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WOW, it’s such a shock to me that the last few weeks of my undergraduate program are almost over. Graduation is so close and the anxiety is overwhelming to say the least, but I know that I can handle it. This year I have had the opportunity to do so much volunteering both on and off campus, take trips out of town, and I’ve even had my children attend some classes with me. I can remember plenty of days and nights where I couldn’t find a babysitter and my teachers told me to just bring my kids with me and they would have activities and snacks for them. Initially it was an embarrassment, but once I realized that my teachers and colleagues were supporting me and were excited to see me pushing to complete my degree I too became excited about my accomplishments.

It’s always exciting to have someone supporting you when you don’t believe that you are capable of completing a task. My teachers and Fontbonne as a whole has provided me with a long list of life lessons and opportunity that I wouldn’t have gotten at another institution. I was recently inducted into Phi Alpha, which is the National Honor Society for social workers and that too is a major accomplishment. On May 9, 2016, I will be graduating with honors and celebrating a moment of my life that I still can’t believe.Fontbonne Accomplishments

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When I first heard the news that I would be visiting Jefferson City for advocacy day, I was really excited and eager to learn more about the legislature and the way policy worked. This was an eye opening experience for me because I was able to see how mean, sarcastic and egotistical some of the members of congress can be. In this field (social work), even though people are rude and nasty to us we must remain calm and diligent in our efforts to advocate for and empower others. Having the opportunity to speak to a lot of the representatives, and even just being in their presence was a very exciting feeling. Some of them even stopped us to ask why we were there and what did we think about what was going on. Some of the men were very rude; they didn’t hold doors, didn’t allow ladies to walk through small hallways first, or even speak in some instances. I feel that even though these men have and hold a lot of power, which still doesn’t subject them from treating people like human beings. We were given a tour of the building, able to speak with multiple government officials, and had the opportunity to sit in on the house while they debated over passing or vetoing bills. There was so much history present as I walked the halls of the capitol and I truly enjoyed looking at all of the paintings and sculptures that were available for observation. The past  years at Fontbonne have granted me some of the most rewarding and experimental times of my life.

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My name is Johnise McKinney, and I am a senior social work student here at Fontbonne University. In addition to being a full time student, I am also a mother of 3, which is another full time job within itself; however I manage to make it work. I have always had a high passion for helping other people, even when I couldn’t help myself, so naturally I chose social work as my career field. I love the fact that Fontbonne University has one of the top social work programs in Missouri and the class sizes are so small that you can get all of the attention and help that you need from the instructors. In addition, Fontbonne offers many merit-based and financial-based scholarships and grants, which can always come in handy when you have a tuition balance. The social work program participates in many local seminars and charity events in order to gain field experience and volunteer experience as part of degree requirements, however the events are always insightful and eye opening. I would definitely recommend Fontbonne University to anyone looking for a close-knit community school, the friendships and opportunities for involvement are endless as long as you always but your best foot forward. I would like to end by telling you this: “Your Passion will lead you to your purpose in life.”

 

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Hey Fontys! I’m back! I know when you’re at a family function or talking to a staff member on campus, you probably have been asked, “What are you going to do after college?” And if you’re like me, you’ve had your life planned out since you were five. If not (and you’re lucky that you’re not), you probably don’t even know what you’re going to wear to class tomorrow. This post is about showcasing our future plans after Fontbonne. So, here are mine… After I get my degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology, I plan on apply to University of Missouri-St. Louis in Criminology to begin my career as a crime reporter for the city of St. Louis. After I’m settled in my career as a reporter, I plan to start an organization for homeless citizens where they will be able to move into an apartment below the org office and get help with things they struggle with, such as addiction, completing their education, budgeting, and housing placement after they complete the program. I also plan to write a novel series for teenagers. In between that, (I know… there’s more… ), I wanna get married, have kids, and build my own home. My degree from Fontbonne will not only give me great academic tools to start my career, but I can also use Fontbonne’s rich history of service to inspire me to continuously give back.

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I Chose Fontbonne . . .

by Alumni Posts March 1, 2011

For so many reasons. First and foremost is the social work program and the strong connection the university has fostered with graduate programs at other local and equally prestigious universities. Other universities have programs that are similar but don’t quite cross the bridge all the way to where a true opportunity for a graduate degree […]

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