2021 Portfolios


Matthew Nelson



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And just like that, it’s over. Four years later and I have come out the other side. My time at Fontbonne has been some of the most formative years of my life. When I first stepped foot on campus, I had not idea the impact it would have on my life. Reflecting on my experiences gives them a news sense of meaning.

College is fast paced. It’s filled with late nights, long weeks, countless papers, projects, and presentations. Many times, we are in survival mode, just trying to make it through the day. Rarely do we actually sit down and reflect on the experiences we’ve had. Usually, the only time I would reflect is when it was required for a class. But the impact that the simple act of reflecting can have on our lives is profound. Connecting my experiences back to the pillars of TELOS (Transformation, Exploration, Leadership, Occupation, Service & Social Justice) has given them more value. Events, accomplishments, or projects that I may have brushed off turned out to be the things that shape me into the person I am today.

This group of reflections represents some of the most important aspects of my college career. It includes my transformation as a student and a person. It showcases the incredible impact that soccer has and how it has defined my most prominent qualities. It includes courses that challenged me to think beyond what I knew about the world and myself. One class allowed me to learn about Borders and Borderlands, and another prompted me to define the most important values in my life. I defined leadership and how I transitioned into a leader in various aspects of soccer, classes, and work. This reflection also showcases how I define my future career and what it means to me to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Overall, this portfolio is me. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Reliving these moments has only made them sweeter and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did when writing them.


Family and Consumer Sciences

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Degree Program


Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2021


Fontbonne University Archives


St. Louis, MO


Additional Artifact (supplemental file)

Service (Feed My People): Service Learning Project

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2021 Honors Portfolio



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