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This has quickly become my mantra this year and I have never been happier. For as long as I can remember, I have always gone somewhere with someone. No big deal, right? Wrong. Going anywhere alone sounded crazy for the longest time and I always dreaded just the idea of it. Recently, I have taken up *practically* hibernating at Starbucks. This has lead to me not only being more productive, but has also been my first stepping stone into truly unleashing my independence. I’ve done countless things 100% on my own since then and even strike up conversation with friendly strangers from time to time. I know it may not seem like a huge accomplishment just yet, but it’s all about the stepping stones, people. My goal by the end of the year is to be a-okay (and actually enjoy) going to a movie on my own. My goal in the next couple of years is to move to a place where I know absolutely no one (just don’t tell my mom just yet). When I step back and think about where I want to be five years from now, my options are truly endless. Life is about adventure and dreaming big…and I can’t wait to see where my post-grad adventures take me.

Keep on dreamin’, friends.
~ B.


Alumni Posts

Almost a New Year!

by Alumni Posts on December 11, 2013

in College Life

It’s that time of year to start thinking of a new year’s resolution.  Knowing that I graduate in May and that, for the first time in my life, I don’t have a stable work position, I think this is the perfect time to make one!

2013 was a rough go.  Not only was I completing my degree but in order to do that, I had to quit my job.  In this economy, who quits a perfectly good job?  Well, I did.  Crazy?  I don’t know, but hopefully I will find out that it wasn’t.  I’m an optimistic type.  During the last few months of work my grandma’s health deteriorated extremely fast.  The month before I started my Student Teaching placement she passed away.  I completed my placement with great scores!  I then began rehearsing for my first show that I wouldn’t be able to invite my grandma to.  2014 will be a year of firsts — girst goes at things without my cheerleader.

I guess my new year’s resolution will be to allow myself to do things by myself.  I need to discover the inner strength that my grandma always knew I had.  I had always fallen back on her for strength to do things, whether to audition at new theatres, try for jobs I had never done, or simply that person to call on a bad day.  I have begun doing small things on my own, yet I still catch myself picking up my phone and trying to call her at the end of a bad day.

Here’s to 2014 and finding the strength in each of us!


Hey Griffins!

College is different than high school. Since I am a transfer student, I already have some college experience. What is different for me is that this is my first time being in a completely different state than where I’m from. Saint Louis is still new to me and I’m still getting use to it. I like the feeling that I’m finally on my own. By the time I graduate from Fontbonne I feel that I won’t have too much of a hard time officially moving out of my parents house. Until then I’m enjoying my time at fontbonne and as a college student until I have to be in the real world.


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