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About Me

by Adriana on September 19, 2016

in College Life

Hi everybody!

My name is Adriana Salazar, I am 20 years old and I am a transfer student from Ecuador! I think is amazing that we can have this space for sharing opinions and experiences about what we are going through in our lives.

In this post I am going to share 10 things about me 🙂

  1. My home city is called Guayaquil. It is a great city, you will always find something to do and it one of the two biggest cities in Ecuador.
  2. I am bilingual girl. I went to a bilingual middle school and high school, so that is how I learned English. I have to admit that sometimes I struggle with some words and grammar issues.
  3. In my family we are 6. My parents, my two little brothers, and my dog; her name is Lu and she is a beagle.
  4. I want to major in Special Education and maybe minor in Speech Language Pathology. I enjoy interacting with kids and I am very interested in learning about children with special needs.
  5. I am part of Schoenstatt Catholic movement since I was a little girl. Being part of Shoenstatt has been a great way for me to involve God in my life.
  6. I love photography. I have never been in photography course, but I would really like to do one. I just take photos as a hobby. This year I decided to start an Instagram portfolio which is about my city, Guayaquil, the purpose of it is to let people know the different things you can found in the city. The account is called: life_in_guayaquil
  7. I did my first year of college in Ecuador and this year I transferred to Fontbonne. I am currently in my sophomore year.
  8. I choose Fontbonne University because I really like the Special Education program they offer here. I also like the fact that it is a small campus and I think St. Louis is a very nice city.
  9. I listen to different kind of music genres and I am always exploring new music. My favorite soundtrack right now is Fruta Vol. II by Caloncho. It is a mix of tropical beach music, very relaxing, and it is on spotify. If you are having a stressful situation, just listen to it.
  10. I would like to roadtrip South America once in my life.

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Guayaquil City.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Taylor

 

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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.

 

 

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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.”

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The Original J.T.

by Alumni Posts July 30, 2014

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 […]

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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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