I can’t believe I’m vastly approaching my senior year at Fontbonne! It feels as though I was opening my acceptance letter yesterday. Before I graduated from high school in 2012, (By the way, I am a proud alumni of University City High School… class of 2012… woot! woot!) I had several offers from schools in the area. I went to go visit every school that I was accepted into and I enjoyed every school that I visited, but Fontbonne had something about it that I needed to be a part of. Fontbonne was the only school that met every single requirement that I had on my checklist. Here’s what that list looked like:
*Had my major
*Close to home
*Small class size
*I could live on campus
*Offered me a GREAT financial aid package
Now don’t get me wrong, the other schools I visited were awesome institutions; they had a lot of things to offer me as a perspective student but it was important to me that I was more than just a student who got a degree, I wanted to go to a school where I would do more than just graduate, I wanted to be somewhere that I enjoyed myself outside of the classroom and a place where enjoyed learning and growing as a person. As a student at Fontbonne, I feel like being a part of the university was part of my God given purpose and I’m blessed to have been placed in such a fabulous place.
Fontbonne was my only choice. I was going to have a back-up school but then I was accepted here. I love the small class sizes along with the attention I receive from teachers. Also the fact that all of the buildings are so close together makes it easy to get to each of them in the winter. I wanted to have the experience of living on campus and away from my folks, and I just wanted to do something different.
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.
I wish I could say that I sort of stumbled upon Fontbonne. In actuality, Fontbonne University had been mentioned to me by a lot of different people that I knew. My teachers, friends, my friend’s mothers, my mother’s friends, all spoke highly of Fontbonne. I expressed my concern to them that I wouldn’t be able to find the perfect balance–I wasn’t looking for a big school, I wanted smaller classes. I also wanted to be an Art Major, something I was doubtful of with other schools. My art teacher in high school went to Fontbonne, a fact that I surprised to learn at first. But it became evident through her teaching methods and love of art that she was a Fontbonnian, especially after I became one myself!
I think a lot of people can relate when I say that I had a certain feeling about Fontbonne. My older peers told me that they, too, got a certain feeling when they found the right college. I wasn’t sure I would ever find it. A lot of people encouraged me to go to Webster and I even considered going to Mizzou. When I stepped onto Fontbonne’s campus, I just knew that I was going to make a lot of meaningful friendships.
I chose to commute for a lot of reasons, one of them being that I wasn’t sure I was ready to take the leap to live on campus. Choosing to be a commuter was the right decision for me, especially Freshmen year. It was nice to ease into things, and commuting definitely helped me make a smooth transition as I pursued college life. Eventually, I hope to move on campus.
The people are definitely my favorite part about Fontbonne. It took some time for me to adapt–and I still am!–but that’s the case with anything. I’m enjoying my time here and the future looks bright.