Nothing shapes you more than the people around you. Every person that has influenced your life was there for a reason and college isn’t different. When I first came to college I had a lot of awesome people around me. However, forging a bond with other first years really helped me get used the change of college.
My group of friends that I met this year are all sorts of busy with school and work. Saying that, we found time for friends-mas. Friends-mas was a Christmas celebration before we went home for actual Christmas with our families. Being away during the season can be hard, but friends-mas was the answer. We visited the zoo, explored St. Louis, and much more together.
We have supported each other through the change of college. I have met some awesome people at Fontbonne but nothing is better than actually relating to someone. The people I’ve met here helped make Fontbonne home.
Hey Fonties! Welcome back! I hope your spring break was absolutely fabulous (I’m really sad it’s over… can we have a spring break redo?…. No?…. Okay….). Anyway, let’s jump right into it then. In my three years as a Griffin, I’ve noticed a lot of little golden nuggets that make Fontbonne a great place to learn and grow. Here are my five favorite things that make Fontbonne amazing.
1. The Campus
Being on campus will make you feel like you’ve stepped off of a page of “Better Homes and Gardens.” Fontbonne in the spring is absolutely gorgeous
2. The People
When I say I’m extremely blessed and fortunate to be a part of the Fontbonne family, I mean it wholeheartedly. The people you will encounter on campus will continuously fill your spirit with joy.
3. The Staff
Fontbonne teachers and staff are awesome people. The teachers here take time to get to know you personally, and make it their business to make sure you succeed.
4. The Class Size
You will never feel lost in the shuffle or like another number on campus. The class sizes are small enough so that everyone in the room gets what they need.
5. Your Major
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I am going to do something completely different, I am answering some questions for you all.
Q: What do you wish you knew before you came to Fontbonne?
A: That it is kind of cliquey with a few groups, but there are people here who make you feel welcomed and a part of the community. A major thing for me is to not stress out over anything — just ask for help.
Q: What info would help incoming students make their most of their time here?
A: Being involved in clubs like Residential Hall Association can help you get to know the people on your floor.
Q: What might students from other schools be surprised to hear about Fontbonne?
A: You won’t get lost in the shuffle among other students, and the teachers really do care about you. They will do everything within their power to help you succeed.
The last time I wrote I was utterly in despair over a health issue that I’m facing and gearing up for a fight with my insurance company. The good news is that I had a secondary policy that kicked in and my surgery went according to schedule last Tuesday. What wonders God can do when we relinquish control and hand life’s struggles into His hands.
I always considered Fontbonne and the Pathways program a blessing to a long awaited prayer to go back to college and complete my degree. I’ve said that if I had the strength and support that I’ve gotten with the Pathways program, faculty, and Student Ministries the first time around in college, I know I would have been successful.
But, God answered my long time prayer with the Pathways program. He has provided me with an understanding community of people that have empathy for me and my situation right now. They have made accommodations for me after my surgery when it comes to my homework and I truly feel they are praying and rooting me through my recovery process.
I know from experience what it is like to be just a number at a college and not to get the personal attention and care that you need when life hands you bad news. This is why I am thankful that my path to getting my degree is at Fontbonne, a place where I’m not just a number or a check to the business office but a real caring, feeling person.
Blessings on your week. I pray that you remember this week no matter what life throws your way that God is in control and to let Him take the wheel.