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Cathy

Do what you love.

by Cathy on October 30, 2014

in Academics,College Life

Coming into college, I was scared about picking a major right off that bat. However, I knew that I was really interested in English and it’s what I love to do. I now find myself writing essays about pieces of literature that interest me. I honestly couldn’t have picked a better major. I chose this major because I’m a certified book nerd. I won the reading student of the year award my senior year of high school, basically the book nerd of the year award. I have loved reading since I was little; it has become something that I’m super passionate about. Also, I chose this major because of the intensive writing courses. I love challenging myself when writing a paper. I love constructing a paper out of an idea in your head, then making it cohesive. It astounds me how one can use words to provoke a message and I love every minute of my major because of it. I love the material we read in my classes. Right now, we’re reading a novel and analyzing said novel. It’s amazing how you can view literature from a way and develop an idea about it. I love my professors in the major, they allow you to create your own ideas. They allow you to use your own words.

I’m a strong believer in doing what you love. If you love reading and writing and are passionate about it, I highly suggest you become an English major. It’s a lot of writing and hard work, but it’s all totally worth it. I’ve learned how to look at literature differently as an English major. I’ve learned that words are used deliberately and the author probably used it for a reason. Nothing is always something can be confusing in a way, but analyzing literature makes you look at the world differently. Literature is a direct link to our culture and society. You can develop ideas about both of those when you read a piece of literature. No literature is the same, each piece is unique. When reading a piece from the 1950′s, you will find something different than reading a poem from the 1800′s. Literature shows how the world has developed and changed. I’m done with my rant about how awesome my major is, but I really do recommend this major to anyone who loves to read.

I will leave you with a quote from Steve Jobs on the topic of doing what you love, have an awesome week!

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -Steve Jobs

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Tim

Life is a test

by Tim on February 10, 2014

in Faith

Pray your way and be worry free. Things rarely make sense if you force them. Just be yourself, do whatever makes you happy and don’t waste your time trying to fix things out of your control. – Jeffery Facchin
I know… we all can change. – Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead)

A wise man told me this recently when I told him that I felt lost. So I took his words of wisdom into my life. I started to focus on what makes me happy, which one of the things was writing poetry. I had thought about changing what I wanted to do with my life. I changed my major to General Studies English. I felt the weight and worry lifted off of my shoulders. The stress that was holding me back just disappeared. I can have more open to my career than what I had previously.

I was not going to worry about trying my hardest to make everyone happy, but I was going to make myself happy again. That meant that I was taking more appreciation into the friendships that I currently have right now, and everything that I have in my life. I wasn’t going to try to force broken friendships to be fixed. If it was meant to be fixed than the broken friendships would be fixed.

Doing things like reading graphic novels, playing video games, and writing have changed my outlook on life. I had recently asked my folks if I could adopt a dog as a graduation gift in December. They said as long as I pay for everything for the dog. This had made my whole year. I felt more grown up because of this. I am looking forward to my dog. I will have something to look forward to when I came home from work. I have changed for the better. I take more pride in what I do.

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When you look up the word inspire, the dictionary defines it as- to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.

In the Fontbonne community I would have to say that Dr. Jason Sommer would be an inspiration to me. He’s my professor, my academic advisor, Department Chair of the English and Communication Department, and he’s a published poet.

After I’ve completed my BA here at Fontbonne University, my goal is to become a published writer. I’m currently enrolled in Advanced Creative writing which is being taught by Dr. Sommer. He’s the kind of frustrating inspiration especially when he sees capabilities in you that you don’t see within yourself. But he wouldn’t be the Dr. Sommer everyone has come to know if he didn’t push you to reach your full potential.

Another professor on my list would have to be Professor Margaux Sanchez; she’s a professor in the English and Communications department. She inspires me because, like me, she manages a home life/family, work and everything else. She’s also helped me reach new heights regarding my writing. Without her I wouldn’t know how to unclog my mind and thoughts when I’m suffering from writer’s block. She’s written for the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and most recently, the St. Louis Beacon. She’s someone I look up to and has shown me how to become a better me through my writing.

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There are many different classes offered at Fontbonne. I feel that any class you take will be difficult and challenging because it is all new information and you should want to challenge yourself. Right now, for me, my hardest class at the moment would have to be English 101. I say this because I don’t really like to read, and I am not a very good writer. Well, that is an issue for this class. This whole class is graded on writing about things you have read. We are graded on 3 essays and 3 response papers. So, basically 6 papers are our grade…. no tests or anything! Luckily I am carrying an A in it right now after 3 papers, and we just turned in a 4th paper, so we shall see!

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My First Blog!

by Alumni Posts October 3, 2011

Hello Everyone! This is my first blog, and I’m excited to get to share my college experience with all my new followers! I am currently a junior at Fontbonne University in St. Louis majoring in English and Pre-Law. I also play NCAA division three basketball and golf. Even though I have to spend a lot […]

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Liz- Loved Every Minute

by fontbonneuniversity April 22, 2009

To be a senior and reflect on the classes I’ve taken at the University… My favorites? That’s easy! 1)     Argumentation and Debate.  2)     Intro to Literature 3)     World Religions 4)     Investments 5)     Developmental Psychology.   Ahh…but nothing compares to my favorite!    The class I’ll miss most is Rhetorical Criticism.   Now, for those who […]

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Liz S- An Easter Poem

by fontbonneuniversity April 13, 2009

Easter 2009 A perfect time to sit and reflect: No motherland ever sought this height? Our countryside lost, and gained respect And set the “future lens” to a new sight. Count back, look ahead 1970 for Familiar history will ease her, Come together, celebrate, cooperate, achieve “Excuse me,” “thank you,” “please sir.” Forgotten have we […]

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Krista- Editor-in-Chief

by fontbonneuniversity October 20, 2008

I’ve always loved reading & writing, and one of my favorite things to do, even when I was little, was to go through the Sunday Post-Dispatch (after my mom was done with it) and read all of the interesting news stories. All throughout high school, I wrote for the school newspaper and eventually became the […]

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