholarship from a generous donor, go to the Scholarship Breakfast AND give a speech at this event! It has been an incredible journey so far. And because of that, Fontbonne truly inspires me to get out into the world and accomplish things that I, at one point, did not think was possible!

To Be or Not To Be a Leader…

Hello all!! Welcome back once again, Griffin Nation! This week I’m talking about what Fontbonne means to me. I’m proud to be a Griffin because of how many leadership opportunities it has given me. Fontbonne continues to impress me with all of the new things that I can get involved in. When I first came to campus, I was a little timid to get myself involved because I had no clue of what any of this entailed. But now I feel like I have a never-ending list of organizations to say that I’m apart of. I can also say doors keep opening in my benefit for new leadership opportunities, and I will forever be grateful for this.

Fontbonne also inspires me to be the leader that I never knew that I could be. I am much more involved in college than I ever was in high school, and I never would have expected that because I felt like I was shy and closed people off. But I learned and grew to realize that leadership is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have been a member of FAB’s (Fontbonne Activities Board) executive board, a member of Fontbonne’s Dance Marathon’s Morale Committee, and a WING leader this past orientation season. I loved being a part of all of these different leadership opportunities because they have all helped me grow in the areas that I needed the most improvement with to be a better leader. I wouldn’t change my leadership experience for anything and it can only get better from here!

Thank you all again, and see you next week!

Morgan

Podcast Update

Hopefully you guys have seen Fontbonne’s twitter and multiple social media posts by me and my co-host DeMarcus about our now-official podcast, Fontbonne After Dark!

It has been such an exciting journey so far and we’re so eager to really get into what Fontbonne has to offer and what students, faculty, and staff what to hear. We posted our first episode last Thursday night and you can go listen to it here!: https://soundcloud.com/user-655012980/fontbonne-after-dark-ep01-leadership

Our structure is pretty loose, but we try to stick to roughly this: start with an intro of sorts that includes a catch up of what’s happened since the last episode, discuss a topic that relates to school or current events, then we dive into upcoming Fontbonne events for the week. I hope to start promoting some events outside of Fontbonne, so that people can know what’s going on in lovely St. Louis!

Our main goal is to make the podcast interactive. We want to take YOUR suggestions and talk about things that would be beneficial to you. As seniors, it’s very cool to have this outlet to give advice, talk about what’s happening on campus, and hopefully bring the community closer together.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! If you want to request anything for the podcast email me at zeral@fontbonne.edu!

The Struggle Doesn’t Have To Be Real

Hey guys! It’s me again to help you out with being successful at college! Now I’m only a sophomore, so I can’t give you all the tricks of the trade because I’m still trying to figure them out for myself, but I’ll let you in on a few secrets that I’ve discovered for myself.

Planner: My planner is one of my most prized possessions because it keeps me organized. I write down all of my dates for the semester and color code them by what class they’re in. I know that sounds pretty extreme but I’ve used this tactic for the past 3 semesters, and it has helped keep me organized and sane.

Sleep: VERY IMPORTANT. Sleep is one of the most important things you can take advantage of when you’re in college. You may be up to the late hours of the night/morning cramming for your upcoming tests or finishing the homework you didn’t want do at a reasonable time, so the only answer is to take a nap! Naps have been more relevant in my first year and a half of college than they have been in my entire life…I’m not kidding.

Food: also very important. It is VITAL to have snacks in your room at all times. Most of the time college food gets boring because you’re eating the same thing all the time, so snacks are necessary to get yourself through the day. Food also always helps to give you energy bursts to help keep you motivated enough to finish your homework or study session.

Friends/Family: I am so grateful for all of the friends that I have met here at Fontbonne because they have become my family at school. I am also very thankful that I have such a supportive family, and I can’t wait to see them this weekend for fall break! Having friends and family that love you is very important because they are always your support team. They will always have your back whenever you need it. My friends at school are supportive and we always help each other out if one of us is homesick. But shout out to all of my friends here at Fontbonne (you know who you are).

Involvement: very much needed. Getting involved here at Fontbonne is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I know I wrote an entire blog about what I’m involved in, so I won’t bore you by repeating myself. But most of my friends are involved here on campus and that encourages me to go out to all of our events on campus and have a social life!

I hope that these 5 things help you guys become successful throughout college and that you all have your own things that help you be successful (because you don’t have to follow my entire list) 😉

Thanks again for reading you guys!

