Hello everyone, and welcome back to school! I hope you all had a great summer. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Taylor, and I am a senior here at Fontbonne. This is my fourth year here, and I am looking forward to a great final year at school. I thought I might tell you a little about myself. I am majoring in dietetics, and when I graduate I am hoping to get a dietetic internship and get myself on my dream path of working in sports nutrition. My ultimate goal is to work with professional tennis players specifically. On campus, I am pretty involved. I am on my third year of being a resident assistant here, as well as being the Apartment Coordinator for our off-campus apartment building, Cotta Hall. I am also currently the president of the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (SAFCS) and between that, my RA job, studying, getting ready for internships, and blogging, I keep myself super busy! When I’m not on campus, I like to hang out with my friends and family, workout, eat, and do hot yoga, which I do almost every day. My other goal when I graduate is actually to become a certified yoga instructor! My favorite food is ranch dressing, my favorite hobby is napping, and I’m addicted to Grey’s Anatomy. I can’t wait to get to know all of you! Have a great semester!
I am a Senior in college… I am graduating on May 9th… Am I sad or happy?
All of these are things that I have had on my mind for the last few weeks. As my time at Fontbonne comes to an end, it is time for me to reflect.
What have I done… What am I doing next… How do I connect the two?
I have donated so much time to the Fontbonne community, through being SGA president to Fontbonne Days for three years. There are so many out there that have still given so much more. I loved my chapter at Fontbonne and it pains me that this time must come to a close. I have grown so much as a person here from student government, professors, being a student intern, and even my academic courses. I am a totally different person than the girl that walked on campus back in 2012. I am attending Saint Louis University in the Fall to get my masters degree in Student Personnel Administration. I am going to be in college for the rest of my life (that is what they tell me). But I plan to have much more of an impact on others than what most people see. I have always wanted to help people, to grow, to lead, to be more than what they dream they can be. If it wasn’t for my time at Fontbonne, and those who have helped me grow, I would have never chosen this career for myself.
Who am I now… How is that going to help me… Am I really ready to “Adult”?
I am different, I have changed, I have grown. I know that I am on the right path. I have always been told that I can do anything I set my mind to; I believe that to this day. I can do or be anything I want to be in this world. I want to help students like myself realize that early; money is not everything in this world. It does not matter how much money you make if you are in a job that you hate. Live for what you believe in and do whatever you wish to do. Someone along the line will support you, and help you to grow into the person that you need to be for the career.
Believe me, this is not the end… It is just a new chapter in the book of my life. And I cannot wait to see how it reads.
If I could give any advice to the pre-Fontbonne me I would definitely tell her to not stress so much. Understand that you cannot be in control of absolutely everything in life. I would also tell myself that I was going to end up a planner and that was going to be tough for me because I cannot control everything. I did not know this as a freshman coming into college and if I could prep myself for that I know I would not have stressed so much when I did not have control.
I would also tell myself to actually go to class. Even though I thought I did not need to and that I was free from mom and dad I was not a genius. I would tell myself to get up out of bed even if I had the worst headache. Unless I was vomiting or unable to move I should have gone to classes all the time.
Another piece of advice I would give myself is to not sleep so often. Although taking naps always felt amazing, I was only hurting friendship and wasting time to spend with those friends I had made.
The last piece of advice I would give is to attend the Freshman orientation. I would have made so many friends much quicker and would not have struggled so much in my first year. I skipped my orientation and although I made many friends here at Fontbonne, it was not without challenge.
Go to orientation, Go to class, and DO NOT sleep so much!
Well Griffins, it looks like we are finally here! It’s finals week, which means we are so very close to being done with the semester and ending another great year at Fonbonne. I can’t help but think about how fast my time at Fontbonne has flown by. I remember my parents dropping me off on my first day at freshman orientation 3 years ago and being so incredibly nervous, and now by the end of this week I’m going to be a senior. My time at Fontbonne so far has been filled with so many incredible memories and experiences, and I can’t help but think about how much I have grown and changed inside and out since I arrived here. I have met some amazing people, learned so much both in my classes and out, and have been exposed to so many wonderful things since I have been here, and as another semester comes to a close, I can’t help but low forward to and be excited for my final few semesters as a Griffin. I hope you all had a wonderful semester and year, and enjoy your summers!
See you later,