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I think it is safe to say that I am very involved at Fontbonne. Brace yourself! It may seem like a lot, but it is just enough to keep me busy and not too much. I have been on Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB) for 4 years. I help plan major events on campus including homecoming this weekend. I am also an SGA rep for the activities board. This means I go to student government meetings and report our agenda. I am also part of Enactus. Right now we are developing a business plan for a company launching scarves for dogs with the proceeds donated to help prisoners. I am also helping with the Metanoia retreat that is coming up in November. Lastly, I hope to get a job with advancement. They are waiting to hear if they can hire another work study student. I have my fingers crossed!

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Hi Fontbonne!!!

How is everyone doing today? Good, bad, sad, crappy, etc? Well, I sure hope those negative ones have disappeared!

When you have a bad day, it’s hard to stay positive and do things well. I definitely know how that feels because I sure do get grumpy when I’m upset. However, I don’t like to let it control my mind or actions. It’s just not worth it. I tell myself that it’ll get better. I also thank God for that.

Speaking of God, my blog today is about the Metanoia #8 retreat that I just returned from. Metanoia means “change of heart.” In other words, you open yourself up to God so he can give you the love, strength, support, and care that you need. Also, you open yourself up to others. You may not know them or even met them before, but the retreat changes that. There were people that went to the previous retreats as well, including myself. This retreat was my second trip. Why did I go again? Well, I loved it the first time and God continues to surprise me! I also got the chance to understand the people who I already knew and who I just met.

God is not just anybody. I won’t say that I know exactly who he is because I’m still getting to know him. So let’s be patient. I have come to learn and even feel how God has changed my life. There were many times when I’ve doubted myself (actually I still do but not too often) or even hated myself for crazy reasons. But I think about Him, and I know He comforts me every time. I love God.

So, the retreat included Campus Ministry Director, Sarah Boul, Sister Amy Diesen, team members: Isabella (Izzy) Liu, Cassie Dougherty, Catherine Jaeger, Andrea Artz, Andrea Coffey, Sam Beaty, Tyler Fernandez, and Jes Stevens, and retreatants: myself, Hayden Pattinson, Rachel, Brittny Radley, Ana Soares, Chantal Brown, Andrea Bailey, and Deanna. This was a smaller group compared to last year, but we still had a really amazing and energetic team.

Our retreat location this year was in Dittmer, Missouri, about 45 minutes from Fontbonne. It was a very beautiful place and the building is very warm and comfortable. We were divided into different rooms, so I was with Jes, Andrea B., and Sam. Later, we were split into our small groups with a team leader. In my group, I had Jes (team leader), Hayden, and Rachel. I got the chance to know Jes even more and Rachel and Hayden. Hayden didn’t talk as much, but we all hoped he will open up.

Compared to last fall, I was much more outgoing and I talked to almost everyone there. Everyone’s personalities were great. During reconciliation, we had sat in our own spots to think about our lives and how God has influenced us. I thought about my family, especially my mom, and my boyfriend, Michael. I also thought about my friends from high school and the friends I’ve met at Fontbonne. In the small booklet that we all received for the retreat, I wrote down little things and questions from my mind. When I thought about my mom, I teared up a little. She has done so much for me and I hope that she knows how much I care for and love her. God has shown me how to work my way through my struggles and pain.

During reconciliation, Sarah and Brother Brad (I’m not sure who he is or what he looked like!) were doing the “confession” times for anyone who needed to confess or to just talk to. I didn’t feel too much trouble so I stayed at my spot the whole time. We had a long reconciliation, but I was patient and just thought about good things. I prayed for everyone in my life, even for people who I barely talk to.

The fun things that I got to do were games, bonfire, and movie. We played Uno then Phase 10 at one point. I played Uno before, but not Phase 10. I had so much fun with my fellow retreatants. Oh, the food there were very delicious, too.

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I was blessed with the opportunity to be able to go on a retreat this past weekend with Campus Ministry. I can’t say too much because that would spoil it for any future retreat-goers. But the moral of the story is I had such a great time!

The location was absolutely beautiful and we were able to go on little hikes, have bon fires, play Frisbee, and just really got to spend a lot of time outdoors being active and enjoying nature. Everyone was so kind, and welcoming because I didn’t know many people, but I instantly made a ton of new friends! I will never forget this past weekend, and I hope to continue all the friendships I gained. I also hope that I and everyone else on the trip continue to grow in our faith, and that others have the courage to go next year because it is really worth taking time out of your busy life to take part in this event.

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It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, you can wear a jacket to class. Oh wait, it’s 80 degrees in October this year, so you’re probably still wearing your flip flops and shorts. But, nonetheless, it’s still that time of year again! Are you wondering what I’m babbling about yet?

I’m talking about METANOIA! It’s time for the fall retreat. Campus ministry sponsors it every year. And this year it’s happening the weekend of October 21st-23rd. If you don’t have a calendar in front of you, that’s just under two weeks away.

So you know what I think? I think you should sign up. I’m on the team, so I’ll be there, and I have been assured from some pretty reliable sources that it’s going to be a good time. Trust me, you should go!

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Metanoia

by Alumni Posts October 25, 2010

So, it’s the middle of October and Metanoia retreat is just around the corner.  I’ve put a lot more work into Metanoia than I did last year, as I am on the core team this year. I’m excited for the weekend, but apprehensive about my role. I went shopping with my fellow Hospitality Director yesterday, […]

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About 30 days until Thanksgiving!

by Alumni Posts October 25, 2010

I just finished with the Metanoia retreat today, and I have to say it was a fantastic weekend! I felt like I did get to know some of those attending the retreat, despite my earlier apprehensions. Even though I didn’t get a lot of one on one time with many people, I did try to […]

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Libby- It's Definitely The People

by Fontbonne University November 10, 2008

I am sitting at home waiting to go back to Fontbonne and all I can think about is what my friends are doing back at school. I could easily say they are some of my favorite things about Fontbonne. Most of the friendships I have made are because of dorm life. When we aren’t in […]

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