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After College

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 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 other colleges, but after visiting the campus and going to an Open House geared for dietetics majors, I knew Fontbonne was the right choice for me.

It was something about the individualized attention that the staff gave to prospective students. The impression that I received from the beginning has continued semester after semester. Big universities were never my thing. In fact, when I was younger, I thought that college wouldn’t be “my thing,” because I pictured giant lecture halls and dorms the size of a small bathroom. I thought this was my only option, but that’s absolutely not true! The good thing is that at Fontbonne, you have a wide range of paths that you can take to reach your goals.

I am a transfer student from Illinois who commutes to campus. In the beginning, I thought this might make me different from everyone, but it certainly wasn’t the case. Many of my classmates are commuters, and many are far from “traditional” students. This is one of the things that makes Fontbonne so great!

Another thing that really drew me to Fontbonne was the small but beautiful campus! It’s hard not to love only having to walk a short distance from your car to your class, or to the library. I have many friends from other universities that drive from class to class! So to me, this is another bonus of Fontbonne. Along with its small size, Fontbonne is a small and connected community. In other words, you really get to know people and the campus, and that is what I ultimately love about Fontbonne.

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10 Years Later…

by Lauren on October 14, 2014

in Academics,After College

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 comes with a lot of baggage. Our future is not just a career but a place to live, a decent job, perhaps a family… All these things factor into our future and honestly, it can be a bit overwhelming. It is also pretty exciting, no doubt. And despite my previous hesitation when it came to the question “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” I suddenly had a change of heart and reached for a pen and paper to plan out my life.

Fontbonne has already helped so much. Freshman year was a great year to explore, discover, and “feel out” what kind of path I wanted to take. I think we all have a general idea of what we want, and Fontbonne has helped me connect the dots. Maybe it is best put this way: I had to determine the “why” and Fontbonne helped me to determine the “how”.

I planned out the next nine years of my life (which would make me 29) and I tried to come to terms with reality. I considered the jobs that I would have, the money it would take to secure a small apartment if I shared it with a friend, etc. In ten years I will be 30. On the paper, I so cleverly labeled age 30 as “The Dream Job Years.”

In ten years, I hope to be working in a job, for a company, that I absolutely love. My dream is to be a Visual Development Artist for DreamWorks or Blue Sky. Working for a company like DreamWorks would mean moving to California. So, in ten years I see myself in California, hopefully living with a few friends, and working at DreamWorks, drawing, designing, and thinking for a living.

I can only hope that The Dream Job Years are good to me. At the very minimum, I want to be financially stable. I want to wake up and want to go to work.

I firmly believe that my Fontbonne degree will get me there. Sitting in my design classes I realized that I absolutely love what I’m doing. My teachers are excited to teach, and love what they do. I want to carry that knowledge with me and put it to good use. Fontbonne has already inspired me to do what I love. I can’t wait to see what the future brings!

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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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This is the new year

by Tim September 11, 2014

It is my last semester here at Fontbonne. It is starting to kick in that I will be starting a new adventure after this. I have grown since I transferred here — about myself and about others that I care about. Here is a list of things that  I have discovered since I began here. […]

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It’s The Final Countdown!

by Corie September 8, 2014

This is my last semester of my undergrad! Nerves are kicking in. I have mixed feelings about this, I am scared but also really excited. I am so much closer to the real world; it’s intimidating. That’s not going to stop me from enjoying my last semester at Fontbonne though. I have lots of plans […]

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