The summer has officially come to an end. My Griffin 101 duties have ended as well as my status as a summer RA. This summer has truly been an adventure. Hanging out with with friends, going to Delaware, and finally piecing together a podcast that I’ve been working on for over a year. To see the hard work pay off is incredible; especially when you’re working with friends that support your ideas and goals even when they seem hazy at first. My Griffin 101 Team has showed me that confidence is key in any situation, Residence Life has taught me how to be more accommodating for other people and that everything doesn’t go as planned. Lastly, I’ve learned from my “roommates” that it’s okay to treat yourself to a night out on the town every once in a while…or every other weekend. All in all the summer sixteen was a success and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. Now, I am preparing for my senior year and all it has to offer.
See you all in a week!
Room 316 has served as the residential hub for most of the summer residents this far. Before it became a residential hub, it was just a normal apartment on the third floor of the Fine Arts building, also known as Southwest. A little over a month ago, I moved into this apartment with the expectation of just living here and living out my summer RA duties and working in the Department of Leadership Education and Student Activities (name will be changed shortly). Shortly after Griffin 101 training all of those “expectations” soon changed when practically all of my friends (whom are Griffin 101 Leaders) were constantly in my room day after day. Night after night we got to know each other more and within a matter of days we became the best of friends!
Kicking off summer ’16 the six of us; Gabe, Beth, Marki, Jordyn, Stania, and myself, have gone out to the many festivals that St. Louis has to offer and also enjoyed each other’s company. Recently, we have started making family dinners in the kitchen for more of a homier feel. Before we would just go out all of the time but then we realized that is costing us big time so we stopped that real quick. The first dinner was made by yours truly. On the menu that day was chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, and mashed potatoes. The following day Beth whipped up spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, and a delicious Caesar salad. Who knew a home cooked meal could be just as filling as going out to eat?! Long before room 316 started making “30 minute meals,” Marki Miller in room 321 was cooking up a storm. One night she made her infamous Tuna Helper. Marki also added mixed vegtables to make it more of a heartier meal. The following week, she made chicken, mac & cheese with broccoli, and a delicious side Caesar spinach salad. It was literally the best meal ever.
When we’re not having a luxurious meal, we are either watching Netflix or dancing in the main lobby of Southwest. All seven of us live our lives just like any other college student. There is never a dull moment when we’re all together. Stop by room 316 anytime before July 30th.
I am not a St. Louis native. I spent the first 16 years of my life living throughout the Kansas City metro area. After my freshman year in high school, I moved to St. Louis with my mom and brother. I had never driven more than around the block when I moved to St. Louis and in my new home in bustling “South City” I had a daunting task in front of me when it came to learning how to drive. After a couple of times of going around the neighborhood, my stepfather’s dad told me to turn onto Grand Blvd., a main street. Once I was outside of the neighborhood I had no clue of where I was anymore and I was now surrounded by other drivers. My stepfather’s dad told me where and when to turn. Basically driving blind throughout South City I began to notice how immensely confusing it was. After this pivotal driving lesson, I earned my driving license and began to hit the roads every day. I was fascinated with how thorough the city of St. Louis was and was extremely inclined to go exploring. Most days after school, I would go exploring throughout the city on my own. I got lost a number of times but always managed to find my way back home without any GPS or directions. Throughout high school I met a variety of people who lived in every stretch of the St. Louis metropolitan area. I had been to Wellston, Old North City, Kirkwood, Northwoods, Lemay, The Grove, Dittmer, Ferguson, Ladue, Ritenour, Clayton and Downtown so I was convinced that I had a good majority of the city memorized like the back of my hand by the end of high school.
Once high school ended, I began to not have much interest in exploring new places anymore. Once you do something a couple of times it can begin to seem a little monotonous and not be that exciting anymore. Now that I go to school and work in Clayton I have been stuck in this community primarily for the past 7 months. About a month ago my friends and I were sitting in my dorm room with friends and we were bored out of our minds with nothing to do on a Friday night. It was about midnight and I could tell most of us were ready to call it a night. Finally I decided that maybe it would be a good time to go out and explore a bit for the first time in what felt like forever. However, there wasn’t a whole lot left for me to explore from all the exploring I did in high school on my own. I began to take my friends around the city and soon realized the more places we visited they became even more interested in our journey. Some of my friends were not from St. Louis so it was a little obvious they would take interest in their new surroundings but even those who were from the area were still as interested as those not native. I asked one of them if they had been out exploring since coming to Fontbonne and astonishingly he responded with, “No, this is the first time I’ve been outside of Clayton.” I was amazed by this. He even had a car too. Our adventures that night stretched from the Mississippi River to Tower Grove to the Central West End. We stayed out exploring until 5 the next morning. At our final stop at a 24/7 coffee shop, my friends kept telling me how great of a time they had going out and seeing new places. I had a great time too. Even though I had been to the places that we went to that night, it was a whole new experience getting to feed off of the excitement from my friends.
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.
- Facetiming at all hours of the night because you have to find what works for both of your schedules.
- Trying to figure out how to Skype with more than one person.
- Summing up all of the things that have happened since the last time you talked to you BFF
- 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.
- Seeing things at the store and knowing your BFF would love it.
- Buying things from your school to send to your BFF to have a piece of you with your BFF at school
- Wearing/Using the things your BFF bought you from his/her school
- 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*.
- One Word: Screenshots
- Confidently sending your ugliest snapchats because even if his/her new friends see, you probably don’t know them.
- Being jealous of his/her new friends because they get to hang out your friend all the time
- When you’re both in town and you meet up as soon as you are both home
- Being his/her biggest fan in sports, school, careers, and life