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Fontbonne After Dark is a podcast that me and Lauren (fellow blogger) created as a way to have our own “radio station” on campus. I had always thought of having my own talk show or being a host on a radio show because who doesn’t want to be in the industry? After I saw an episode of ‘Kourtney and Khloe take Miami’,  Khloe had a radio show titled ‘Khloe After Dark’ and she talked about anything she wanted; I knew from that moment that I wanted to do something of that nature. It was the summer of 2015 that i sat down and mapped out three episodes of what is now ‘Fontbonne After Dark’. I discussed the premise of the show and what it could potentially be, since we are a small campus; however, my peers said this was an amazing idea. Time moves on and like any other person who is creating a show, they look for co-hosts and i stumbled upon my good friend Lauren. Immediately she on board and we were soon on our way. It was the summer on 2016 that the two of us started to get down t business.

In the month on July, I created the intro and outro music of the show alongside some promo for the social media. After that was done, Lauren gather some equipment that we could use to start our journey. At first, things were shaky because we didn’t know how to use the microphone or the hand-held device but we figured it out. Later own in this process we recorded a trial episode to ship to a professor that was going to help us get started. Lauren handled all of the logistics and I handled the promotional pieces. The school year begins and we are ready to take off. Our first episode on Leadership had some really good views and Lauren and I are happy thhat this project that we’ve been working on for about a year is actually happening. Fontbonne After Dark premiered on Thursday, September 29th via Twitter.

If you would like to be a special guest email Lauren at ZeraL@fontbonne.edu

Have a topic you want us to discuss? DM us on Twitter: @fontyafterdark

Catch us every Thursday at 9:30 pm on Twitter!

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Anna

We are Griffin Nation

by Anna on October 21, 2016

in College Life

I know the “We Are Griffin Nation” movement kicked off a little while ago, but honestly, it slipped by me because of all the homework and studying surrounding midterms.  I just got a chance to check out some of the wonderful statements other Fontbonne students have come up with.  It’s clear that “Griffin Nation” is full of young adults who want to make a difference!  I loved the variety of responses, from future occupations and achieving goals to finding out who you are and what matters to you.   This campus that so many of us call home is dedicated to educating, inspiring, equipping, and encouraging tomorrow’s leaders.  I know this gets said a lot, but it’s really true:  you (and your education) matter at Fontbonne. 

It was really hard for me to choose just one option and a few sentences about what Fontbonne means.  I finally settled for “Fontbonne inspires me to…”  It inspires me to learn more and be more, obviously. But what exactly does that mean?  For me, it means that I am changing in a good way.  Even in the past two months, I know I have been transforming.  I’ve grown to be more confident.  I can think critically, prioritize my time, and make wise decisions.  Each day I gain a greater awareness of the world around me — and that’s not just St. Louis, Missouri, or even the United States.  I’ve learned to have an opinion that matters, but also respect others who have different views.  My professors, fellow students, and the whole campus atmosphere inspires me to be the best I can be not only in academics, but in life in general.  How can I contribute to the common good?!

It’s been a really interesting first semester.  It’s been both similar and different from what I expected (not unusual, haha!), but ultimately I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  I cannot wait for the years to come and look back fondly on the great memories I’m already making.  I’m sure the changes that I’ve undergone already are nothing compared to how I will emerge in four years — prepared for the next step in my career, ready to influence the world, and inspired to never stop learning more and being more.

Blessings,

~Anna

 

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Patricia

Starting My New Job

by Patricia on May 25, 2016

in Career Paths

I have just finished a week at my new job at Nordstrom! I really like it. This is my first step towards my career! After I graduate, I hope to complete the retail management internship and have a job. I work in the dress department, and I have helped a lot of mother/groom of the bride choose dresses. There are lots of things to remember about the register and following up with customers. I also have to organize racks and put things in the right order. The time goes by so fast! I usually get an hour for lunch and I get to shop at the other stores at West County Mall. My paycheck is commission based, the average wage for a sales person at Nordstrom is $16/hour, but since I just started, I’m only earning $11/hour. I hope to get up there this summer!

Besides working at Nordstrom, I have lots of vacation plans as usual and other fun things to do (baking of course) so stay tuned!

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When I was little I don’t even really remember what I wanted to be.  The last memory I have of wanting to be something was a teacher; that was when I was a freshman in high school.  I knew that I wanted to help kids learn; I liked the idea of teaching high school freshman so I worked with my favorite teacher.  I got to teach a couple of lessons and with sitting in her classes, seeing how they didn’t quite understand the meaning of respect, I decided that was not the fit for me.

I decided toward my senior year of high school that I wanted to design the next big roller coaster at Six Flags.  I wanted to be an engineer; I didn’t know what that meant to me about where I was going to go but I knew it was what I wanted to do.

Neither of those are exactly what I ended up wanting to do by my Senior year of College.  I am going to graduate school starting in the Fall of 2016 at Saint Louis University to achieve a master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration.  I am beyond excited for this new chapter in my life and accept that it wasn’t my original plan.

XoXo

-D

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A Look Back at 2015

by Fontbonne University December 7, 2015

It is almost that time of the year again where people make wish lists, to-do lists, and all kinds of possible lists they can come up with. I, too, have a bucket list of things that I want to do before the year ends. Of course, some of them are leftovers from 2011. Those crossed […]

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A New Language

by Patricia November 30, 2015

I have made a life changing decision… I’m going to become bilingual in French. I took it for 4 years in high school and even earned some college credit but had to quit since fontbonne doesn’t offer any foreign language. However, I have a cousin who is on the verge of becoming bilingual and I […]

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Falling Into Place

by Alumni Posts October 16, 2015

Hey there Griffins! Back with more advice and a story to tell. We all have dreams right? For some of you, that dream may be becoming a doctor, politician, athletic trainer, or even a first generation college graduate. Whatever your dream is, know that it is achievable and you have every right to chase after […]

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Breaking Past Barriers

by Alumni Posts June 22, 2015

I’ve adopted a new mantra lately, and that is “Do one thing every day that scares you”.  In other words, get used to pushing your comfort-zone. I think many can relate when I say that in the past I’ve certainly let my fears stop me from leaving my fluffy, comforting comfort-zone. Comfort zones may feel […]

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Follow Your Dreams

by Fontbonne University May 8, 2015

The title of this blog really is the biggest lesson I’ve ended up learning here at Fontbonne this semester. Not that I didn’t know or believe in following my dreams before, that’s one of the reasons I’m here in the first place, but I guess you could say that the lesson has been solidified. One […]

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Summer Plans and Living Your Passion

by Fontbonne University April 28, 2015

This semester is wrapping up and it’s hard to believe that it’s already done when it feels like the start wasn’t that long ago. I feel like this semester has presented so many valuable lessons that I’ll be able to carry with me into the summer and beyond. I learned that one of my biggest […]

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