I hope that this blog finds you in a good spot on thing we call life. I wanted to highlight something that residential students might have difficulty understanding, just how hard being a commuter to college can be.
Now, I’ve been a commuter the previous two years at Fontbonne and over this wide span of time, I’ve seen and felt both sides of student engagement. Having come to Fontbonne as a freshman with the mindset of ‘I’m just going to head to class and come back home’, and that’s what I did. Not much involvement there. The trip to school and back was a discouraging factor, homesickness might have been a factor. I had to overcome that confining mentality.
Things have changed, thankfully. I’ve become much more involved and have made friends with people the old me wouldn’t have sprung for. I’m involved with: Griffin 101, Disney Leadership Program, Male Leadership Summit, you get the idea. I’ve grown out of the ‘I’m only a commuter’ attitude and have found that being open to staying on campus for events and to make real friends made Fontbonne a second home and not just a place for classes.
I hope this can help other commuters want to get more involved on campus. The rewards of friendship and growth as a person make sticking around after the bell are more than worth it.
I got involved my freshman year at Fontbonne in the student government association. I was lucky enough to be selected to serve on the executive board, which as a freshman doesn’t happen often. I was so excited to assume my role as I had always wanted to be on student council in high school. I hit the ground running and help the position of VP of Finance for 2 consecutive years.
Student Government Association (SGA) is a great organization on campus that is the voice for the entire student body. I got to serve as a reference point between other organizations on campus and the general board of SGA. I got to talk to many different students and keep track of a running budget. This are great skills to have. After my time as VP of Finance was coming to an end during my second year I chose to run for President of the organization.
Since then I have served in the roll of President. It has been two years since then and I have grown so much as a person in that time. Getting involved in an organization was the best decision I have ever made. I have grown and thrived as a person since I have been involved. I learned how to push out of my comfort zone and to care more about others than myself.
Everyone should get involved during their time at Fontbonne. Whether it is in SGA, the activities board or even the service organizations on campus.
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.