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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


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 Activities Board (FAB) , Student Government Association (SGA) , Campus Ministry, Student Alumni Association (SAA), and Residential Hall Association (RHA), just to name a few. I’ve ranged in multiple positions, however, they’re all great things to get involved with and learn life lessons… possibly :) I tend to call myself the well of resources because I know so much about the student organizations to an extent; also I call myself a honorary member of most organizations because I randomly help when I’m not even part of the org itself.

But enough about my awesome amazing life as an active student leader and back to the blog. I am really excited to blog and share the exciting things in my brain. I’ll post on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursdays will be about music and the effects it has on people (just in time for New Music Friday) and Sundays will be the typical “What’s wrong with my life?” post… JK, but you get it. Have a good week and see you on Thursday!


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, not quite.

Despite my best intentions, I often neglect my well-being for the sake of getting more stuff done.  I want to feel “more-productive”, and when I take out time doing nothing, or watching a few episodes of my favorite show on Netflix I often feel “lazy” or “selfish” for taking time to do something mindless.

Earlier today I was talking with a friend who reminded me how important taking time for myself can be.  She told me how she has changed the way she approaches stress in the academic setting.  She has been forgiving of herself when she doesn’t get “the perfect grade” and stays mindful when she feels something isn’t worth stressing over.  According to her, it has made all the difference in her overall stress level.  This served as a reminder to me that in order to be the “more-productive” student that I want to be, I must first take care of myself.  It isn’t selfish or lazy to do something mindless.  It isn’t the end of the world if you take a day off from school work to have fun with your friends or family.  Getting assignments done is important, but you are the most important thing in your life.  If you take care of yourself, productiveness will follow.

A little self-love and forgiveness goes a long way.

If you’re interesting in more detailed Stress-Reduction Tips, click the link below for an article by the Greatist.

-Katie H.



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 great deal to do.” This is to be occupied, engaged, involved, or employed with different activities. Everyone of us has a great deal of things that we must get done each day, and yes, this includes having a social life, eating meals, and getting some sleep!

This semester is personally my busiest yet out of the 4 semesters I have been here at Fontbonne. I am a second semester sophomore, and I love where I’m at and what I’m doing here. Often enough though I find myself questioning every little thing I do because it can sometimes get overwhelming. This semester I am keeping up with 21 credit hours at 2 different schools: Fontbonne Univ. and St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. I attend both schools because I am double majoring in Deaf Education and Sign Language Interpreting. It’s a lot of classes and homework and tests, but I really do love education and I love to learn; therefore, it isn’t so bad!

Along with academics I am also an intern for The Department of Leadership Education and Student Activities, president of *Griffin Gang, and an executive member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. These groups keeps me occupied with meetings and organizing events for upcoming sporting events, but I really enjoy doing them on campus. This semester I have also picked up a parttime job because I just had too much free time. 😉 I work at Behavior Intervention Services. What I do at my job is confidential, but I can say that I absolutely love it and wouldn’t want to be working anywhere else right now. Now, as for my family and friends, I make a lot of time for them because of how important they all are in my life. I see my friends everyday and talk to my family once a week.

I know you are all thinking “How does she manage all that?” or “I have more than that and still don’t have time for everything.” Well, it is all about your priorities in life. Use a calendar. It is one of the best things ever invented and it keeps you organized. I write down everything from school #1, to school #2, to activities, to time for sleeping. You can do this! Write it all down and you will see how much free time you actually have each day. Also, for assignments, tests, and projects – write those down as well! You will always know when you have something coming up and can get it done without waiting the night before.

So what are you waiting for??? Get to organizing your schedule and make your life a little bit easier!

*You can read more about Griffin Gang in my previous blog post. Check it out!


Student Organizations

by Sarah 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 Sarah 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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Get in Where You Fit In

by Alumni Posts April 9, 2012

Hi FBU community! We are getting closer to the end of another semester, and some are about to graduate and some of us are still a work in progress. For those of you who will be remaining students for a few more semesters, I encourage you to take advantage of activities and organizations while you […]

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