Freshman year is like a blank sheet of paper, you wield a pen waiting to make your mark on it. The question that burns into you is, “Who do I want to be?” That’s just the issue, you never know. You don’t know who you are, until you finally meet others. Until you finally surround yourself with people that you believe to be awesome.
I walked onto campus a little earlier than most freshman, being that I’m an athlete. The people I met on campus first were my team and that was an experience. In any sport, you start off picturing the whole season, what it will be like. The first day I met my team, we had a “heated discussion” over the pronunciation of Reese’s. Right off the bat, I knew these people were fun. I knew that I didn’t have to worry about being an odd individual because, sorry guys, everybody on my team has one thing that makes them “weird” and I think that’s the beautiful thing about people. I’ve heard that the people at Fontbonne were welcoming, but I didn’t, nor could I ever, imagine I would hit it off with people so quickly. I walked out of practice that day feeling a little less anxious, I knew I had a guaranteed support system. Athletics are funny like that, they turn out to be your family away from home.
My first impressions of Fontbonne University weren’t the buildings, they were the people. The people here are so welcoming and accepting towards what makes you, you. They don’t try to fix you, they enhance you. They make you into the person you were meant to be, not who they want you to be. The freedom to be yourself can really do wonders for someone and the first people you meet can make you feel like you chose the right place.
If you want to stay fit, playing sports is a good way to do it. It can also create many opportunities for you. My brother attends SLU high school and is on the track team. This has created many opportunities for him, such as going out of town, creating new friends, and college offers. Not to mention it also helps him to stay in shape. Doing sports and having good grades can get you a full scholarship. Hard work and dedication pays off.
Okay, this post is gonna be about Griffin Gang, which is one of the organizations I’m involved in here at Fontbonne. It’s new this year, so it’s been a little slow to start, but it has a lot of potential. Its purpose is to support the athletic programs at Fontbonne by having events centered around games and enticing people to come and cheer. If you’ve been reading my blog at all the past few years, you know that I both used to be on a team here at Fontbonne (XC and track, what whaaaaat) and that I am an avid supporter of all the other athletes as well.
The main publicity stunt of Griffin Gang right now is an attendance punch card that allows people to get a free t-shirt once they go to 10 sponsored games. The punches started during the men’s soccer games in the fall, so we are just now getting some people with 10 punches on their card, which is super rad. If you don’t have one yet, come to one of the home basketball games and pick one up! All conference home basketball games will have a Griffin Gang table. There are also raffles, half-time activities, and themed games, which help to generate some interest. So check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FontbonneGriffinGang) and come to a game!
I love hockey. It is one of my favorite sports to follow. I have only actually been to a Blues game, but I am a die-hard Hawks fan. So last night was the most exciting night I have had since I have been home. They won the cup! I know Saint Louis fans do not like the Hawks, but I do. They are my home boys, and I have to cheer them on! I am planning on going to the victory parade in Chicago on Friday and I cannot wait. I get to see my favorite players, and maybe get a Shawzy shirt (aka Andrew Shaw #65). I am glad they won but I am sad that the hockey season is over. On that note, We KANE. We SHAW. We CRAWFORD. Let’s go hawks!