The transition from high school to college can bring out a lot of emotions you didn’t expect. College, especially if you live on campus, is a totally different lifestyle than what you were used to in high school. The change of environment can have more of an impact on you than what you thought it would. Everyone deals with the transition differently and experiences different feelings when coming to college.

Personally when coming to college my freshman year, I struggled with being homesick. Even though I only lived about an hour and a half away from my home, I still missed it a lot. I made a great group of friends during my first semester at Fontbonne, but still missed my family and friends back home. I used to go home every weekend that I possibly could, but always regretted not staying on campus. I would see my Fontbonne friends posting pictures on Facebook of their fun weekends spent at Forest Park or trying out a new restaurant at The Loop.

I struggled a lot with deciding to spend weekends on campus or going home to see my family. I wanted so desperately to hang out with my new friends, but I hated feeling homesick. I soon came to realize that it’s okay to feel homesick sometimes. It’s just a side effect of moving away from your home you’ve known all your life. Things get better!

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EJ

YOLO

by EJ on March 25, 2015

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It feels like almost yesterday that I was laying out, jammin’ out, and studying my heart out on campus. Oh wait, that was yesterday! With an exception to a few evenings, STL weather has been incredible!

What is there to do in STL on beautiful days like these!? Plenty..

You can take a walk in Forest Park, visit the famous city museum playground, find a lake to go fishing, find a bar to go fishing (if you’re 18 years & up), take a trip to the St. Louis Zoo, attend one of Fontbonne University’s baseball, softball, lacrosse or golf outings, shop downtown Clayton or the Galleria Mall, walk to Knoll park which is just across the street from FU, find a place to build a bonfire, find a place to not build a bon fire and save the environment, take your significant anywhere and everywhere, message me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@evanj_247) and I will personally, yes, personally assist you in finding something to do around STL. The possibilities are endless.. The End..

YOLO” – it really is a good quote when you actually think about it..

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Spring is in the air! Even with the ups and downs of the weather (not so surprising for March in St. Louis), evidence of spring can be seen everywhere. The grass is looking greener, trees have buds on them, early flowers have started to bloom, and every store is touting their spring wares. Another seasonal tradition is spring cleaning and I’m all for it. No matter what your living situation is (on or off campus), I believe everyone can benefit from a little spring cleaning.

I’ve lived in my current apartment for almost two years now and even in that short amount of time it’s surprising how quickly stuff can accumulate. The truth of the matter is that material stuff has a way of weighing us down and making our lives feel cluttered and cramped. It’s hard to stay organized, have excess energy, or even focus when there’s an over abundance of stuff everywhere. Personally, I have challenges with filling up all my flat surfaces with clutter, a habit I would love to remedy.

I started in my closet and dresser because thinning out the wardrobe always seems to be the easiest. If you have a hard time deciding what to get rid of, just ask yourself a few questions. When was the last time you wore this item? Is it something you really find comfortable or do you just wear it to impress people? Are you keeping it because it was a gift and, even though you don’t like it, you’re afraid of hurting someones’ feelings? While it’s understandable why we hold on to these things, it can be more beneficial to do things like donate them to charity. Someone in need could get a lot of use out of that extra winter jacket or pair of shoes that you never wear. I have also moved on to my over abundance of art supplies (donating supplies that I never use anymore), books I’ve already read, and even some of my kitchen supplies (because who really needs three cheesecake pans if you’re not a baker??).

One of the most inspirational things for me during this time of spring cleaning has been my best friends’ blog:

http://livemorelovenature.blogspot.com/

Jenn has taught me so many, many things in our friendship and letting go of stuff has been a big lesson. Holding on to things I don’t need because it’s tied to a memory or I’m afraid I might need, maybe in the future has only succeeded in an abundance of clutter, wasted time with extra cleaning, and feeling weighed down. Her blog is all about living with less, and being happier for it. Freeing up your time from material things lets you do more of what you love and make awesome memories in the process. Happy cleaning!

Cheers!

 

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One year ago at this time I wrote a 5 page paper on the history behind Easter egg hunts for my religious studies class. Since Easter is almost here I thought I would share some information. Believe it or not, Easter eggs and the Easter bunny all originate from different parts of the world. But one of the ways Easter egg hunts began was through a German myth from the 1600s. It was believed that Eoster, a Teutonic goddess, had a pet bird who laid eggs in baskets and hid them. When Eoster transformed her pet bird to a bunny, it continued to lay eggs.  This myth is based on the belief that rabbits symbolize fertility. This idea was started in Germany and was spread to America in the 1700s when immigrants arrived in Pennsylvania for the first time. They called their custom “Osterhase”. Often children would decorate baskets before they searched for the eggs because the baskets symbolized nests. Some people even left carrots out for the Easter bunny in order to show their gratitude.

Hope you enjoyed it!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Building Bespoke

by Carlyn March 23, 2015

When I was in high school, I was selected to join the honors program at Fontbonne, and I accepted. Accordingly, I was required to take at least twelve credits of honors courses offered here. I completed that after my sophomore year. However, there is one last thing that needs to be done in order to […]

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What makes Fontbonne special?

by Kathy March 23, 2015

Although Fontbonne is a very small university, it doesn’t mean that students will not have as many learning opportunities as other students who are from bigger or more well-known universities. After having studied at Fontbonne for almost a year, I’ve seen that students’ relationships are very close to each other within their department. As I […]

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What is good about Ginger?

by Kathy March 23, 2015

Having grown up in the Chinese culture for many years, I have seen that many Chinese families like using ginger for preparing different kinds of dishes such as ginger fried rice, ginger tea, and sweet and sour ginger soup, etc. One of the great functions of ginger, from the Chinese point of view, is that ginger […]

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Five things that make Fontbonne an amazing place to be

by Raven March 23, 2015

Hey Fonties! Welcome back! I hope your spring break was absolutely fabulous (I’m really sad it’s over… can we have a spring break redo?…. No?…. Okay….). Anyway, let’s  jump right into it then. In my three years as a Griffin, I’ve noticed a lot of little golden nuggets that make Fontbonne a great place to […]

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The Great Job Search!

by Dani March 23, 2015

There are many of us here at Fontbonne that have the responsibility of full time school, plus a job on top of that. Finding a good one, or at the very least one you don’t loath, can be tricky. As someone that has had three different part time jobs since going back to school, I […]

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Why is FBU so special!?

by EJ March 20, 2015

Finally, all students are back from spring break.. After joining the Lacrosse team, I was able to spend my break on campus, sadly watching groups of friends enjoy their time at the famous PCB spring break get-a-way.. I hope all my readers enjoyed their break! Even with all that being said, during my time this […]

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