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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 day, everything is pretty much readily accessible and at the tip of your hands.  I was involved with any organization that I was particularly interested in as long as I made sure to seek out the information to participate in each organization.  Now with college, as a commuter student, things can be slightly different.  I know personally I have to make sure that my schedule can fit in time for each of the organizations that I am personally involved in, and in addition to that I have to make sure I can give fully of my talents as a participant.  Last year, as a freshman, I was very involved with almost each organization I would possibly relate to or had interest in.  Though my major problem was that I had to narrow down where was it I felt called to be in with the groups — where an organization would benefit from me as well as me benefiting from the organization in return.

I believe it is important for each student on campus to really find at least one organization to participate in and give of their time and talents.  Now I am not saying that a student should join every organization that he or she can join in one semester, but rather to evaluate their interests and sign up for at least one or two.  Here I can say that I am honestly involved in at least two student organizations: Students for Life and Campus Ministry.  Campus Ministry though, is where I want to focus because of how much I am currently learning from this part of my life.  I am not sitting here saying that “Oh everyone needs to be a part of Campus Ministry and be a Jesus freak,” because that is not the case.  I know that with Campus Ministry I have really seen where I enjoy investing my time most with growth and learning more about myself as a whole person.  Through times of working together with another team member on the Campus Ministry Team, I have learned how I work best with people and how I may not work best with people.  Though through those varying situations, I have learned ways to respond to times when I may not work best with people, in addition I have learned ways to improve more on myself.  Life lessons that come from working with others in an organization within college.  There are times of leadership that you are handed or else offered and you have the chance to either take it or leave it.  But when taking opportunities of leadership and spending time with people who have some of the same things in common with you, it makes the overall college experience more meaningful as well as personal.

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Hello students and prospective students,

I had a very nice meeting tonight with my colleague, Lottie Marie Page, regarding the “re-start up” of Fontbonne’s LGBTQ Alliance for Respect and Equality (FLARE). After having difficulty managing to run FLARE last semester, I have unfortunately decided to step down as president. Sadly, I did not do anything for FLARE except attending mandatory meetings for being the president of a student organization. Luckily, I had Jes Stevens to help me out (a lot) by making sure FLARE was still being recognized by the Student Government Association (SGA). So, I give much thanks and credit to Jes for having been a very large help for FLARE. It looks like very soon Lottie will become the FLARE’s president. I was hoping that FLARE would not permanently fail due to lack of participation. I am very happy that Lottie is volunteering to take up the position as president of FLARE. I was so inspired to hear her speak about her history of being involved in Pro-LGBT rights activities during her high school years and her involvement with the Gay Straight Alliance at the previous university she attended. I invite all of you to check out FLARE. Lottie is an excellent person for being the new president. (Thanks, Lottie!)

So if you would like to join FLARE, look for Lottie. She is a nice person and is very passionate about restarting FLARE for the student population. It looks like it is going to be a great semester for Lottie. I wish her all the best!

Hope to see you all at her meetings, and of course, I will support FLARE. Let’s go LGBT Rights!

Happy Beginning of Spring 2014!

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I haven’t posted any updates about the Environmental Club recently, so here’s some big news: We’re buying bikes! Biking has always been an eco-friendly way of transport, and now we are providing Fontbonne residents with the opportunity to take advantage of it. We will be purchasing two bikes – one geared more toward guys; the other toward girls, although they should be able to do double duty in a pinch – and residents will be able to check one out by leaving behind a drivers license. And to minimize the environmental impact, we will purchase used and refurbished bikes from a local company. :)

Hopefully this will enable more students to be active and enjoy a “green” form of transportation, so look for rentable bikes at Fontbonne coming soon!

If you have any questions or comments about the bikes or Environmental Club in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me: CountsM@Fontbonne.edu

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