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Marielle

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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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 based off of a book I read. The book is called “The Four Agreements”, the author is Don Miguel Ruiz, and the philosophy expounded therein is the way that I try to live my life.
The basic principle is this: all you really need to live a happy and fulfilled life is to take these “Four Agreements” to heart and follow them the best that you can. Here are the Agreements:
1. Be Impeccable with Your Word. This basically means to speak with integrity and spread kindness with the things you say. Don’t gossip, don’t lie, and don’t say hurtful things to yourself or others.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally. Be immune to the actions and words of others. Nothing they say or do is really because of you, anyway. It’s all a result of their own opinions, thoughts, and projection of reality. Don’t let it bring you down.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions. Communicate clearly with other people in order to understand how they really feel. You can avoid pain, misunderstandings, and needless drama just by not jumping to conclusions about why someone is doing something.
4. Always Do Your Best. You won’t be able to follow the Agreements perfectly, and that’s okay. Just do the best you can in the moment. Some days will be good, some days will be bad, but all you can do is take what is given to you and make the best of it.
The rules are simple, but I think they’re pretty profound as well. If you want to hear more about it (and get a chance to win a prize) come to the event on Wednesday! Hopefully it will help others as much as it has helped me.

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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 it every year without fail…it is an annual occurrence, after all.
To recap:  the Environmental Fair is our way of showcasing how students and staff can be more eco-friendly. In the past we had tables from various campus organizations promoting recycling, composting, and endangered wildlife, as well as tables from the Missouri Botanical Gardens, a local upcycled jewelry craftsman, and the REFRESH secondhand clothing store. We try to have it outdoors in our meadow, with a bunch of tables that students can stroll though and enjoy.
I’m trying to do it big this year: catering, lots of tables, all the bells and whistles. The date will be April 23rd from 11am to 1pm. Come out and enjoy!!! IT’S GONNA BE THE BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR EVARRRRRR.

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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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Recycle ALL the Things

by Marielle February 10, 2014

Remember how I said I was Environmental Club president? Well, it’s time to get back on my game and start shamelessly promoting some events. First, we have our annual Recyclemania campaign running from February 2nd – March 29th, so there will be periodic trivia and prizes for that.  Recyclemania is basically a nationwide competition for [...]

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Best Song Ever

by Marielle February 4, 2014

I can say pretty seriously that I don’t know how I’d get through life if I didn’t have music.  I listen to anything and everything – classic rock, pop punk, top 40, country, electronic, indie, rap – I particularly like songs I can dance to, because dancing is another important part of my life.  I [...]

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