I am here to share my journey at Fontbonne. I graduated from high school with 75 people. In high school, I played three sports, was involved in multiple clubs, and my mom was the school nurse. Even though I was involved in school and was very comfortable, I never was that outgoing. So when I was searching for schools I wanted a similar atmosphere (small catholic school) where I could really come out of my shell.
On move-in day, I was so excited to get out in a new city and get involved. I was sad to say goodbye to my friends and family but I knew that it was going to be good for me. Below is a picture of my sister and me on move in day.
During Welcome Week, we had activities fair! I signed up for nearly every booth. (note to self: only sign up for what you are really interested in!!) I ended up getting really involved in Griffin Gang! By second semester I was the VP of Traditions. This meant that I would lead all of our traditional events on campus. Through my work with Griffin Gang I got involved in Dance Marathon this year. A group of us worked really hard and attended SLU’s Dance Marathon event. After this Dance Marathon, became its own organization. (Picture below is a group of us at a NACA Leadership Convention)
I came full circle in the two years I have already been at Fontbonne. I went from being involved as a follower to being involved as a leader. So, my greatest advice is to get involved and find your niche. If that is a sport, organization, or even a department club, find the place that helps you grow as a person. College is developing yourself and that is what I can thank Fontbonne for.
Transitioning from high school to college can elicit many different types of emotions: nervousness, excitement, fear, anxiety… the list is endless. Going to a whole new place where you may know only a few people, if anyone, can be intimidating. When I first came to Fontbonne, I did not know a single person here — so you can imagine how scary that was for me. The best way that I coped during this new transition period was by fully participating in the welcome week events and getting to know as many people as possible. I found that the more people you talk to, the more you will be able to figure out who you are similar to and who can see spending more time with! Sure, you may encounter a few people who just do not have a personality that clicks with yours, and that is absolutely okay! Another big thing for me was keeping my door to my dorm open. Living on campus allows you to meet other residents in the same boat as you whether you are a freshman, a transfer student or an international student. I left my door open while I was in my room which allowed me to say hi to people passing by and even invite some in to get to know them better. This was how I developed great friendships with many of my floor-mates that I would consider some of my closest friends to this day. Another big part of going to college is the fact that you will be away from your family and friends back home. Thankfully, technology today allows us to have instant communication right at our fingertips. I often send a quick to text to my sister or to my best friend just to let them know that I miss them and am thinking about them. You might even set up a time to Skype or FaceTime your friends and family and catch up on what is going on! College is an exciting and busy time, but it is important to keep in touch with those you do not see all the time. And the final piece of advice I can give you is this: enjoy your time in college and soak up every moment. Embrace the many emotions, challenges, and fun times that you have, because they come and go so fast!
I have attached a video of the lyrics to the song “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield because I feel like it truly encompasses the new beginnings and the journey of the college experience specifically the line, “Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten.”
Hey Fonties! Hope you had a fabulous week. I can’t believe I’m almost a college senior! Time really does fly when you’re having fun. It seems like just yesterday, I was being fitted for a cap and gown for high school graduation. When I think about my transition from high school to college, I remember crying a lot (a lot….). I was at my highest point of stress that year. Anyway, after 12 amazing years in the district of University City, it was time to go and start over. The transition to Fontbonne was a lot more stressful than graduating from high school. Why, you ask? Because it was a completely new experience for me. I knew nothing and no one. I didn’t think I was going make it to my junior year at Fontbonne, but I’m here…. To the incoming freshmen, I have one major piece of advice: cherish your time with your friends while you can, because eventually all of you will go your separate ways, and then you will just have the memories. Anyone who knows me well on campus, knows I love my lions. The amazing experience I had at U. City made the transition to a brand new place that much easier. I can’t thank my U. City family enough for giving me the best 12 years of my life; I will be forever grateful. Now all my Fontbonne friends know why I wear black and gold with pride and dignity — it’s only right!
P.S. What time is it?…. U Time!!! Just passing on a little U. City spirit 🙂
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When I was first looking at colleges senior year, I was a bit nervous. I heard all kinds of rumors such as the classes are the size of a theater, the teachers don’t care if you succeed etc…But once I came to Fontbonne, I found all of that to be untrue. Fontbonne has smaller classes, with no more than 25 people per class. Teachers really do want you to do well. In fact, during my first semester, there was one student who never came to class and the instructor was concerned for the person.
One struggle in the beginning was that my parents really wanted me to go to Benedictine college. I visited there to give it a chance but it really did not suit me. It was in a rural area, in the middle of no where, and the people there were very different. It was a culture shock. My parents liked it because of its Catholic identity. However, in the end, my parents agreed that Fontbonne was a more suitable place.
So my advice to all incoming freshman… invest time into finding a place that suits you the best. Its very rewarding to succeed in an environment that helps you reach your highest potential.
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