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First Year at Fontbonne

The end of my freshman year has come. It is such a weird mix of emotions. I feel like it has gone by so quickly, which is what I hear a lot of people say. I have made many new friends, moved forward with my education, and so much more.

Often times, everyone is so ready for summer that they forget to reflect back on the year. While I am also excited for summer, it is a good idea to just take a breath and see what you have learned over the past 9 months. Did you accomplish any goals? Did you learn anything new about yourself? Did you meet any new people? Looking back and asking yourself these questions can develop character and success.

I often forget to look back at accomplishments or goals that I had. I often look forward to the next thing without reflection. It is always good to look back, see what you have done, and keep moving forward.

I hope everyone has a great summer and I look forward to seeing you next year!

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I cannot believe that my Freshman year is almost over. Let’s recap!

August: First day of school, the power was out. I thought we weren’t going to have class!
September: I… can’t remember… I guess that means it was good?
October: My birthday, and a friend dressed up as David Bowie from Labyrinth. It looked cool. Maybe next year I’ll dress up.
November: This was my first year voting… and that was when I lost all faith in the government.
December: I had never had such a long break for Christmas… we were practically gone for a month!
January: I guess it was good. We hardly got any snow… that made me a bit sad. The worse part was that we had plenty mild days! I can only imagine what the summer will be like…
February: I mentioned in my Black History Month blog that I don’t really celebrate it. Not because I’m a jerk, but because I celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans every day.
March: I did not have a fun Spring Break. Normally, my family would go to a different state for a trip, but instead we stayed home… and that’s when I started to fall behind on my projects.
April: I rushed to get my projects done, and they went surprisingly well, despite all the tears I shed over them. However, I was still swamped…

As of today, all my really hard stuff has been taken care of. Just a few art finals and one math one, nothing too complicated. I hope y’all enjoyed reading my blogs, and I hope I get to write next year. 😉

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The last two week of the semester are the most stressful. Almost as stressful as Finals week itself. Making sure that you have asked off work or organized your time around work and making sure you have everything you need to get all of your projects done, papers written, and studying done for finals. Successful preparing for finals week can make the actual finals much easier and less stressful. By starting early, it is easier to plan out what needs to be done by when so that you can be as successful and possible and not worry about finishing everything or forgetting something. Some tips include:

  • Making a timeline of when you want to work on the final for each class
  • Set a day or time for each class
  • Set a certain portion of each class final for each day
  • Set study breaks
  • Plan in distraction time (we all need a break and sometimes a 30-minute nap can really save you)
  • Get good snacks and drinks when you start studying (sometimes a drink run can turn into too long of a distraction)
  • Set a solid playlist to help you stay focused

Whatever you do, you are going to be successful if you put your mind to it. Good luck and know you are in the home stretch!

Xoxo,
Claire

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When you go to college, keep this in mind:  the breaks are a lie.

You’ll rarely get a homework-free break.  Even if the teacher gives you an assignment that wouldn’t be due until a month later, that still puts pressure on you.  It plants a nagging seed in your brain that bugs you, whispering, “You should be working on meeeee~.”

Just wanted to throw that out there so that some of you would develop better time-management skills than I have.

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22 Days: A Recap on My Last Blog Post

by Mari March 16, 2017

It is still bewildering for me to comprehend that it has only been 22 days since I wrote, “My Message to White Students at FBU.” I vividly remember the night I wrote that blog around two in the morning. My roommate was fast asleep and I was trying not to wake her up with my […]

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Five Things I’m Excited About

by Anna February 20, 2017

Hi everyone!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend and are ready for another week studying hard at Fontbonne.  Today I’d like to share five things I am most excited for — some happening presently, others I am eagerly looking forward to.  They’re in no particular order, too, by the way! My family’s return from […]

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The Mission of Fontbonne

by Anna February 8, 2017

This week we’re going to talk about Fontbonne’s mission statement!  In case you’re not familiar with it, or if it’s been awhile since you saw it, here it is straight from Fontbonne’s website — “Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through […]

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My View on the Fontbonne Mission

by Jessica February 8, 2017

Well, before I begin my statement, I think it is best to give y’all a little rundown of the Fontbonne Mission. Fontbonne was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, a group of Catholic nuns that had immigrated to St. Louis from France. They sought to teach their students the common good and […]

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Hello again!

by Anna February 2, 2017

Hello, Griffins, and welcome back!  My second semester at Fontbonne is now nearly one-fourth completed, which is pretty hard to believe that much time has flown by already.  Homework, tests, deadlines, and learning new things is in full swing. I’m taking 18 hours this semester, so my time is much more limited.  It’s amazing how […]

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My Introduction

by Jessica January 31, 2017

Hello, fellow Griffins! My name is Jessica Ann Mitulski. I am a 19 year old freshman who commutes here four days of the week. I live in Ferguson, MO with my parents, and I earn my keep by cooking and cleaning for them. My hobbies include listening to music, watching cartoons, creating stories, drawing and […]

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