Fontbonne University has a unique learning environment. From the time I first stepped foot in Fontbonne for one of their campus tours, one of the first things I noticed was the accessibility of resources. Each building is within walking distance, which makes getting to class on time a breeze! There is a beautiful food lab in Anheuser Busch, so I knew food labs would have high quality equipment… but there were a few things I wish I knew before coming.
APA: Going into Dietetics, I wish I had the prior knowledge of APA format in my first two years of college. Throughout high school and college all we used was MLA, so as silly as it sounds… diving straight into APA was a bit of a shock. (Don’t worry though, it gets easier with time.)
Clubs at Fontbonne: There are so many clubs to join! When I first started at Fontbonne, I immediately joined SHESA (Student Human Environmental Science Association), now known as SAFCS (Student Association of Family & Consumer Science). It wasn’t until my third semester that I joined another club, STARS (Students Thinking & Acting Responsibly & Safely), realizing that there were a lot of groups, even ones outside my comfort zone, that I could join! For a list of clubs at Fontbonne, click here.
Fontbonne is a small community, but it has a lot to offer. I would highly recommend that anyone even the slightest bit interested in getting a degree at Fontbonne take a tour of the campus and see for themselves what a great school Fontbonne is!
Coming to college was a brand new experience for me. It was a completely different environment from what I ever experienced. Of course I learned as I went along, picking up pieces of information along the way. However, I wish I had known one major thing before I came to college. That piece of information is the importance of relationships with people and accepting advice when needed. The people here taught me to accept advice and, even, to actually use it. I’ve always been a very stubborn person, I didn’t realize that this was hindering me from improvement. The people I met in my first week of college alone taught me this important lesson. New experiences can open your eyes to a different point of view an the people here has shown me that. I listen more intently now and realize that I can’t always be set in my ways. Change is a vital part of life, you must learn to accept this. If you follow tradition you might be steered down the same path you were going, that path may not be the best thing for you. People and your connections with them really matter. Before, I was too stubborn for my own good and I can admit it now. However, I now listen more and that is what I wish I had known.
You might be surprised to hear that I changed in just 3-4 months here at college. That’s what this place does to you. It makes you wonder what else is out there. The faculty and students here were my catalyst to thinking more about other points of view, thus improving my understanding of a variety of things. The people here are influential, it doesn’t take long to realize that. When you come to Fontbonne, things change for the better. You become what you really want to become and learn that change is important and beneficial for you. In the short months I’ve been here, I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned to accept change and I think that’s the most surprising thing about Fontbonne. The influence that it has on you is profound.
Today, I want to talk to you about a little concept called “nutrient density.” This refers to the number of nutrients per calorie in a food item. Example: the nutrient density in 50 calories of strawberries is much higher than in 50 calories of Doritos. The strawberries give your vitamins, minerals, fiber, ect, which Doritos do not.
This is also where the term “empty calories” comes from. In the Doritos for instance, you are not getting any vitamins and minerals while still getting the calories from carbs and fats.
So, as you continue your journey of a healthier lifestyle, ask yourself how nutrient dense your food choices may be. Here is a little helpful tip: whole foods have the most nutrient density.
Examples of whole foods are raw fruit, vegetables, oats, and meats. An apple is considered a whole food, while apple juice is not.
Not to say non-whole foods are off limits, just try to make the majority of what you are eating is a whole food. That way you can be sure it is minimally processed and you are reaping the most nutrient benefits!
Nutrient dense foods are how you can get the most bang for your buck! It is all about the quality of the calories, not the quantity!
This post was previously posted on my blog, The Wholey Trinity. For more nutrition and health information, go to www.thewholeytrinity.com!
Last week, I discussed Inauguration Week events. I promised I would post pictures as the events unfolded. And here they are! I am extremely pleased with how successful everything went.
Dr. Mike Pressimone is now officially the 14th president of Fontbonne University. This is an occasion that will go down in history, and I was very glad to be a part of it. The ceremony on Friday in which he gave his Inaugural Address was outstanding, and made me even more proud to call myself a Griffin. The ball on Saturday was the perfect way to celebrate the end of the week. It is so much to get dressed up for formal occasions. The ball was at the Science Center, where there was an amazing view as you walked along the bridge for pictures, delicious food, and fun music. It was so nice seeing students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Pressimone family all come together for a special evening together.
Here’s to a great new beginning for the Fontbonne community!
Some ODK Exec members with Dr. Sommer at the Last Lecture event
The ODK booth at the Fall Festival
FAB members at the Inaugural Ball