Learn More. Be More. is the catchy Fontbonne slogan that we all know and love. But what does it really mean, to Learn More and to Be More? I think this slogan hits home in a lot of different ways for different people. To me it is all about taking what you learn in classes, on and off campus and applying it to a much larger picture called life. I take things that I learn here at Fontbonne and apply them all the time throughout my everyday life. Being a student leader has really helped me to understand what Learn More. Be More. means to me.
To Learn More means to take everything your professors, peers and supervisors teach you and go beyond the books, classroom or role. As a student leader I learn tons of communication, time management and planning techniques. I use these not only in my role as a student leader and in my courses but in life along the way as well. I cannot tell you how many times I have explained to people, mid argument, the difference between intent vs impact. I think this is a great example of how I “Learn More” in my everyday life.
To Be More means to take all those things that you learn, and do something big with it. I am going into higher education to help students just like me push out of their comfort zone, communicate, lead and discipline in the proper way. My life was changed because of my choice to attend Fontbonne University and I am going to take what I have learned and carry it with me wherever I go to BE MORE.
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.I 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.Then 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.If 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.
Freshman year, I knew I wanted to major in business. I really liked my business classes because they didn’t require much reading. Personally, I do not enjoy reading that much. I have a hard time paying attention and often fall asleep. Anyway, recently I got an internship at Nordstrom to be completed next summer. This will lead to a job afterwards. Someone who did the internship last year got a job because she had majored in management and leadership. I asked my advisor about this program, and he told me that I would only need to take 5 more classes. So I entered in the program. So that is why I am a double major: business and management/leadership!
We have officially started blogging again for the Spring 2016 semester! My name is Tricia Welch. I am currently a Junior at Fontbonne doing a double major in Business and Management/Leadership. I am currently involved in the Fontbonne Activities Board, which plans the activities all over campus. I am also on the Enactus Team, which does several leadership projects and presents them every year at a national conference. I am also part of Omicron Delta Kappa, an honor society for those in the top third of their class. I recently got a competitive internship at Nordstrom to be done in summer 2017. I also hope to get my MBA soon!