I start blogging last semester, but I didn’t was constant at all. So one of my goals this semester is posting more often! I went back to Ecuador for the break and it was amazing. I return full of energy to start my second semester here. I have to admit I was a little worried about winter here, but it hasn’t been that cold as I imagine.
So far everything has been great. I love my new education courses, and also I am so excited about starting observation practices this semester. Something I would like to share is that this semester the Latino Hispanic Union is officially an organization! It is amazing to have a space like this here at Fontbonne, where you can share with people who has Hispanic or Latino heritage, and also with people who is just interested about it. We want this organization to be inclusive, so if you are not Hispanic or latino you are totally welcome to come and share good moments and activities with us!
Hope everyone have a great week! Till the next post,
Here I share a pic of my friend Cecilia after the ice storm in January.
Being a Griffin is such an awesome experience. And everyday is not quite like the other; you meet new friends, are constantly saying hi, and enjoying life and the beauty of campus. To be a Griffin means to be able to stop and say hello to almost everyone on campus. A normal day in my life as a Griffin consists of getting out of bed, getting dressed, going to class and being productive for the rest of the day. Being a Griffin is unlike anything I have ever experienced and if I could do it all over again… I would.
When I came to Fontbonne as a freshman, I decided that I had no need for a car on campus. Because Fontbonne is so small, it only takes a few minutes to walk to each building on campus. And without a job or student teaching, I had few reasons to go far from campus. Why would I need to drive anywhere?
However, this semester I have a nannying job a few miles from school. My new job and upcoming graduation convinced me it was time to get a car.
Let me preface what I’m about to say with this: having a car on campus is not necessary. There are restaurants, a grocery store, and a Walgreens within walking distance. Students in off-campus practicums, for education majors, often set up carpooling to help students who cannot drive themselves. If you don’t have a car for college, it is possible to get by without one. That being said, I feel very free now that I do have a car. I can drive myself wherever I need or want to go. Which usually means target and Whole Foods every weekend. Even better than driving myself places—I can now give other people rides! It’s nice to be able to pay others back for all the times they had to drive me places. I have some wonderful friends who have taken me to the store countless times, to visit graduate schools, and to the hospital when I have needed it, but I am glad that I can now give them a ride when they need my help.
Even though I can technically go anywhere in St. Louis now that I can drive myself around, I haven’t been to many new places. I attribute this to the busyness of the semester; hopefully this summer I can visit some different areas in St. Louis! If you have any suggestions of great places you love, please let me know!
A new officer position that I hold this school year is on the executive board for the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB). Specifically, I am in charge of daytime events. Thus far during my junior year, I feel like my life revolves around FAB. I am not complaining when I say this, because I absolutely love being a part of this organization. The advisor and other board members are great, fun people to be around. I feel lucky to be able to work with others that are as hard-working and creative as me. Together, we plan and host a variety of campus events that occur on a weekly basis, making the Fontbonne community a livelier place to be. It is a lot of work, but definitely worth it. I put in about eight office hours per week towards FAB and then some free time on top of that. And this just includes preparation hours, not the time spent at the actual events.
This school year is lined up with many outstanding events and activities. FAB is responsible for bi-weekly trivia competitions, karaoke nights, movie showings, celebrations for every holiday, the annual lip sync competition, Siblings Weekend, fall and spring spirit week, and more! Also, Fontbonne hosts live performers, such as musicians, comedians, and magicians in addition. Some events occur off campus as well (i.e. Cardinals games, Blues games, Fox shows, etc.). There is definitely never a dull moment at Fontbonne.
Getting involved on campus is a great learning experience. I am discovering that event planning is a field that I might like to continue working in. There is so much more to college than the time spent in the classroom. Organizations like FAB help me grow as a leader. Also, I get to bond with my fellow peers during the process. Because of my involvement, I live a very busy life. But, I wouldn’t be doing all these things if I didn’t want to be doing them. I am doing what I love and loving what I do by living college life in the FAB lane.