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Living the Mission of Fontbonne University. Whether you know it or not, we all as students are the living and breathing evidence that defies just that. Fontbonne’s Mission statement is:

“Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically and serve responsibly.”

A simple yet impactful and powerful statement. I speak on behalf of myself when I say that I value my pursuit in education each day. That being said, I see each day a new day. My goal for each day is to learn something new. It does not matter what that is. Knowledge is endless power. The more knowledgeable you are, the more you can do with it. Not only that but with this knowledge you could shape a better world. Think of Elon Musk and the companies that he founded/co-founded: Telsa, SolarCity, & PayPal just to name a few. Never heard of SolarCity? They are in the process of replacing the current roof shingles with solar panels! In translation: NO MORE ELECTRICITY BILLS! Just look at the photos!

Interested in seeing the keynote for yourself? Here you go!

As always guys, stay classy!

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Hey Y’all!

by Jessica on February 16, 2017

in College Life,Uncategorized

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Do you like music? I do. I listen to it for fun, I listen to it to help me study, and I listen to it to daydream about my stories. “Why should I care?” you ask? Well, you probably shouldn’t. I just wanted to share some music with you.

Today, I’ll just share my “Study” playlist. It mostly consists of instrumentals from the Celtic, Fantasy, Asian, and Spooky genres. All of them have helped me focus on my schoolwork and put me in a relaxed, blissful state.

Here’s the list; I have them arranged by genre, and they all range from an hour to three hours long:
Fantasy/Celtic –





Spooky –


Asian –


 

Here’s a bonus! A Valentine bonus. What? Did ya really think I was just going to leave y’all with just study music on the day of love?! Here are my personal favorites:








I hope you cherish one another today. Bye bye!

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It’s pretty much the 5th week of school. Have you been feeling the pressures of school, work, family and “play time?”

What do you do for rest and relaxation? Here’s some tips…..

  1. Just breathe – 10 minutes. You don’t need to be into yoga and meditation to enjoy the calming effect of deep breathing. Sit comfortably and place one palm on your stomach. Breathe in deeply until you feel your stomach expand. Then exhale until your stomach falls. Concentrate on the rise and fall of your breath for 10 minutes. If your thoughts wander, pull them back to your breathing.
  2. Go out for a walk – 10-60 minutes. There’s nothing like some sunshine, blue skies, and green growing things to boost your mood.
  3. Take a bath – 30-60 minutes. Mix up a soothing facial masque or scrub while the bath is filling, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the steaming water, and settle in with a good book or magazine.
  4. Pet Fluffy or Fido – 10 minutes. Studies show that living with pets lowers blood pressure and anxiety. There’s something downright therapeutic about a contented purr or the thump of a happy tail.
  5. Get lost in a book – 30-60 minutes. Has it been a while since you read a book without illustrations and cute critters?
  6. Have lunch with a friend – 30-60 minutes. Call up a friend and go out on a lunch date.
  7. Make a pot of tea – 15-30 minutes. It’s hard to be stressed when your hands are cupped around a steaming cup of fragrant tea. If you don’t want the caffeine, choose an herbal tea like chamomile or peppermint.
  8. Take a nap – 15-60 minutes.  A quick 15 minute power nap can help you recharge after a busy morning or sleepless night.
  9. Turn your favorite music up and sing along – 10-30 minutes. Put on some music u love and rock out.
  10. Reclaim a hobby – 30-60 minutes. Before you began college, you probably had interests and hobbies that you put aside after beginning school.

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This week we’re going to talk about Fontbonne’s mission statement!  In case you’re not familiar with it, or if it’s been awhile since you saw it, here it is straight from Fontbonne’s website — “Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically, and serve responsibly.”

Since last semester was my first one here, I was required to take INT 105, Culture and the Common Good, which introduced me specifically to Fontbonne’s mission statement, vision, values, statement of Catholic identity, and what they want from me as a student during my four years here…and how I take what I learn into the world.  I didn’t know what to expect in this class, but I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of the semester.  I was blessed to have the sweetest teacher ever; a very intimate, small class of students with a wide variety of majors; and a large amount of personal growth and development.  Over four months, we had conversations about everything from religion and Fontbonne’s academic convocation to transportation and vocations.  The thread holding all those topics together was the common good, which is clearly stated in the mission statement.  I really enjoyed digging deep into what it means and how it affects practically every aspect of our lives — healthcare, transportation, religion, education, relationships, careers, etc.  The discussions we had were respectful, diverse, and educational.  It was so inspiring to see and be a part of young adults maturely engaging in conversations about sometimes-controversial topics!

I emerged from this class with a much broader view of the world and the people around me — a global citizen.  I now understood and could explain what Fontbonne’s values and mission meant, and I had been encouraged to form my own opinions and thoughts — think critically — while also respecting the people who I did not agree with — act ethically. Ultimately, I found myself embodying Fontbonne’s mission statement in my everyday life, whether I was studying, going to class, eating lunch, working, spending time with family and friends, or interacting with the cashier in a store.  It enshrouded me completely, not just while I was on campus, but everywhere.

I sincerely hope the same thing happened or is happening for you.  You don’t have to agree with everyone 100% of the time. You don’t have to spend 24 hours a day volunteering.  You don’t have to analyze every world event that happens.  But you can certainly aspire and work to be a respectful listener, volunteer, and global citizen.  Let’s all try to do that a bit more in the coming months.

Until next week,

~Anna

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My View on the Fontbonne Mission

by Jessica February 8, 2017

Well, before I begin my statement, I think it is best to give y’all a little rundown of the Fontbonne Mission. Fontbonne was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, a group of Catholic nuns that had immigrated to St. Louis from France. They sought to teach their students the common good and […]

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Tips for a Successful Semester!

by Courtney February 7, 2017

I can’t believe we are already a month into this semester!  Spring semesters always seem to fly by!  This is around the time people start losing motivation and lack on the skills they need to succeed.  So here are some tips to keep you on track this semester! Make time for yourself! Sure, homework is […]

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A Little About Me

by Quortni February 6, 2017

Hello all, My name is Quortni Moore, I am 22 years old as of TODAY (February 1st). So now I can proudly blast Taylor Swift’s “22” and not feel weird about it. I am a Junior here at Fontbonne. This is actually my second semester here, I am a transfer student from Indiana State University […]

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My Experience Wearing the Hijab for the Day

by Mari February 6, 2017

Hello! Feburary 1st, 2017…World Hijab Day. This was my first time wearing a hijab and it definitely opened my perspective on my Muslims brothers and sisters at Fontbonne and around the world. I have always attended Catholic schools so I wanted to expand my horizons and knowledge of other religions in my higher education experience. […]

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What’s New?!

by Candance February 3, 2017

Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun. Quite a bit has happened since last semester. I traveled to California during the winter break to visit family and did a lot of site seeing and had a great time bonding with my sister, nieces, nephew and great nieces and nephews. I’ve made some new connections, joined a […]

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Hello again!

by Anna February 2, 2017

Hello, Griffins, and welcome back!  My second semester at Fontbonne is now nearly one-fourth completed, which is pretty hard to believe that much time has flown by already.  Homework, tests, deadlines, and learning new things is in full swing. I’m taking 18 hours this semester, so my time is much more limited.  It’s amazing how […]

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