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With September 22 being the official start of the fall season, some reflections on the summer and what we want from this welcomed season are in order. The summer fun of going camping, hanging outside with friends, swimming, and all other activities crafted the best I’ve had. Between the group hangouts and the barbecues, Griffin 101 bridged the gaps in time to the eventual start of the new semester. This was the first summer that truly made me feel like I really belonged here, with this community of friends.

The transformation from the sweltering heat of summertime to the cool, relaxed time of autumn is a welcomed change of pace. Though the summer was excellent as stated, the heat has been overstaying its welcome. I hope this fall offers more chances for my friends and those soon to become closer (as Chainsmokers starts playing in our heads). I’m ready to bust out my nifty and often thrifty sweaters and blue jeans, kicking up red and brown leaves as I go. The feel of Halloween is creeping its way in, getting us to celebrate with bonfires and haunted houses. Bring on the pumpkin spice, I’m in.

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DeMarcus

It’s A Wrap!

by DeMarcus on August 8, 2016

in College Life

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!

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Griffin 101 has been amazing so far! The team members that I am working with are unique in their own way but most importantly, we work well with one another. So far, each Griffin 101 Leader has exceeded my expectations, and I know that this program will be in good hands after I graduate Fontbonne in the spring. Before I start sobbing, I am going to rewind to our first meeting in April. In that first initial meeting that we all met each other, all of the leaders meshed really well together without my help or Beth’s help. Beth and I are both Peer Supervisors for Griffin 101 this year and we are having a blast! Fast forwarding to our training that we recently had; we had a day retreat at Cedar Creek for team building exercises and from that moment on we were truly unified. As the training progressed, Beth and I taught the team our ways of Griffin 101’ing so that they can be the best…. like us. While they were in sessions, I realized that everyone’s energy levels would be medium low but around lunch time everyone would be hyper and more conversational. It became hysterical because food would be the key to our souls. Meanwhile, the team was excited to utilize the tools they have learned during training to good use.

The first Griffin 101 was a transfer day and everyone was excited. The leaders, the parents, and the students. As the day progressed, I noticed that some of the leaders thought they were doing something wrong or panicking that a session was going over its scheduled time. During our wrap up I reassured that they did nothing wrong and that it was in fact okay. There was another Griffin 101 the next day from that moment on all of the leaders felt that were prepared for anything. For me, I wished had been more involved like I was two year prior but, this was my time to trust in my leaders that they were doing everything right and that they didn’t need my help. After day two I was content.

I am beyond excited for the last two Griffin 101 sessions that are approaching and cannot wait to see more incoming students that are genuinely excited to start a new journey in their life.

 

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Hello Future and Current Fonties!!

I wanted to let you know a little bit about myself! I wrote for this blog last semester and it was a great experience that I wanted to try again.

I am 18 years old, 19 in April. I am from a family of 6, a mom and a dad, two older brothers and a twin sister.

IMG_2744 (These are my siblings Sophie, Sam, and Alex, my oldest brother’s fiance Jaclyn, and my other brother’s girlfriend, Jessica)

I am the proud owner of a puggle named Gus.

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I went to high school at St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon, MO and I live in Saint Peters, MO.

IMG_1161(Some of my friends and I at graduation last May)

I am a second semester freshman at Fontbonne. My major is fashion merchandising and I am considering adding another major or maybe a minor, so let me know if you have an suggestions.

I have always enjoyed writing and with the stressful life of a full-time college student and working after school, I do not always have the time to write, so this blog gives me a chance!

Why I am Proud to be a Griffin?

I am proud to be a Griffin because of a multitude of reasons. Fontbonne’s strong Catholic roots and excellent academic and athletic programs encouraged me to find my home away from home at Fontbonne University. From the friendly faculty and staff, to the familiar faces around campus, Fontbonne made me feel at home the day I stepped onto campus. With the small class sizes and willing faculty, Fontbonne made my transition from high school to college smoother than I could have ever imagined, with the help of the amazing admission team, WING Leaders, and Griffin 101 leaders. I am proud to be a Griffin because of the high moral standards and overall expectations that everyone is expected to meet once they have been accepted into Fontbonne. The community and it’s outpouring of love is another reason I fell in love with being a Griffin. I could not imagine my collegiate experiences being something other than a Fontbonne University Griffin!

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XOXO,

Claire

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