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I’ve often found myself this semester asking myself what I did to deserve all of the things I’ve been blessed with. Why am I healthy, with legs and lungs that allow me to run—the one thing that makes me so stupidly happy? Why does my dad still give me money to buy groceries at (DON’T TELL HIM!) Whole Foods? Why do I get to go to school to study the things that I love (Chemistry! And, okay, biology.)? Honestly, it blows my mind how lucky I am. And because I’m feeling more grateful than I am original this week, here are a few of the top things that I’m thankful for that happened over the course of 2013, and okay, the past week or so.

1.) I’m Thankful for the People Who Got Me Out of My Comfort Zone: There are two in particular: my organic chemistry professor, Dr. Bookstaver, who told me I should be a chemist. Who didn’t give up on me when I said, “No way. Stupidest. Idea. Ever.” Who told me I needed to change majors. And also, for Coach Shaver, the former cross country coach here at Fontbonne, who told me in the spring that I needed to be on the team. Who didn’t give up on me when I said, “No way. Stupidest. Idea. Ever.” Because if it hadn’t been for these two being so pushy, well, I’d still be sitting in my room all alone studying calories and writing goals and objectives and working on group projects and feeling really miserable with my life.
2.) For My Teammates: Who braid my hair. And make really awesome math puns. And endure great pain with me at the chiropractor, who likes to use scary metal tools on us.

Awwww... (Post-Conference race)

3.) And My Coach: Who called me the week before school started when she heard I was having second thoughts about everything.
4.) For the Moments This Semester When I Laughed So Hard I was Crying: Because these are my favorite kinds of moments.
5.) For the High-Five My Chemistry Professor Gave Me Last Week: Because I finally did something right in that class. As in, I got five bonus points on a test question because, “This is the best answer by far I’ve seen to that question.” What’s that phrase Dr. Spudich likes to yell all the time (besides “Intramolecular forces!”)? Oh yes. BAM! Also, for Dr. Spudich in general for pushing me to think for myself, signing me up for extra help when I was too proud to do it myself, and for making Quant my overall favorite class of the semester.
6.) For the Fact That I Finally Feel Good About My Chosen Field of Study: Even if I cried over Calc 2 once or twice, and even if my second Quant exam was the worst test score of my life, and even if I absolutely loathe the Punnett Square.
7.) For Running: Because it makes me a lot more thankful person in general.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Eat pie!


It All Feels Right” by Washed Out (the soundtrack of this semester, definitely.)


Alumni Posts

Giving Thanks

by Alumni Posts on December 2, 2013

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I know that there are a million blogs that have been written in the past week beginning with “I am thankful for…”  But most of us do have a lot to be thankful for.  And by the fourth day of Thanksgiving break with my family, I desperately need to be reminded that I am thankful for things.  Desperately.  Before I start shooting my siblings with Nerf guns.

I think that the things I most frequently remember to be thankful for are first-world amenities like indoor plumbing, running water, and air conditioning.  And in the winter, I often remember to thank God for heaters, particularly the ones installed in cars.  Particularly on days when the temperature is below 20 degrees.  It’s incredibly easy to take our living conditions for granted, especially when we live at home and we don’t see the work our parents do to pay for what we have.  While my family is not rich, and while we have gone through times when we could barely afford to survive, I have never gone without food or a home.  I have been blessed.  Yet, with all of my blessings, I forget to be thankful, and I forget that I have never been deprived.

Maybe some people don’t have days when they forget how blessed they are, but I definitely do.   I find myself thinking “I have nothing to wear—I need to buy new clothes” as I stand looking at a full closet of seasonally-appropriate clothing choices, all of which are high-quality pieces.  Many of my clothes I bought for myself, but some were gifts from people who were kind enough to share their surplus with me.  I should be thankful that I always have what I need.

More than that, I should be thankful that I have excess.  If I want to go out to dinner with my friends, I have extra money to do so.  When I want a new pair of earrings, I can buy a new pair, within reason.  I can go to college, purchase textbooks, live in a dorm, and even go on study abroad trips.  I have been very blessed.

