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Hey there Griffins! Back with more advice and a story to tell. We all have dreams right? For some of you, that dream may be becoming a doctor, politician, athletic trainer, or even a first generation college graduate. Whatever your dream is, know that it is achievable and you have every right to chase after it. I know what some of you may be thinking “why should listen to you? Aren’t you a student yourself? And your answer is yes, you’re right, I am a student, just like everyone who may or may not read my posts, and you’re right, I don’t have all answers to all the questions life has to ask.

What I do know though, is that every person on this planet has a dream or goal they want to achieve, and I can kinda sense that someone out there may need a little push or someone to tell them not to give up on their dreams. Well, aren’t you lucky? That’s why I’m here! Let me tell you a little about some of my own dreams, hopefully it’ll inspire you to go after your own.

Ever since I was about five years old, I have always wanted to be a lawyer; specifically, a criminal prosecutor. When I was around that age, I actually wanted to go Harvard Law School to begin my journey. Now you may be thinking, “if you’ve always wanted to be a prosecutor, why in the world are you a communication studies major? And why did you stop chasing this dream? Well, those are great questions, Griffins; the first one will be answered in my next post (that means you’ll have to come back next week…. stay tuned….). The second question though, I’d be happy to answer now. The reason why I put the dream of becoming a prosecutor on hold, is because of the naysayers in my life. Let’s be honest here, Griffins, we all have a naysayer in our life, some of us may have an entire team of naysayers in our lives. Whether your naysayers are family, friends, church members, or a significant other, they are in our lives, and trust me, it can get really tough when you’re chasing something. The truth is, I listened to my naysayers for a really long time.  When everyone around me told me that I couldn’t be a prosecutor because my grades weren’t good enough, I believed them. It wasn’t until last semester, during my time as a dispatch intern, that the dream of becoming a prosecutor started to reawaken in me. After a routine visit to the doctor, I decided that that little five year old girl who wanted to be a lawyer would finally achieve the dream her little ambitious heart desired. I know it’s not going to be easy; nothing worth having is ever easy to achieve. I know the work will probably be tough, and believe me, I am very aware that there will be law students who are smarter than me; but I don’t care, it’s time for me to make myself proud.

I’ll leave you guys with two pieces of advice: the first would be to go after your dreams, whatever those may be. Give them all you have, make the appropriate sacrifices, and invest in yourself at all times. The second piece of advice would be to never quit. Ever. No matter how hard it gets, or how scared you become; don’t give up. Always be willing to fight for what you want.


fontbonnerachelTwo years,  24 months, 730 days, (at least) until I am in my last semester at Fontbonne University… The word graduation serves as a mix of emotion for me already. Fear, anxiety, excitement, I almost can’t stand to think about it. But, I do know where I want to be headed when that day comes. After graduation, I want to go in to the United States Peace Corps for two years, hopefully in a spanish speaking country in South America. The Peace Corps are ideal for me. I want to see the world  and help people, and through that I get to do both. All while not having to pay off my student loans (yet…).

After I do my two years in the Peace Corps, I plan on getting my Masters Degree in some field of Communications, maybe journalism or intercultural communication, which will help me when I eventually get in the job market. I hopefully will go to school for my Masters in a city like Denver or Seattle. I love that they are big cities near the mountains because I love to go hiking and exploring but I also love the bustle of the big city. By the time I graduate, I’ll be twenty five, which I feel is a good age to start life in the “real world.”

Although I will miss the security and excitement of Fontbonne University, I am excited for the future after graduation. Until that day more than two years from now, I’m going to soak up every moment of college fun and experience I can!

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Hello! Choosing my major at Fontbonne was a hard process. I would like to share my story with you…
       As I came to Fontbonne as a freshman, I had no clue of what I wanted to do. I remember researching different majors and trying to make a final decision about what I was going to major in. As the end of my freshman year approached, I still had not declared what I wanted to do. As the end of my sophomore year approached, I remember talking with my academic advisor to seek advice about what I should do.  She reminded me that I only had two years of school left, and strongly encouraged me to pick a major. After talking with her, I finally declared my major to be Communications.

        I couldn’t have chosen a better major. I feel that Communications suits me because I am personable, and I also love to work with others. I am really proud of the fact that I took my time in deciding what I want to do. Even though it took two years for me to decide, I am happy that I was able to make sure of what I wanted to do.
To conclude, I would like to offer a few words of wisdom: Don’t worry if you are not sure what you want to major in yet. Contrary to what many people may say, being undecided for a period of time can actually help you be more certain about the major that you actually do go into. So if you are feeling pressured, don’t sweat, just take your time, and everything will come together in due time.
Whether you’re interested in Communications or still undecided, check out all of Fontbonne’s undergraduate majors!



I’ve always loved reading & writing, and one of my favorite things to do, even when I was little, was to go through the Sunday Post-Dispatch (after my mom was done with it) and read all of the interesting news stories. All throughout high school, I wrote for the school newspaper and eventually became the editor-in-chief, and my favorite classes were always literature or journalism.

When I entered Fontbonne University in 2005, I knew what my major would be: English & Communications with a concentration in Journalism (a couple semesters ago, I also added a Religious Studies minor). I also joined the Fontbanner staff, and I’ve been on it ever since! Now, I’m a senior, and I’ve held the editor-in-chief position for two semesters.

Because of Fontbonne’s smaller size, it’s easier to get involved and get more hands-on experience than it would be at a larger university. As a freshman, I was able to plug-in and start writing for the Fontbanner right away. My second semester, I held the Features Editor position. I know that it would be extremely difficult to have that same role at a different school, especially as a freshman-but at Fontbonne, the classes are small and the opportunities are endless.

I’m also very satisfied with my chosen major-the classes have been great and the professors are amazing. I’ve had teachers who have written for magazines, published books, traveled the globe in their studies, work for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and have been 5-time Jeopardy champions! (Seriously!) Needless to say, my experience with the English department (and the University as a whole) has been wonderful, and I can honestly say I am sad to be a senior!

Check out English & Communications and Religious Studies.


Rachel – Why I Chose My Major

by Fontbonne University October 13, 2008

Hey guys! I wanted to try video blogging – here’s my first attempt! [youtube=] Don’t forget to check out our Communications Major, all of our other Majors, and our Student Organizations

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