A Moment of Reflection

I am a Senior in college…  I am graduating on May 9th…  Am I sad or happy?

All of these are things that I have had on my mind for the last few weeks.  As my time at Fontbonne comes to an end, it is time for me to reflect.

What have I done… What am I doing next… How do I connect the two?

I have donated so much time to the Fontbonne community, through being SGA president to Fontbonne Days for three years. There are so many out there that have still given so much more.  I loved my chapter at Fontbonne and it pains me that this time must come to a close.  I have grown so much as a person here from student government, professors, being a student intern, and even my academic courses.  I am a totally different person than the girl that walked on campus back in 2012.  I am attending Saint Louis University in the Fall to get my masters degree in Student Personnel Administration.  I am going to be in college for the rest of my life (that is what they tell me).  But I plan to have much more of an impact on others than what most people see.  I have always wanted to help people, to grow, to lead, to be more than what they dream they can be.  If it wasn’t for my time at Fontbonne, and those who have helped me grow, I would have never chosen this career for myself.

Who am I now… How is that going to help me… Am I really ready to “Adult”?

I am different, I have changed, I have grown.  I know that I am on the right path.  I have always been told that I can do anything I set my mind to; I believe that to this day.  I can do or be anything I want to be in this world.  I want to help students like myself realize that early; money is not everything in this world.  It does not matter how much money you make if you are in a job that you hate.  Live for what you believe in and do whatever you wish to do.  Someone along the line will support you, and help you to grow into the person that you need to be for the career.

Believe me, this is not the end… It is just a new chapter in the book of my life.  And I cannot wait to see how it reads.

XoXo

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Advice to Pre-Fontbonne Me

If I could give any advice to the pre-Fontbonne me I would definitely tell her to not stress so much.  Understand that you cannot be in control of absolutely everything in life.  I would also tell myself that I was going to end up a planner and that was going to be tough for me because I cannot control everything.  I did not know this as a freshman coming into college and if I could prep myself for that I know I would not have stressed so much when I did not have control.

I would also tell myself to actually go to class.  Even though I thought I did not need to and that I was free from mom and dad I was not a genius.  I would tell myself to get up out of bed even if I had the worst headache.  Unless I was vomiting or unable to move I should have gone to classes all the time.

Another piece of advice I would give myself is to not sleep so often.  Although taking naps always felt amazing, I was only hurting friendship and wasting time to spend with those friends I had made.

The last piece of advice I would give is to attend the Freshman orientation.  I would have made so many friends much quicker and would not have struggled so much in my first year.  I skipped my orientation and although I made many friends here at Fontbonne, it was not without challenge.

Go to orientation, Go to class, and DO NOT sleep so much!

XoXo

-D

How Did I Spend Fontbonne Day?

I was lucky enough to participate in Fontbonne Day for my 3rd time this past April.  Fontbonne Day is the one day a year that the entire Fontbonne community gets together and participates in a day of service.  I was fortunate enough to spend my Fontbonne Day with the Fontbonne Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa.  We went to a church and worked to better their garden for the summer.  It was a humbling experience to see how grateful all of the people were that we came to work.

I was so excited to get to commit my day to service with some of my closest friends.  We worked on the garden all day, ate lunch, and went right back to work.  Participating in Fontbonne Day is something I encourage all students on our campus to do because it truly is a life changing experience.

 

XoXo

-D

Fontbonne Day

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Fontbonne University is a great place to indulge in many different volunteer efforts and campus activities. Although it is my senior year here at the school, I have taken the opportunity to become involved in as many things as possible. Fontbonne Day is a day of service where students, faculty, and outside volunteers come together to serve people of a community who are less fortunate than them. I was team captain that led a service group at a local domestic abuse shelter. There we prepped and cleaned a building that is being remodeled into a transitional housing facility for victims of domestic abuse and their children. Having the opportunity to be involved in something bigger than myself is always a great feeling, especially when the work being done will benefit people who really need it.

After speaking with the director of Lydia House, I told her that I would definitely be coming back to volunteer my time with the organization. Not only does volunteer work give you different life experiences, it also gives you the opportunity to meet wonderful people and hear their heartfelt stories.

 

Tips For Making It To The End Of The Semester

The time after spring break until the end of school year is almost as bad as the week before spring break. Everyone is getting Spring Fever and the great weather makes everyone want to go get outside and out of the classroom for the summer. With one month of class left before exams, I wanted to share some of my tips for making it to the end of the semester without completely losing it.

