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Concert! :)

by Joanna on April 15, 2014

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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 bikes and pedaled excitedly down S. Big Bend Blvd. The weather was perfect for a bike ride, and the venue is less than two miles away so it was very convenient. When we got there, I was jumping up and down with excitement! We walked through the doors, and they stamped my hand because I’m under 21. The stamp was a little baby – I was sooo insulted! But, I quickly got over it when I saw the  inside of The Pageant – it was awesome! My friend and I took our places at the back of the crowd as we listened to the opening act, a female band called Team. They were alright, nowhere near as good as Phantogram though! We had to wait awhile between the opening act and Phantogram’s entrance, but when they took the stage, we pushed our way to the front of the crowd to get the best view! They opened with a few flashes of a strobe light – it almost blinded me, but it was so cool! Their opening song was “Voices,” one of my favorites :) The whole concert was great…the bass was loud, the singing was flawless, and they had mesmerizing laser lights of all colors! I really felt like I fit in with the crowd there too. That’s the cool thing about listening to alternative bands – the people who listen to them all enjoy being different. Everyone there seemed perfectly happy being themselves. People were waving their hands, chatting with their friends, and dancing to the music however they pleased. I totally recommend going to a concert at the Pageant, especially if you like alternative music! It’s a great venue, always has interesting artists, and is literally right down the road from Fontbonne!

Until next time,

Joanna :)


After reading this article in The Huffington Post, I have to say I agree with it. I am not a St. Louis native, but in the few months I have lived here, I have learned that there really  are a lot of wonderful things about St. Louis.

St. Louis is a very friendly city, and reading the stats on how St. Louisans help their community has made me believe that even more.

The fact that so much is free is certainly the number one perk for college students. Let’s see…what have I been to that’s free — the zoo, the history museum, the art museum, the artists guild, Forest Park of course, and outdoor concerts at Oak Knoll.

And even the things that aren’t free, are still relatively cheap — the Jewel Box is $1 and Pageant concerts can be as cheap as $15 (if you’re into that kind of hipster music, which I am).

St. Louis is also a great place for college students to find jobs. Even if you don’t have a car, there are several places within walking distance of Fontbonne that consistently hire people. I work at a daycare nearby, but you can also work at St. Michael’s school as an after school care teacher, you can work at Orange Leaf (the frozen yogurt place by Schnuck’s), there is a tanning salon, Katie’s Pizza, Walgreen’s, and a little bit farther away is Starbuck’s. These, of course, are also good places to go for fun! :)

It most certainly is a hub for artistic minds, as well. If you walk down the Loop, there are stars for famous people, sculptures, and even a wall where you can write your life dreams in chalk. Music is everywhere — outdoor concerts can be found at Oak Knoll and Forest Park in warm weather. In fact, I recently attended Love Fest on Art Hill and it was a blast!  There are also several concert halls/amphitheatres throughout St. Louis. The Pageant, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, The Muny, and Peabody Opera House, and of course, The Fox if you like musicals!

St. Louis is certainly a wonderful place to be, and I think it suits all ages. There are plenty of family-friendly events, but also places for young adults and old geezers. There is always plenty to do and lots within the constraints of your pocket money.


This week I had the opportunity to meet with a private practitioner speech therapist. She talked with me about all the different places she has worked as a speech-language pathologist, and even let me observe a therapy session! I was super stoked because this was the first time I got to watch a therapy session up close rather than through a computer screen like they make us do at Fontbonne. I realized that I have definitely learned a lot about speech and language in my two semesters at Fontbonne. I picked up on voice and language errors and was confident in using speech therapy jargon with the therapist.

I definitely feel more confident in my choice of major now, and the experience has helped me reflect again on why I want to be a speech-language pathologist. I believe communication is very important — after all, how can society succeed without communication? How can people fall in love if they never speak with one another? How do friendships form without talking about experiences, likes, dislikes, etc?

Not to mention that studying how the voice works is amazing! It’s crazy how intricate the voice is, and there is a lot more science to it than one would think. I think my background in singing makes me particularly interested in studying the voice. So if any of you out there love to sing and think that the only way you can turn that into a career is by being a popstar…think again! You can be a speech therapist and incorporate singing into your therapy! It definitely helps some people and can be a lot of fun :)

Whatever major you are going into, be sure you look into what career that could lead you to. And always be sure you have good reason for why you want that to be your career. College can be kind of scary because you have sooo many decisions to make, but it can also be exciting for that very same reason!

Until next time,

Joanna :)



Ring in Spring!

by Joanna on March 12, 2014

in College Life

It’s always about halfway through spring semester, when it starts to get warm again and the days are longer, that I want to be outside rather than in a classroom or studying. But the spring weather can still be enjoyed during the school year. Today, my friend and I took a nice walk to Oak Knoll Park and studied in the shade with our shoes kicked off. It is so nice to enjoy the outdoors and be productive. And next week I won’t even have to be very productive…spring break here I come.

I can enjoy the warm weather all next week (that is, if crazy Midwest Mother Nature decides it should remain warm). I will be returning to my hometown in Southern Illinois. I cannot wait to drive my car, see my dog, and hang out with my friends and family! It should be a pretty laid back week. It is also my sister’s 15th birthday…can’t believe how old she is! Pretty soon she’ll be dating…duh, duh, duh… Anyway, she asked for a sock hop party, so we’ll be dancing to some fifties music, hanging records on the wall, wearing poodle skirts, and maybe watching some old films.

I also plan to do a lot of hiking. Southern Illinois has quite a few scenic places to hike. One of my favorites is Garden of the Gods. If you ever get the chance, check this place out! There are endless cliffs that give you a perfect view of the trees and farmland below. If you are feeling extra adventurous, you can even climb up some of the bluffs and crawl through some fat man’s squeeze areas. Just talking about it makes me itch to be outside.

The rest of my break will be spent sleeping in my super comfortable bed and watching endless episodes of Vampire Diaries on Netflix. Don’t roll your eyes…you’ll be doing it too.


Mardi Gras Cooking

by Joanna March 10, 2014

I don’t normally cook on campus. If I do, it’s the traditional college meal – microwaveable Ramen noodles or macaroni and cheese. However, this week was a special occasion. I decided I was going to have a small Mardi Gras party in my dorm room, so Monday night my friend and I carried our cooking [...]

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A “Sound” Mind

by Joanna February 5, 2014

If you live on campus and have walked along the third floor, you have probably heard Taylor Swift’s sweet voice emanating from behind my doorway. Spotify has so kindly reminded me that I “have not listened to Taylor Swift in awhile.” If you are a Spotify user, you know that there is a “Discover” section, [...]

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First Fall Weekend in St. Louis

by Joanna September 25, 2013

A beautiful weekend in the Lou. The weather was perfect and there was plenty to do! My friends and I walked to the Balloon Glow, We even saw a magnificent firework show! On Saturday, we saw dancers in the street, Boy! How they could move their feet! At night, I attended the Buddhist Mid-Autumn Fest, [...]

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