Hello everyone. My name is Danielle Ader and I am a senior here at Fontbonne University. With graduation quickly approaching I cannot wait to spend some of my time writing to all of you about my experiences as a Griffin. I am an Accounting and Business Administration double major and Student government president.
In deciding where I wanted to go to school I knew I wasn’t ready to move too far from home. I am from Fenton, Missouri, which is about a half hour south of campus. I love my home town and I knew I didn’t want to be far away from mom just yet. Moving to the big city however, has been a huge adjustment even though I wasn’t far to start. St. Louis has stolen my heart since I was little. I have enjoyed many things about living here such as: being so close to Busch Stadium (GO CARDINALS), going to the Muny every summer with my mom, and being able to walk to Forest Park.
I knew that Fontbonne was the right place for me the minute I stepped out of the car on my first preview day. I was so excited and everything here just felt like a family I wanted to be a part of. My freshman year was amazing and I met so many great people. As my time here comes to a close I continue to make new friends every single day; I have found my passion and I don’t think that would have happened at any other school. I know that Fontbonne was the right place for me and I know that it will forever be in my heart. As May 9th approaches I know that I am going to be sad to leave here but I hope that I won’t ever be far.
In high school I was a good student and I liked almost all of the classes I took. I did not love any particular subject over another.
As a recent high school graduate I struggled with the idea of choosing a major. At first I wanted to be an architect, then a doctor, then an engineer, etc. it seemed that the list of things I wanted to be was endless and as I was about to continue my education the pressure was on!
One of the things that helped me choose my major was an aptitude test and meeting with a psychologist that helps people identify their strengths, weaknesses and interests. However, I think that the most helpful thing was to look back at the activities that I did because I wanted to do them and not because I had to do them.
Ever since I was little, maybe 7 or 8, I have been interested in creating things. When I was a small kid it was drawings, when I was 11 until I was 14 I made earrings, bracelets and necklaces. When I was 16 I started my own hair accessory line and sold them online and to acquaintances.
I realized that I had a passion for creating things with my hands, but I also realized that my project was not complete until I could sell them! Reflecting on the results of my test that indicated a strong inclination towards business and finance; and looking back at my entrepreneurial nature I decided on a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance. This major gives me all the tools that I need to succeed if I choose to be an entrepreneur, but also if I choose to concentrate on something related to finance.
What do you love? Try to look back and identify the activities that you chose to do because you liked them. Painting? Writing? Cooking? Playing sports? Watching sports? Anything you love can be turned into a career! The most important thing when choosing a major is to understand that your major does not necessarily dictate your career; your major gives you the tools to succeed!
Where I see myself five, ten, or even fifteen years from now crosses my mind quite frequently. I always wonder if I will accomplish my goals and succeed in my dreams. I think everybody probably wonders that.
Since I am an accounting and business administration student, I plan on stepping foot into the business world. I truly believe it was what I was meant to do in life and can’t picture myself doing anything else. Within the business world, I’m pretty sure I want to enter the tax industry.
The tax industry and just the business world in general has typically been dominated by men. Men have always been thought of as the ones who succeed in that world and they seem to get a lot of the public recognition.
However, women have been making their mark, more and more each year. I, personally, want to be one of those women. I feel like my hard work ethic and personal determination will help me to be a leading woman in the business world. I want to break the stereotype of the “glass ceiling” and know I can!