  1. Make time to go outside and enjoy nature when it is nice out.
  2. Do your homework as early as possible and start studying a little bit each day for tests, so when a spontaneous game breaks out, your school work won’t be compromised.
  3. Stick to some vitamin C for your energy, not sugar drinks and coffee.
  4. But do indulge in some of your Easter candy.
  5. Start on projects and papers early because everyone knows how there is that one day that every assignment seems to be due on.
  6. Take advantage of April showers as work days, so you can spend the not so rainy days outside!

Just remember to make time for school and time for you because staying sane is just as important. Do your homework in the meadow or go sit outside when you get your lunch from DSAC. Go take a walk around Forest Park, or rent bikes and ride over to the zoo. Spring 2016 will be over before we know it. Until next time. . .

 

xoxo,

Claire

What’s In My Backpack?

My backpack is almost always filled to capacity. Being a commuter, I have a tendency to live out of my car as well as my backpack.

First, my backpack. I carry a maroon and leopard print PINK backpack. It wasn’t too pricey and has held up pretty well with all of my textbooks.

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In the smallest pocket in the front of my backpack, I carry almost all of my pencils and pens as well as a variety of hand sanitizers and snacks. I used to carry a pencil case, but I like the convenience of being able to reach in the pocket and fish around for whatever pen I need. I am a stickler about hand sanitizers and it is always good to have a snack on hand.

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Next, in the middle section of my backpack, I have two of the most important things in my school and work life. I carry my markers and my planner. I cannot live without a planner. I have two physical planners and three electronic planners. This is probably a bit much, but I hate missing events or forgetting things! I currently use a Lilly Pulitzer planner in size larger. I like how it offers a month calendar as well as a weekly breakdown. It helps me remember all of my assignments, quizzes, exams, and shifts at work. I would be lost without my planner so I highly recommend investing in one you really like. Mine is also a 18 month planner so it helps me bridge the gaps between semesters.

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My markers are Staedtler Markers. I bought mine at Target and I have them with me all the time. These markers are more like pens. I have the 10 pack because I like the variety of colors and I use them almost everyday in every class. I separate sections of notes by different color ink and these pens/markers give the color and vividness of marker, but do not bleed through the paper, much like pens do not bleed through.

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The last section of my backpack is the largest section. In that section, I always have my laptop and my laptop charger. Although I do use the computers on campus a great deal of time, I like being able to sit anywhere with my laptop or lay in bed and finish an assignment. A laptop is a college must and picking one depends on your personal needs and preferences. This is also a need in a few of my classes that require the daily use of a laptop in class.

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The next item in my backpack is my notebook. I only take notes on paper in 3 of my classes and the other one’s I take notes on handouts. A three subject notebook works perfectly for me because I never have to wonder if I grabbed the right notebook or not. This is in my backpack everyday!

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Next, I have my expandable folder. This is a must!!! It keeps all of my papers and handouts in one place and I do not have paper all over the place. I keep extra computer paper and loose leaf in the back just in case. I also keep two copies of my resume in the expandable folder because you never know when you’ll need one and it is easier to have an up-to-date version already printed off!

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The last thing in my back pocket of my backpack changes everyday. I typically have at least two textbooks in my backpack. It changes daily with my classes and depends on my class load each day. However, bringing the assigned textbook to class everyday is a must because professors expect you to have them and you spend so much on them, so you might as well get a good use out of them.

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In the side pockets of my backpack, I may have an umbrella or a soda, water, or energy drink.

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That is what is in my backpack, what’s in yours???

xoxo,

Claire

What It Means to Learn More, Be More!

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Learn More, Be More, the motto of Fontbonne University, is an outstanding way to describe the community and atmosphere of Fontbonne.
As per the Fontbonne Website, “At Fontbonne, it means small classes where professors engage, challenge — and support — you. It means a focus on internships and other real-world opportunities that provide invaluable experience. And it means a student body that thinks of a college education as a view to the world.” This shows the idea that learning is key to a Fontbonne education, but this is not limited to the classroom.

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Learning at Fontbonne is seen on the field, in the café and at all the jobs and places like the library and computer labs. Learn More leads to Being More because students, faculty, and staff put in time and effort to be more than simply students, faculty, and staff. For me, I am a student, work-study student, student blogger, Campus Ministry Leader, and many more things. Professors act as teachers, role models, mentors, and associates in their get list of roles. At Fontbonne, learning leads to being.

What I mean by this is that the learning in the classroom leads all people at Fontbonne to go out of their way to be a better friend, teacher, family member, worker, boss, etc. Students get to have hands on experience. With the SLP clinic, students can help people in the Fontbonne community while completing their degrees.

