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Dream Big!

by Alumni Posts on May 7, 2015

in Career Paths,Faith

Hi everyone,

Time really flies fast! It’s already been a year for me in St. Louis, studying in Fontbonne University. Back to the day from last year, I was in California and struggling with what I should do after graduation. It was a really scary thing to me when I thought that it seemed like I’d already achieved my academic plans and didn’t have any goals in front of me to achieve anymore… Until I got an email that night saying that I got accepted onto a master’s program combined with a dietetic internship — my mind and emotions totally changed. I could finally achieve what I was longing for for years!!!!!! Even though within this year, I still have encountered struggles since I moved to a new place independently while my family members are all living very far away from me. I always remember that this is an opportunity that I can use to get my master’s and internship. I treasure it and I believe that God can help me bear it through all the way to the end even though I think I can’t. That makes me want to continue to work my best, and he will help me with the rest.

I know this semester is almost over. And some of you may had encountered bumps in this semester. However, I really want to encourage you to not give up your dreams! Bumps will eventually be gone. But your dream will never move away from you. If you keep working hard, your path to reach the goal will  shorten and eventually when you reach your destination, this will forever be for you!!! So, let’s Dream Big together!! 🙂

 

– Kathy

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I have been thinking about the new information I have been learning this semester.  I had not really realized how much of my classes really linked together as well as they did.  Though really, what I have enjoyed the most about would be in my Family Policy & Advocacy in Family and Consumer Science class. We reviewed important texts of information especially over the Human Ecological Model created by Urie Brofenbrenner, where this visual representation illustrates how relationships within our lives impacts those around each and every one of us.  Take a child within a family, an individual.  This could be the center core to the circle model.  Around the center core of this circle, there are about five circles which stand other “layers” of the larger circle and have significance.  Each level focuses on various amounts of interaction, through relationships, with the specific individual, which can be anyone we wish to analyze or take time to learn more about. The first layer surrounding the center core stresses the importance of direct relationships with the main individual, such as relationships with family members. The next layer really focuses on the relationships with people who interact with the main individual – creating indirect relationships with the main individual.  As the circle expands out further with each relationship, the impact on the individual is less direct.  I know I can go much further in explaining the layers, but I want to mainly talk about what I have taken away from learning about this new information.

What I really appreciate about my major is the importance of relationships we create with people around us.  How the relationships we foster with one another really impacts the way we develop as an individual in life.  I know I have been told in the past that my actions really impact others around me, but I had not really understood until learning this diagram in depth.  As a citizen in the United States, though more specifically as a citizen in the city of St. Louis, I am part of the bigger picture in some people’s lives. But, additionally I am also part of the smaller picture in other people’s lives, such as those closest to me.

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They say there is nothing better than food grown right in your own backyard…
 
Now, you can be the judge of that, with Fontbonne’s very own community garden!
 
The F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden, located in the courtyard of Southwest Hall, is underway for its 3rd growing season! Ground was broken for the garden back in 2012 and it is now complete with raised garden beds, compost bins, picnic tables, and even a pergola!
 
The garden was originally established to help support campF.R.E.S.H., a summer program held on campus that teaches middle schoolers about sustainability and fresh cooking. But that is not the only way the development is putting the “community” back in community garden.
 
F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden is open to the entire campus and all are welcome to pick from its bounty! Fontbonne’s food service director is even know to incorporate the garden’s produce into the menus from time to time (cool, huh?!)
 
However, the true beauty of the garden is that it brings the staff and students of Fontbonne together. “Getting involved with the F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden is a great way to meet new people and support a part of Fontbonne,” said Emily Basler, Student Garden Assistant. “The garden is a campus garden that anyone can go to at anytime.”
 
Looking for a little stress relief? The garden may be able to help with that! “Many research articles show that working in a garden can help with stress,” said Basler. “It is a great way to clear your mind of other worries for a while.”
 
Having a public garden is such a precious commodity on campus at Fontbonne, but it can only flourish with the support of the school community. “If we do not have people regularly taking care of it, we may no longer have that space,” said Basler.
 
No experience getting your hand dirty? No problem! “We appreciate any help in the garden. A person’s gardening skill level does not matter!” said Basler. “Getting involved with F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden is a great for all experience levels, whether you’re a newbie learning for the first time or a seasoned garden doing what you love!”
 
If you are interested in getting involved with Fontbonne’s community garden, be sure to sign up for one of the upcoming work days.
 
Be sure to stop by the garden over the next few months to see what may be sprouting. Or just to take out some stress on those well-deserving weeds!
-XOXO Hannah

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What is my major?.

In an earlier post I stated that I am currently studying Family Consumer Sciences, which is designed to help individuals, families, communities and much more, but my major is a branch of FCS, specifically called Family Policy & Advocacy. Now I will be honest and tell you that I am still in the learning process as to what my major entails. I know that I will work towards improving the quality of life for individuals in a given area in which I will reside. Additionally, I will aid families and communities as a whole since each group is affected by one another in some way shape or form. I will strive to make a difference with family and social issues that are present in the community around me. Going off of Fontbonne’s description for Family Policy and Advocacy majors, I will “promote social justice and stand up for human needs and rights on local, national and global levels.”

I will overall do what I can to help those around me like I have already stated. I know that I have several Social Work classes ahead of me, since I have social work commitments, which is not as stressful as the job of a social worker, or so I have been told. I still have more to learn about what I am to look forward to in this field, though am very excited!

 

Why you chose your major?

Well to be honest, I was in a situation where I was forced to switch majors. I wish not to go into detail as to why I was put in that situation though looking back on it, I am forever glad that such events occurred. I knew that I wanted to help people and give back to the community, plus knew that I had to have a passion for what I would do for the rest of my life, and I love working with children. Though recently I realized that yes, it is a good thing I love working with children, though is it more of my maternal instincts within me saying that I hope to one day have a family? The more I thought on that, the more I realized that I would burn out very fast if I ended up working in a work environment that was with children day in and day out and then come home to a family with multiple children – I would one day soon end up not giving all of my love and attention to both sides of the spectrum. I would be doing more harm to myself as well as those around me because I would have reached a burnout level too soon. So I looked deeper and asked myself what is it that I really like about what I do when I volunteer? I love helping people strive for greatness through personal relationships!

What you love about your major?

I realize that I must be repeating myself in this post, but I love how I can impact other people’s lives through my time? I love the moments that happen between me and someone else in need, and how those moments of genuine time spent make life so worth it.

http://www.fontbonne.edu/academics/undergraduate/departments/family-and-consumer-science/family-policy-and-advocacy-major/

 

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Something Special About Fontbonne University

by Fontbonne University December 1, 2014

Whether you may know it or not, Fontbonne University is a mission-based university, where majors are born and created to help the surrounding community in which Fontbonne resides. From my perspective, we are always constantly trying to create new ways to help the community in which we live, whether that is through volunteering opportunities like […]

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New city, new people, new environment

by Alumni Posts October 20, 2014

Hello everyone, Hope everyone is doing good! I have been living in St. Louis since this June. I am originally from Hong Kong and came to the United States for studying. Everything seems new to me once I move and live in here. Before coming to St. Louis, I was little bit nervous because I […]

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