Not only do I have possessions and opportunities for which I am grateful, I also have people in my life that make me thankful.  Even though I resort to shooting my family with Nerf guns occasionally, they’re still family.  Not everyone has a family to go home to at Thanksgiving and Christmas; I am happy (sometimes) that I do.  I have friends who wait to eat dinner with me so that I don’t have to eat alone, who take me to target when I need to buy post-it notes, and who will drive to Strange Donuts at 11:00 for a late-night snack.  And I have a boyfriend who  helps me find solutions to my problems, tolerates me when I talk during movies, and doesn’t laugh at me when it’s late and my words don’t make sense anymore.  I mean, he laughs a little, but nobody’s perfect.

My blessings are well-rounded.  I have enough to cover my basic needs, extra to make me happy, not too much that I’d be spoiled.  I’ve been blessed with good health, with a working body, and family and friends who support me when I need help.  There are so many people in the world who don’t even know when they’ll eat their next meal.  Even in the United States, even in St. Louis, there are families who don’t have homes, people who can’t find jobs, people who can’t pay for their children to have clothes and school supplies, people who don’t have families to take care of them when they’re sick or sad.  The least I can do, for everything I have, is say thank-you every once in a while.  Even better, I can share what I have with those people who may have less than I do.  Who knows?  Maybe I can contribute to their blessings.

Have a great rest of your weekend!  And good luck on finals!


Okay, this post is probably gonna come off as a little cheesy, but who doesn’t get cheesy around the holiday season? Everyone likes to talk about what they’re thankful for this time of year, and I’d like to say that I’m thankful for people. Anyone in particular? Not really; I’m being purposefully vague. While it’s easy to say that I’m thankful for my family and friends, I want to say that I’m thankful for everyone that I’ve come across in my life, and plenty of people that I haven’t met as well.
To me, the value in life is learning from others and becoming a better person based on your experiences.  While I’ve definitely come across some people and experiences that were less than pleasant, I’d like to think I’ve learned from them.  Especially as I finish up my collegiate career, I’m reflecting on how Fontbonne has changed my life for the better.   It hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows, and I’ll admit that Fontbonne may not be for everyone, but I will always be glad that I came here.  Through the friends, professors, acquaintances, and even random people I’ve met in the past four years, I’ve learned a lot about who I am and who I want to be. I’ll always carry this experience with me, and that is what I’m most thankful for.
Much love to you all and happy Thanksgiving!


Wow, it’s already close to Thanksgiving?? That means we’re almost done for the Fall semester!

First, so sorry for not blogging at all lately. I mean, I did one blog at least, right? Anyways, I hope everyone’s excited and ready to get fat this holiday! Haha. Most importantly, be thankful for the many things in life.

Next, I would like to give thanks to all the things in my life.

1) I am most definitely thankful for my family. They drive me crazy sometimes, but they’re always there at the end of my bad days. I love them so much and I cannot ask for anything else.

2) I am thankful for my boyfriend, Michael. I’ve had doubts about us, but the more I think about him, the more I recognize why I can’t leave him. It’s still hard to express my real thoughts to him, but I’m just happy to know that he’s there and he truly cares for me. What else do I want?? 🙂

3) I am thankful for my friends. I cannot really specify which friends (because I have so many!), but I hope they all know how much I care about them and how much I appreciate their presence in my life. Friends should not be “you do something for me, I do something for you, and that’s it,” friends should be supportive, caring, and fun to be with. My friends are understanding as well, and I just love them.

4) I am so thankful for the Fontbonne community. It’s already my third year here, and I cannot express how much I’ve learned and grown because of the many amazing people here. The students, faculty, staff and, of course, friends, that I’ve made here are overly impactful for me! I hope that I’ve made a difference here and that I was able to contribute my involvement and efforts. Thank you so much, Fontbonne!

5) Most important of all, I thank GOD. Oh, I am speechless! How can I really thank You? The many good things that was given to me, the experiences I have gained, and the many love I’ve received…God, You are truly magnificent. I’m so happy to have You in my life. I will work on how to be more appreciative of You, and continue to learn how to love You and receive Your gifts. Thank you so much!

And I’m thankful for my house, my car, my cell phone, my Internet, and be thankful to have food, water, financial stability, etc. etc. etc. So many things to be thankful for! Let’s not get too caught up in the materialistic world, okay?

Be thankful for what you have and appreciate what God has in store for you. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!


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