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
One of the things I like best about Fontbonne, and I’m sure I’ve said this many times before, is how easy it is to get involved in things. And not just get involved, but dominate. Perhaps this sounds negative, but I’ve always felt that Fontbonne provides a perfect “big fish in a little pond” atmosphere, and that’s been really helpful to my personal success here.
Let me explain a little further. Looking at me now, you’d never doubt that I love being the center of attention. I love seeing emails about being in Fontbonne photoshoots, I have no problem giving presentations or making videos to share about Environmental Club, and of course I jumped at the chance to write a blog for Fontbonne as well. I know a lot of people here, and I’m no stranger to them, either. That’s how I like things; I like to be friends with everyone.
Of course, some people scoff at the “big fish” analogy. They doubt that it’s a true reflection of life, and that things will just be harder when I’m out in the real world. Well, I disagree. How would I know how to be a big fish at all if I haven’t had any practice? Fontbonne has definitely taught me some important things about how the world works. I’ve learned a lot about communication, compromise, and character during my time here, and those are all things I can apply to my future, no matter how big or small it is. Because if I’m going to be in a big pond, I’d rather be a big fish than a little one.
Ah, flashback to freshman year. Loved blogging for ya, Fontbonne! It was an honor, a privilege, and a pleasure.