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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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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 at night

Tuesday: Trip to the Cardinals game

Wednesday: Splatter paint your own stunner shades during the day and watch “Frozen” in the meadow at night (and eat ice cream)

Thursday: Free lunch for commuters (we’re serving Pot Belly sandwiches)

Friday: Fontbonne Day (community volunteer work) and neon volleyball tournament at night

Saturday: Blacklight Bash! (it’s a dance with all the lights out, but will still be able to see thanks to the awesome glowing decorations and paint splatters on people)

It’s crazy to think how fast the end of the semester is coming. After Spirit Week, there’s only two more FAB events left: Trivia Finale and Springfest. Springfest is an annual end-of-year celebration that is collaborative among various student organizations. There will be a live band, food trucks, dunking booth, tie-dying, Velcro wall, and more. After the carnival portion, the fashion merchandising department is hosting a fashion show (I am also a part of the class that is producing this). Following that is a “Taste of St. Louis” dinner, and then time to relax and play video games and/or do Pinterest crafts. And finally, to end the night, a movie will be shown on the blow up screen.

I am very thrilled for these final events of the year. They have been a work in progress throughout this entire semester, so it’s exciting to see it all come together.

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Campus Ministry is hosting a Busy Person’s Retreat this week. There was a meeting last and the first session today, and I am already glad to be a participant. The retreat asks each student to read an assigned scripture each day and reflect on it. Then for just 30 minutes Monday through Wednesday, you meet with a spiritual leader (such as a priest) to discuss. My meetings are with one of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. The conversations can also be very open-ended and tailored to whatever you personally want to get out of the retreat. On Friday, there will be luncheon to close the retreat and bring all the participants together.

Because I am very involved on campus, it is easy to get set in a busy routine and forget about setting time aside for prayer. One of the purposes of this retreat is to remind people to see God in all things and not get too caught up in a routine way of life. It is important to trust God’s plan and practice really looking around at life. So many things that we pass everyday get overlooked because of being so “plugged in” to society.

An ongoing goal of mine is to strengthen my relationship with God. Conveniently, Fontbonne is a Catholic school. Therefore, there are always ways to practice my religion through the masses offered, retreats, worship groups, internal and external events, etc. While Fontbonne is Catholic, students do not have to be Catholic to enroll here. All faiths are always welcome.

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I admit, I am absolutely obsessed with pop culture, especially musicians. I enjoy listening to live music, especially if the singer is considered a celebrity. I have major fan-girl moments where I scream so loud my eyes water and jump so much my ankles hurt.

Over spring break, I saw Demi Lovato in concert at Chaifetz Arena. Any moment that can take me back to my Disney days, I will gladly accept. Demi first made it big when she starred in Camp Rock and Sonny With a Chance. If those still played on TV, you better believe I would still watch them. Speaking of past Disney stars, the next big concert I’m looking forward to is Miley Cyrus. She will be performing at the Scottrade Center on April 16. I bought these tickets months ago, so am extremely excited that the date is finally approaching. That night will be quite an experience.

I am also really looking forward to my summer concerts. James Taylor will be at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in June. Yes, I like oldies music too. I can branch out a little bit from my taste with girlie pop sounds. Then, August 27 is the big one: One Direction! They are my number one in music right now. I saw them last year as well. I went to Kansas City to see them. This year, they are coming right to St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome. I am so excited for this show I can hardly contain myself (and it’s still five months away). I won’t say too much on that now, because I can guarantee I will be blabbing about it more the closer and closer the time comes (and following the concert as well). There’s always something exciting that I like to count down the days to. It’s not always for concert. The countdown could be for something big like a vacation, or low key like the release date of a Zac Efron movie.

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“I’ve Got Spirit…” even during spring break

by Carlyn March 21, 2014

Last Thursday night officially marked the beginning of spring break for me because I don’t have classes on Friday (I do have meetings, but no homework was due, so it can still count as break). This time, I don’t have adventurous stories to tell about amazing travels. Nope, I was still at school. I’m not [...]

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Dear Time: Can you please slow down?!

by Carlyn March 10, 2014

I’ve been told that time gets faster the older you get, and now I’m starting to believe it. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of future planning within my organizations, and it feels weird to already be thinking about my senior year of college. It may seem far away, but in the grand scheme of [...]

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Res Hall Recipes? Not so much…

by Carlyn March 7, 2014

March has arrived, which is National Nutrition Month! Since we’re on the topic of food, you may think I have some awesome recipes to share. Well, that’s not really the case. I’m not exactly the best when it comes to cooking or coming up with flavor combinations. This is part of the reason why I [...]

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Love the Skin You’re In

by Carlyn March 3, 2014

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week. In support, the Counseling and Wellness department hosted a couple events. On Monday, there was a panel of individuals and families that have recovered from an eating disorder battle. A Q&A session took place. On Wednesday, a documentary called Someday, Melissa was played. This film follows the [...]

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Booking it in Boston

by Carlyn February 24, 2014

This past week was an exhausting, but fabulous one! For five days, I was in Boston for a conference called NACA (National Association for Campus Activities). This opportunity came up because my position next year on the Fontbonne Activities Board will be the Live Performance Chair. The FAB president for next school year (Brooke Stochl) [...]

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V-Day Spirit

by Carlyn February 10, 2014

I’m not usually one to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but this year is a different story. No, I will not be celebrating by wishing for a stuffed bear, box of chocolates, or a dozen roses. I am in the spirit thanks to my involvement with FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board) and ODK (Omicron Delta Kappa honors leadership [...]

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