The day after watching the Presidential Election, I definitely felt some tension in the air as I walked through the residence halls and on the campus. I promise, this won’t be a ranting blog post about controversial politics or whom I voted for. Whether you woke up rejoicing that Donald Trump won, or fearing for the future because Hillary Clinton lost, the world continues regardless of the political climate in the U.S. I resumed my daily routine which included eating oatmeal for breakfast, attending class, and writing papers. Throughout the day, the election seemed to weigh on my mind. I thought about both sides, the amount of time put into both candidates’ campaigns. Both candidates have been campaigning since I was a senior in high school, and now I am a freshman in college. It is truly bewildering to realize how quickly time passes us due to our busy schedules.
I tried my best to change my mindset throughout the day to positive energy. As I was walking around Fontbonne’s beautiful campus, I noticed the colorful leaves on the ground, sparkling in the daylight in this past brisk morning. I had called my dad and we talked on the phone for about fifteen minutes, something that I take for granted sometimes. As I walked in the St. Joe residence hall, someone politely held the door open for me. My friend and I were falling asleep trying to do homework due to staying up all night. We were searching for ANY form of caffeine, so we decided to stop by Sister Linda’s office. My friend and I felt much more at ease after conversing with Sister Linda in her office and having coffee in our hands. I would highly recommend visiting her office for great conversations with Sister Linda! I also received a reassuring text from my good friend Mary Beth, who advised me to continue being passionate for the issues I care most about. I also called my friend Edwin on FaceTime, and we caught up on our college adventures. Even though he attends college in Virginia, we have still managed to stay in touch. The point of me addressing these blessings is that in the end, only we can decide for ourselves how our day will go. I refused to let an election define the outcome of my day. So I would suggest trying to find the small blessings in your life every day.
“Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow. But if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow.”-Fred McFeely Rogers
Thank God for blessing me this year, so that I have enough grace to finish everything I should finish in 2013. Here is the list of what I did this year:
- Continued to be a contributor for Real Life at Fontbonne blog
- Became a social media specialist for Student Alumni Association of Fontbonne
- Volunteered to play with patients at Children’s Hospital during the summer semester
- Served as a graduate intern to help an annual health enhancement conference
- Volunteered my time as a student intern at St. Louis Children’s Hospital
- Completed my leadership shadowing at Health Literacy Missouri
- Became a member of different associations in the field of healthcare
- Kept my 4.0 GPA!
I didn’t realize how much work I finished this year until I wrote it down. I am very proud of myself, especially since I worked hard to be a responsible student and to keep my 4.0 GPA even though I attended many extracurricular activities. I know that I can’t complete so many tasks without support from the people around me. Therefore, I am very grateful for my dear God, family, friends, professors, and all the people who supported me and helped me. I’m truly blessed to have you all in my life. Thank you for your help in 2013!
So Lent is here, and today I had time to reflect. The past week or so, I feel like I have been in fast forward, with basketball ending and my classes picking up with assignments and tests, there seems to be fewer hours in every day. As I sat in church, all I could think about was my family. They are the biggest blessing to me and worth more then any amount of money I could ever win. My parents are still happily married, approaching thirty years. They are by far the best supporters anybody could have. My older sister had an amazing fiancé and is excelling in her new career. My little brother and sister are doing great as well. I love getting those iPhone group chat messages from all of them. For example, my dad will send one out in the morning with an inspirational quote. Then we will all add to it and catch up. It’s nice because it feels like we are all at home catching up at the dinner table. I’m having so much fun at college and being busy and I barely have the time to make it home as much as I would want to. This weekend, I am devoting Saturday and Sunday to my family and I couldn’t be more excited. I love you guys.
Thanksgiving break came and went in the matter of a snap. I had a long list of things I needed to complete over the five days, but now I am playing catch up with all my school work this Monday and Tuesday. It’s fine with me though because I spent a lot of my time at Memorial Medical Center, in Springfield, Illinois. I worked there over the summer and became part of the kitchen staff, delivering trays and snacks to all patients and doctors and staff at the hospital. Our first day of break, I spent ten hours working, making money for Christmas. It was a drag in the morning because working was the last thing I wanted to do, but I had to. When I finished eating lunch, I had to sit there and couldn’t help but to count my blessings. A lot of patients were without family during Thanksgiving, really sick and depressed. Over the course of the next four hours when I delivered the trays, I made sure I spent time listening to what they had to say and if they wanted a conversation, I would stay and talk longer then I should. It was really humbling over the break knowing I made some sort of difference in some patients’ lives. When life is stressful and tiring, I think of all those people who don’t have loving families or a warm roof over their heads. It always puts me back in a positive mood. I hope you all have good breaks, welcome back to the work load of school and final exams.