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Marielle

One of the things I like best about Fontbonne, and I’m sure I’ve said this many times before, is how easy it is to get involved in things.  And not just get involved, but dominate.  Perhaps this sounds negative, but I’ve always felt that Fontbonne provides a perfect “big fish in a little pond” atmosphere, and that’s been really helpful to my personal success here.
Let me explain a little further. Looking at me now, you’d never doubt that I love being the center of attention.  I love seeing emails about being in Fontbonne photoshoots, I have no problem giving presentations or making videos to share about Environmental Club, and of course I jumped at the chance to write a blog for Fontbonne as well.  I know a lot of people here, and I’m no stranger to them, either. That’s how I like things; I like to be friends with everyone.
Of course, some people scoff at the “big fish” analogy.  They doubt that it’s a true reflection of life, and that things will just be harder when I’m out in the real world. Well, I disagree.  How would I know how to be a big fish at all if I haven’t had any practice? Fontbonne has definitely taught me some important things about how the world works.  I’ve learned a lot about communication, compromise, and character during my time here, and those are all things I can apply to my future, no matter how big or small it is.  Because if I’m going to be in a big pond, I’d rather be a big fish than a little one.
Ah, flashback to freshman year. Loved blogging for ya, Fontbonne! It was an honor, a privilege, and a pleasure.

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There are some questions for which, no matter how random, you have a set response ready in case anyone ever asks. For example, if someone asks my favorite movie, I would immediately respond “Space Jam”. If someone inquired upon my favorite band, it would be “Vampire Weekend”, no question. And finally, if anyone was curious as to what song best describes my life, I would say Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” in a heartbeat.
See, I’m all about being unapologetically me. The way I act, the way I talk, the way I dress – I don’t mind standing out and being different. Yeah, I do have leggings with King Tut’s sarcophagus screen printed on them, and I bet you’re secretly jealous.
On a more serious note, the song represents how I live my life and make my choices. Sure, I’ve made some mistakes, but I don’t have any regrets. Every situation I’ve been in and everyone I’ve met has taught me something important and influenced me as a person. It’s an important aspect of life – we have to make the best choices we can make, but we can’t be afraid of mistakes either. I believe everything happens for a reason, but what happens is a direct result of what I do.  Either way, I’ve done my best with the cards I’ve been dealt in life, and I think I’ve had a pretty good time so far. And more importantly – I did it my way.
“My Way”, Frank Sinatra
And now, the end is here
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and ev’ry highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way
Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way
Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way
I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way,
“Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way”
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!

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As you might have heard, I’ll be graduating in May. Cue the Vitamin C song, group hugs, reminiscing on the good old days, etc. etc.  One thing that I’m particularly proud of as I look back on college (and high school, I might add) ….I NEVER MISSED ONE SINGLE SCHOOL DANCE. Naturally this year was no different, and I attended my last dance as a Fontbonne student this past weekend.
Thankfully, it was a total success.  The theme was neon/blacklight bash and it was super rad. Of course I was completely on point with the theme, as usual. (Reference: my previous post about the fall dance). The dance was on campus this year, which eliminated both the hassle of transportation and the cost.  There was a photobooth, option to be paint splattered, a solid DJ…. I couldn’t have asked for a better night.  Thanks FAB and everyone at Fontbonne for helping me keep up my perfect streak and go out with a bang.

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Before I start this post, I want to clear something up. I am a bandwagon sports fan. Cardinals, Blues, Rams, etc., I really do not care if they win or lose. However, I do like to join in on festivities. For example: opening day. Technically, the opening day of the season was last Monday, even though the Cardinals weren’t playing in St. Louis, so I decided to go downtown with a few friends and check out the famed Ballpark Village.
We took the metro, which in my opinion is the only way to go because I hate parking. The BPV (I like acronyms, okay?) was only a short walk away from the Stadium stop, and it wasn’t hard to find at all. It’s honestly right next to Busch Stadium, which was a smart move. You can even see into the park from some of the bars inside.
Speaking of bars, the inside layout of BPV is basically like a two story food court, but instead of Hibachi Grill and Chik-Fil-A, it’s a bunch of different bars. They are all slightly different, though, and tied together by a huge 80 foot TV screen in the center of everything. (And in case you were wondering, the beer is slightly cheaper than it is inside the ballpark. But only slightly).
Either way, I was glad to go see what all the commotion was about before the massive crowd descends during home games. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just along for the ride, Ball Park Village is a nice place to watch some baseball.

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Written in my Soul From Me to You

by Marielle March 31, 2014

I’m gonna take this opportunity to chat a bit about a workshop I’m doing for the Human Environmental Sciences department this week – Wednesday, April 2nd, at 11am to be precise. The presentation I’m giving is based off of a project I did in my Methods in Teaching class last semester, which in itself is […]

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I Want It All, and I Want It Now

by Marielle March 25, 2014

Holy cats, spring break is over already. Or was it winter break? With the weather being as unpredictable as it is, sometimes it’s hard to tell. Regardless, I’m sure the rest of the school year will fly by.  But wait! It’s not over quite yet. We haven’t had the Environmental Fair yet. I write about […]

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Come Sail Away

by Marielle March 12, 2014

In case anyone was wondering, I will be spending Spring Break on the beaches of the Meramec river in Arnold, MO. So basically, I’m just going home. I ain’t mad, though. To be honest, I don’t really have the kind of personality where I can just drop everything, party for a week, and then face […]

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Vegan Cheeseburgers in Paradise

by Marielle March 7, 2014

I’ll be up front about this blog post: I have some weird eating habits. I’m pretty picky about food, and being a vegan in college is not without its challenges. However, I’ve learned to adapt: the dining hall here does offer a good salad bar and fruit, which is right up my alley, and I […]

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Well, I Guess This is Growing Up

by Marielle February 25, 2014

This week, instead of looking back on my storied college career, I’ll be looking forward to the future. As you might know, I have been a dietetics major since first setting foot on the Fontbonne campus, and I’ve never once wanted to deviate from that path.  Although most people have a general concept of what […]

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“Hindsight is Vibrant, Reality: Rarely Lit”

by Marielle February 18, 2014

So maybe you think that since I’m a senior, with almost 4 years of college life behind me, I have it all figured out. Not really. I’m just making it up as I go. But I can offer some advice based on my past experiences, good and bad.  All things considered, looking back now – […]

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