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Hometown best friends are the best and saying goodbye to him/her/them is just as hard as saying goodbye to your family. Here are some of the things that happen when you and your best friends go to different schools.

  1. Facetiming at all hours of the night because you have to find what works for both of your schedules.
  2. Trying to figure out how to Skype with more than one person.
  3. Summing up all of the things that have happened since the last time you talked to you BFF
  4. Talking to your BFF’s parents, siblings, aunts, and grandmas whenever you see them and hoping to feel connected to your BFF in some way.
  5. Seeing things at the store and knowing your BFF would love it.
  6. Buying things from your school to send to your BFF to have a piece of you with your BFF at schoolIMG_3937
  7. Wearing/Using the things your BFF bought you from his/her school
  8. Texting them random things in your grouptext that they only would understand because you know he/she will be there when no one at your school understands your hatred of *enter item here*.
  9. One Word: Screenshots
  10. Confidently sending your ugliest snapchats because even if his/her new friends see, you probably don’t know them.
  11. Being jealous of his/her new friends because they get to hang out your friend all the time
  12. When you’re both in town and you meet up as soon as you are both home
  13. Being his/her biggest fan in sports, school, careers, and life

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XOXO,

Claire

 

 

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Hello, fellow and future Fonties. I am going to start off by saying that I am super excited to be able to share my stories about my time at Fontbonne with all of you. I wrote a blog over the summer that was a little bit about me and orientation as I was a WING leader this past year. For those of you who don’t know what a WING leader is, that is our orientation team that welcomes in all of the new freshman every fall. However, if you did not read my blog over the summer, all is well because I am going to start from scratch. I am going to take your through my journey as a Griffin starting from the very beginning. (Not all in one post of course, because that would be way too much to read!). Over the course of the next three months, I hope to get you from the time I walked on campus in 2012 to the time I walked on campus to start my senior year of college. I hope you enjoy my experiences as much as I have.

My name is Danielle Ader and I have been through a handful of things that every college student probably goes through. I walked on campus for the first time in August of 2012; ready to begin my journey as a Fontbonne Griffin. I wanted more than anything to be away from my parents and finally be able to spread my wings. As a freshman, you go through the orientation program, at the time called FOCUS. Once all of your stuff is moved in, they take you to the Maybee Gymnasium for this big ceremony. You listen to what feels like a million people tell you, “Welcome to Fontbonne,” and then you break into your FOCUS groups. This is the first time you leave your parents and families to venture off and meet new students in the same boat you are. For me, this was so stressful as I am very quiet, or at least I was at the time. Fontbonne had no one that I went to high school with except one girl, who of course was not put in my group. I was alone with no friends and I was scared. High school was rough for me; I went to school with the same people from kindergarten to senior year. Once one person had a thought about who you were or what you were, everyone knew and that was your image for the rest of your time. So in knowing that no one from high school was around I thought about it for a very long time. I realized that I could be whoever I wanted to be, and I could do whatever I wanted to do. So my journey as a Griffin began.

I started classes and was eagerly awaiting the activities fair. I knew I wanted to be involved but had no idea the opportunities that were there for me at Fontbonne. I remember signing up to be in every organization that had a table in the meadow; I do not suggest doing that because the emails are overbearing. Pick a few that you think you are excited about and then join those, go to the meetings and then narrow it down to one or two. They have so many organizations on campus — currently 17 different groups. Those are just the registered student organizations, that doesn’t include different groups that are run out of departments on campus.

In all of the organizations I signed up, for I knew I wanted to be a Griffin Girl (Fontbonne’s Dance Team) more than anything else in the world. I was coming off of 6 years of competitive cheer and dance and I was adamant about dancing in college. As I was walking around the activities fair I also decided I wanted to be a senator of the Student Government Association. Fast forward just a couple weeks and I had filled out my senator application, working on it for hours to make sure it was perfect to ensure acceptance; and I received an email that the organization was looking for a VP of Finance.  I thought to myself, “Why not?” and applied; I worked even harder on this application and submitted it right away. I received an email, what I think was the following week, that they wanted to set up an interview with the advisor and current president. I was in the Dunham Student Activity Center (DSAC) getting food and while I was walking back to my room I made the decision to respond to the email with a time I was available, try to carry my food, and walk down the stairs all at the same time. I slid down the stairs and broke a bone in my foot; piece of advice, DON’T TEXT AND WALK DOWN STAIRS!  After being placed in a boot it was time for tryouts for Griffin Girls; despite my broken foot I was still going to push my limits and tryout doing as much as I possible could. Unfortunately 2 hours later I was cut from the team because I couldn’t show enough of my skills. My dreams had ended in a split second, I balled my eyes out as I headed back to my room.

I did not know what I was going to do until I had my interview for Student Government. I nailed my interview and was so excited to get an email that afternoon that I had received the VP of Finance position as a freshman. I remember thinking to myself that I was going to give Student Government my all and I was going to go far and succeed in this organization. After about a month or so into my time in the organization I absolutely fell in love and knew I had found my passion.

So aside from my involvement, let me tell you about my academics and social life. I already mentioned that I knew orientation was going to be tough since I did not really have many friends. My roommate, who was the only person I really knew, was not going on the overnight trip that was planned. So I did not go either and let me tell you that was the worst mistake of my entire life. As an orientation leader, I can say that I may be biased but… without this experience it is very hard to establish a social life at Fontbonne. Everyone really bonds during this time at Lake Williamson.  eedless to say I did not really have a social life at Fontbonne… Until I met my best friend to this day, Brooke Stochl. She really brought me out of my shell and over the years, has taught be to be a much better person.

