This morning, my friend Jes and her father loaded almost 10 bags of gently used clothes and goods into my room. Why? Because I’ve been collecting such donations for the past three months to send to my aunt, who works with the local government in Antique, Philippines, with Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda relief. I am relieved and overwhelmed by the charism of our community. Why relieved? Because I didn’t think I could pull off this project! Being in graduate school, my time is taken up by my practicum and classes, so there’s little time for promoting this widely. But thanks to word-of-mouth, ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa) meetings, Campus Ministry, and the International Students Alliance, here I am with nearly 5 boxes of goods to send. My next challenge? SEND THEM!
But then, that got me thinking. Fontbonne has such an inherent recognition and drive for service to the dear neighbor. When I spoke to Mr. Stevens this morning, he brought up how many “charities” still profit from… charity! CEOs receive colossal salaries, and clothes get thrown on the wayside, and food ends up spoiled beyond the can’s expiration date. How are we to trust that we can give rightly? Our cynical world can be quite nit-picky on whether we can trust charities to do good.
I think just being here, we are taught about giving service and recognizing service; how service can be given locally and internationally, and our student organizations take so much pride in it that students also learn how fun it can be. Whether it is giving one person a minute of your time to help them, by planning a benefit concert for Human Trafficking, or going to Kenya. My teachers showed me how to recognize and respond to ways of helping where is needed. It’s certainly helpful that, rooted in the CSJs, we can pray and trust the God will lead us rightly.
With Fontbonne Day coming up, and registration open, I hope you are encouraged to serve in ways you’ve never served before, because the challenge is fun, and you can trust yourself to know what to do!
I enjoy how I learn so many new things everyday just being here. For example, after living in St. Louis for 5 years, I’m still in awe of how much snow we’ve had. It’s already March and still, the flurries are being spooned on us as if someone up there is pouring flour into this bowl we call earth. What is the name of that groundhog that sees his shadow? I think we need a new animal if we’re getting six weeks more of winter.
I also learn that no matter how rough of a day you’ve had, someone will always cheer you up. Following my heavy schedule today, I was determined to stay mad and grouchy at how little time I had to relax. Yet my companions at dinner made me laugh so much I can’t help but laugh my guilt away now. My friend Sean is a master imitator and performed several renditions of Disney songs in the style of Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Johnny Cash. This was followed by some wonderful trips down memory lane of old, obscure TV shows that only a few know about, such as Flight of the Conchords. Just revisiting all their songs with Willian, and letting Yuri and Yara listen and laugh with us, helped my mood immensely.
In fact, being at Fontbonne has that effect. No matter where you go, how terrible or dark you feel, or how lethargically your life passes, someone will always come by like a ray of light and shine. It’s very refreshing. And you keep learning that laughter will always be a grand medicine.
What does it truly mean to dress for success? Now that I am talking an interpersonal communication class I get to explore what this truly means. When it comes to meeting people in regular social interactions to serious job interviews, your clothes are always communicating something. Are you trying to show you are a young professional or and underachiever. In some situations clothing can truly make or break you. The way I feel about dressing for success is that you should always dress like you have something important to do. But then again I could be a little bias because I am so into fashion, hence my major being Fashion Merchandising. In the end I just want to people to understand that sometimes it does matter what your wearing. So for that important job interview or if you just want to be sharp that day, Dress for Success!
I spent this weekend with my family and it was great. We had a family friend come in from Chicago. We also were celebrating my cousins 14th birthday. There was a lot of reminiscing and telling new funny stories as usual. Of course while munching on a lot of food. Besides the party I went to a volleyball tournament. It was my first time. The cool thing is that it was in the Rams dome. I can say I was on the Rams field. Obviously the actual field was taken out. There was just concrete. Finally last night my whole family decided to go out for dinner and it was about 7:30pm. The first place we tried was over and hour wait, the second was over 45 mins, the third was over 30 mins..you can catch my drift. We were able to finally eat the the fifth place we choose. Took us a while to find a place that was not so packed. Today I come back to my apartment and its just ice. ICE. I rather it snow.