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After College

My time at Fontbonne has gone WAY too fast. I transferred here with one goal in mind: work hard and get my degree. I didn’t know how my experience would be. This was my third time transferring to a school and I just wanted to get school over with. Fontbonne was more than that. I had wonderful experiences, very few that were bad. I think the one thing (besides my education) that surprised me the most was all the incredible people I met. They helped me grow these last 2.5 years.

If I didn’t go to Fontbonne I don’t know if I would be the person who I am today. I might have been, but I’m glad of the path I took. Being at Fontbonne taught me how it is important to help people and be the better person in each situation. It also taught me that it is okay to go out of my comfort zone and be the person I want to be.

The people I met at and outside of Fontbonne made my experience just as special as getting my B.A in Advertising. I am very sad to leave, but I wouldn’t have changed anything. After Fontbonne I am going back home to Chicago for a few weeks and then moving to Colorado and see where life will take me. It brought me to Fontbonne — now to see what else is in store.

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“What classes are you taking next semester?” I am starting to hear that more and more. It is weird for me not to have any classes next semester due to finishing up this semester. So much is happening to me both in school and outside of school. Becoming the President of the Residential Hall Association and finishing up in December are just a few of the school changes. I get to drive again on the 19th of this month since I didn’t have anymore seizures, and I am adopting a dog. I wouldn’t be where I am at without Fontbonne. This place and the people here helped me succeed in life.

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A couple months ago, an amazing opportunity came my way. I was offered to be the head shoes and accessories coordinator for St. Louis Fashion Week Fall 2014. As someone that is a fashion major and wants to pursue event planning, this was an absolutely perfect position and way to combine my passions. The past several weeks, I have participated in numerous meetings, helped with model casting, and communicated with designers, Alive Magazine (the producer of St. Louis Fashion Week), and Brown Shoe Company (the show sponsor and shoe donor).

After a lot of prep work, it was extremely exciting and rewarding to see it all finally come together. I was a part of three runway shows. The other events for St. Louis Fashion Week consisted of panel presentations and a gala, which I did not help coordinate. The first show was at Neiman Marcus at Plaza Frontenac. This featured three designers that have collections at the retailer. The second, Emerging Designer, showcased six designer collections, and was a competition for a $15,000 cash prize. Lastly, Designer Showcase, featured Tess Giberson, Timo Weiland, and Yigal Azrouel. All of these designers already have established stores and live in New York City. In fact, they have even been a part of New York Fashion Week.

Emerging Designer and Designer Showcase required the most prep work. This past week, at least 12 hours a day were spent at Union Station preparing the front and back stage areas. It was one of the most tiring, yet rewarding experiences. I met and worked with so many outstanding professionals in the fashion industry, including Elizabeth Tucker, the publisher at Alive Magazine and Fern Mallis, the producer of New York Fashion Week. Also, the director of St. Louis Fashion Week (and the one to offer the position to me in the first place), Shannon Lichti, said she would love to keep me for the shows in the spring. Also, she wants to collaborate on events outside of Fashion Week. It is extremely exciting to know that I have great job connections, especially since I’ll be graduating in May.

Because this whole experience was a dream of mine, it hardly seemed real. Especially when I got a shout-out on the runway. After the final show, I was called to the stage to receive flowers. This was a very special and touching moment. It definitely makes me realize how hard work can truly pay off. Some of my dreams are becoming a reality, and I could not be more eager for the near future ahead of me. STLFW '14

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Hey Fontys! I’m back! I know when you’re at a family function or talking to a staff member on campus, you probably have been asked, “What are you going to do after college?” And if you’re like me, you’ve had your life planned out since you were five. If not (and you’re lucky that you’re not), you probably don’t even know what you’re going to wear to class tomorrow. This post is about showcasing our future plans after Fontbonne. So, here are mine… After I get my degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology, I plan on apply to University of Missouri-St. Louis in Criminology to begin my career as a crime reporter for the city of St. Louis. After I’m settled in my career as a reporter, I plan to start an organization for homeless citizens where they will be able to move into an apartment below the org office and get help with things they struggle with, such as addiction, completing their education, budgeting, and housing placement after they complete the program. I also plan to write a novel series for teenagers. In between that, (I know… there’s more… ), I wanna get married, have kids, and build my own home. My degree from Fontbonne will not only give me great academic tools to start my career, but I can also use Fontbonne’s rich history of service to inspire me to continuously give back.

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Choosing Fontbonne

by Katie October 20, 2014

Choosing colleges is one of the huge life events that happens after high school. Fontbonne wasn’t a hard pick for me once I knew what was out there.  When searching for colleges, I looked in the Illinois and the Saint Louis area for colleges that offered dietetics programs.  It was Fontbonne vs. a handful of […]

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10 Years Later…

by Lauren October 14, 2014

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that a lot can change. As kids we foresee a certain future for ourselves. After all, our teachers and parents used to ask us all the time, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Now us college students know that the future is a term that […]

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Down the Road

by Abby Towle October 14, 2014

Fontbonne Alumni Reunion Weekend is this weekend, which is the inspiration for this post. Where do I see myself in 10 years? 10 years from now I will be thirty-years-old! Wow! By that age I hope to have graduated, have a career that I love, and be settled into a family. I am pursuing a […]

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling

by Taylor October 14, 2014

Where I see myself five, ten, or even fifteen years from now crosses my mind quite frequently. I always wonder if I will accomplish my goals and succeed in my dreams. I think everybody probably wonders that. Since I am an accounting and business administration student, I plan on stepping foot into the business world. […]

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What I imagine life in ten years

by Tim October 14, 2014

In ten years, I will be 34 with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. To me, the future is a scary thought because I have no clue what I want to do. Maybe some sort of writing writing or editing. Fontbonne has already helped me open a few doors to some careers. I am going […]

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Where I See Myself in Ten Years

by Katie October 14, 2014

I’ve always heard that it’s best to live in the present, and focusing too much on past and future events isn’t healthy for the mind.  While I do agree that focusing too much on the past is typically unproductive, sometimes it is productive to have an idea of what your future may look like. Now, […]

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