It’s 7:30 AM. Wake up, get ready for the day, and walk out the door by 8:45 AM (regardless of what time my class starts: 9:30 or 10). Here is the reason why – TRAFFIC! For those that live on campus, it is a luxury that the campus is small. You have the ability to wake up 5-10 minutes before class. That is plenty of time for you. Us commuters…not so much. You see, it is 8:45 AM., people are on their way to work (which also happens to commence at 9 or 9:30 AM).
PSA to ALL COMMUTERS:
- AVOID 8 AM CLASSES AT ALL COSTS (if you can). Trust me, you think it is dreadful now, wait until 8 AM in the Winter. The roads will be in somewhat decent condition to drive in (if at all). If not, I am 100% certain that you will be late.
- If you plan to park your car on campus, GET TO CAMPUS EARLY! Parking spots are all filled by about 8:45 AM. Yes, the university constructed a second lot due to this issue, but the walk that you have to make is especially inconvenient if you are running late.
- Carpool with friends if you can.
- When you pull into the campus lot (oval lot between AB Hall, Ryan, Medaille, and the Fine Arts Building) – Always turn right and go around. I’ve seen people from time to time either turn left or people just driving on the opposite side of the lot. Do Not Do This.
Until next time guys, stay classy!
Hello everyone! Can you believe we are less than 2 weeks away from Thanksgiving? That means that Thanksgiving Break is coming up, then Finals, and then Christmas Break!! Since we have so little time left in the semester, we need to stay focused and finish strong!!
So what did I wish I knew about living on campus before I moved in? Well my first semester of my freshman year, I lived with someone who I went to high school with. Let me tell you that didn’t last long… but second semester came around and then I moved in with someone I consider to this day to still be one of my closest friends. So, oh well about my first roommate.
But I had/have A TON of stuff in my room because, let’s face it, we all like to live comfortably. Sometimes I wish I had moved in with less when I first started living on campus, but there’s nothing we can do about it now!!!
Some tips for future residents:
- keep your doors open!
- smile/acknowledge anyone on campus
- GET INVOLVED!!
- room darkening curtains (these were particularly a life saver for me because of the sun rising before class!)
- half of the stuff you have on your “to bring list” won’t EVER be used (so be cautious)
- let your room/side of the room express who you truly are
- TIME MANAGEMENT
- use the campus resources (library, workout room, tutoring/kinkel center)
- get to know the faculty/staff/security because it will most definitely help you in the long run when you need any form of help
- get to know your roommate because sharing a room with someone you don’t like/don’t talk to will be hard to live with!!
- be prepared for this lifestyle to be much different from the one that you had back in high school
thank you so much for reading!
Where do I start with this post – Most Influential Professor. Even though I’m still a Junior and haven’t graduated from Fontbonne yet, it would be difficult for me to pick a professor that has influenced me to: Learn More. Be More. IF I had to choose as of this moment, I would have to say Professor Mark Alexander. I feel like this professor does not receive enough credit. Yes, he was a professor of mine at first, but that all changed when he asked me a question (during freshman year) that changed my College Experience and Life for the better, “Why are you not a part of Enactus?” Not knowing how to respond, I agreed to attend that week’s meeting. And the rest was history!
Even though I’ve known him for only three years, he has gone above and beyond what a typical professor does/should do. Speaking from personal experience, he wears many hats (Professor, Faculty Advisor, Mentor, soon to be Ph.D recipient, & many others). He treats his students as if they were not only students but also as if they were his work colleagues and friends! He constantly wants his students to improve themselves. And let me tell you, I’ve improved myself and have done things that I did not think I could have done without his guidance (represented Fontbonne at a National Level – TWICE)!!! Not only is he the Faculty Advisor for Fontbonne Enactus (which I am the President of), he has many valuable connections! If it was not for him, I would not have joined the Regional Business Council and had Kevin Demoff (COO/EVP of Football Operations) of the former St. Louis Rams, now Los Angeles Rams; along with several other Top-Level Executives from various other companies (some Fortune 500 Companies) as contacts that are one tap away from my PHONE!!! Above all of that, Professor Mark Alexander has his own Scholarship fund that aids certain students (inner-city students) here at Fontbonne!!! Seriously, Professor Mark Alexander is the true definition of MVP (Most Valuable Professor). Until next time guys, stay classy!
Procrastination. We all do it! It is everyone’s best friend yet an enemy at the same time. You never get things done, leave it to the last minute, and so on. Here are a few things you could do to step up your organizational game & avoid procrastination . 1. Use a planner of some kind; keep due dates of important events, assignments, tests/quizzes and large projects in that planner. It is scientifically proven that if you hand write something, you are more likely to remember it better. But what if a planner isn’t your thing? 2. In that case, most (if not all) digital calendars have several helpful features: A. Re-occurring events is one. If you know for a fact that you have a test in a class every Wednesday, have that calendar push a reminder every week so that you never forget about that important test. B. Another great feature is the frequency of the reminders. Here’s a real world example: I have Board Meetings that I need to constantly attend. So I have my phone remind me several times about it in this exact order: 2 hours, 1 hour, 30 minutes, 15 minutes prior to the Board Meetings. This not only lets me know that I have a meeting coming up, but it also give me an idea of how much time I have left before I have to leave for the Board Meetings. C. To go even further – have the calendar remind you in advance (i.e. Due date is Dec. 5; remind me on Nov. 20th @ 8 AM). 3. And finally, one EXTREMELY helpful tip that I don’t know if everyone uses is: Let’s say you have a project or a 12 page paper due within a month or two. No one ever told you that you had to complete it in one sitting. Break it up! Divide the project or paper up into smaller sections so it doesn’t look so overwhelming. Completing smaller parts = less stress. Until next time guys, stay classy!