Compared to the days of high school, I can say that getting involved at school on a college level can be difficult though also easy, depending on how much effort you put into it. I know that in high school it was pretty easy to get involved because of the fact you’re on campus every day, everything is pretty much readily accessible and at the tip of your hands. I was involved with any organization that I was particularly interested in as long as I made sure to seek out the information to participate in each organization. Now with college, as a commuter student, things can be slightly different. I know personally I have to make sure that my schedule can fit in time for each of the organizations that I am personally involved in, and in addition to that I have to make sure I can give fully of my talents as a participant. Last year, as a freshman, I was very involved with almost each organization I would possibly relate to or had interest in. Though my major problem was that I had to narrow down where was it I felt called to be in with the groups — where an organization would benefit from me as well as me benefiting from the organization in return.
I believe it is important for each student on campus to really find at least one organization to participate in and give of their time and talents. Now I am not saying that a student should join every organization that he or she can join in one semester, but rather to evaluate their interests and sign up for at least one or two. Here I can say that I am honestly involved in at least two student organizations: Students for Life and Campus Ministry. Campus Ministry though, is where I want to focus because of how much I am currently learning from this part of my life. I am not sitting here saying that “Oh everyone needs to be a part of Campus Ministry and be a Jesus freak,” because that is not the case. I know that with Campus Ministry I have really seen where I enjoy investing my time most with growth and learning more about myself as a whole person. Through times of working together with another team member on the Campus Ministry Team, I have learned how I work best with people and how I may not work best with people. Though through those varying situations, I have learned ways to respond to times when I may not work best with people, in addition I have learned ways to improve more on myself. Life lessons that come from working with others in an organization within college. There are times of leadership that you are handed or else offered and you have the chance to either take it or leave it. But when taking opportunities of leadership and spending time with people who have some of the same things in common with you, it makes the overall college experience more meaningful as well as personal.
During my time at Fontbonne I have gotten involved in so many different extracurricular activities. As a commuter, it is important for me to join different organizations in order to stay in contact with friends. One organization I am most involved with is Fontbonne Activities Board. I really like getting to plan the exciting events that take place around the year. I help with movie nights, commuter breakfasts and lunch, the spring and winter celebrations and much more. I also enjoyed planning the inaugural ball this year. Attending this once-in-a-lifetime event was very exciting especially since I got to wear my prom dress, which I didn’t think I would get to wear again. I am really looking forward to the next event that we have planned, which is a movie night on February 13. The movie is called “The Proposal.” I have never seen this movie so it will be interesting.
Besides being on the Fontbonne Activities Board, I recently went on the pro-life trip last weekend. I’m glad I was able to march through Washington D.C and protest against abortion. On top of that, I got to explore the city. I went to museums and got to visit the national cemetery. Next year I plan to get tickets to go inside the White House!
I was also glad I went on this trip because I got to spend time with friends and even got to meet new people!
So the important message here is GET INVOLVED!!!!! you never know who you will meet or what experiences you will have
If I had to look back at freshman year and compare it to this year as a sophomore, for starters I would say that I am a heck of a lot busier this year. As a freshman I was mainly confused as to what was going on since it was my first time in college just like everyone else around me. I had to learn the ropes and the flow to the campus like how the semester was and such. Sure I made mistakes and learned from those mistakes especially in terms of planning my time. Now that I know the mistakes I have taken what I know and thought of plans to avoid them again. I plan my time out as best as I can and make sure to seek help when things seem to become too overwhelming before it is too late.
My homework load as a freshman was not that bad I would say, since I was making sure to take enough credit hours that I could handle primarily. So homework was never too much but also not too little. Usually I always had something to do each night unless I was free and worked ahead on some courses. This year I can say that I have a lot more homework since I am also balancing a practicum for the first time. So far I know that I am doing well because my grades are still high, but once I finish an assignment, I always have another one just waiting for me to complete before the dead line. Now I can say that I have not been waiting till the last minute to begin an assignment, though sometimes I have my little moments. I mean we all do.
Last year I was not a part of any clubs or groups as much as I am now. Just the other day I had a few classmates say “Sarah you are really involved and on campus practically all the time.” Well I guess I can take that as a compliment because I like to know that people may think I am involved or see me a lot. I know I see a list of friends at least once every day and if not then definitely the next day. I am not saying that I don’t like being involved, but when a person is involved I believe that they really become a part of the campus. That very person is actively giving a part of his or her time and talent into the university, whether it be by giving tours as an ambassador or being an officer in a club. It doesn’t matter what exactly the person is doing on campus but just that they are giving of their time.
“Why are you so involved?” This was the question my supervisor asked me at work last week when I told him I wasn’t closing because I had to go play in the volleyball tournament for ODK.
Although my response was, “I ask myself that question every day,” and those that know me think I’m crazy for taking on as much as I do, you’re only in college once. I’m only at Fontbonne once. Not only that, I feel as though life is about making the most out of what you’re given. Fontbonne gives me an incredible amount to make the most of, so here I am.
Omicron Delta Kappa: a national leadership honor society in its second year on campus
Fontbonne Student Ambassadors: a student organization closely tied to the Office of Admission, giving tours to prospective students daily
Griffin Girls: the dance team and spirit squad of Fontbonne University
Enactus: a business entrepreneurial organization, also on a national level, in its second year at Fontbonne
All this, coupled with an (almost) full time job in retail, classes, and other activities makes my life difficult at times, but so fulfilling thanks to Fontbonne. I have one busy schedule that helps me make the most of my wonderful life as a Fontbonne Griffin.
#ODKAllTheWay at Tapping Day
Gotta love that Griffin Girl FBU spirit