Compared to the days of high school, I can say that getting involved at school on a college level can be difficult though also easy, depending on how much effort you put into it. I know that in high school it was pretty easy to get involved because of the fact you’re on campus every day, everything is pretty much readily accessible and at the tip of your hands. I was involved with any organization that I was particularly interested in as long as I made sure to seek out the information to participate in each organization. Now with college, as a commuter student, things can be slightly different. I know personally I have to make sure that my schedule can fit in time for each of the organizations that I am personally involved in, and in addition to that I have to make sure I can give fully of my talents as a participant. Last year, as a freshman, I was very involved with almost each organization I would possibly relate to or had interest in. Though my major problem was that I had to narrow down where was it I felt called to be in with the groups — where an organization would benefit from me as well as me benefiting from the organization in return.
I believe it is important for each student on campus to really find at least one organization to participate in and give of their time and talents. Now I am not saying that a student should join every organization that he or she can join in one semester, but rather to evaluate their interests and sign up for at least one or two. Here I can say that I am honestly involved in at least two student organizations: Students for Life and Campus Ministry. Campus Ministry though, is where I want to focus because of how much I am currently learning from this part of my life. I am not sitting here saying that “Oh everyone needs to be a part of Campus Ministry and be a Jesus freak,” because that is not the case. I know that with Campus Ministry I have really seen where I enjoy investing my time most with growth and learning more about myself as a whole person. Through times of working together with another team member on the Campus Ministry Team, I have learned how I work best with people and how I may not work best with people. Though through those varying situations, I have learned ways to respond to times when I may not work best with people, in addition I have learned ways to improve more on myself. Life lessons that come from working with others in an organization within college. There are times of leadership that you are handed or else offered and you have the chance to either take it or leave it. But when taking opportunities of leadership and spending time with people who have some of the same things in common with you, it makes the overall college experience more meaningful as well as personal.
The transition from high school to college can bring out a lot of emotions you didn’t expect. College, especially if you live on campus, is a totally different lifestyle than what you were used to in high school. The change of environment can have more of an impact on you than what you thought it would. Everyone deals with the transition differently and experiences different feelings when coming to college.
Personally when coming to college my freshman year, I struggled with being homesick. Even though I only lived about an hour and a half away from my home, I still missed it a lot. I made a great group of friends during my first semester at Fontbonne, but still missed my family and friends back home. I used to go home every weekend that I possibly could, but always regretted not staying on campus. I would see my Fontbonne friends posting pictures on Facebook of their fun weekends spent at Forest Park or trying out a new restaurant at The Loop.
I struggled a lot with deciding to spend weekends on campus or going home to see my family. I wanted so desperately to hang out with my new friends, but I hated feeling homesick. I soon came to realize that it’s okay to feel homesick sometimes. It’s just a side effect of moving away from your home you’ve known all your life. Things get better!
Hello, Griffins and future Griffins! My name is Corie and I am a transferred junior here at Fontbonne. I am from Plainfield, Illinois. Plainfield is about an hour south of Chicago. I usually tell people I am from Chicago because no one knows where Plainfield is located, so Chicago is easier. I like to spend time with my friends, watch reality TV and movies, surf the net, listen to some music, and the obvious shopping (when I have the money). For being a transfer student I have actually made quite a few friends. People here are incredibly nice. For the most part I see people here are very outgoing. I’m probably like most transfers, worried about making friends. Here at Fontbonne that was not a problem at all, the key is to get involved! Now you’re probably wondering: if she’s from Illinois how did she end up in Saint Louis? Well, my whole family pretty much lives here, and my cousin goes to Fontbonne as well. Actually, being here has brought me closer to my family.
Now, over the weekend was my first real baseball game. It was so much fun, I had a blast. My roommate and I went on the metro link to the stadium and enjoyed our free hot dog and drink while watching the Cardinals win. Five dollars to see a baseball game and free food; who would pass that up? I cannot wait to get tickets for the Blues games. This is a picture of my roommate and me (I am on the left), the other is the front of the stadium.
Thanksgiving is done. Black Friday is long gone. It is time to throw up those Christmas decorations and start watching Christmas movies! Every year after Thanksgiving we put up my tree to some Christmas tunes and bake cookies to “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” I would have to say it is my favorite time of year! I count down the days until snow, hot chocolate, and Christmas lights. I LOVE that Fontbonne really gets into decorating around campus! It really helps me stay in the Christmas spirit! Happy Christmas Season to All!