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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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I attended Fontbonne’s gallery opening last night. Mounted on the walls was Muhammad Alhawagri’s “Occurrences [reduced]”, a brilliant series of black-and-white photographs that aimed to capture the essence of everyday objects. While art is most often subjective, and Alhawagri’s work isn’t exactly an exception, there is comfort in knowing that perhaps these objects and subjects are things that everyone has encountered in their everyday lives. While each individual looks at the painting and finds their own meaning in it, this is indisputable: we are familiar with the object/subject, even though we don’t quite know what it is.

I was lucky enough to be accompanied by my sister and my father, who were eager to experience a Fontbonne gallery opening, and a few of my friends–fellow Fontbonnians. As we strolled through the gallery, taking time to access each photograph, we shared our insights and contemplated–just what was the object portrayed in the photograph? Laughingly, we scolded ourselves for wanting to know more about the abstracted object. In trying to decipher the contents of each work, we realized that maybe that was the point–the essence of the photographs didn’t rely on what the subject was, they relied on the lines, shapes, and shadows created by the subject. What you were left with was something else entirely.

The photographs succeeded in prompting me to appreciate the ordinary, to explore and examine something more closely that I had maybe never looked twice at. The next time I’m struggling to find inspiration, I’ll think about Occurrences [reduced].

Muhammad Alhawagri is self-taught, which makes it all the more impressive. He has shown work all over St. Louis. Here is a link to his website if you want explore further: http://www.alhawagri.com.

You should definitely make your way to the art gallery. The exhibition is open until March 24th, so you have plenty of time to see Alhawagri’s work, and form your own theory 🙂

I highly recommend attending any showings that you can. Even if you’re not an art major, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the experience. Grab a couple of friends, indulge in some refreshments, and share your opinions.

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I think it can be said that the fall semester here at Fontbonne has flown by faster than anyone thought possible. There were days that I wondered how I would make it to the end with my sanity in tact. With a schedule that consisted of two 12 hour days, two 10 hour days, one 7 hour day, and weekends full of homework and studio time, there were times when it felt impossible. There were many lessons I learned from this semester, however, that I hope to take with me into the next three semesters I have left.

  1. Don’t look at the whole semester at once, just get through one class at a time and one day at a time. When I was trying to get through my longest days it was more manageable if I broke it down by what class I had next, how much time I had to relax/eat, and what I had to get done before the next class started. Breaking everything down incrementally helped me keep my sanity and kept me on track with my work load.
  2. Figure out what your priorities are and go from there. It’s easy to loose track when you’re not sure what to do first, or you’d rather be doing something more fun and exciting. But when you’ve got 15 credit hours, a part time job, and bills to pay, sometimes you have to make sacrifices and decide what your top priorities are. Make a list if that helps. I have made countless lists this semester of everything from my daily schedule to important due dates for projects. It helped me stay organized and that allowed me to sneak some fun stuff in too.
  3. Make time to take care of yourself. I know it can be really hard to make sure you’re getting enough sleep or eating mostly healthy, but it’s so important when you’re going through the stress of college. The amount of people in my classes that got sick this semester was staggering. And all of them missed at least one day of school because of being sick. If you make time for sleep and make a greater effort at eating healthier, your immune system will have a better chance at fighting off the illnesses that circulate each year and all of that will reduce your stress level significantly.
  4. Work on that procrastination. Like now. Not next semester, not next week. It’s easy to put off writing that paper or finishing that project later when you’ve got a week or two till it’s due. I’ve always been really good at putting things off until the last minute, and it sucks every single time. So, in the interest of reducing stress and keeping on track, that will be put at the top of my priority list starting now.

I’m sure there were several other lessons that were learned, but these are the big four that come to mind immediately. The important thing is that you take a look at the things you’ve learned this semester and try to apply those things to next semester, or your life in general. There is so much more to learn and it’ll be interesting to see what the new year brings!

 

Cheers!

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Happy Friday, Fonties! Friday is my one day that I don’t have class (woo!), but typically tends to be the busiest. As President of the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB), we have a meeting every Friday at 11:00 AM and (typically) an event at 8:00 PM. In between there, I’m usually spending time up in the Griffin’s Nest finishing up final details, running last minute errands, or just hanging out with other people from my team. So basically… all of my Friday’s are absolutely FABulous, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Tonight, you can find me in the Lewis Room at the Slam Poetry event. Carlos Andres Gomez will be taking the stage at 8PM. (If you’re free…you should come. He’s stellar.) FAB is co-hosting this event with BSU and I seriously cannot wait. (This is all real enthusiasm – I promise.) Check Carlos out on YouTube – you won’t be disappointed!

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Currently, I’m getting ready to leave to run some errands for an event we are hosting next Monday. You know what’s on my shopping list? Aluminum pie tins and whipped cream. Why? We are hosting a Dance Marathon Fundraiser where six student leaders can get pied in the face. One pie costs $2 OR you can purchase 3 for $5. Oh, and I’m one of those six student leaders that you can pie. I’m really excited (and nervous) because the event has been talked about A LOT.  All the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. Excited? Slightly interested? Want to support a good cause? Grab your cash and head to the Meadow on Monday at 11! (My mom is personally sending me with $5 so that someone can pie me in the face for her THREE TIMES. Thanks, mom.) All in all, it’s for a great cause and I cannot wait to see how much money we raise For The Kids!

~ Brooke

PS If you would like to help support our efforts in raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network head to our team page for more information!

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A Word of Advice

by Fontbonne University October 12, 2015

Hello, blogosphere! My name is Brooke Stochl and I am a senior here at Fontbonne University. I am currently pursuing a double major in Psychology and Sociology (Woo, Behavioral Sciences!). While at Fontbonne, I also dove head first into involvement. On campus, I have been involved in the Psychology Club, QUEST Leadership Program, the Orientation […]

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College Friendships

by Fontbonne University April 28, 2015

I know that lately there have been quite a lot of events going on at Fontbonne, but really I wish I could have attended one of those events. This semester has been one of the busiest semesters for myself, working over 35 hours each week, being a full-time student, co-leading a bible study with Campus […]

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Staying Organized

by Alumni Posts October 1, 2014

If you’re anything like me, you start the semester with the best of intentions.  You vow to stay perfectly organized and file everything in its appropriate place before you go to sleep at night… and then September rolls around, and you’re back to your unorganized, I’ll-deal-with-it-later habits. If you know anything about Pinterest, it’s a […]

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To the Future.

by Fontbonne University May 5, 2014

What I am looking forward to next semester is first off the fresh start. The chance to learn something new and fresh and have an opportunity to work well in it. I really like my schedule for next semester so I am happy to see what it will hold for me. I am also extremely […]

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My blessed life in 2013

by Alumni Posts December 16, 2013

Thank God for blessing me this year, so that I have enough grace to finish everything I should finish in 2013. Here is the list of what I did this year: Continued to be a contributor for Real Life at Fontbonne blog Became a social media specialist for Student Alumni Association of Fontbonne Volunteered to […]

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College “Needs”

by Alumni Posts November 14, 2013

As a high school student, I began preparing for my move to college very early. Like, a-year-in-advance-making-grocery-lists kind of early.  Now that I’ve been at school for a few years, I have determined which of my possessions are most vital to my existence as a college student.  If you are reading this post, and you […]

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