This summer is going to be off the hook! I have so many things planned.

May: Help with graduation, bridal shower, and go home for about two weeks!

June: Summer school (not that exciting)

July: Still summer school, a week in Mexico, Warped Tour, Mayhem fest, and Colorado

August: Still in Colorado, and then MY LAST SEMESTER OF COLLEGE.

I also plan on going to Six Flags and hanging out with my friends since I will be here in St. Louis majority of the summer! Im super excited!

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Carlyn

Dallas Days

by Carlyn on April 15, 2014

in Academics,Career Paths

Every spring, the fashion merchandising department alternates between taking trips to New York City and Dallas. I had the absolute time of my life on the NYC trip last year, so couldn’t wait for the Dallas one this year. It was a short, but sweet trip that lasted three days. This study tour landed during a very busy time of year, but the amount of information I learned, beautiful weather, and peer bonding throughout the experience definitely made it worth it. There were 10 students and two faculty members that attended (all ladies!).

The first day there, we visited the Dallas Market Center, which is where hundreds of showrooms are located. Many retail buyers come here from all across the world to purchase merchandise for their store. As a class, we were able to tour the building and meet with some showroom representatives for great Q and A sessions. In the evening, we spent time browsing the stores at the Dallas Galleria, then all ate together at an amazing Mexican restaurant.

Day two started out with a tour of the Mary Kay manufacturing plant. This was neat to see. I learned so much about their products and all the good the company does, making me a Mary Kay supporter now. Following that, we went to Mary Kay headquarters, in which professionals on the marketing side presented to us. There was a museum there too. The afternoon consisted of a visit to a company that works with pattern making and product development. Day two ended with more shopping in the West Village area, full of unique boutiques. Dinner that night consisted of one of the best pizzas I’ve ever eaten. My cousin lives near Dallas, so I had the opportunity to reunite with her that night.

Day three was the busiest, with no riding-in-taxis down time in between meetings. The entire day, referred to as “Career Day,” was spent at the Dallas Market Center again. This time, we listened to an inspiring motivational speaker and attended three educational sessions that were presented by a variety of professionals in the industry that traveled to be there. In addition, my trend board project was on display. To end the day, design students showcased their outstanding work in a fashion show. After that, it was already time to head back to the airport.

Everyone I encountered throughout the Dallas trip was extremely nice. They get the reputation of Southern hospitality for a reason. In a short amount of time, I saw a lot of new things. Trips like these are so beneficial to learning more about the fashion industry and what my niche is. It’s always helpful to travel and see what parts of the country I like best too. Last, but not least, I am grateful that I got to spend quality time with the other girls within my major. We created college memories that will be treasured forever.

At the Dallas airport with the class, as we depart back to St. Louis

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When I came to Fontbonne as a freshman, I decided that I had no need for a car on campus.  Because Fontbonne is so small, it only takes a few minutes to walk to each building on campus.  And without a job or student teaching, I had few reasons to go far from campus.  Why would I need to drive anywhere?

However, this semester I have a nannying job a few miles from school.  My new job and upcoming graduation convinced me it was time to get a car.

Let me preface what I’m about to say with this:  having a car on campus is not necessary.  There are restaurants, a grocery store, and a Walgreens within walking distance.  Students in off-campus practicums, for education majors, often set up carpooling to help students who cannot drive themselves.  If you don’t have a car for college, it is possible to get by without one.  That being said, I feel very free now that I do have a car.  I can drive myself wherever I need or want to go.  Which usually means target and Whole Foods every weekend.  Even better than driving myself places—I can now give other people rides!  It’s nice to be able to pay others back for all the times they had to drive me places.  I have some wonderful friends who have taken me to the store countless times, to visit graduate schools, and to the hospital when I have needed it, but I am glad that I can now give them a ride when they need my help.

Even though I can technically go anywhere in St. Louis now that I can drive myself around, I haven’t been to many new places.  I attribute this to the busyness of the semester; hopefully this summer I can visit some different areas in St. Louis!  If you have any suggestions of great places you love, please let me know!

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As you might have heard, I’ll be graduating in May. Cue the Vitamin C song, group hugs, reminiscing on the good old days, etc. etc.  One thing that I’m particularly proud of as I look back on college (and high school, I might add) ….I NEVER MISSED ONE SINGLE SCHOOL DANCE. Naturally this year was no different, and I attended my last dance as a Fontbonne student this past weekend.
Thankfully, it was a total success.  The theme was neon/blacklight bash and it was super rad. Of course I was completely on point with the theme, as usual. (Reference: my previous post about the fall dance). The dance was on campus this year, which eliminated both the hassle of transportation and the cost.  There was a photobooth, option to be paint splattered, a solid DJ…. I couldn’t have asked for a better night.  Thanks FAB and everyone at Fontbonne for helping me keep up my perfect streak and go out with a bang.
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Concert! :)

by Joanna April 15, 2014

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to go to The Pageant for the first time! For those of you who don’t know what The Pageant is, it’s a concert venue on the Delmar Loop. Anyway, my friend and I bought tickets to see Phantogram, and on the day of the show, we grabbed our [...]

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Set It Off

by Corie April 10, 2014

Last night I went to support my friends band, Struck By Sound at Fubar. But, I didn’t realize that Set It Off was the headliner. I almost died. Jumping around and rocking out all night, brings me back to high school. I got back in that mosh pit. My body took a beating after that [...]

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Happy Spirit Week!

by Carlyn April 9, 2014

This week is another busy one! The Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB) is hosting their annual Spring Spirit Week. There are events planned everyday that lead up to the dance. The overall theme is neon. Here’s the line up of exciting events. Monday: “Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Mystery” trivia competition during the day and Dueling Pianos performance [...]

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Research Methods

by Isabella April 9, 2014

So… I’ve spent the first six months in 2014 trying to decide whether I wanted to do a thesis or not. In the graduate program for speech-pathology, this is optional, so we have a choice. I asked around; students who did do one felt incredibly gratified and fulfilled. Those who did not do one were [...]

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How to stay healthy while on Campus

by Britney April 9, 2014

This topic is perfect for me right now. I’ve recently gained so much weight since I moved on campus and let me tell you, it is not pretty at all. My boyfriend kept trying to get me to work out and eat healthy, but it was so hard and I just kept getting bigger and [...]

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Take Me Out

by Marielle April 9, 2014

Before I start this post, I want to clear something up. I am a bandwagon sports fan. Cardinals, Blues, Rams, etc., I really do not care if they win or lose. However, I do like to join in on festivities. For example: opening day. Technically, the opening day of the season was last Monday, even [...]

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