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.
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.
“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.
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 I’d already achieved my academic plans and didn’t have any goals in front of me to achieve anymore… Until I got an email that night saying that I got accepted onto a master’s program combined with a dietetic internship — my mind and emotions totally changed. I could finally achieve what I was longing for for years!!!!!! Even though within this year, I still have encountered struggles since I moved to a new place independently while my family members are all living very far away from me. I always remember that this is an opportunity that I can use to get my master’s and internship. I treasure it and I believe that God can help me bear it through all the way to the end even though I think I can’t. That makes me want to continue to work my best, and he will help me with the rest.
I know this semester is almost over. And some of you may had encountered bumps in this semester. However, I really want to encourage you to not give up your dreams! Bumps will eventually be gone. But your dream will never move away from you. If you keep working hard, your path to reach the goal will shorten and eventually when you reach your destination, this will forever be for you!!! So, let’s Dream Big together!!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Hello! Today, I am going to be sharing my thoughts on community service and its relevance to Fontbonne’s mission statement. • “Why is service so important?” Serving your community lets others know that you want to help change the world little by little while gaining a new perspective of life. Service, amidst being so important, […]
Hello! My name is Claire Downey. I am a freshman at Fontbonne University. I am a fashion merchandising major and I am from St. Peters, Missouri. I look forward to having you with me as I experience my journey at Fontbonne University!
Hello! My name is McKinley Robbins and I am sophomore majoring in Deaf Education. I play volleyball here at Fontbonne and I am involved in Griffin Gang, Dance Marathon, and FAB. I am from an hour south of Chicago and the oldest in my family! I can't wait to share my wonderful Fontbonne experience with you!
My name is Danielle Ader and I am a senior accounting and business administration major here at Fontbonne. On top of being a student I am also the Student Government president. I am planning on graduating in May of 2016 with my degree and going to graduate school to study Higher Education and Student Affairs. I have 3 sisters and a little brother, as well as 4 dogs. Family is very important as well as my boyfriend Dillion who doesn't attend Fontbonne. My best friends are also the most important people in my life as well as my grandparents. If you want to know my story... Happy reading!
Hey everyone! My name is Taylor and I'm currently a junior here at Fontbonne studying dietetics & chemistry with future aspirations of being a sports medicine doctor. My current vices include hot yoga, music, and anything pizza related. I can't wait to share my adventures with all you new griffins!
Hey guys! I'm Raven. I'm a senior at Fontbonne studying communications, I'm from the Saint Louis area born and raised. After my time at Fontbonne comes to an end in the spring of 2016, I plan to pursue a graduate degree in Criminology and a law degree to become a prosecutor In my spare time, I like to read, cook, listen to music, and be with my family and friends.