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Feeling Out of Tune?

by Taylor on February 19, 2016

in Extracurricular

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my time at college, it’s that everyone has really off days. Days where we have no motivation to do anything, and cannot even fathom the thought of getting out of bed, let alone going to class, studying, or going to work. It’s true that most of us have a lot on our plates, and most of the time don’t have full days to just do nothing. So what do you do when you just feel like you can’t do anything? If you’re me, you find your headphones and put on the most motivating or uplifting song you can find, and go from there. I usually find that after a few minutes of just listening and focusing on my music, I feel a little better about what awaits me when I take the headphones off. So what are my go-to songs on off days? Here are my top 5 at the moment:

  1. It’s Time by Imagine Dragons


A song about taking a risk and starting something new when it seems impossible to everyone but you, this is my favorite song of all time.  It’s helped motivate me many times, especially on days when things seem especially hard or daunting.

2. Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay


This is just such a happy and uplifting song, that it’s hard to not want to get up and move when you listen to it.

3. I Believe (Get Over Yourself) by Nico Vega


To me, this is a song about knocking down the limits you set for yourself and living the life you want. It’s perfect for when you feel self doubt creeping in.


4. I Do What I Love by Ellie Goulding


This song is about doing what you want and working hard, and not letting anything or anyone stop you from being yourself or achieving your goals.


5. Good Life by OneRepublic


This song is literally just about how good life can really be. It helps mellow me out before a long day and just leaves me feeling more positive in general.

Thanks for reading, and happy listening Griffins!





Be Something Beautiful

by DeMarcus on September 28, 2015

in Faith

“There could never be a more beautiful you”  is the lyric sung by Christian artist Johnny Diaz in his song “Beautiful You.” Last week, this lyric constantly played in my head over and over. While the song is a toe tapper, I started to think about times I tried alter myself to blend in but who hasn’t, right? I would act out in ways I thought were “cool” but then I felt stupid afterwards. I knew better. I knew before I did the stupid action but I felt as if I had something to prove, which is nothing. Now that I am older I realized it isn’t any fun pretending to be someone you’re not. It is seriously BORING! “Don’t buy the lies, disguises and hoops, they make you jump through.” I am warning you: do not buy into the things that those people, ‘your friends’ are telling you. They are setting you up for failure, humiliation, and emotional turmoil. It is not worth any of it. I’ve been there and done it and I can testify that it is exhausting. No one can be a better you than you. Once you’ve found your sense of self, you will be on your way.

Now that you’ve found who you truly are, no one can tell you any different. How does it feel to be you? I can tell you it feels great. Knowing who you are as a person and the direction you are headed in is unbelievable. All of those doubts are starting to leave your mind and positive affirmations are coming in full effect. Most times it doesn’t happen right away but in order to fully embrace the new you, you have to believe and accept all of your flaws.  “And God’s says, I’m gonna turn it into something different, I’m gonna turn it into something good, I’m gonna take all the broken pieces, And make something beautiful like only I could.” Steven Curtis Chapman sings this in his song “Something Beautiful” and it totally gives me that extra push to just be me and live life to the fullest.





The Power of Music

by DeMarcus on September 10, 2015

in Extracurricular

Music is powerful. It is a tool that is used to express feelings that one cannot simply put into words. Music makes us cry, laugh, feel pain we didn’t know we had, and often times makes us think about the hurt someone caused that we’re still trying to forget. Imagine sitting on on the window pane drifting out into the open pastures while Mariah Carey is playing in the background. Are you thinking about a “Vision of Love?” Is it your “Dream lover” that is causing the “Breakdown” of your life crumbling in the shadows? If Mariah isn’t your cup of tea, then maybe it was Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.” It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in the window pane, in the middle of the floor, or laying in your bed on a Saturday morning around 10 a.m. Music is essential and helps us in any situation. Music is uplifting. I guess Eminem was right when said,  “That’s why they call it window pain.” The only thing that can make me forget about my sorrows is the opening rift in Hilary Duff’s “So Yesterday.”


If you are into music and pop culture, you probably think of Justin Timberlake when you hear the initials J.T. However, before the modern J.T. was James Taylor. He was the original, considering he first rose to fame in the 1970s. He continues to be an outstanding singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to see him perform live.

The people that I went to the concert with were my mom, her best friend, and her husband. This is the same group that I went to the Paul McCartney concert with a couple years ago. They tend to be my buddies for the oldies concerts. I like a wide variety of modern music, but part of me has an old soul when it comes to my music taste. James Taylor has a very classic and soothing sound. It made for such a pleasant night. Also, it was actually nice weather, despite the fact that it was in the middle of summer in St. Louis. The show was at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, which is an outdoor theatre. We had lawn seats, which is something I had never experienced before. I just love seeing live shows, and this was another one I had looked forward to for a long time. And there are more coming up soon! Next are Miley Cyrus (which was postponed from April) and then One Direction (for the second time!). Like I said before, I listen to a variety of music styles, obviously. Bring on the summer shows!



Rockstar Mayhem Fest @ Verizon.

by Alumni Posts July 24, 2014

People who don’t know me that well or just meet me randomly wouldn’t guess that I would like metal/hardcore rock music. I love it!! It is what I have grown up with and when I found out that Korn and Avenged Sevenfold were headlining I just had to go. Mayhem fest was last week at […]

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Theme Song

by Alumni Posts April 23, 2014

If I had a theme song it would be “Alien” by F.L.A.M.E. This would be my theme song because I am not like everyine else. I don’t party too much or drink every weekend and have real life issues that go on. I have a strong faith in God and I am not ashamed of […]

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The Record Shows, I Took the Blows

by Alumni Posts April 23, 2014

There are some questions for which, no matter how random, you have a set response ready in case anyone ever asks. For example, if someone asks my favorite movie, I would immediately respond “Space Jam”. If someone inquired upon my favorite band, it would be “Vampire Weekend”, no question. And finally, if anyone was curious […]

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Fontbonne is Special

by Alumni Posts April 3, 2014

I chose this image because this is a picture of me and two of my friends at Fontbonne University. As you can see they aren’t the same color as me but that didn’t matter to us. We were having a great time at a Fontbonne party just mingling and talking with everyone. We had a […]

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Music + Me

by Alumni Posts March 21, 2014

What role does music play in my life? Music answers questions. And the lyrics are more than words; they are emotions, stories. Want to know the best part? Everyone has an undeniable love for music. Music thrives in us. It’s hard to go a single day without listening music. Not only because it is SO […]

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No Matter What

by Alumni Posts March 7, 2014

I enjoy how I learn so many new things everyday just being here. For example, after living in St. Louis for 5 years, I’m still in awe of how much snow we’ve had. It’s already March and still, the flurries are being spooned on us as if someone up there is pouring flour into this […]

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