Morgan

 

Campus Involvement

One of the best ways to get the most out of your college experience is to get involved. Getting involved in a club, sport, or organization gives you a way to be a part of your campus community and can also help you get connected to other like-minded people you  go to school with. I know that my involvement on  campus has really enriched my Fontbonne experience, and made school a lot more fun. Currently, I am involved in several areas on campus. I am in my final year of being a part of Residence Life. For the past few years, I was a resident assistant on campus and lived in the freshman dorms. This year, I am still an RA, but have a leadership role in that I am an RA, an alternating Residence Hall Director who gets to monitor and assist the other RAs, and the Apartment Coordinator who is in charge of our off campus apartment building Cotta Hall.  It keeps me busy, but as an RA I have been exposed to so many people and situations that have taught me valuable lessons and given me experiences that are going to translate perfectly into my life after college as I pursue leadership positions in my future career. I am also currently president of Fontbonne’s Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Being involved in SAFCS has been awesome, and has let me be even more involved in my major and my professors than I would have been otherwise. It has also opened my eyes to various productive ways that I can be involved in my community as well as my campus, which I am thankful for. Being involved on campus is a great thing, and I would encourage you to join any and every organization or activity that you have been thinking about. You’ll be so happy you did!

Have a great week!

Taylor

Stop Stressing!

Stress is firmly set into the lives of students all of the world right now. I wanted to share some of the best quotes that help me get through my most stressful days, nights, and even weeks.

Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life. -Marilu Henner

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. -Socrates

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. -Ecclesiastes

Stress never ends so there is no point in stressing about every little detail. Most importantly, in a year you’ll barely remember why you felt so stressed over all of these little things, so why stress about it now?

Homecoming!

While I didn’t attend all the events at Homecoming, I got to experience a little slice of it.

On Friday of Homecoming weekend, my sister and I attended Sibling Bingo! My sister is so cool and always down for a good time. When she was in college, she was very involved. I was never as outgoing as she was, but I feel like when she comes to Fontbonne, she gets to see a whole other side of me. I love sharing my Fontbonne experience with her and introducing her to different people from the community, including my rad friends and professors.

I told my sister on our way to bingo that we had one mission, and one mission only: WIN. Of course, everyone at our table (including my skilled sibling) got a bingo, some more than once, except for me. It was still such a fun time and I’m so glad I went.

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My sister proudly wielding her bingo card

Now that I’m in a student org, I also got to witness Fall Festival in all it’s glory! On Saturday, I teamed up with President of Students for Life, Sarah, and set up a table along with our other esteemed SFL members. We handed out Fitz’s (a major hit, no surprise) and homemade Peanut Butter Trail Mix Puppy Chow (it was delicious, if I do say so myself). Needless to say, I think it was a success!

I would highly recommend going to Homecoming. Even if you’re busy, consider taking out a little time to have fun. You won’t regret it.

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Falling Back!

Look outside a window. Are the leaves changing color, perhaps falling; is the weather getting cooler; is time moving back by an hour? It is that time of year again: Autumn! The time when we transition from 12316484_454186251449159_7271167852112954414_nshorts to pants, T-shirts become jackets, and flip flops morph into sneakers or even boots. A lot of people love this time of year. And if you think Autumn looks beautiful here, look at what Autumn looks like in the Netherlands! Now that I have you thinking about file-1Autumn, Fontbonne Enactus will be hosting a Semi-Annual Fall BBQ in the Golden Meadow on Monday Sept. 26th from 11 AM – 12 PM. The event is open to all Students, Faculty, Staff, & Administration. Oh, and did I mention that the event is FREE?! You read correctly: FREE! It is a great way to celebrate the start of Autumn while also enjoying some Food, Drinks, and GREAT Music! Hope to see you all there! Until next time guys, stay classy!

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Fall in the STL

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Fall in Saint Louis is a special time. Walking around Forest Park and going to the Cardinal’s games are actually enjoyable and not uncomfortably hot. Walking from class to class outside and getting to feel the fall breeze encourages activity and productivity.

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The feeling of fall has already swept over the Fontbonne Campus with classes meeting in the meadow and the quad and students working on projects and homework outside the AMC on a daily basis. The outside seating area of DSAC is filled with students enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner with company and fresh air.

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Fall in Saint Louis is a time to be alive and experience all of the great things Saint Louis has to offer, with some milder temperatures. Take a trip to the Zoo or Grant’s farm, go tour the Arch grounds or explore BallPark Village during the cool evening hours.

Fall in Saint Louis is here and I could not be more excited .

Homecoming Week

Homecoming is a special time in both high school and college. However, the two are extremely different and students experience the two completely differently as well.

Homecoming in high school involved lots of prep for a pep rally, last minute running around and trying to memorize cheer routines, football plays, chants, and school spirit permeates. The biggest highlight is the homecoming football game and the infamous homecoming dance.

In college, school spirit is seen on campus everyday and chant wars cover sororities and fraternities as well as through various clubs. However, the best part of homecoming in college is having family members come visit and alumni coming back to watch sporting events and participate in other activities that are all over the campus. Family makes their first trip back up to campus and seeing family and friends come to visit makes seeing them all the more special and a great reason to show off your school.

The main point of homecoming in any university or high school is to have students come back to remember their time. More collegiate alumni come back to retrace their steps, visit old students, and reconnect with old professors.

No matter if you are celebrating your last homecoming in high school or you first in college, coming together and spreading school spirit and love makes all the work and effort worth it in the end.