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I am graduating.

The day has finally come.

I learned so much from going to Fontbonne. I met the most amazing people and made the most amazing friends. Even now in my senior year I’ve made friends! This might sound strange, but I learned how to be. I had such difficulty being myself in school. Every year, it would get a little better. But I’ve never felt so at home and so outwardly myself than when I’m at Fontbonne. I learned how to talk in front of crowds without melting down, how to tackle challenges instead of run from them, and just how to be silly and have fun!

The real heart of Fontbonne is in its people, and  I don’t think that comes as a surprise to anyone. I learned that people are the best. And for someone with generalized anxiety, interacting with others is not always the easiest thing for me.

I am so excited for the future. The financial aspect scares me a little, but I already have a long list of projects I want to get cracking on as soon as I’m a graduate! (Also, post-graduction includes a dog so…you can imagine the levels of joy I’m experiencing).

I just want to tell younger students or soon-to-be freshmen that you’re in the right place. Don’t stress about being liked! You will find your niche, even if it takes a little time, but the people make it easy.

I’ll never forget staging a play composed of entirely text messages in Flores’ theater class, losing to my sister at Sibling Bingo, dying of laughter with my podcast co-host, and sharing a slice of pizza with MVP Mark Douglas (head of the art department) in Applied Design.

There are so many unforgettable memories. I’ll definitely be back. You haven’t seen the last of me, Fontbonne!

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Anna

Farewell for now…

by Anna on April 26, 2017

in College Life

Hi everyone,

I don’t really feel like I need to give a recap of my semester.  I’ve been throwing tidbits in my blogs throughout the past few months, so I’m sure you know what a different semester I’ve had than the fall 2016 semester (and if not, you can just scroll back through my previous blogs right now!).  For all of the stressful and not-so-great moments, however, I feel I have also grown tremendously as a person.  I know, I know, I said that at the end of last semester, and I’ll probably say this after every semester in the future.  But in a way, I believe that’s part of college — you’re not only expanding your knowledge base and preparing for your future, but you’re also maturing and growing in other areas than education.

I’ve gotten to know a lot more students this semester, particularly fellow dietetics students, because we shared several classes together.  I got to experience my first Fontbonne Day of service, which was inspiring and rewarding on so many levels.  From a mental and psychological perspective, I was pushed and challenged to do so many things that at the beginning of the semester, I thought were completely impossible.  I look back at the post-fall-2016 semester me, or the early-spring-2017 semester me, and I laugh at my naivety. I’ve become more self-confident and responsible.  I’ve juggled 18 hours of classes, my beloved house/pet/babysitting (I really do enjoy my work…it’s so fulfilling), commuting, and everything else that goes along with daily life — and I’m emerging from it sleep-deprived and somewhat emotionally exhausted, but still alive and ready for the future challenges that will inevitably crop up!

I’m ready to tackle finals and put this semester behind me.  I’m ready to take some summer gen-ed classes.  I’m ready to go to the Extreme Mustang Makeover in July in Kentucky and reconnect with my favorite horse people.  I’m ready to have time with my horses, Blondie and Pearl.  I’m ready to go on our amazing two-week family vacation in August to the East coast.  And then I’ll be ready for the fall 2017 semester, full of new classes, new professors, and new challenges, but also full of new memories and new knowledge to add to my ever-expanding base.

Have a WONDERFUL summer, Griffins!

~Anna

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It is my last semester here at Fontbonne. It is starting to kick in that I will be starting a new adventure after this. I have grown since I transferred here — about myself and about others that I care about. Here is a list of things that  I have discovered since I began here.

  • i can trust my friends
  • when you are taking a class with Dr. Sommer, you have to give a lot of details
  • teaching is not for me, but writing is for me
  • enjoy the little things in life, like walking to Walgreens or Bread Co on a nice day instead of driving
  • having hope is a good thing to have
  • teachers want to help you graduate

I began thinking about what will happen after December, which is kind of scary for me. Here is another list of things, only this is what I want to accomplish.

  • see the last The Hobbit movie
  • adopt a beagle
  • get a job
  • kick off living on my own with one of my best friends

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The only thing holding you back is YOU!

In a previous post, I briefly wrote about moving forward. Shortly after posting, I realized that I think, talk and write about this subject quite a bit. It must be pretty important to me, huh? Still, I find myself stuck in the same spot in a few areas of my life and I’m asking, “Why am I still here?” For me to feel as strongly as I do about the importance of moving forward, in anyone’s life, I certainly haven’t gotten very far in my own, it seems.

I am glad that I made this realization, though. It caused me to take a moment and reflect on the possible reasons why I haven’t progressed in certain areas. Willing to be honest with myself, I see the things that I have allowed to stand in the way of progress.

There are obstacles—both self-imposed and those beyond my control—blocking my view of my goals. It is time to clear the pathway.

Moving forward isn’t just about advancing your hopes, dreams and aspirations. It is also about internal growth and maturation, a constant process until we take our last breath.

I intend to explore these obstacles in my life. Removing them will be a process but, I am willing to stay the course.

What are some obstacles that are standing in your way? Which obstacles are self-imposed (things you brought on yourself) and which are out of your control (resulting from your environment, upbringing, etc.)? What needs to take place in your mind and heart to eradicate them so that you can move on with your life?

True to my candid and transparent nature, I will share my revelations about my own obstacles on my personal blog, as they come to me, in hopes that my experiences can help others. So, by all means, feel free to check out my personal blog as I look for the deeper meaning behind the phrase moving forward!

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