I am a Senior in college… I am graduating on May 9th… Am I sad or happy?
All of these are things that I have had on my mind for the last few weeks. As my time at Fontbonne comes to an end, it is time for me to reflect.
What have I done… What am I doing next… How do I connect the two?
I have donated so much time to the Fontbonne community, through being SGA president to Fontbonne Days for three years. There are so many out there that have still given so much more. I loved my chapter at Fontbonne and it pains me that this time must come to a close. I have grown so much as a person here from student government, professors, being a student intern, and even my academic courses. I am a totally different person than the girl that walked on campus back in 2012. I am attending Saint Louis University in the Fall to get my masters degree in Student Personnel Administration. I am going to be in college for the rest of my life (that is what they tell me). But I plan to have much more of an impact on others than what most people see. I have always wanted to help people, to grow, to lead, to be more than what they dream they can be. If it wasn’t for my time at Fontbonne, and those who have helped me grow, I would have never chosen this career for myself.
Who am I now… How is that going to help me… Am I really ready to “Adult”?
I am different, I have changed, I have grown. I know that I am on the right path. I have always been told that I can do anything I set my mind to; I believe that to this day. I can do or be anything I want to be in this world. I want to help students like myself realize that early; money is not everything in this world. It does not matter how much money you make if you are in a job that you hate. Live for what you believe in and do whatever you wish to do. Someone along the line will support you, and help you to grow into the person that you need to be for the career.
Believe me, this is not the end… It is just a new chapter in the book of my life. And I cannot wait to see how it reads.
When I was little I don’t even really remember what I wanted to be. The last memory I have of wanting to be something was a teacher; that was when I was a freshman in high school. I knew that I wanted to help kids learn; I liked the idea of teaching high school freshman so I worked with my favorite teacher. I got to teach a couple of lessons and with sitting in her classes, seeing how they didn’t quite understand the meaning of respect, I decided that was not the fit for me.
I decided toward my senior year of high school that I wanted to design the next big roller coaster at Six Flags. I wanted to be an engineer; I didn’t know what that meant to me about where I was going to go but I knew it was what I wanted to do.
Neither of those are exactly what I ended up wanting to do by my Senior year of College. I am going to graduate school starting in the Fall of 2016 at Saint Louis University to achieve a master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration. I am beyond excited for this new chapter in my life and accept that it wasn’t my original plan.
When I set my sights on obtaining my master’s degree there were many things that I had to take into consideration. How would I achieve this and still maintain my life and those things that are important to me? I call it a balancing act, for I must strategically act to keep my life in balance. I had to set a schedule and strategy in place that would allow me to dedicate time for worship, family, work and schooling. It seems like a lot, but it can be done with discipline first then dedication and determination. Attending Fontbonne with their flexible schedules and blended class options has worked perfectly for me.
The summer has begun! For many of us that means picking up extra hours at work, taking summer classes if need be, and trying to squeeze a little fun into the long, warm days. My little bit of fun this year coincides with my search for the right master’s program. In the last three years, I have plowed through my associates, jumped right into my bachelors, and with any luck, I’ll head right into my master’s after graduation. As someone in pursuit of an Art Therapy degree, finding the right master’s program can be tricky and limiting. The job market in the area of license must be considered, otherwise that license is just a fancy piece of paper. I’ve done plenty of research and, in a few short days, will be heading up to San Francisco! I’ve never been to northern California so this trip is especially exciting.
Setting up a tour with the college was very easy, and the informational packet they sent me reminded me a lot of Fontbonne. It’s a small, private college as well and emphasizes small class sizes to give a higher quality instruction to the students. This is very important to me because I feel like small classes really do work the best. I’ll have to take the price of the college into account as well as earning any possible scholarships. Drowning in debt to achieve my goal is not exactly at the top of my list. Checking out the program that they offer in my major is the most important thing. I want to make sure that they offer what I need to become licensed and an effective Art Therapist.
It won’t all be tours and checklists though. Northern California and San Francisco especially, offers so much to do! From Chinatown and the Warf, to the Golden Gate Park, Haight and Ashbury, and amazing seafood I doubt I will have a dull moment downtown. I will also be crossing hugging a redwood tree off my bucket list. Redwoods are an iconic symbol of the west coast and I feel like everyone should have the opportunity to stand in awe of those majestic trees. There will also be plenty of chill time on the beach and, hopefully, in front of a fire pit with a great bottle of wine. I’ll be sure to give a full report next week! Cheers!!