I was not going to class being mommy and daddy could not tell me I had to, if I had a headache I was not going, if my stomach hurt a little bit I was not going and so on. I had excuse after excuse as to why I was not going to class.  Let me tell you that people will say “go to class” and you will think, “well duh” but once you decide not to go to one it is easy to miss another and another. I got straight C’s my first semester here. And some of you will think, “well C’s do get degrees” and that my be true but guess what?  C’s DO NOT GET YOU JOBS! Go to class and study hard because it truly does make a difference.

Surprisingly enough, that is about all I can remember from my first semester.  Those are at least the big memories that truly impacted my life forever.  I hope you enjoyed my first semester as much as I did!

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So you’ve finally made it. Whether you’ve just started your first semester of college living on campus or living in an apartment or a house by yourself, there are some things to consider as you take this academic year head-on.

1. Make a budget and follow it!

It’s easy to get carried away buying stuff online because you’re that excited about receiving packages or doing fun things or buying stuff from Target you don’t really need. Whether you are working and schooling full time or not working at all, planning a budget can help you manage your money while you live on or off campus! Using a budget app can help you look at your monthly expenses in many areas and help you save money in the long run.

2. Schedule time to sit down and do homework or study everyday.

I mean, let’s be honest, studying or doing homework isn’t that great. It’s easy to get caught up in extracurricular and social activities that leave you at the end of the week having accomplished little homework. But if you take the time to study every day for your classes or schedule time for homework, it will benefit you and help you achieve the best grades you can while managing your time wisely.

3. Do extracurricular activities!

Yeah, I know I just told you to schedule time to study and do homework and all, but doing extracurricular stuff is important too. Join clubs! Do sports! Work a job! Do whatever! Volunteer for stuff that will look good for a future career/graduate school applications later on.  You’ll probably have more time to do this now rather than later.

4. Be yourself! 

This is Lion King-esque I know, but it’s important. It’s easy to let yourself change your ideals to fit in with other people you first meet your freshman year. You don’t need to do that. I mean, people change and you might be still trying to find out who you are and that’s okay.  But you don’t need to go to great lengths to do so! Looking back now, I don’t even talk to the people I met when I started my first semester of college. You’ll find your niche and really great friends can come out of this whole experience!!

I could go on and on with tips and stories I’ve acquired over the past few years, but that’s for another day. These may as well be the best dang years of your life, so make the most of it! Let’s have a great year everyone!! 🙂

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First Impression

by Quinn on September 10, 2015

in First Year at Fontbonne

After living on campus at Fontbonne for more than three weeks, I now have an array of impressions made on me in the opening stages of my college life. There was one thing I instantly realized that I needed to do in order to adjust accordingly to life on campus. Was it having my new living space all set up perfectly to where it accommodates me best? It came to my surprise that simply moving onto campus was a pretty easy task in comparison to the challenges that proceeded the move-in process. In an instant, you go from being surrounded by your loved ones helping you begin this new stage in your adult life, and then, like that, you’re alone. Well, of course you’re never alone on campus, but in a way you are. You’re suddenly paired with numerous unfamiliar faces all around you. It was first impressed on me that this was the first thing that I must do alone: meet people. For some, this is a daunting challenge. Some may be coming from a high school graduating class of less than thirty of peers they have known the entirety of their lives; some may have even been homeschooled and have not interacted with many different people on a regular basis.

I, for one, am used to being forced to meet new people. I have changed schools a number of times throughout my life and have been involved in numerous activities that forced me to meet new faces. After making my acquaintance to a number of people, my anxiety levels lowered and I instantly became more comfortable with my new surroundings. I noticed there were a lot of other people around me who seemed in need of a friend, so I just did the bare minimum and introduced myself to them. It’s a small gesture in itself, but it can have a more profound impact than it appears at first sight. I’ve met an assortment of individuals from people introducing themselves to me as well as returning the favor. You never know what impact a simple “Hey” can have on an individual.

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Why Fontbonne? I’ll Tell You Why!

by Alumni Posts February 8, 2012

Hello everyone! This is the first blog I’ve ever written, so you may be asking, “Who are you?”. Well, this is my first year at Fontbonne University. I’m a fashion merchandising student and loving every minute of it! I love to shop, dance, cuddle with my cat Coco, and just live life! My hometown is […]

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New Year, New Semester

by Alumni Posts February 7, 2012

Well, it’s finally 2012. I seems like 2011 flew right by. So many wonderful things happened. I graduated from a great high school, was accepted by a great university and started my first semester of my college career. I can’t say that 2011 was easy, but it would be a lie to say that it […]

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Changing courses

by Alumni Posts November 11, 2011

Part of me feels like this semester just began, but then there is a (big) part of me that thinks it has been dragging on and I just want it to end! I can see the finish line, and I feel so close. I just picked out my classes for next semester, and met with […]

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Choosing Classes for Spring.

by Alumni Posts November 11, 2011

So it’s time to pick classes for spring. I’m only a freshman in my first semester but there are a few things I’ve already picked up about choosing which courses I want to take next semester. I still find it hard to believe that I’m almost finished with my first semester of college and I […]

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