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If I were to give a new student advice on how to survive college, the first word that would come out of my mouth is, “God.”

It is crucial to have a backbone of faith – in something. By having faith in our Lord, you will have more faith in yourself. When you have more faith in yourself, you feel more motivated to do what you love and live gloriously in college.

I don’t know where I would be without speaking & living with and for God. He walks with me every day…I can feel and hear the Holy Spirit responding to my cries for help and my shouts of joy – especially when I am most distracted by life’s complexities. Those complexities make me so much stronger, and I could not be without the Lord. When I am weak, He carries me, comforts me, and helps me to be back on my own two feet again.

God is not a choice for me. He is necessary and innate. And I absolutely adore my one and only Savior.

P.S. Check out “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young — it’s an amazing devotional that I think would help just about anyone as a morning pick-me-up, nightly read, or daily reminder!

Ta, ta for now!

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So maybe you think that since I’m a senior, with almost 4 years of college life behind me, I have it all figured out. Not really. I’m just making it up as I go. But I can offer some advice based on my past experiences, good and bad.  All things considered, looking back now – I think I made a pretty good run at it. So here are my thoughts:
1. If you’re thinking about playing a sport, and you have the chance to do it, do it. Being a collegiate athlete, even at the D-3 level, is an experience I will always treasure.
2. When that sport becomes stressful and unenjoyable and forced…quit. I quit track and cross country after 3 and a half years (plus my years spent on teams in high school and grade school) because I was burnt out. It was the best decision I could have made. It’s important to experience college as just a normal student as well, not just a student-athlete.
3. If you don’t like sports or don’t want to play, that’s fine. But join something. You’ll meet people, and be able to participate in something you’re passionate about…or find something you never even knew you were passionate about. And hey, if they don’t have a club or organization that fits you, create one. I started an Environmental Club here at Fontbonne my freshman year and it’s been one of my proudest achievements ever.
4. Go out and have fun. The college life is a short one, and it’s unlike any other experience you’ll ever have. Live it up.
5. But don’t forget you have classes. And don’t fail them. You can rage 24/7 for about a semester before you’re gonna have to drop out. Pick a major that interests you, not just one you think will get you a well-paying job. I love the idea of being a dietitian someday, and the fact that I enjoy my dietetics classes really makes life better.
6. Stay somewhat organized. Find a method that works for you – I use the little sticky notes app on my Mac to make daily to-do lists for myself and note which assignments are due soon. I also write out all major assignments due in each class for the semester and tape the lists to my wall, so I can cross things out when I turn them in. Maybe that’s a little too intense for you, but you gotta stay track of things somehow or you’re gonna be stressed when you find out you had a paper due in class today.
7. BE KIND. Seriously. I hate to say it, but some people I’ve dealt with in college are just….mean. I’m not claiming to be a saint by any stretch, but it’s never a mistake to show kindness to someone. Everyone is going through life at a different pace, and the best choice you can make is to show love at every opportunity presented to you. You won’t ever regret it.

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Stephany

Words of Wisdom

by Stephany on December 16, 2013

in After College

For days I have been thinking about my future.  What to do after I graduate, should I go ahead and find a job or go straight to do my Phd.  I could do both, but at the same time, I will have to first study  for the GRE.  Fontbonne University does not require Graduate students to take the GRE; hence I have to take it now.  Perhaps you would say to me, go ahead find a job, but at the same time, I wonder what job I will end up having.  I am not even sure if my destiny is to stay in St. Louis or move back to Maryland.  In the mist of all of these  and finishing up my internship. I happened to check my email and found this quote that Sarah Boul, campus minister, sent.  I think it will totally help those of you who are about to graduate or have a major decision to make.

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Philippians 4:6-7, MSG)

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Kimi

Words of Wisdom from a Friend

by Kimi on December 16, 2013

in Uncategorized

Last night my friend from high school experienced her first robbery since she moved to Chicago 6 years ago.  Now, I don’t know what thief was dumb enough to try and rob this girl, my friend is by no means a helpless damsel in distress.  She is about 5’11”, always wears heels, so that makes her over 6 ft tall.  She is also an avid athlete and could outrun and out-lift any boy in weightlifting class — yeah she took that as her elective every semester!

Well, as she explained, she was on the train, headed home from work, and sat by the door like always, just minding her own business with her ear buds in, checking her emails on her phone and boom!  This young man runs up grabs her phone and runs.  Now, I by no means suggest you do what she did if this happens to you, but she started yelling at this man (she has great projection due to her years of vocal training) and chased the man down.  She was almost out run by him as he headed up a stair only to run into a K-9 unit.  Sadly, the police officer exclaimed, “You again!”

Now, this was a happy ending to what could have been a bad night, but due to her actions it could have even been a far worse night.  When I spoke to her she hadn’t even thought of doing anything but chasing the man down, that’s the kind of gal she is, however, she did say that she learned some very important lessons on how to not let this happen again.

She said her first mistake last night was sitting by the door; this is an easy hit and run point for thieves on buses, trainsand public areas.  It was extremely easy for him to grab her phone and go without running into any other passengers who may have felt a hero inkling rise in them.  Her second mistake was closing herself off to the world around her.  She said had she been actively up and aware of her surroundings her phone would have been out of sight and she wouldn’t have seemed like such an easy hit.  Her third mistake was placing those valuables out in the open and letting thieves know what she had.  Again, her phone was out, her ear buds were visible even her purse was open showing what she had inside.

Now, I am not writing this to scare anyone but to simply warn other women out there who, like my friend and like myself, find ourselves traveling this busy holiday season or even wondering around campus or other public areas.  Be safe!  Try and always be aware of your surroundings, and yes, that includes the people potentially eyeing you as a possible target.  Do not have your phones or tablets out so that the public can see what they may want to take from you.  I know it is so hard to not be on our phones while we are waiting, but it only takes one moment for that phone to be taken, and I don’t know about you, but I am not a physically threatening person nor do I have the stamina to run down the person who takes it.  So please have a safe and happy holiday!

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Almost Over!!

by Marielle May 12, 2011

Well, I can’t believe it, but my freshman year at Fontbonne is finally coming to a close. The ending is bittersweet – like any student, I’m excited for the coming of summer and reuniting with old friends, but at the same time it will be difficult to leave all my new friends behind. If I [...]

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