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As a speech-pathology major, one of my profession’s greatest concerns is keeping track. By keeping track, we have the evidence we need to judge our work, to backtrack, or move forward, with different strategies, all to achieve a goal. For many speech-pathology majors, or any major that requires taking data, it is difficult to keep track while you’re in sessions. The multitasking is difficult, and the struggle is truly real, especially when you are bound by a code of ethics that requires faithful data collection.

But everyone does it, in a way. Figuratively, I think we all have a subconscious force in us that computes a tally. This tally can be anything; what makes us unique is our counting priorities. Not only do we count, we gauge progress based on the percentage we achieve. We all have our own “code of ethics” that guides us in making our choices to make our time count. Now, not everyone things in numbers, but we can at least count, can we not? Some of us count calories. Some of us count money. Some of us count how many times we make people laugh in a day. Some of us count how many times that cutie in class smiles back. Some of us try to count how many times that client produces the /k/ and /k/ in the initial position of CVC words in spontaneous conversations with 80% accuracy during unstructured activities given only semantic and verbal cues.

Hold up, hold up, Izzy… stop rambling. So what does this have to do with Fontbonne?

Being at Fontbonne has shown me that your time here really does count, qualitatively, and quantitatively. I cannot tell you how many great conversations I have had with the people here throughout my 6 years in St. Louis. From all of them, I have yielded little nuggets of wisdom I will keep, like Sister Rita teaching me, “There’s a world out there friends… don’t miss it.”. I cannot tell you how many random acts of kindness I have received or have witnessed students do for others (so whoever left that cookie in my mailbox THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!).  I cannot tell you how many times I have been on adventures with friends in spontaneous youth that have ended in the most meaningful experiences of my life, like the time someone organized a treasure hunt for me in Forest Park during a tough time. I cannot tell you how many times I am awed at how I learn so much from my other students, older and younger, like the amazing leaders I witnessed today during Selection Saturday, so willing and pepped up to take over campus with their positivism and enthusiasm.

It is not always about the number, but about what made that number meaningful to you. In other words, you are more than a number. You’re not just a statistic in the system. You can definitely trust that there is someone here who will make your time count more than you think, and you are also given the motivation to track your own progress as you are molded by the nuggets of wisdom you receive. For what it’s worth, I’ve already lost count!

 

 

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Have you been looking for an group to get involved with? Try out Griffin Gang! Our group is all about getting students to the games to support our teams. Every week our executive team gathers to discuss ways in which we could get more involvement from the crowd. Of course, our sports teams are not as big as D1 schools because we are only D3, but our athletes work just as hard and deserve their friends and colleagues at these games just as much.

Griffin Gang has specific sponsored games for each sport. They are always home games that we sponsor, and they always have a theme so our crowd can be just as involved! Our next game is the Women’s and Men’s Basketball Senior Night. These games will be played this Saturday at 1 and 3 PM in the gymnasium. The theme for these games are dressing as “Senior Citizens” for Senior Night. Fans can dress in their grandpa’s coat or whatever they see fit for the theme. It is all in a matter of fun to have everyone included!

When we sponsor games, Griffin Gang has a table that is placed at the entrance of the field or at the bottom of the bleachers when fans walk in. You really can’t miss us! We are there to welcome you to the game, tell you about the upcoming games and themes, and put a star in your punch card. If you don’t know what a punch card is then you should come to our table more often! Griffin Gang gives a prize to students if they receive 10 punches in their punch card just by coming to the games and stopping by our table. The prize is a free t-shirt! Next year for the school year ’15-’16 Griffin Gang will be ordering new shirts since so many students have filled out their cards, which is great! Hold on to your cards in the summer if it is not yet completed. These cards do roll over to the next year, and who wouldn’t want another Fonty Tee?!

If you have any questions about getting involved with Griffin Gang or want more information about what we do, please contact me at blaskos@fontbonne.edu.   Go Griffins!

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High school, at least for me, was not that long ago. A year ago from this date, I was in my home town and attending daily classes as a Phoenix. So how did I transition from a Phoenix to a Griffin? High school attempts to prepare you for college academically, but it can sadly fail at preparing you emotionally and socially. It took a lot to get used to not being with the people I’ve been in school for years with. No matter how difficult it was, it’s possible and it just happens to be completely worth it.

Emotionally you’re a mess when you graduate high school, these emotions include positive and negative responses to this drastic change. For most people I think the hardest thing to transition to college is meeting new people. Like I said, you have been with the same people for years. It’s weird not seeing them everyday in the halls. However most of all, you miss your friends that you made. I personally had a close group of friends and leaving them was possibly the hardest thing to get used to. Transitioning into knowing so few people, but coming from a place that you knew everyone can be hard. So if you want to keep your high school friends, here are a few things you can do.

