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I was particularly psyched to write this blog post. It’s the start of a new semester…or it was a few months back. And things are happening rapidly. In this crazy madness of school, work, and extracurriculars I have this growing excitement.

If you would’ve told me as a freshman that I would be this excited about my future, Freshman Me wouldn’t have believed you. Thinking back on that time I was very shy, insecure, and anxious. In fact, I even questioned my place at Fontbonne. For a while, I panicked and thought maybe I had made the wrong decision.

Now I’m over the moon about being a Griffin. (Do people still say “over the moon?”) In a few months, I’ll be a graduate. And for the first time I can adamantly say that I am excited for the future. Sure, it’s scary. But I have so many ambitions.

Aside from all the normal adult things that us millennials dream about (apartment, financial stability, health insurance, a pet…), I’m most excited for my career. Part of the reason, I think, that I’m most excited is because that I don’t know for sure what will happen. That fear factor would’ve scared me off, say, a semester ago. But something about being so close to the end has caused me to have a drastic change of heart.

I’m a proud art major who is expanding her horizons. I love art and drawing dearly but I also like to code. It was something that I was always interested in but wasn’t sure that I was smart enough, had enough drive, or even had time to pursue it. The few computer science courses that I was able to take sparked enough of a curiosity in me that I am now looking at an apprenticeship at LaunchCode!

It’s definitely a lesson: There is more than one way to do things and more than one way to look at things. Try all sorts of things before settling on what you want. And it’s okay to change your mind! There’s always another path.

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Patricia

Starting My New Job

by Patricia on May 25, 2016

in Career Paths

I have just finished a week at my new job at Nordstrom! I really like it. This is my first step towards my career! After I graduate, I hope to complete the retail management internship and have a job. I work in the dress department, and I have helped a lot of mother/groom of the bride choose dresses. There are lots of things to remember about the register and following up with customers. I also have to organize racks and put things in the right order. The time goes by so fast! I usually get an hour for lunch and I get to shop at the other stores at West County Mall. My paycheck is commission based, the average wage for a sales person at Nordstrom is $16/hour, but since I just started, I’m only earning $11/hour. I hope to get up there this summer!

Besides working at Nordstrom, I have lots of vacation plans as usual and other fun things to do (baking of course) so stay tuned!

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When I was little I don’t even really remember what I wanted to be.  The last memory I have of wanting to be something was a teacher; that was when I was a freshman in high school.  I knew that I wanted to help kids learn; I liked the idea of teaching high school freshman so I worked with my favorite teacher.  I got to teach a couple of lessons and with sitting in her classes, seeing how they didn’t quite understand the meaning of respect, I decided that was not the fit for me.

I decided toward my senior year of high school that I wanted to design the next big roller coaster at Six Flags.  I wanted to be an engineer; I didn’t know what that meant to me about where I was going to go but I knew it was what I wanted to do.

Neither of those are exactly what I ended up wanting to do by my Senior year of College.  I am going to graduate school starting in the Fall of 2016 at Saint Louis University to achieve a master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration.  I am beyond excited for this new chapter in my life and accept that it wasn’t my original plan.

XoXo

-D

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As a first year freshman, the question I get the most is “what are you studying?” When I say fashion, merchandising, the next thing they ask is, “So you’re going to work at target your whole life?

It is pretty annoying to get opinions about your passion that are less than flattering. However, I am passionate about my decision to study fashion and follow one of my favorite things. Most people may not know what they want to, but that is okay! It is more than okay! It should be expected. How can you expect a person to know at 17/18, what they want to do with the rest of their lives? The formative years of college will help you decide what you are interested in. It is okay if you try something for a little while and decide in the end that it was the right choice. Changing your mind is fine and encouraged. You should never settle for what anyone else wants you to do! No matter who it is or what the history is, you should do what you need to do to be happy and follow your heart, even if it may not be able to make up its mind!

Moral of the story, do you. Find something you love, and go for it. Do not let anyone hold you back from doing what you are passionate about. If you want to be a doctor, lawyer, model, chef, teacher, etc., try it out and find a career that is going to be satisfying to you intellectually and emotionally, over financially.

Xoxo,
Claire

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When I grow up

by Claire April 13, 2016

When I Grow Up…. When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a banker. I honestly don’t really know why, but that’s what I always wanted to be. When my grade school teachers took all of the students on a field trip to the village area at the Magic House, I “applied” to […]

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College Realities

by Patricia March 4, 2016

Once I went to Fontbonne, all the advice I got in high school was not true. Everyone told me that teachers did not care if you went to class and that classes were extremely hard. At Fontbonne, the teachers do care about students coming to class and they care about students learning. In one of my […]

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A Major Deal

by Fontbonne University September 28, 2015

When I started out at Fontbonne I had every aspect of my educational future planned out. I was going to major in Art, minor in Psych, and eventually go off to get my master’s in Art Therapy. Art Therapy is an up and coming career in the mental health field that uses art as a […]

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Mid-Life College Crisis

by Fontbonne University May 4, 2015

Last year, as a freshman I would hear professors tell me that it is common for people to switch majors in life at least once. I had not really believed my professors, in addition to my family members until that happened to me. When I started my college career I thought for sure that I […]

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Forever Purple and Gold

by Alumni Posts April 20, 2015

It is truly hard to believe how fast the year is winding down. The number of student organization events, class assignments, and final projects is getting lower and lower. It is a very bittersweet feeling. I feel good knowing that I have accomplished so much in the past four years of college. But it is […]

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10 Years Later…

by Lauren October 14, 2014

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that a lot can change. As kids we foresee a certain future for ourselves. After all, our teachers and parents used to ask us all the time, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Now us college students know that the future is a term that […]

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