This being my last semester at Fontbonne, what I wanted most this spring 2015 was some winter weather. A fairly mild winter had left me missing last year’s snow storm. With snow in the forecast, I kept my fingers crossed all of Sunday. Working full time in retail eats up all of my weekends, so the idea of a day of an actual day off was an impossible dream. With the help of a little snow, I thought I could actually turn that dream into reality.
Driving home late Sunday night, a dust of snow had begun to fall. I made it back to Fontbonne just in time, for the snow picked up on my way back home. Yes, I call Fontbonne my home.
I absolutely love Fontbonne and St. Louis, in the winter. Campus covered in snow creates an ideal picture in my mind. I was in hibernation for the entirety of that Monday, but I do have this photo to share from the surrounding area of FBU.
Fontbonne University has been the place I’ve called home for nearly three and a half years. I came here as first year freshman, and occupied one of the 350 beds on campus. I’ve lived in St. Joesph Hall, more frequently and fondly called “The Joe”, and Medaille Hall, my current residence hall.
Most people whine and complain about the hum drum of dorm life, but it doesn’t bother me one bit. Sure, sometimes the culinary side of me misses having an actual kitchen, but I’ve made my space my own.
It’s not the biggest space, but it’s mine. That’s been my trick to making it through dorm life for almost an entire college career. I arrange my furniture to what fits best for my lifestyle, and I add more than what the university provides. I am a fashion merchandising major after all. I probably have too big of a wardrobe. Besides extra room for cardigans and shoes, a cheap blue chair from Target works wonders.
My favorite addition to my room in Medaille this year is what I’ve termed “Conner’s Coffee Corner”. My life revolves around my obsession with coffee and tea. Needing caffeine in the morning, afternoon, and every time in between, I wanted a way to organize my collection of coffee mugs, tea bags, and coffee canisters for my on-the-go lifestyle. With one cubicle organizer, bins, and a new electric kettle, I was set to go. I now had a space, in my own space, that helps me feel even more at home at Fontbonne.
My coffee corner is tucked away in the “relax” segment of my room, with a rug and blue cozy chair. This space is everything to me. It’s my Fontbonne home.
Spring 2015. My last semester here at Fontbonne. It’s a strange feeling, and I knew this was coming all along, but somehow I can’t quite believe it. I don’t want to believe it.
I think I’ve taken this semester as an opportunity to pack in everything I think I need to accomplish before graduation. This has been easier said than done, especially with the tinge of senioritis that accompanies this time of year. With classes, work, athletics, and student organizations, this semester has definitely become a juggling act.
While trying to balance it all, I’ve found that it’s most important to take time, even just a little, for oneself every now and then. I took a little “me time” with a friend last week and took a couple hours of the afternoon to try a café and bakery I have been admiring since last spring. One cookie, coffee, and muffin later and I was feeling like I could potentially become an expert juggler. Colleen’s Cookies may now become my spot for weekly breathers and a caffeine dose. The great thing about my new favorite spot is that it’s just a short drive from Fontbonne.
Here’s to making this semester worth every sleepless night, and a lot more time spent at Colleen’s.
“Why are you so involved?” This was the question my supervisor asked me at work last week when I told him I wasn’t closing because I had to go play in the volleyball tournament for ODK.
Although my response was, “I ask myself that question every day,” and those that know me think I’m crazy for taking on as much as I do, you’re only in college once. I’m only at Fontbonne once. Not only that, I feel as though life is about making the most out of what you’re given. Fontbonne gives me an incredible amount to make the most of, so here I am.
Omicron Delta Kappa: a national leadership honor society in its second year on campus
Fontbonne Student Ambassadors: a student organization closely tied to the Office of Admission, giving tours to prospective students daily
Griffin Girls: the dance team and spirit squad of Fontbonne University
Enactus: a business entrepreneurial organization, also on a national level, in its second year at Fontbonne
All this, coupled with an (almost) full time job in retail, classes, and other activities makes my life difficult at times, but so fulfilling thanks to Fontbonne. I have one busy schedule that helps me make the most of my wonderful life as a Fontbonne Griffin.
#ODKAllTheWay at Tapping Day
Gotta love that Griffin Girl FBU spirit