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The main page of the Fontbonne website says, “Learn more. Be more.® isn’t just a slogan. It’s who we are. It’s what makes us different. Our values-based campus community promotes and embraces respect, compassion and service. We’re committed to providing a personalized educational experience that encourages you to explore your role in the world and how you can make it a better place. We believe that you can learn more and be more — in college, in a career and in life.”
Learn more. Be more.
XOXO,
Claire

Why I chose Social Work at Fontbonne!

My name is Johnise McKinney, and I am a senior social work student here at Fontbonne University. In addition to being a full time student, I am also a mother of 3, which is another full time job within itself; however I manage to make it work. I have always had a high passion for helping other people, even when I couldn’t help myself, so naturally I chose social work as my career field. I love the fact that Fontbonne University has one of the top social work programs in Missouri and the class sizes are so small that you can get all of the attention and help that you need from the instructors. In addition, Fontbonne offers many merit-based and financial-based scholarships and grants, which can always come in handy when you have a tuition balance. The social work program participates in many local seminars and charity events in order to gain field experience and volunteer experience as part of degree requirements, however the events are always insightful and eye opening. I would definitely recommend Fontbonne University to anyone looking for a close-knit community school, the friendships and opportunities for involvement are endless as long as you always but your best foot forward. I would like to end by telling you this: “Your Passion will lead you to your purpose in life.”

 

Welcome Back Griffins!

Hello everyone!  My name is McKinley Robbins! I am a sophomore here at Fontbonne and majoring in Deaf Education! I am from about an hour south of Chicago. (Yes, where all the cornfields are) I have grown up in a small town my whole life and couldn’t wait to get to St. Louis. I am the oldest in my family and have two sisters and a brother! Of course, I couldn’t forget our dog, Finn!
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Here at Fontbonne, I am actively involved! I am the VP of Traditions on Griffin Gang (our spirit club on campus)

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I am the President of the new Dance Marathon Organization (hint: you should join)

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General board member of FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board),

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The Women’s Volleyball team

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I am also a WING Leader for this coming year! (Orientation Leader) Being involved on campus has made my Fontbonne experience wonderful! Although there are long days, there is nothing else I would want to be doing! All of my successes are due to me stepping out of my comfort zone and moving four hours away! I found Fontbonne because of their Deaf Education program. I came into Fontbonne knowing no one but I will be leaving Fontbonne with lifetime friends and memories! My advice to you is to leave your comfort zone when choosing a college or university because it will be an amazing experience!

xoxo, McKinley

 

 

 

The Year In Review

I think it can be said that the fall semester here at Fontbonne has flown by faster than anyone thought possible. There were days that I wondered how I would make it to the end with my sanity in tact. With a schedule that consisted of two 12 hour days, two 10 hour days, one 7 hour day, and weekends full of homework and studio time, there were times when it felt impossible. There were many lessons I learned from this semester, however, that I hope to take with me into the next three semesters I have left.

  1. Don’t look at the whole semester at once, just get through one class at a time and one day at a time. When I was trying to get through my longest days it was more manageable if I broke it down by what class I had next, how much time I had to relax/eat, and what I had to get done before the next class started. Breaking everything down incrementally helped me keep my sanity and kept me on track with my work load.
  2. Figure out what your priorities are and go from there. It’s easy to loose track when you’re not sure what to do first, or you’d rather be doing something more fun and exciting. But when you’ve got 15 credit hours, a part time job, and bills to pay, sometimes you have to make sacrifices and decide what your top priorities are. Make a list if that helps. I have made countless lists this semester of everything from my daily schedule to important due dates for projects. It helped me stay organized and that allowed me to sneak some fun stuff in too.
  3. Make time to take care of yourself. I know it can be really hard to make sure you’re getting enough sleep or eating mostly healthy, but it’s so important when you’re going through the stress of college. The amount of people in my classes that got sick this semester was staggering. And all of them missed at least one day of school because of being sick. If you make time for sleep and make a greater effort at eating healthier, your immune system will have a better chance at fighting off the illnesses that circulate each year and all of that will reduce your stress level significantly.
  4. Work on that procrastination. Like now. Not next semester, not next week. It’s easy to put off writing that paper or finishing that project later when you’ve got a week or two till it’s due. I’ve always been really good at putting things off until the last minute, and it sucks every single time. So, in the interest of reducing stress and keeping on track, that will be put at the top of my priority list starting now.

I’m sure there were several other lessons that were learned, but these are the big four that come to mind immediately. The important thing is that you take a look at the things you’ve learned this semester and try to apply those things to next semester, or your life in general. There is so much more to learn and it’ll be interesting to see what the new year brings!

 

Cheers!