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Campus Community

This is my very first semester at Fontbonne and, honestly, I had hopes of meeting new people and making some new friends. I definitely wasn’t prepared for what I found here! As an art major I have found that it is a small community unto itself here. Many of my classmates are in several of my classes and we all seem to inspire and encourage one another. One classmate in particular has not only inspired me, but has also given support without even being asked. Alicia has inspired me in class with her determination in every project she under takes. There is a flare and passion to her work that is always a joy to see. She’s also very encouraging of others, giving her honest opinion, and constructive feed back. She’s also been kind and supportive outside of the classroom. She’s helped me with studying for tests and also taking the time to sit and chat during one particularly stressful week. She’s been a huge inspiration and so supportive, I feel grateful to call her my friend.

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College is a time of development, change, experiences, and fun! During my college years, I have experienced many challenges. Perhaps one of the greatest challenges I have faced is saying goodbye to my global friends. Here at Fontbonne, I have had the privilege of meeting people from all around the world; from Japan to Saudi Arabia and Brazil to Vietnam. Every single international student is unique in their own way and brings so much joy to campus. The downside to this, however, is that they must go at some time. This past fall, I had the pleasure of living on the same residence hall floor as many of the Brazilian and Japanese international students. We become extremely close and there was never a dull moment! As the semester drew to an end, my friends from other countries were preparing to return home.

It was difficult to say goodbye to these people who had become some of my closest friends at Fontbonne- I did not know what Fontbonne was like without them! When it was time to go our separate ways, I wrote a note to each friend of mine and gave them pictures from our time together here at Fontbonne. Since then, I have Skyped with some friends, texted them using the app “Whatsapp”- which is a texting app that can be used with Wifi or cellular data, and used Facebook and Instagram to keep up with them. Although it is difficult to be here without seeing their smiling faces and communicating with them face-t0-face, I am grateful for the technology that we do have to stay in touch and I am even hoping to travel to visit some of them in the upcoming years! I would not trade my time with my international friends for anything; and I always say that I am happy I had the short time I did have with them than no time at all! I encourage everybody to step out of their comfort zone and reach out to others who are different than you. You can learn a great deal about the history, culture, and traditions of other countries by simply talking to your neighbor down the hall!

On that note, the Campus Ministry team at Fontbonne is hosting “Better Together Day” this Tuesday, April 14th from 11am-1pm in the grassy area outside of the library. Students will have an opportunity to sit in a ball pit (yes, a ball pit!) and get to know somebody on campus that comes from a different walk of life or belief system than their own! This is a great way to get to know your peers right here on campus and learn a little about the many religions represented at Fontbonne!

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They say there is nothing better than food grown right in your own backyard…
 
Now, you can be the judge of that, with Fontbonne’s very own community garden!
 
The F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden, located in the courtyard of Southwest Hall, is underway for its 3rd growing season! Ground was broken for the garden back in 2012 and it is now complete with raised garden beds, compost bins, picnic tables, and even a pergola!
 
The garden was originally established to help support campF.R.E.S.H., a summer program held on campus that teaches middle schoolers about sustainability and fresh cooking. But that is not the only way the development is putting the “community” back in community garden.
 
F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden is open to the entire campus and all are welcome to pick from its bounty! Fontbonne’s food service director is even know to incorporate the garden’s produce into the menus from time to time (cool, huh?!)
 
However, the true beauty of the garden is that it brings the staff and students of Fontbonne together. “Getting involved with the F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden is a great way to meet new people and support a part of Fontbonne,” said Emily Basler, Student Garden Assistant. “The garden is a campus garden that anyone can go to at anytime.”
 
Looking for a little stress relief? The garden may be able to help with that! “Many research articles show that working in a garden can help with stress,” said Basler. “It is a great way to clear your mind of other worries for a while.”
 
Having a public garden is such a precious commodity on campus at Fontbonne, but it can only flourish with the support of the school community. “If we do not have people regularly taking care of it, we may no longer have that space,” said Basler.
 
No experience getting your hand dirty? No problem! “We appreciate any help in the garden. A person’s gardening skill level does not matter!” said Basler. “Getting involved with F.R.E.S.H.greens Garden is a great for all experience levels, whether you’re a newbie learning for the first time or a seasoned garden doing what you love!”
 
If you are interested in getting involved with Fontbonne’s community garden, be sure to sign up for one of the upcoming work days.
 
Be sure to stop by the garden over the next few months to see what may be sprouting. Or just to take out some stress on those well-deserving weeds!
-XOXO Hannah

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IMG_2697It’s impossible not to love the recent weather we’ve been experiencing this last week!  I’m thankful it’s finally Spring and, overall, the weather is going to be warmer for a while.  This week I had a chance to get out in Golden Meadow with my friend Natalie and learn a few tricks with hula hoops.  I loved hula hooping as a kid, so it definitely brought out the kid in me when I picked up hula hoops for the first time in a long while.

Get outdoors and do whatever activities you love to do.   If you have too many school projects going on, take your homework or laptop outdoors and get some sunlight while you stay productive :)

 

 

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Student Organizations

by Sarah April 7, 2015

Compared to the days of high school, I can say that getting involved at school on a college level can be difficult though also easy, depending on how much effort you put into it.  I know that in high school it was pretty easy to get involved because of the fact you’re on campus every […]

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From One World to Another

by Taylor March 25, 2015

The transition from high school to college can bring out a lot of emotions you didn’t expect. College, especially if you live on campus, is a totally different lifestyle than what you were used to in high school. The change of environment can have more of an impact on you than what you thought it […]

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Five things that make Fontbonne an amazing place to be

by Raven March 23, 2015

Hey Fonties! Welcome back! I hope your spring break was absolutely fabulous (I’m really sad it’s over… can we have a spring break redo?…. No?…. Okay….). Anyway, let’s  jump right into it then. In my three years as a Griffin, I’ve noticed a lot of little golden nuggets that make Fontbonne a great place to […]

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Why is FBU so special!?

by EJ March 20, 2015

Finally, all students are back from spring break.. After joining the Lacrosse team, I was able to spend my break on campus, sadly watching groups of friends enjoy their time at the famous PCB spring break get-a-way.. I hope all my readers enjoyed their break! Even with all that being said, during my time this […]

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What makes Fontbonne different.

by Cathy March 18, 2015

When people look for the college of their dreams they look for what makes it unique. They are looking for their home away from home. Fontbonne had this for me and for many other people who decided to come here. Fontbonne is unique because of its size. Fontbonne’s small class sizes really help the students. The […]

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What Makes Fontbonne Unique

by Katie March 18, 2015

When I first visited Fontbonne I had a gut feeling that it was the perfect school for me. Fontbonne was not the first campus I visited.  I was weighing the pros and cons of a handful colleges in the Illinois and Missouri area and as fate would have it, I decided to check out Fontbonne. […]

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