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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.




Hello Fellow and Future Griffins

When I started at Fontbonne in 2012 I was determined to be an engineer and wanted to work on roller coasters.  I was in the dual degree program with Fontbonne and Washington University, on my road to becoming the next roller coaster designer.  It was my sophomore year of college before I realized that engineering was not for me.  I was starting to have unhealthy habits such as staying up too late, putting off studying, and even some nightso crying for hours because I was so unhappy.  I was in an accounting class and really liked that so I thought I would try that out.Life-Lessons-From-Engineers-1I switched to Accounting that Spring semester.  I was so excited and knew that accounting would be a great fit for me. I love numbers and I love working on tedious tasks.  So I thought I was set and ready to go, to be happy, to find a career and know what I was going to do forever.  But like all college students, I got bored of that too.  Some students change their major more than once before they find what they want to do.onlyacctsposterThen I started contemplating my life decisions and had a sort of mid-life crisis.  I did not know what I wanted to do, all I knew was that I got the most joy from being Student Government President; I loved trainings, retreats, meetings and all the stuff that comes with being a student leader.  After having intentional conversations with my SGA advisor, I came to the conclusion that a career in Higher Education and Student Affairs was the road I wanted to take.  So I did not have to change my major for this, which was convenient since I was a junior in college already.  I am finishing up my Accounting and Business Administration degree now and have plans to attend graduate school to get my master’s degree.Leadership-quote-01If you can take anything from this blog post please know that you should always follow your dreams.  Changing your major is never a bad decision if it is what is best for you.  You can do whatever you set your mind to.  And last but not least, always follow your heart and chase your dreams.




Times are hard in more ways than one. And, in this depressing economy, even inspiration can be tough to come by. I am a firm believer, however, that every cloud has a silver lining. Many times, when asked to name the person that inspires them, people credit Mom, Dad, a favorite teacher or coach. I have been inspired by all of these but, no one has ever motivated me as much as my new daughter, Joy. For the clouds that currently hover over my life, Joy—and her smile— are the silver lining.

I’m told that children have a way of “pushing one toward purpose.” I thought I knew purpose before she was born but it wasn’t until I heard Joy cry for the first time, that I gained a new reason for breathing—to be the absolute best mother I could be by raising a well-rounded, happy individual. To me, being a great mom means striving to live a productive, exemplary life—a life that my daughter can look at, be proud of and, in her own way, emulate.

I am more passionate about the things that I loved before Joy came along. Things such as my faith in God, my relationships, writing—she is sitting on my lap as I type this—and the pursuit of higher learning. All of these things have a hand in the person I was, the person I am now and the person I will someday be. So, naturally, I want my experiences in each area to be positive and fruitful because my daughter is watching!

I am thankful for her existence and, in a lot of ways, my daughter has saved my life. Thanks Joy!


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