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This semester, for me, has been plagued with the realization that in just one year, I’ll be graduating from Fontbonne. Now, all students have known that their graduation is 4 years, 3 years, 2 years, right around the corner; however, I have only seen the monolithic decisions that I’ll have to face upon receiving that degree. I’m bringing this up now as I’ve just returned and reflected off of a retreat that was sorely needed. The Rest and Renewal Retreat gave me a brief 24 hrs to stop, relax, and focus on the things that I want to have in my lifelong journey and those things that hitch a ride unwarranted. I was given a chance to see the many faults I have in being true to my: integrity, drive, and faith.

My integrity to do things like attending school events or talking to a friend about possible future plans to hangout. I seem to not be doing things that I have a genuine desire to do, I just do them because I’m asked or feel obligated when I’m not really interested. Growing up, I was told by my parents that I wasn’t capable to play soccer or learn an instrument. Believing this, I followed suit and just stopped asking and let others run my life. I’d been conditioned to listen, not to carry the conversation forward. I tried to fill in the gaps by doing what others wanted, not myself. This retreat made me realize how much I’ve been missing out on in my own life. I’m beginning to take charge and stepped down from positions and posts assigned to me, not ones I’ve chosen.

My drive has always been in question as if it was really mine or just a call to serve my friends. Recently, I’ve seen how attending many events on campus are only alternative means of interaction, in place of just going out for lunch or sitting in the AMC to talk. These events that I once thought to allow deep relationships to form only allow for the superficiality to come in crystal clear. People I once thought of as my best friends rarely speak, telling me it was much more on the surface. This retreat made me see that I desire to be in those smaller, intimate moments of conversation instead of these empty shell congregations.

My faith has been growing over the past year. Attending and helping plan retreats, mass, and choir have given a sense of loving friendship and community that the whole of Fontbonne are unaware of. Our school prides itself on the community that forms between students, but it rarely forms a as a result of the exclusivity that permeates many of our student orgs. Campus ministry is different in that its personal and beautiful. This recent retreats was needed to show me that my faith in community was simply in the wrong place. It was with acquaintances and not friends.

This retreat gave a system shock. I saw the misattribution of what I want in life, who I want in life, and who I want to lead my life. I hope to use these internal guideline to put forward a senior year that is more true to myself and not to others.

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While I didn’t attend all the events at Homecoming, I got to experience a little slice of it.

On Friday of Homecoming weekend, my sister and I attended Sibling Bingo! My sister is so cool and always down for a good time. When she was in college, she was very involved. I was never as outgoing as she was, but I feel like when she comes to Fontbonne, she gets to see a whole other side of me. I love sharing my Fontbonne experience with her and introducing her to different people from the community, including my rad friends and professors.

I told my sister on our way to bingo that we had one mission, and one mission only: WIN. Of course, everyone at our table (including my skilled sibling) got a bingo, some more than once, except for me. It was still such a fun time and I’m so glad I went.

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My sister proudly wielding her bingo card

Now that I’m in a student org, I also got to witness Fall Festival in all it’s glory! On Saturday, I teamed up with President of Students for Life, Sarah, and set up a table along with our other esteemed SFL members. We handed out Fitz’s (a major hit, no surprise) and homemade Peanut Butter Trail Mix Puppy Chow (it was delicious, if I do say so myself). Needless to say, I think it was a success!

I would highly recommend going to Homecoming. Even if you’re busy, consider taking out a little time to have fun. You won’t regret it.

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I got involved my freshman year at Fontbonne in the student government association.  I was lucky enough to be selected to serve on the executive board, which as a freshman doesn’t happen often.  I was so excited to assume my role as I had always wanted to be on student council in high school.  I hit the ground running and help the position of VP of Finance for 2 consecutive years.

Student Government Association (SGA) is a great organization on campus that is the voice for the entire student body.  I got to serve as a reference point between other organizations on campus and the general board of SGA.  I got to talk to many different students and keep track of a running budget.  This are great skills to have.  After my time as VP of Finance was coming to an end during my second year I chose to run for President of the organization.

Since then I have served in the roll of President.  It has been two years since then and I have grown so much as a person in that time.  Getting involved in an organization was the best decision I have ever made.  I have grown and thrived as a person since I have been involved.  I learned how to push out of my comfort zone and to care more about others than myself.

Everyone should get involved during their time at Fontbonne.  Whether it is in SGA, the activities board or even the service organizations on campus.

 

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-D

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First of all if you read the my title as Franklin instead of Katelynn you and I are now best friends! I want to tell you a bit about myself as we kick off the semester. As I said my name is Katelynn Sandvoss, I am a freshman transfer, Secondary Special Education (concentration English and Literature) here at Fontbonne. I have my own personal blogging website but this is my first time blogging for anything other then that, so I’m really excited to be sharing that experience with you! I’m a huge list maker so here are 6 random things about me so we can get to know each other.

  1. I’m from Sullivan, MO (a small town about an hour outside of St.Louis)
  2. I have cerebral palsy, a non-progressive physical disability
  3. I’m the oldest of two, my younger brother Donnie is a sophomore in high school
  4. My FBU extracurricular activities: Griffin Gang and Campus Ministry
  5. LOVE all things Disney and Harry Potter
  6. LOVE all musical genres (except country…)

I look foreword to writing for you this semester!

Stay Awesome Everyone!!

KSandvoss <3

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Intro

by DeMarcus September 9, 2015

Hello, my name is DeMarcus Davis. I am a junior Strategic Communications major here at Fontbonne University. My role on campus is that I am a student leader and it is extremely exciting! Every since I started my freshman year, I have been heavily involved with a myriad of organizations. I’ve participated in the Fontbonne […]

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Self-love and Stress Reduction

by Alumni Posts April 10, 2015

My biggest challenge in college has been stress management and making time for myself.  I think it’s extremely important to take care of one’s self and have “me time”, time to spend with friends and time to do the hobbies that you most enjoy.  Balance is key.  Does that ideal always happen for me?  Well, […]

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Stop Everything You’re Doing

by Fontbonne University April 7, 2015

I don’t know what you’re doing with your life at this very moment, but I advise you to stop. Stop everything you’re doing and just read this blog post… besides, you must be procrastinating already anyway. We are all busy. According to Google (because Google is always right) the definition of “Busy” is simply “Having a […]

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Student Organizations

by Fontbonne University April 7, 2015

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 […]

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Freshman Year vs. Sophomore Year

by Fontbonne University November 10, 2014

If I had to look back at freshman year and compare it to this year as a sophomore, for starters I would say that I am a heck of a lot busier this year.  As a freshman I was mainly confused as to what was going on since it was my first time in college […]

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Make New Friends, But Keep the Old…

by Alumni Posts May 8, 2012

Well, we’ve made it: the end of the 2011-2012 school year. I had my final class period today, and now I’ve got just two exams to conquer before putting the whole thing to rest. One thing that I’ve realized worked out really well this year was my collection of friends. See, a lot of the […]

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