If you’ve ever had Professor Stopke here at Fontbonne, you know that often his courses require a site visit. I’m currently in his Special Topics: Alternative Religious Movements class, and it has opened my eyes to a world of religious and non-religious movements. Some I’ve heard of and some I haven’t. The most important things I’ve learned in the class are to be respectful of these groups—no matter their belief system, practices or opinions—and to have an open mind.
I want to give an overview of my experience at my site visit without giving too many details, for fear of spoiling a potential site visit for others and also for the sake of the privacy and sacredness of the group itself. The event we attended (I was accompanied by my friend and classmate) was called Ostara, a ritual that took place on the Spring Equinox. The group that held the event is called Spirit’s Edge, a Shamonial Temple. This information is available to anyone by way of the Internet. A quick Google search will bring up a multitude of Wiccan and Pagan groups.
It’s a great community. The people there were so welcoming. I had sent an email to Shea, the High Priestess and Founder of the group. She welcomed my friend and I to attend the event, and I learned so much. They were so chill about everything, and there were a lot of laughs throughout the night. At the same time, they were reverent when conducting the ritual and speaking about their practices.
Each person there had their own unique perspective, and it was wonderful to talk to such gracious people who were so open when talking about their beliefs, and entertaining our many, many questions.
I highly recommend contacting Shea if you want to experience a Wiccan event, or if you are looking for a site visit for a theology class. Just make sure to do your research and remain respectful
It is not to far from the start of a new semester. One of my favorite classes is my graphic novel class. I get to read Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, The Watchmen, and a few others. It has opened my world into more reading. I started to get into the graphic novel The Walking Dead. I am so glad that Fontbonne is starting to have fun classes. It makes me want to go to class, even though I always attend class, and makes it more interesting.
Good day, Fontbonne!
This week I wish to discuss how I study for exams. For me, the best way to study for an exam is paying attention in class. If you are unable to understand your teacher, then I would suggest dropping the class and getting into a new one. (There are some classes taught at Fontbonne with different teachers teaching the courses. Find one that works in your schedule.) Since I fortunately am able to understand my professors, I can usually give my undivided attention. What teachers say in class is very important. You can read the book all you want, but most likely what you will be tested mostly on is the information that the teacher has presented in class. There is a chance that you will have a class that does not use the book in class. It is always good to read the book regardless if the teacher does not review from it in class. For example, in my Western Civilization Pre-Historty to 1700 CE course with Mr. McCabe, Mr. McCabe tests his students on both the material that was given in class, and what was not touched upon from the chapters in our book. He will often say in class: “Make sure you read the chapter!”.
I have to admit, I do not always read everything for my classes. It is really only when it is mentioned in class that I read outside of class and homework. What has been working for me lately is studying my notes thoroughly, then skim the book for any information that I might have missed. Once I come across something that I realize that I need to know for the test, I read the section over maybe once or twice up to an hour.I feel that paying attention in class and taking good notes are the best ways for studying for a test. Good luck to all of you, and I hope that you have found my tips useful!
This week when I checked my e-mail I found an e-mail from one of my professors stating that I had done an assignment wrong. Instead of criticizing me or letting me know I lost the points he simply stated he had erased the incorrect assignment and asked me to re-do the work and told me how.
This got me thinking what a gracious gift a re-do could be whether it would be in school or in life. There are times that I submit an assignment after spell checking it and re-reading it and then find an error. Darn, it stings when the professor finds the error too. It stings as well in life when a friend, family member or a complete stranger finds an error, wrong doing, or criticizes you. At those times it would be awesome to have a re-do button to help with a quick reply, a sorry or a “will you forgive me?”.
This week I’m so thankful for my re-do I was given in my class because it gave me time to reflect on the things that have been happening in my life. Although, this past weekend I couldn’t push a re-do button and have things work perfectly with my estranged mom and brother, with whom I was able to reconnect with. I know that there have been painful things said and done by all three of us, but by God’s grace we are being pulled together into a re-do relationship. I hope and pray that I am able to bond again in a positive way with my mom as she is facing brain cancer. I also pray for a peace to overwhelm her, myself and my brother.
I pray for the quiet peace that a re-do can do for you not only in school but in life.