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Before Fontbonne

by Lauren on May 2, 2016

in College Life

I know it was only a few short years ago but it’s hard to imagine a time before Fontbonne. Yet I can still remember some of the fears and anxieties I had about starting college. I look back on that time and I’m thoroughly confused–there was nothing to be afraid of!

Here is some advice for my pre-Fontbonne self:

  • Above all: trust yourself. If you’re doubting yourself, have faith. You know what to do. Sometimes it’s easier to say and think that you’re incapable. Know that you will fail (frequently) but that’s just part of life. Failing actually means you’re progressing.
  • Don’t settle. Before Fontbonne, you had a rough idea of what you wanted to do but you didn’t know what specifically. That’s okay–just take comfort in knowing that you will find something you love (actually many things!). One of the most important things I’ve learned at Fontbonne is that you can find a way to make your dreams tangible.
  • It’s okay if you don’t adjust right away. After only a few weeks at Fontbonne you started panicking. You weren’t fitting in like all your friends were at their colleges. You were basing your entire future experience on only a few weeks of getting adjusted. Give it time. Because in a few short months you are going to love it.
  • Just go for it: In grade school and even in high school you were the shy kid. You were scared what people would think of you and base your intelligence off of wrong answers and your quirky, unconventional personality. In college, you won’t be afraid to be yourself. This might surprise you, but you are going to take a lot of chances and meet a lot of wonderful people and do so many amazing things! You’ll sit in front in your classes, ask questions and answer questions, and speak your mind!
  • Balance: It really is the key. In the past your anxiety has caused you to miss some cool opportunities. On the other hand, you also know that some things are just too much for you–and that’s okay! You can find a way to do things that are out of your comfort zone without sending yourself into a panic. It’s all a matter of knowing what you can tackle and what you can’t. (For example, hang out with friends one night but take some time to recharge at home the next.) Also, don’t worry so much! If there’s an event you want to participate in, don’t worry hours beforehand what it will be like. Fontbonne people are amazingly sweet and forgiving–you will be in excellent company, so don’t stress!

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If I could give my pre-Fontbonne self any advice, it would most definitely be to relax and quit planning. I remember that by the time I was 18, I had my entire future planned out, minute by minute. I was going to go to this school, join that friend group, choose this major, become that person, and work this job. I thought I knew how everything was going to pan out, and was both surprised and mildly disappointed when my life went in the exact opposite direction that I had planned for it. Literally, nothing that I had hoped was going to happen did. It wasn’t until I was a little older and started to accept certain things that I realized that my plans going awry was actually an incredibly beautiful thing! I ended up amazing making friends that I never would have, found a major that actually interested me, and learned things about myself that I never would have had life gone the way I’d planned. So I would tell pre-Fontbonne Taylor, relax, enjoy the moment, and accept that what is coming is mostly out of your control, and it’s going to be great!

 

Have an awesome week everyone!

Taylor

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The best college advice that I can offer is to apply for as many scholarships as you can. When I initially started the college process I hadn’t applied for many scholarships, so my parents had to pay out of pocket which made our financial situation more of a struggle. However, once I started classes and the semester had passed I started to receive scholarships for good merit and based upon demographic information listed on my FAFSA. I would say to definitely use scholarship search engines such as Fastweb, Scholarship Central, and the Scholarship foundation of St. Louis. All of these are great resources for additional money to ensure school is not a hassle for you. I know that some of the applications are tedious, however if you take the time to complete the required information you will be more prone to win scholarships. In addition to utilizing the internet you should also do your best to perform academically well as there are a lot of perks tied to maintaining a GPA above 3.0. Over the past 2 years here at Fontbonne I have received 3 or more scholarships based upon my performance both in and outside of the classroom. I say this to let you know that although college is expensive, there are loopholes that you can get through to make the process much easier.

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“Just go where you get good vibes.” – That’s what my hippie brother told me 3 years ago when I was trying to decide where I wanted to go to school. At the time, I remember rolling my eyes at Sam and telling him that was stupid advice. But the more that I went on college tours, the more his advice resonated with me. I soon found that within the first hour of a college tour, it was super obvious if I felt like it was the place for me. Call it a feeling, or a “vibe” so to speak, but there were several colleges that I went to that I felt negative about, almost like I couldn’t wait until I got to leave. I soon learned to not waste my time at any college that didn’t feel right, which helped me find the one that eventually did.

Even though it sounds weird, follow your good vibes, and go where it feels right. Your gut is almost never wrong.

Talk to you soon, Griffins!

Taylor

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Learning to Forgive

by Fontbonne University November 16, 2015

Amidst the craziness that can be college life, there is the inevitable chance that we will make mistakes. Sometimes we make small ones that are easy to fix, and sometimes we make really big ones that feel impossible to overcome. Like forgetting a really important event, or breaking someones’ heart. We are human and the […]

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Finals are right around the corner. What have you learned this semester?

by Fontbonne University November 4, 2015

I have learned several things this semester. The first and most important thing I learned is your education has to be high on your priority list. If you are struggling, seek help immediately, it is vital to your success. My course work consisted of budgeting and finance, economics and finance for non-finance managers. These courses have […]

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“Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy!”

by Fontbonne University October 7, 2015

Oh my gosh, Junior Year – is this real life?  I cannot believe that I am more than halfway through college.  I can still remember freshman year for the most part but I will say that of course I was not a fan of it – yet who is a fan of their freshman year […]

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To Rent or Not To Rent?

by Alumni Posts September 30, 2015

The one thing I wish I had known when I started classes my freshman year was how much more convenient it was to rent books for the semester rather than buy them from the campus bookstore or online either used or new. As a senior now, I’d tell you it’s not bad to buy physical […]

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Tips for Your First Semester!

by Alumni Posts September 10, 2015

So you’ve finally made it. Whether you’ve just started your first semester of college living on campus or living in an apartment or a house by yourself, there are some things to consider as you take this academic year head-on. 1. Make a budget and follow it! It’s easy to get carried away buying stuff […]

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Starting Back

by Patricia September 10, 2015

I cant believe that 1/4 of the semester is already over. So far my classes have been going well. Recently I have been invited into ODK, and I’m waiting to be accepted. I have also seen some new people who are freshman. If I could give all the freshman the best advice, it would be […]

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