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Faith

Hello Future and Current Fonties!!

I wanted to let you know a little bit about myself! I wrote for this blog last semester and it was a great experience that I wanted to try again.

I am 18 years old, 19 in April. I am from a family of 6, a mom and a dad, two older brothers and a twin sister.

IMG_2744 (These are my siblings Sophie, Sam, and Alex, my oldest brother’s fiance Jaclyn, and my other brother’s girlfriend, Jessica)

I am the proud owner of a puggle named Gus.

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I went to high school at St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon, MO and I live in Saint Peters, MO.

IMG_1161(Some of my friends and I at graduation last May)

I am a second semester freshman at Fontbonne. My major is fashion merchandising and I am considering adding another major or maybe a minor, so let me know if you have an suggestions.

I have always enjoyed writing and with the stressful life of a full-time college student and working after school, I do not always have the time to write, so this blog gives me a chance!

Why I am Proud to be a Griffin?

I am proud to be a Griffin because of a multitude of reasons. Fontbonne’s strong Catholic roots and excellent academic and athletic programs encouraged me to find my home away from home at Fontbonne University. From the friendly faculty and staff, to the familiar faces around campus, Fontbonne made me feel at home the day I stepped onto campus. With the small class sizes and willing faculty, Fontbonne made my transition from high school to college smoother than I could have ever imagined, with the help of the amazing admission team, WING Leaders, and Griffin 101 leaders. I am proud to be a Griffin because of the high moral standards and overall expectations that everyone is expected to meet once they have been accepted into Fontbonne. The community and it’s outpouring of love is another reason I fell in love with being a Griffin. I could not imagine my collegiate experiences being something other than a Fontbonne University Griffin!

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XOXO,

Claire

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Amidst the craziness that can be college life, there is the inevitable chance that we will make mistakes. Sometimes we make small ones that are easy to fix, and sometimes we make really big ones that feel impossible to overcome. Like forgetting a really important event, or breaking someones’ heart. We are human and the truth is that we aren’t perfect; most people have no desire to make those big mistakes that can feel so heart-wrenching. We also seem to learn some of our most important lessons in life through making those big mistakes. It doesn’t make things any easier, but it can make the future better.

Some of my most necessary life lessons were learned though making pretty epic mistakes — while my gut was yelling at me the whole time to not even get into those situations in the first place. After all the heated words, the pain, the tears, the guilt, came the healing process. How can you heal from something that was your fault to begin with? That was your mistake? You can apologize to whomever else was involved, hoping they will accept and forgive. But I think, more importantly, you should learn to forgive yourself. You can hold your breath waiting to be forgiven by outside parties, and maybe you will be and maybe that’ll help. Forgiving yourself, however, can be more therapeutic than any outside source of comfort. We are human, we stumble, we fall, we get up again and keep moving forward. Life is too short to be so hard on yourself for messing up. Take your time, learn from your mistakes, forgive yourself, and wake up the next morning knowing it’s going to be a better day.

Cheers!

 

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I am not involved in any academic organizations but I am involved in the media ministry at my church. I enjoy this ministry because I assist the pastor with conveying God’s word. I ensure that scriptures are presented as the pastor delivers his message. I display lyrics to songs and church activities on the projector screen.

I also create power point slides for holidays and special events that are taking place in the church. My role in the ministry requires accuracy, timing, creativity and paying close attention. I take pride in my responsibilities and feel that what I do contributes to the church.

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DeMarcus

Be Something Beautiful

by DeMarcus on September 28, 2015

in Faith

“There could never be a more beautiful you”  is the lyric sung by Christian artist Johnny Diaz in his song “Beautiful You.” Last week, this lyric constantly played in my head over and over. While the song is a toe tapper, I started to think about times I tried alter myself to blend in but who hasn’t, right? I would act out in ways I thought were “cool” but then I felt stupid afterwards. I knew better. I knew before I did the stupid action but I felt as if I had something to prove, which is nothing. Now that I am older I realized it isn’t any fun pretending to be someone you’re not. It is seriously BORING! “Don’t buy the lies, disguises and hoops, they make you jump through.” I am warning you: do not buy into the things that those people, ‘your friends’ are telling you. They are setting you up for failure, humiliation, and emotional turmoil. It is not worth any of it. I’ve been there and done it and I can testify that it is exhausting. No one can be a better you than you. Once you’ve found your sense of self, you will be on your way.

Now that you’ve found who you truly are, no one can tell you any different. How does it feel to be you? I can tell you it feels great. Knowing who you are as a person and the direction you are headed in is unbelievable. All of those doubts are starting to leave your mind and positive affirmations are coming in full effect. Most times it doesn’t happen right away but in order to fully embrace the new you, you have to believe and accept all of your flaws.  “And God’s says, I’m gonna turn it into something different, I’m gonna turn it into something good, I’m gonna take all the broken pieces, And make something beautiful like only I could.” Steven Curtis Chapman sings this in his song “Something Beautiful” and it totally gives me that extra push to just be me and live life to the fullest.

 

 

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Dream Big!

by Alumni Posts May 7, 2015

Hi everyone, Time really flies fast! It’s already been a year for me in St. Louis, studying in Fontbonne University. Back to the day from last year, I was in California and struggling with what I should do after graduation. It was a really scary thing to me when I thought that it seemed like […]

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Three Day Weekends

by Alumni Posts March 9, 2015

In three days, I’ve been able to emerge from my shell of my residence hall and venture into the artistic delights of St. Louis. On Friday, March 6th, on a whim, I was driving back to campus when I suddenly decided I should pop by the St. Louis Art Museum. After all, on Fridays, they […]

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Taking Data

by Alumni Posts February 23, 2015

As a speech-pathology major, one of my profession’s greatest concerns is keeping track. By keeping track, we have the evidence we need to judge our work, to backtrack, or move forward, with different strategies, all to achieve a goal. For many speech-pathology majors, or any major that requires taking data, it is difficult to keep track […]

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#WhyNotNow

by Alumni Posts February 18, 2015

It’s Fat Tuesday! Bon Appetit :)) Fontbonne enjoyed a three day weekend due to all the snow! A little snow in February is always a good thing but there seems to be some unusual weather patterns this new year. Many people have been talking about global warming over the past decade but is it really […]

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Acceptance of Diversity

by Alumni Posts November 17, 2014

  If I’ve learned one thing this year at Fontbonne, it’s cultural competence.  Cultural competence is one of the greatest qualities you can acquire to further your acceptance of the people and cultures around you.  There are may ways to “culture” yourself… Books, forming new friendships & acquaintances and even trying the food of a […]

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Blessing: I got a car

by Alumni Posts June 13, 2014

I am so happy that this summer I got blessed with a car. It has been so hard not having one and the fact that I finally have one is great. No more asking for rides to places, no more waiting on people to come and get me, no more going only where the driver […]

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