1. Forget distance as an excuse to be a forgetful friend

Distance is just a number; it is possible to talk to them still. Giving up on friends because of miles is like getting rid of a perfectly good car because it has a scratch. Facebook allows you to create a group chat and I’ve used it since I got to college. Whenever my friends and I are having a bad day, we message each other. Even if we are having the best day, we tell each other. The trick is to find tools like this one to get in touch with another.

2. Put yourself out there

This sounds extremely similar to dating advice and maybe that’s because it actually works. Dwelling on home will only make matters worse for you when transitioning to college. Dwelling on past friends and what you did with them will make it even worse. Yes, you may be starting over socially. Yes, that may be scary. However, it is totally worth it to meet new people. I love my friends at home and school. I wouldn’t give up them for the world.

3. Do not compare, you can have both worlds

Comparing old and new will just make you upset and ruin your fresh start! Never compare your home life to your college life, it will only make you feel scared. Of course home will seem cozier, but college is a brand new escapade. Don’t waste it comparing it to your life at home and during high school.

Speaking from an experience I just went through, transitioning from high school to college is hard. It can make you feel out of your comfort zone and you should be! It should feel like you’re not where you were before because you should grow into who you want to be. Two different worlds may be hard to handle, but I have a feeling your shoulders are strong enough to hold them both.

 

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Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays!! I love decorating and dressing up in crazy costumes! Not to mention the spectacular fall treats! (I’m the pumpkin fiend all of you are getting sick of :-D ) However, Halloween sets off the holiday season. And with the increased consumption of candy and cute, little ghost cookies, probably not on a good note… Here are some ways to have a hauntingly good time without the scary aftermath.

1. Get scared!

No, really! The University of Washington released a study that shows watching a 90-minute horror flick can burn an average of 113 calories! Here is a list of the exact numbers for the most popular Halloween flicks. So grab some friends and embrace that horror movie marathon! Remember: that doesn’t mean you can eat a whole bag of Halloween candy or it defeats the purpose. Bonus points: Go to a haunted house! Not only do you get scared, but you are also walking (or running). The RiverFront Times ranked the top 5 best haunted attractions in St. Louis.

2. Make You Own Halloween Treats

Honestly, no one really know what’s in all those Halloween candies and cookies from the store. Take out the guess work and make your own!! Put that Pinterest obsession to good use and search for DIY treats and snacks (believe me, there are hundreds!) Invite your friends over for some a movies (see #1) and baking Halloween Bash! Remind them that costumes ARE required!

3. Take the Little Ones Trick Or Treating

As much as I wish and hope, adults are still not allowed to trick or treat… However, that does not mean you can’t live vicariously through the little ghouls and gals that society will acceptingly pass out candy to. So grab your best Halloween costume (again, Pinterest is great if you need a last minute DIY costume), and stroll the neighborhood with your little nieces, nephews, or siblings. Just make sure you walk with them, don’t drive! You never know, you may get a few pieces of candy as well! :)

What is your favorite way to celebrate a healthy Halloween?

Also, be sure to check out my blog, The Wholey Trinity, for more health and nutrition tips!

 

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Root Beer and French Toast

by Taylor September 29, 2014

“Are you doing anything this weekend?” That’s a common question asked among Fonties on a Friday afternoon. Answers usually involve hanging out with friends and going somewhere around town. That “somewhere around town” usually involves food! As far as food goes, I have some personal favorites here in St. Louis! One of my favorites is […]

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Oh the places I go…

by Alumni Posts September 24, 2014

There are so many places to go to in St. Louis. Here is a list with reasons why I go to certain places. These are some places that you might see me at. 1. The Loop I go here a lot because it has a great selection of restaurants.  There is a comic book store […]

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My FABulous Friend

by Carlyn September 24, 2014

Meet Brooke Stochl. She is my best friend at Fontbonne. We first met about a year ago at the beginning of my junior year, and her sophomore year, through our involvement in FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board). She was the Films Chairperson while I was the Daytime Activities Chairperson. Currently during the 2014-2015 school year, Brooke […]

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Twinkle twinkle, big balloons!

by Sara September 23, 2014

When I heard about the Great Forest Park Balloon Glow, I was really excited: I have always wanted to see the big balloons! This Fall Spirit Week was full of fun events and I was lucky to be able to go to the Cardinal’s game on Tuesday and the Balloon Glow festival on Friday. A […]

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Hopped Off the Plane at LAX

by Carlyn August 1, 2014

I finally went on a trip that has been on my bucket list for a long time: Los Angeles! I started planning this vacation a few months ago with two of my closest friends, Delane and Taylor. The three of us have fun together no matter what we do, especially when we visit one of […]

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Living Like a Grown-Up

by Carlyn August 1, 2014

At the beginning of the summer, I moved into my first, very own apartment. It is exciting to be able to call this place my own. Although, it is also weird to think I am like an actual grown up now. After three years of living on campus, I have decided to move on. Whenever […]

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