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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.

 

XoXo

-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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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!

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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.

http://greatist.com/happiness/23-scientifically-backed-ways-reduce-stress-right-now

-Katie H.

 

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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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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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