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There is one thing that I cannot live without. It’s white with small gold polka dots and filled with writing. It follows me wherever I go. It’s my planner. If you don’t have a planner…GET ONE. You can even use the calendar on your phone if that is easier for you. I’m telling you, it has changed my life. In high school, I never had a planer. I was constantly forgetting about important assignments due or meetings to attend. That hardly happens now! The only reason I can remember to do half the things I do is because I have my trusty planner.

As soon as I get the syllabus for each class, I write the assignment and the due date in my calendar. If you are weird like me, you will love to color code each different course. I like to open up my planner and see what is due for the whole entire week.

Also, write a to-do list in your planner everyday. There is no better feeling than crossing something off of your to-do list. Make a small little list every day. Whatever you don’t get done on that day, just write it down for next day until you get it done.

Get your life together and get a planner!

Best,

Celeste

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Carlyn

Wacky Warhol Display

by Carlyn on February 23, 2015

in Academics

This semester, I am enrolled in an independent study visual merchandising class. This is the first time I have taken an independent study, so it is a very different structure to get used to. Everything is done on my own time, yet I still have to communicate with my classmates because we are completing displays as a team. There are four of us in the class.

There are two windows displays that we work with. For our first challenge, we took a trip to the St. Louis Art Museum as inspiration. In particular, we visited the Nick Cave exhibit. He is an artist that creates pieces out of found objects. Accordingly, we were to do the same and use a very limited budget. We also used the artists Andy Warhol and Alexander McQueen as an inspiration. I worked on the display that combined the Nick Cave and Andy Warhol aesthetic. This was extremely fun to create. I loved having creative freedom to do as many wacky things as I wanted with whatever I could find. Also, I’m a huge fan of bright colors. So, it made me happy using such a diverse color scheme as well.

It can be difficult to see all the elements of this display in the below picture. The materials used are the following. A variety of fabrics in multiple colors are draped and pinned to the entire back of the wall. The side panels consist of poster board covered in buttons, beads, sequins, glitter, and flowers. Suspended from the ceiling are colorful furry pillows, plastic bowling pins, and giant flower petals made out of poster board. One mannequin wears a cape made out of a rug and hat made out of a pillow and yarn. The other mannequin’s dress was made out of flowers stuck into a cage-like structure. Each mannequin then stands on a furry rug. The floor is covered in foil. Then, on top of that, there are layers of beads, buttons, sequins, flowers, and pillow stuffing.

Stop by Anheuser Busch Hall to see these up close and in person, and determine your interpretation of the artwork. They will only be there for a limited time until we put a new display up!

"Art is what you can get away with." -Andy Warhol “Art is what you can get away with.” -Andy Warhol

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Hey Fonties! Hope you had a fabulous week. I can’t believe I’m almost a college senior! Time really does fly when you’re having fun. It seems like just yesterday, I was being fitted for a cap and gown for high school graduation. When I think about my transition from high school to college, I remember crying a lot (a lot….). I was at my highest point of stress that year. Anyway, after 12 amazing years in the district of University City, it was time to go and start over. The transition to Fontbonne was a lot more stressful than graduating from high school. Why, you ask? Because it was a completely new experience for me. I knew nothing and no one. I didn’t think I was going make it to my junior year at Fontbonne, but I’m here…. To the incoming freshmen, I have one major piece of advice: cherish your time with your friends while you can, because eventually all of you will go your separate ways, and then you will just have the memories.  Anyone who knows me well on campus, knows I love my lions. The amazing experience I had at U. City made the transition to a brand new place that much easier.  I can’t thank my U. City family enough for giving me the best 12 years of my life; I will be forever grateful.  Now all my Fontbonne friends know why I wear black and gold with pride and dignity — it’s only right!

 

P.S.  What time is it?…. U Time!!! Just passing on a little U. City spirit :)

 

Black History Fact of the Week: Malcolm X remains one of the most influential and complex figures of the modern era. His lasting legacy as a symbol of Black pride, intellect and bravado has sustained over the decades since his death. This Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the great leader’s assassination, which silenced a voice that could have continued to be part of powerful change.

 

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Hello everyone,

This week our topic is sharing your tips about balancing school life and work. Before coming to St. Louis last summer, I had two part-time jobs while earning my undergrad degree. To be honest, I was extremely thankful that I could have a very nice part-time job working as a front desk clerk in a senior residence. During the work, I could still read my books and do homework. Having 25 hours a week of working while being a student is tough. Earning extra money is important, but you need to make sure your academics are doing alright and you can keep them up as well! Nothing is more important than your academics since your degree will help you achieve your dream career — not the part-time job (I always keep that in my mind!). So, it’s important to make sure your job or even other extra curriculars don’t ruin your academic grades.

For me to relieve my stress from my heavy workload, I choose to go to the gym and eat something that I like since exercise helps your body produce endorphins, keeping you relaxed and happy :) I definitely encourage all of you try to explore exercise that you like and gather your friends to work out together!

Student life is hard, but it’s definitely worth it and will pay off in the future. Let’s work hard and play hard in this semester. We can get through it! :)

– Kathy

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How to not lose your marbles…. and have fun while doing it

by Raven February 17, 2015

Hello fellow Fonties! Everyone in college, no matter what your major is, and how old you are, is going to feel overwhelmed more than twice in their college careers. My job here isn’t to be a buzz kill, I’m just being honest. The truth is, there will be moments in undergrad, where you will feel […]

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Tips to Stay on Top of Assignments

by Katie February 13, 2015

One of the most important concepts to master in college is time management!  No matter if you’re a freshman or senior, you have experienced what it feels like to have responsibility for how you use your time.  Here are a few tips I follow to stay on top of assignments: 1) Prioritize by listing Lists […]

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Staying Sane

by Abby February 13, 2015

While in college, it can be exhausting to try to stay on top of school work, exams, jobs, and a social life. Here are a few easy tips and tricks to follow to help you stay on top of it all: Change up your study spot: Try a change of scenery while you study for that […]

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The Key to a Successful Balance

by Taylor February 12, 2015

College can be crazy. It can be difficult at times to find the balance between academics, extracurricular activities, and your social life. Sometimes we tend to “over schedule” ourselves, which is never a good thing. Personally, I feel like there is one key tip that unlocks the perfect balance between all your commitments. And what […]

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3 Quick Ways To Feel Less Stressed

by Hannah February 12, 2015

Well Fontbonne, we are now about a month into the spring semester. Are you feeling the stress yet? Because I sure am! Assignments, readings, and projects are starting to pile up, on top of working two jobs and managing my social life (or at least pretending like I have one!) But during these times, I […]

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Staying sane in the insanity of college.

by Cathy February 10, 2015

College is a world where you are capable of writing a paper in one night because you were up all night studying the night before. In this world of insanity, it is important to be able to balance everything. This includes school, activities, and maybe even work. If you have a clone, you have it […]

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