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Griffin 101 has been amazing so far! The team members that I am working with are unique in their own way but most importantly, we work well with one another. So far, each Griffin 101 Leader has exceeded my expectations, and I know that this program will be in good hands after I graduate Fontbonne in the spring. Before I start sobbing, I am going to rewind to our first meeting in April. In that first initial meeting that we all met each other, all of the leaders meshed really well together without my help or Beth’s help. Beth and I are both Peer Supervisors for Griffin 101 this year and we are having a blast! Fast forwarding to our training that we recently had; we had a day retreat at Cedar Creek for team building exercises and from that moment on we were truly unified. As the training progressed, Beth and I taught the team our ways of Griffin 101’ing so that they can be the best…. like us. While they were in sessions, I realized that everyone’s energy levels would be medium low but around lunch time everyone would be hyper and more conversational. It became hysterical because food would be the key to our souls. Meanwhile, the team was excited to utilize the tools they have learned during training to good use.

The first Griffin 101 was a transfer day and everyone was excited. The leaders, the parents, and the students. As the day progressed, I noticed that some of the leaders thought they were doing something wrong or panicking that a session was going over its scheduled time. During our wrap up I reassured that they did nothing wrong and that it was in fact okay. There was another Griffin 101 the next day from that moment on all of the leaders felt that were prepared for anything. For me, I wished had been more involved like I was two year prior but, this was my time to trust in my leaders that they were doing everything right and that they didn’t need my help. After day two I was content.

I am beyond excited for the last two Griffin 101 sessions that are approaching and cannot wait to see more incoming students that are genuinely excited to start a new journey in their life.

 

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My last forty minutes of basketball is tonight. I have always had basketball in my life since I have been in 5th grade. I have used up all my athletic eligibility and I’m not sure how I feel about today being my last day playing ball. I am somewhat happy because I am slightly burnt out but I become saddened to know how much I am going to miss these girls. My teammates have become sisters to me and I have never had that happen to me on all of my teams I have played on. I know I will miss it by the end of the week for sure. It is time to grow up and put my big girl panties on. So please come out tonight and encourage our three seniors at 6PM when we battle Greenville for one more victory.

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Women’s basketball is about to start up Monday the 15th. This year we have five stellar freshman that are going to help tremendously this year. We have worked really hard this pre-season with conditioning and weightlifting. This is my senior year, so I am giving it all I got this year. We have the potential of going really far in our conference, considering we have a lot of talent and height. Along with our hard workouts, we had a lot of fun with team bonding events. This year was our first annual mouse race fund-raising event. There were so many people donating and contributing for all of us to go to Daytona Florida for a Christmas tourney. Our favorite item was a free two hours at Pin Up Bowl on Delmar. There are so many good memories already made, and so many more to come.

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I just wanted to start off the new semester by saying hello to any new followers! This is my first blog of the semester and it seems as though it could not have come at a more exciting/anxious time in my college career. This semester I am juggling twenty-hours which include a 300 hour internship. In my little bit of spare time I am playing basketball, golf, and possibly lacrosse. In other news I just took the LSAT last Saturday and am restlessly awaiting the score for that while filling out what seem like endless law school applications. That being said…I couldn’t be doing this all if I wasn’t able to lean on those people at Fontbonne who have guided me thus far and will continue to help until I walk down the graduation aisle in May! Therefore, I just wanted to take this blog to highlight and say thank you to some key people who have helped me have an enjoyable Fontbonne experience that I can use as I move on after graduation. My past and current advisors Rex VanAlmsick, Ben Moore, and Jack Luzcow have helped to guide me through the undergraduate process while the entire time putting my interests first and foremost. With their supportive guidance both in and outside of the classroom I have managed to double major and graduate in three years. While school did come first for me, I full heartedly admit that my experience at Fontbonne would be incomplete without all of my other activity involvement! Therefore, I must also thank past and current coaches and teammates for all the fun and support they have given me. Special thanks to coach Quigley, Greta, and Heather and every single teammate that I have had at Fontbonne. Whoever said that many girls can’t get along definitely didn’t come to Fontbonne! Even the older girls who I played with my freshman year came to support me at my senior night last Tuesday! Fontbonne truly has been the tight knit community that I needed to get me from where I was to where I wanted to go.

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