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Falling Into Place

by Raven on October 16, 2015

in Academics,Career Paths

Hey there Griffins! Back with more advice and a story to tell. We all have dreams right? For some of you, that dream may be becoming a doctor, politician, athletic trainer, or even a first generation college graduate. Whatever your dream is, know that it is achievable and you have every right to chase after it. I know what some of you may be thinking “why should listen to you? Aren’t you a student yourself? And your answer is yes, you’re right, I am a student, just like everyone who may or may not read my posts, and you’re right, I don’t have all answers to all the questions life has to ask.

What I do know though, is that every person on this planet has a dream or goal they want to achieve, and I can kinda sense that someone out there may need a little push or someone to tell them not to give up on their dreams. Well, aren’t you lucky? That’s why I’m here! Let me tell you a little about some of my own dreams, hopefully it’ll inspire you to go after your own.

Ever since I was about five years old, I have always wanted to be a lawyer; specifically, a criminal prosecutor. When I was around that age, I actually wanted to go Harvard Law School to begin my journey. Now you may be thinking, “if you’ve always wanted to be a prosecutor, why in the world are you a communication studies major? And why did you stop chasing this dream? Well, those are great questions, Griffins; the first one will be answered in my next post (that means you’ll have to come back next week…. stay tuned….). The second question though, I’d be happy to answer now. The reason why I put the dream of becoming a prosecutor on hold, is because of the naysayers in my life. Let’s be honest here, Griffins, we all have a naysayer in our life, some of us may have an entire team of naysayers in our lives. Whether your naysayers are family, friends, church members, or a significant other, they are in our lives, and trust me, it can get really tough when you’re chasing something. The truth is, I listened to my naysayers for a really long time.  When everyone around me told me that I couldn’t be a prosecutor because my grades weren’t good enough, I believed them. It wasn’t until last semester, during my time as a dispatch intern, that the dream of becoming a prosecutor started to reawaken in me. After a routine visit to the doctor, I decided that that little five year old girl who wanted to be a lawyer would finally achieve the dream her little ambitious heart desired. I know it’s not going to be easy; nothing worth having is ever easy to achieve. I know the work will probably be tough, and believe me, I am very aware that there will be law students who are smarter than me; but I don’t care, it’s time for me to make myself proud.

I’ll leave you guys with two pieces of advice: the first would be to go after your dreams, whatever those may be. Give them all you have, make the appropriate sacrifices, and invest in yourself at all times. The second piece of advice would be to never quit. Ever. No matter how hard it gets, or how scared you become; don’t give up. Always be willing to fight for what you want.


I’ve adopted a new mantra lately, and that is “Do one thing every day that scares you”.  In other words, get used to pushing your comfort-zone. I think many can relate when I say that in the past I’ve certainly let my fears stop me from leaving my fluffy, comforting comfort-zone.

Comfort zones may feel good in the moment, but after too long they can be suffocating. Remaining in a comfort-zone for too long can leave a person with a lot of what-if’s. This week I pushed majorly past my comfort zone and posted my first vlog (a video blog on YouTube).  Getting in front of a camera can be scary!  When I made my first few practice-takes I felt nervous, anxious and embarrassed. As the process came along, I become more familiar with angles, tricks, and how to edit my videos. It felt empowering.  I owe some credit to my uber supportive boyfriend who encourages and pushes me to go after my passions and dreams.

So that’s that!  I have my first video out and although it wasn’t as easy as I thought, I worked for it and made it happen.  Pursuing your dreams is empowering! Is anyone pushing their comfort zone this summer?

I hope that with summer in full gear, everyone is spending their summer doing the the things they love!


The title of this blog really is the biggest lesson I’ve ended up learning here at Fontbonne this semester. Not that I didn’t know or believe in following my dreams before, that’s one of the reasons I’m here in the first place, but I guess you could say that the lesson has been solidified. One of the best things about all my classmates in the art building is that they have a lot of the same dreams and goals as I do, and it’s an inspiration to say the least. We all want to create art and share it with the world in one way or another. We share our ideas and help each other work through challenges. It’s so easy to get caught up in the social ideas of having to work yourself to death for a big house, luxury car, and mountains of debt from buying things. I’ve met more people being happy with making a modest living doing what they love and appreciating what they have. The secret to that has been that they’re following their dreams and going after what they’re passionate about. Life is short, we only get one shot at it, so do what you love and make some amazing memories along the way.



A couple months ago, an amazing opportunity came my way. I was offered to be the head shoes and accessories coordinator for St. Louis Fashion Week Fall 2014. As someone that is a fashion major and wants to pursue event planning, this was an absolutely perfect position and way to combine my passions. The past several weeks, I have participated in numerous meetings, helped with model casting, and communicated with designers, Alive Magazine (the producer of St. Louis Fashion Week), and Brown Shoe Company (the show sponsor and shoe donor).

After a lot of prep work, it was extremely exciting and rewarding to see it all finally come together. I was a part of three runway shows. The other events for St. Louis Fashion Week consisted of panel presentations and a gala, which I did not help coordinate. The first show was at Neiman Marcus at Plaza Frontenac. This featured three designers that have collections at the retailer. The second, Emerging Designer, showcased six designer collections, and was a competition for a $15,000 cash prize. Lastly, Designer Showcase, featured Tess Giberson, Timo Weiland, and Yigal Azrouel. All of these designers already have established stores and live in New York City. In fact, they have even been a part of New York Fashion Week.

Emerging Designer and Designer Showcase required the most prep work. This past week, at least 12 hours a day were spent at Union Station preparing the front and back stage areas. It was one of the most tiring, yet rewarding experiences. I met and worked with so many outstanding professionals in the fashion industry, including Elizabeth Tucker, the publisher at Alive Magazine and Fern Mallis, the producer of New York Fashion Week. Also, the director of St. Louis Fashion Week (and the one to offer the position to me in the first place), Shannon Lichti, said she would love to keep me for the shows in the spring. Also, she wants to collaborate on events outside of Fashion Week. It is extremely exciting to know that I have great job connections, especially since I’ll be graduating in May.

Because this whole experience was a dream of mine, it hardly seemed real. Especially when I got a shout-out on the runway. After the final show, I was called to the stage to receive flowers. This was a very special and touching moment. It definitely makes me realize how hard work can truly pay off. Some of my dreams are becoming a reality, and I could not be more eager for the near future ahead of me. STLFW '14


Project: Design!

by Alumni Posts October 12, 2012

Happy St. Louis Fashion Week! This week is a chance for St. Louis to celebrate its vibrant fashion scene. All this week, many exciting fashion events are occurring at various local retailers. One of the events I went to was called Project: Design! Six local fashion designers showcased their collection in a runway show that […]

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