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Hello everyone,

This is my final blog and my final week here on campus at Fontbonne as a student.  I can’t believe my college career is coming to a close really quickly.  I have learned so much from my time here at Fontbonne and one of the main things is time management and experiences.  For me I have had to manage my time well throughout my four years at Fontbonne because I have been an involved student athlete.  I have been on the Fontbonne golf team all four years and I am so thankful for the opportunities, friendships and memories that my team has given me during my time on the team.  I have had so many positive experiences during my time on this campus from on campus events to campus ministry retreats, they have all had an impact on the person who I am today.  One thing I learned most is to always take opportunities to attend events whether on campus or off campus because that is the way you will gain friendships.  I have gained so many close friends through organizations and events I have attended such as Snowcoming, off campus sports games, service projects, and various retreats.

In the future I plan to continue taking on experiences with my friends whether it is a local service project or attending a local event, and I hope to always find the positive in the moment.  Once I learned how to stay busy and still manage all of my school work, I knew I could make from week to week and that in the end I would make it through the semester.  Time management is key for any type of job whether I am working in food service or I am serving the dear neighbor by working in the yard.  It is always good to find an efficient way to get the job done so that those who you are working with are not telling you to hurry up.  I learned that it is good to live in the moment throughout all of the fun experiences I have had with friends and my hope is to continue doing that with my good friends after I graduate.  I was recently given great advice from my golf coach, your windshield is larger than your rear view mirror for a reason, because what lies ahead of you is great and more important than what is behind you.  I can’t change what has happened in the last four years while at Fontbonne, it is all a bunch of memories created by my friends and faculty who have made me the person I am now.  The windshield is what lies ahead and the opportunities are waiting and only God’s timing will tell where I end up having a strong career after college comes to a close.

Thank you for reading my blogs this semester and have a great summer everyone.

As one nation, GO Cards and GO Blues!

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Hi everyone,

I hope that this blog finds you in a good spot on thing we call life. I wanted to highlight something that residential students might have difficulty understanding, just how hard being a commuter to college can be.

Now, I’ve been a commuter the previous two years at Fontbonne and over this wide span of time, I’ve seen and felt both sides of student engagement. Having come to Fontbonne as a freshman with the mindset of ‘I’m just going to head to class and come back home’, and that’s what I did. Not much involvement there. The trip to school and back was a discouraging factor, homesickness might have been a factor. I had to overcome that confining mentality.
Things have changed, thankfully. I’ve become much more involved and have made friends with people the old me wouldn’t have sprung for. I’m involved with: Griffin 101, Disney Leadership Program, Male Leadership Summit, you get the idea. I’ve grown out of the ‘I’m only a commuter’ attitude and have found that being open to staying on campus for events and to make real friends made Fontbonne a second home and not just a place for classes.

I hope this can help other commuters want to get more involved on campus. The rewards of friendship and growth as a person make sticking around after the bell are more than worth it.

Thank you,

Terragan

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This year got really nasty with comments and jabs at each side of the Presidential debate and that was just on my Facebook among various friends. This year the politics of politics took its toll on my mind and spirit. I consider myself liberal in my views and found myself being called out on several occasions by friends. The weird thing to me about this is that although I am liberal in my political views I don’t tend to tell many people about them nor talk about politics with others.

I’m content to know where I stand on various issues. Because of this I don’t feel the need to tell everyone how I feel, persuade them to feel what I do, or try to change them. I guess I’m happy to live in a country where so many views can be held and or expressed. I am thankful to the men and women who have served our country in the military to protect this right. If anything I am thankful to be friends with various people with differing opinions from my own. There is something to be said in learning from others is how I’ve always felt.

This leads me to a story about election day. I had lunch with a very conservative friend of mine that chose to talk to me about politics. I told her that she knew that I was liberal and where I stand but I am thankful that we live in the US where we both can have such differing views and be friends. She backed off and agreed she was thankful that we were friends and that no matter what our political view she was glad she knew me. Wouldn’t this be a great thought for our leaders of our country, state, and towns to have?

I know that I’m praying for our current leaders and will continue to do so in the next year as some change and others stay the same. In reality, our leader, is not a man or a woman but God and through Him all things happen. I would much rather pray that God be a part of our country and how our leaders handle things than spend time debating with one another over fine details. I pray that you will join me in the coming weeks in praying for our leaders that they be graced with God presence and work for God’s glory. Together, I pray our country takes a stand not against one another but to pray for God’s almighty presence and will to be done in our country.

Blessings on your week-

Sherry

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I was blessed with the opportunity to be able to go on a retreat this past weekend with Campus Ministry. I can’t say too much because that would spoil it for any future retreat-goers. But the moral of the story is I had such a great time!

The location was absolutely beautiful and we were able to go on little hikes, have bon fires, play Frisbee, and just really got to spend a lot of time outdoors being active and enjoying nature. Everyone was so kind, and welcoming because I didn’t know many people, but I instantly made a ton of new friends! I will never forget this past weekend, and I hope to continue all the friendships I gained. I also hope that I and everyone else on the trip continue to grow in our faith, and that others have the courage to go next year because it is really worth taking time out of your busy life to take part in this event.

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