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Since the beginning of November, my life has pretty much been consumed by the world of Mary Poppins. The Fort Zumwalt East (FZE) theater department is producing this show, and the performances are next week! My main role is to produce all of the costumes, hair, and makeup. Which is a LOT! We have over 120 costumes for this show, because there are so many large dance numbers. Plus, all of the main characters change throughout the show. I have been working on this nearly every single day for the last few months. I have accomplished so much, but am still working on getting the finishing touches together this week. I’m sure I will also be doing last minute alterations next week as well.

Up until this point, the cast and crew have rehearsed each individual scene, but have not pieced the whole thing together. So that is what everyone is working on this week! As I see costumes on the stage from an audience’s perspective, I find different issues here and there that need to be addressed. The next couple weeks are going to be extremely tiring, as we are at the school from 7 am to about 11 pm every day. Plus, weekend rehearsals. But, the students are doing some amazing work, so I know that all the long hours will definitely be worth it! As Mary Poppins says, “anything can happen if you let it.”

Doing fittings for Bert and Mary! Doing fittings for Bert and Mary!

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Winter Break has officially come and gone. Wait a minute? Weren’t finals like 2 weeks ago? *sigh…* Well, it is now 2017. The year for incredible possibilities. The reason why I say that is because, as I have hinted at before, I am working on a project for potentially several  Fortune 500 Companies. Time will tell. My excitement is through the room right now! That and the exciting classes that I am taking, and last but not least, my tireless effort and contributions to Enactus as I serve as President (2.5 years running)! Until next time guys, stay classy!

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Next week is Finals week. My Junior year so far has been filled with many highpoints and some low points. But overall, I would have to say that it was pretty successful! Academically, I am doing well; and organizationally I am excited to see what 2nd semester brings! We will be traveling to Chicago again for the 2017 Enactus Regional Conference and presenting our efforts with the Criminal Justice Ministry (CJM). Hopefully, we will advance to Kansas City for the 2017 National Conference! Even though I am practically half way done with my Junior year, I still cannot believe that I am HALF WAY done with JUNIOR year! It is crazy! Second semester will fly by!
As for what my plans are for Winter Break: Regain lost hours of sleep, visit family, & work on a project that is currently in development with a Fortune 500 company. I cannot disclose anything beyond that just yet.  Until next year guys, stay classy!

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Hello, my name is Amy Vilimek

I am writing this on behalf of all my fellow classmates who are over the age of 22 years old.

I am actually 24 years old and anticipate to graduate in 2017.  I transferred here in Fall 2014, to continue my journey in studying Elementary Education.

Now, this wasn’t an easy transition by any means.  Upon coming here, I only knew my sister who was at the time a Jr, and Jenna Neal, who was my transfer counselor and the reason I was totally sold on coming here 🙂

If you think about it, spring 2014 was when most of the traditional college students graduated, which means that the students who were my age at the time had already graduated just before I came here, while I was just fresh into my true college life experience.

I’m not going to lie, I felt a little unsettled at first about being a little older than some of my classmates, and if anything also intimidated.

Although I had taken several of my general education courses at Meramec, this experience was a lot different! I was in smaller classrooms, with less people, and everyone seemed to know each other and be friends.

Like I said, it’s rough going to a new place and not knowing anyone.

For my first 2 semesters, I was pretty low-key.  I wasn’t very involved on campus, and I mostly just cared about my academics.

We get to December 2015, where I finally decided to take a step in the water and get involved.

I started attending more on-campus events, and even applied to be a student leader in Griffin 101.

I think Griffin 101 was the biggest break through I had.  Janelle Densberger helped me out in so many ways to become outgoing, yet professional in helping new students feel welcome at Fontbonne.  I had a fantastic companion; Lizz Brooks who also knows how it feels to be a little older than traditional students, and is also one of my greatest friends I have here! I joined this group because I knew how it felt to be the new student, and I wanted to make sure each new student felt welcome and included into the griffin family.  No matter what age, race, gender etc.

After Griffin 101, I felt like I wanted to do so much more on campus, and the joy I feel when surrounded by this beautiful community who also feels the same.

Age is the last thing that should matter when going to college, and what truly matters is that you are doing something so meaningful for yourself.  You’re getting an education, and on the road to getting that degree!

Getting involved on campus is like icing on the cake! You build your resume up, you meet people of similar interests, and you develop all sorts of connections.  I also believe involvement helps you grow in so many different ways, and by the time graduation comes you’ll be able to look back at many good memories of your college journey.

As of now, I am in the Quest Leadership Program, I am a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa honors society, I am an intern in the Center for Educational and Emerging Technology (also oversee the social media!), I’m a part of a new education organization called Council for Exceptional Children, I cantor and participate in the mass choir, and I am on the Student Alumni Association.  I think that’s everything haha 😉

Needless to say, I think this year has been a great year and probably one of my favorites.  I was never one to get involved in school, and the outcomes of doing so are incredible.  As a future teacher, it also pushes me further out of my comfort zone to be more extroverted and not be afraid to try new things.

My overall hopes upon writing this blog is to encourage EVERY Griffin here to get involved! Whether you are 18 or older, there are all sorts of organizations and groups on campus that have so much to offer.  Growth can only happen if you make the effort to put yourself out there.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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#WeAreGriffinNation

by Yuri October 25, 2016

We Are Griffin Nation. Four little words that mean everything. To me, Griffin Nation is not just a symbol of our mascot. When it comes to this phrase: Fontbonne inspires me to…” It is a simple phrase but how do I answer it? I would have to say “Fontbonne inspires be to go out and do things that […]

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My Favorite Teacher

by Mari October 19, 2016

One of my fondest memories of high school is having my favorite teacher Mrs. Cascone as my teacher and counselor. I first met Mrs. Cascone during my sophomore year, she was my English teacher. Not only did I improve my English skills that year, I opened myself up to her and her impactful advice as […]

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MVP: The Most Valuable Professor

by Yuri October 18, 2016

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 […]

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Trip to Cali-FUN-ya!!

by Candance October 8, 2016

Yaaay!!!! Once again, I send a shout out to it being my favorite time of the year (FALL SEASON). Jackets, boots, scarves, light sweaters, that’s what’s up!! I LOVE IT!! I’m super excited about my Fall/Winter break. I’ll be traveling with my youngest son, my older sister and niece to Los Angeles, California in December!!!! […]

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The Struggle Doesn’t Have To Be Real

by Morgan October 4, 2016

Hey guys! It’s me again to help you out with being successful at college! Now I’m only a sophomore, so I can’t give you all the tricks of the trade because I’m still trying to figure them out for myself, but I’ll let you in on a few secrets that I’ve discovered for myself. Planner: […]

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Homecoming!

by Lauren September 26, 2016

While I didn’t attend all the events at Homecoming, I got to experience a little slice of it. On Friday of Homecoming weekend, my sister and I attended Sibling Bingo! My sister is so cool and always down for a good time. When she was in college, she was very involved. I was never as […]

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