From Fontbonne to London…

by Morgan on January 20, 2015

in College Life

Hi Fonty friends!

I hope your first week of classes has been lovely and you are excited to be back on campus or on campus for the first time, in which case, welcome! For those of you who don’t know me, I am Morgan Fisher and I am a Junior Psychology major at Fontbonne.  I am currently studying abroad in London, England, for the Spring semester at Regent’s University London.  This has been a dream of mine since I found out that studying abroad was a possibility 10 years ago, and I cannot believe I am finally here!  I flew in on Wednesday and immediately began orientation with my 200 fellow international students from across the globe.  The past three days have been a whirlwind of lectures, meetings, teas, sightseeing treasure (or as we like to call them, scavenger) hunts, and pub quizzes (or bar trivia)!  Here are a couple photos I managed to snap on our treasure hunt around Trafalgar Square, Westminster, and Southbank…

View from Trafalgar Square

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Unfortunately, my team didn’t end up winning the hunt, but it aided me in my journey to slowly become more and more acquainted with my temporary home!

We begin our courses on Monday, which I am incredibly excited for!  The majority of the courses offered here at Regent’s provide students with opportunities to learn through exploration of the city we are living in. My courses include seeing 8 plays, backstage tours of historic theaters, museum visits, and visits to other historic landmarks around London.

I promise I will stop my jet lag induced rambling soon and put you out of your boredom!  So to conclude, if you would like, I would love to take you along on this European adventure with me this semester as I explore the beautiful city of London, among many others across the EU!

 

Cheers!

Morgan Fisher

 

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Carlyn

Welcome Back Week

by Carlyn on January 16, 2015

in College Life

Winter Warm-Up, Welcome Back Week, or whatever else you want to call it — what a week it has been! The Fontbonne Activities Board and Griffin Gang hosted a variety of events for the first week back to school for the spring 2015 semester. They are as follows:

-Wednesday: tailgate before the women’s and men’s basketball games
-Thursday: Commuter Breakfast with Chick-Fil-A in the morning and hypnotist Chris Jones at night
-Friday: kiddie snacks and movie night with “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
-Saturday: trip to play demolition ball

With class, homework, jobs, and an internship added to the mix, I can already feel the craziness of the semester. However, I live for that crazy. I love everything I do and am excited to dive back into things for one more semester before I graduate. It’s hard to believe I’m at the point where I can say that! Happy Spring 2015, everyone!

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Hello friends!

As the semester slowly comes to an end, that means the holidays are approaching! Since I live far away from Fontbonne, I have to plan my trips to go home way in advance. I recently flew home to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. In this post, I want to give you all some tips and tricks on traveling to and from school.

-Look at the Academic Calendar (found on Fontbonne’s website) as soon as possible to see what days you don’t have school.

-Figure out which days/times you are able to leave school and book your flights; be sure to check multiple airlines and other traveling resources such as Travelocity and Orbitz to find the best deals!

-Pack lightly: you may come back with more than you brought in the first place, so plan accordingly.

-If you are taking public transportation such as the MetroLink or city bus, check their schedules and pricing.

-For those of you who may travel via an airplane, review the TSA safety guidlines for what you can/cannot bring with you on the airplane and the specific carry-on luggage sizes.

-Have tons of fun! Traveling allows you to see so many new places and faces, and sometimes the best part is meeting new people and hearing their stories.

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There is nothing more satisfying at the end of a semester than hearing Christmas music practically everywhere you go, shopping malls filled with door-buster discounts, food cooking away on the stove by your parents or grandparents, family coming together, snow falling on the ground, and being able to put your feet up! Why do I say such things? Because it means I have made it through another semester of college. Literally, I survived!

Sure I have finals after this coming week, and basically three finals all in one day, though finals are nothing big or something to freak out about. For finals, since I know that  I write notecards for basically each and every one of my previous tests in the semester, I pull out those notecards and review. Along with using notecards, I will also make sure to have a study group with friends in my class and spend time studying. Whenever I make a study group, it is more likely that I will actually get things done in relation to studying or working on a project for the final.

It is very important to make time for studying whether one may like it or not. But think about it: we are just studying for FINALS, not new information. That is the best part, so make sure to show your stuff and prove to your teacher that they taught you new things this semester as well as prove it to yourself. You can do it each semester, you made it to college anyways, so prove it to everyone around you! All things are possible.

 

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Winter Break Plans

by Taylor December 2, 2014

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From Thanksgiving to Black Friday

by Carlyn December 1, 2014

It’s hard to believe another holiday season is already here! Although the time went extremely fast (as always), I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was full of family fun and, of course, amazing food. My favorite part of dinner was the dessert. My aunt deserves a lot of credit for making what I considered the [...]

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Something Special About Fontbonne University

by Sarah December 1, 2014

Whether you may know it or not, Fontbonne University is a mission-based university, where majors are born and created to help the surrounding community in which Fontbonne resides. From my perspective, we are always constantly trying to create new ways to help the community in which we live, whether that is through volunteering opportunities like [...]

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