“There could never be a more beautiful you” is the lyric sung by Christian artist Johnny Diaz in his song “Beautiful You.” Last week, this lyric constantly played in my head over and over. While the song is a toe tapper, I started to think about times I tried alter myself to blend in but who hasn’t, right? I would act out in ways I thought were “cool” but then I felt stupid afterwards. I knew better. I knew before I did the stupid action but I felt as if I had something to prove, which is nothing. Now that I am older I realized it isn’t any fun pretending to be someone you’re not. It is seriously BORING! “Don’t buy the lies, disguises and hoops, they make you jump through.” I am warning you: do not buy into the things that those people, ‘your friends’ are telling you. They are setting you up for failure, humiliation, and emotional turmoil. It is not worth any of it. I’ve been there and done it and I can testify that it is exhausting. No one can be a better you than you. Once you’ve found your sense of self, you will be on your way.
Now that you’ve found who you truly are, no one can tell you any different. How does it feel to be you? I can tell you it feels great. Knowing who you are as a person and the direction you are headed in is unbelievable. All of those doubts are starting to leave your mind and positive affirmations are coming in full effect. Most times it doesn’t happen right away but in order to fully embrace the new you, you have to believe and accept all of your flaws. “And God’s says, I’m gonna turn it into something different, I’m gonna turn it into something good, I’m gonna take all the broken pieces, And make something beautiful like only I could.” Steven Curtis Chapman sings this in his song “Something Beautiful” and it totally gives me that extra push to just be me and live life to the fullest.
This is my very first semester at Fontbonne and, honestly, I had hopes of meeting new people and making some new friends. I definitely wasn’t prepared for what I found here! As an art major I have found that it is a small community unto itself here. Many of my classmates are in several of my classes and we all seem to inspire and encourage one another. One classmate in particular has not only inspired me, but has also given support without even being asked. Alicia has inspired me in class with her determination in every project she under takes. There is a flare and passion to her work that is always a joy to see. She’s also very encouraging of others, giving her honest opinion, and constructive feed back. She’s also been kind and supportive outside of the classroom. She’s helped me with studying for tests and also taking the time to sit and chat during one particularly stressful week. She’s been a huge inspiration and so supportive, I feel grateful to call her my friend.
For me, this summer is a season for learning and doing.
During this summer, I have classes plus volunteering at a hospital. Actually, this is my first time to take summer classes. Before taking summer classes, I had heard about summer classes were easier than regular classes. Unfortunately, it is not true, at least for my graduate level classes. Although all my graduate classes are challenging, summer classes are harder to undertake, since we have so many research papers and projects that need to be finished in 8 weeks instead of 16 weeks; therefore it’s more condensed. Actually, my classmate just figured out that our due dates are nearly every day. If you miss one day, you will lose points. Therefore, I set up daily reminders and alarms to help me submit my assignments on time.
Although this summer is very hard and hot for me, I believe it’s worthy to sacrifice my sleep time to make my 2013 summer more meaningful by working and studying hard for my graduate program. Here are some quotes I want to encourage my classmates and other students who work hard for summer classes.
“There is always a reward in all hard-work and sacrifices, so you must be patient and stay strong in all circumstances” (Nishan Panwar).
“Your hard work might not pay off today or tomorrow, but it will eventually pay off” (Sonya Parker).
By the way, some classmates just asked me about my strategies for time management. The most useful strategy I found is writing down all the due dates on my calendar, and to start working on them as early as I could, so I have time to think, write, and revise it again and again. I’ve always worked very hard to try my best to prevent being a last minute person. I found out “the harder I worked, the luckier I got” (Alan Bond). Hoping this strategy also helps my blogger readers.
When you look up the word inspire, the dictionary defines it as- to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers. In the Fontbonne community I would have to say that Dr. Jason Sommer would be an inspiration to me. He’s my professor, my academic advisor, Department Chair of the […]
There are so many people around campus who inspire me. So many that I won’t even mention them all, I will just highlight a few. As far as teachers go, this semester I have a pretty awesome range of teachers! I have my favorite math teacher for the third time, Mrs. Graves! She is awesome! […]
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