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At the beginning of the summer, I moved into my first, very own apartment. It is exciting to be able to call this place my own. Although, it is also weird to think I am like an actual grown up now. After three years of living on campus, I have decided to move on. Whenever I get spare time, I have been settling things in. I will continuously be adding décor, because I tend to go overboard and don’t know when to stop decorating. Luckily, I haven’t had to spend much money on that sort of thing. There is plenty of décor, furniture, supplies, etc. that I can take from my home in St. Peters.

I live with my friend, Taylor. We met a few years ago at Gordmans. She does not work there anymore, but we continued to be friends after she left. She goes to school at Washington University, which is right next door to Fontbonne. Therefore, we were both looking for a place to live in the same general area. We live in Clayton in a very cute and safe neighborhood. The location is very ideal, because the drive to school and to my internship only takes a few minutes both ways. Also, many things are conveniently within walking distance, such as Forest Park, Concordia Park, restaurants, a vintage candy/ice cream shop, shops, and grocery stores. It’s everything I could have asked for. The only downside is the parking. There is only parallel parking, which I am not very good at. But it is good for me to practice since I have been spending more and more time in the city and that’s how I need to park at TalentPlus (my internship). That being said, I am still very happy with my current situation. I wish I could spend more time there, but I am so busy with work, interning, and babysitting. However, Taylor and I still manage to frequently find ourselves at the Kaldi’s Coffee house up the street (mainly working on homework). We also like to have picnics in the parks. I look forward to making many more memories in my new neighborhood!

My new room; an ongoing work in progress! My new room; an ongoing work in progress!

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Carlyn

Nanny 911

by Carlyn on July 31, 2014

in College Life,Extracurricular

Each week during the summer, half of my days are spent babysitting. I guess I shouldn’t really say babysitting anymore since the girls aren’t babies. We can just call me a nanny. That sounds more sophisticated anyway. Emma is 13 and Kara is 10. I have been with them the past few summers, and knew the family well before I started watching them. The girls go to school and play softball with my cousins, so I met them through that.

Although Emma and Kara fight a lot like typical sisters, the three of us have fun together no matter the adventure. Some of the things we do are trips to the zoo, Six Flags (we have season tickets), the pool, and parks with playgrounds. If we just want to get out of the house for a little bit, we’ll grab lunch out or walk up the street to the snow cone stand. Another routine is going to the movies. Wehrenberg theatres have a good summer special. Every Wednesday and Thursday they play a movie for just $1. The movies are typically only about a year old, so they are fairly recent. I enjoy kid movies just as much as they do, so this works out well. Some days are more relaxed and we just chill around the house. But even that is fun, considering we jam to all the One Direction albums while we make One Direction collages. Or we play board games, which is most often the One Direction board game that we made out of an old Candy Land. Do you sense a theme here?

Being with the girls definitely adds a level of excitement to my summers. There is never a dull (or quiet) moment with them. I can’t completely blame it on them though. I get pretty loud myself when we are having too much fun together. We are so close that I practically consider them the little sisters I never had. It’s nice to get paid for something that I hardly consider work.

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In order to get my degree in fashion merchandising, it is a requirement to complete an internship. And as hard as it is to believe, I am at that point in my college career. My internship is at a company called TalentPlus Universal, which was originally intended to be solely a summer thing. But, I am excited to say it has been extended into the fall! I am glad that they like me enough to keep me. I first found out about this internship opportunity back in February when I was at the National Association for Campus Activities conference in Boston. I spoke with a TalentPlus representative at a booth that was set up at a fair, and applied as soon as I got back home to St. Louis. My first official day was May 15.

TalentPlus Universal is an agency that is only located in St. Louis (in the Central West End, to be specific). There are four divisions within the company: TalentPlus Entertainment, Centro Models, TalentPlus Commercial, and TalentPlus Production Services. The agents at TalentPlus represent talent, which includes musicians, comedians, models, actors, hair/makeup stylists, and more. They are responsible for getting the talent bookings and handling their marketing. There are only 12 employees, plus three interns. It is like a family around the office because everyone works so closely with one another. There is even a TalentPlus pool party coming up. I’m really looking forward to that and getting to know everyone better outside the work environment.

Honestly, I can say I learn something new every day I am there. So much goes on between all four divisions. And I’ve never been in a setting such as this before, so it’s like a new world to me. Luckily, I’ve had the opportunity to see the way each division operates. I primarily work with Entertainment, analyzing and handling client social media and marketing. Within the Commercial division, I’ve helped film videos and edit them myself. This was a completely new and very exciting experience to me. Last, but not least, most days I work on my projects while sitting at the front desk. While there, I answer phone calls, process payments, and greet and direct visitors. I especially enjoy greeting models when they come in for photo shoots and model scouters traveling from other major fashion cities. There is definitely never a dull moment at TalentPlus!

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That is where you will see me on June 26th. My friend told me about the concert two days ago. I instantly bought tickets. Neon Trees is one of my favorite bands and it was only $10. Since I missed them at Pointfest, I wasn’t going to miss them again! Their current tour is for their pop psychology album, which is AMAZING. Ever since I bought the ticket I have been listening to them non-stop again. This will be my second time seeing Neon Trees in STL. The first time was at UMSL in 2012. Its due to see them again!

This will be at 21+ show so there will be no pesky teenagers there at all, which will be great and not annoying. Pictures are to follow!

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Summer School

by Corie June 6, 2014

Summer classes started at Fontbonne this week. It has been a little rough, since all I want to do is sleep. I have a practicum in the Advancement office working on PR and advertising for SAA. Which I love; I am having so much fun with it. The downer is my Tuesday/Thursday class. 8am-10:30am spreadsheets […]

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Delmar Loop

by Britney June 3, 2014

If you are ever looking for a good time out, try visiting the Delmar Loop. It isn’t too far from campus and it can be a strip of fun if you go with the right people. Delmar Loop has lots of food so your appetite is welcomed. They have bowling, a hooka lounge, and a […]

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summer job

by Britney June 2, 2014

Many people are looking for summer jobs this summer. The best way to do this is to fill out many job applications and stay persistent. Many food places are hiring, like Qdoba, Panda Express, and many stores in the mall. If you can’t seem to find a job by filling out apps, trying going into […]

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Saving money

by Britney May 28, 2014

A lot of people have an issue with saving money. Here are a few tips: 1. Don’t buy what you don’t need. 2. See how much is in your bank account and set up a spending budget. 3. If you don’t have self control with money and you know you don’t have extra money to […]

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First Year at Fontbonne: Check!

by Joanna May 5, 2014

Well, this school year has definitely had its ups and downs. There were so many memorable moments, and I made lots of great friends. However, it was also very stressful moving away from home and keeping up with all my school work. I joined the honors program here, so I’ve had some harder classes, but […]

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Let’s Go Cardinals!

by Conner May 5, 2014

The Department of Leadership, Education, and Student Activities. Whoa, that’s a mouthful. Better known as DLESA, this department hosts a few major campus organizations at Fontbonne, one of which I’m a part of. Omicron Delta Kappa falls under the DLESA umbrella. As we near the final days of the semester (yikes), the department was kind […]

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