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Extracurricular

While I did not get to participate in Fontbonne Day due to work, I did have an eventful Saturday and Sunday :)

I helped set up for the Blacklight Bash on Saturday, and not to brag or anything, but it was pretty amazing! We threw crepe paper everywhere, blew up like a million balloons, and of course had great snack food! The music was pretty good and we even had a professional photographer :) There was also a paint splattering station outside the DSAC where you could paint your clothes if you wanted. I paint splattered my old converse and they looked so cool under all the black lights we had set up. It was also really fun teaching all the international students how to do the Wobble, the Wop, and the Cotton-Eye Joe. They, of course, taught us some dances too. The whole thing was a blast, and I highly suggest attending future Fontbonne dances if you don’t already go to them.

On Sunday, a club I’m in called NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association) held a Motion Picture Play Day in the DSAC (man, I spent a lot of time there this weekend).  Some of the people from the club dressed up like Disney movie characters and took pictures with the little kiddos. I got to work the face painting booth :)

This weekend was pretty successful, I’d say. Hopefully next year I will get to volunteer on Fontbonne Day too!

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I’ve said many times before in my blogs that I’m not athletic. And, honestly, I’m okay with that. However, that being said, I’ve always wanted to take part in one of Fontbonne’s fitness classes. The classes generally cost about $10 per six- or eight-week session, so they are well within the “poor college student” budget. Because of my crazily-hectic class and work schedules over the past three and a half years, though, I was never able to take one of the classes – that is, until now.

At the beginning of the semester, I read the campus-wide email announcing the start of this semester’s fitness classes. I was excited to read that yoga was one of the classes being offered, and I was even more excited when I found out that this class would fit perfectly in my schedule.

At first, I was a little timid about taking this class. I’m not very coordinated, and I’m not really a hardcore exercise person. However, after the very first class, I was hooked. Our instructor, Lisi, is absolutely great. She challenges us but always reminds us to go at our own pace. The class truly is a great stress reliever, and Lisi always reminds us to be positive and to realize that it’s okay that we all have different strengths. And everyone in class is great. There’s never any sneering or “I’m better than you” attitudes. We are all working toward our own fitness and yoga goals, and we respect and laugh along with each other the whole time.

Lucky for Fontbonne, it sounds like Lisi will continue her forty-five minute yoga classes through the summer and fall. But sadly, I’ll be graduating, so I won’t be able to participate. However, I’m extremely happy that I was finally able to “get my Zen on” and take this positively-challenging class, if only for one semester.

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This week is another busy one! The Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB) is hosting their annual Spring Spirit Week. There are events planned everyday that lead up to the dance. The overall theme is neon. Here’s the line up of exciting events.

Monday: “Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Mystery” trivia competition during the day and Dueling Pianos performance at night

Tuesday: Trip to the Cardinals game

Wednesday: Splatter paint your own stunner shades during the day and watch “Frozen” in the meadow at night (and eat ice cream)

Thursday: Free lunch for commuters (we’re serving Pot Belly sandwiches)

Friday: Fontbonne Day (community volunteer work) and neon volleyball tournament at night

Saturday: Blacklight Bash! (it’s a dance with all the lights out, but will still be able to see thanks to the awesome glowing decorations and paint splatters on people)

It’s crazy to think how fast the end of the semester is coming. After Spirit Week, there’s only two more FAB events left: Trivia Finale and Springfest. Springfest is an annual end-of-year celebration that is collaborative among various student organizations. There will be a live band, food trucks, dunking booth, tie-dying, Velcro wall, and more. After the carnival portion, the fashion merchandising department is hosting a fashion show (I am also a part of the class that is producing this). Following that is a “Taste of St. Louis” dinner, and then time to relax and play video games and/or do Pinterest crafts. And finally, to end the night, a movie will be shown on the blow up screen.

I am very thrilled for these final events of the year. They have been a work in progress throughout this entire semester, so it’s exciting to see it all come together.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/21/st-louis-reasons-to-love_n_4993763.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

After reading this article in The Huffington Post, I have to say I agree with it. I am not a St. Louis native, but in the few months I have lived here, I have learned that there really  are a lot of wonderful things about St. Louis.

St. Louis is a very friendly city, and reading the stats on how St. Louisans help their community has made me believe that even more.

The fact that so much is free is certainly the number one perk for college students. Let’s see…what have I been to that’s free — the zoo, the history museum, the art museum, the artists guild, Forest Park of course, and outdoor concerts at Oak Knoll.

And even the things that aren’t free, are still relatively cheap — the Jewel Box is $1 and Pageant concerts can be as cheap as $15 (if you’re into that kind of hipster music, which I am).

St. Louis is also a great place for college students to find jobs. Even if you don’t have a car, there are several places within walking distance of Fontbonne that consistently hire people. I work at a daycare nearby, but you can also work at St. Michael’s school as an after school care teacher, you can work at Orange Leaf (the frozen yogurt place by Schnuck’s), there is a tanning salon, Katie’s Pizza, Walgreen’s, and a little bit farther away is Starbuck’s. These, of course, are also good places to go for fun! :)

It most certainly is a hub for artistic minds, as well. If you walk down the Loop, there are stars for famous people, sculptures, and even a wall where you can write your life dreams in chalk. Music is everywhere — outdoor concerts can be found at Oak Knoll and Forest Park in warm weather. In fact, I recently attended Love Fest on Art Hill and it was a blast!  There are also several concert halls/amphitheatres throughout St. Louis. The Pageant, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, The Muny, and Peabody Opera House, and of course, The Fox if you like musicals!

St. Louis is certainly a wonderful place to be, and I think it suits all ages. There are plenty of family-friendly events, but also places for young adults and old geezers. There is always plenty to do and lots within the constraints of your pocket money.

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I Want It All, and I Want It Now

by Marielle March 25, 2014

Holy cats, spring break is over already. Or was it winter break? With the weather being as unpredictable as it is, sometimes it’s hard to tell. Regardless, I’m sure the rest of the school year will fly by.  But wait! It’s not over quite yet. We haven’t had the Environmental Fair yet. I write about [...]

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Concert Countdowns

by Carlyn March 25, 2014

I admit, I am absolutely obsessed with pop culture, especially musicians. I enjoy listening to live music, especially if the singer is considered a celebrity. I have major fan-girl moments where I scream so loud my eyes water and jump so much my ankles hurt. Over spring break, I saw Demi Lovato in concert at [...]

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First Mardi Gras!

by Corie March 3, 2014

This past weekend was my first Mardi Gras experience! I had a blast!! I went with some new friends: Tyler, Kristen, Alexis and Tim. It was also my first time in Soulard. Beads, people and beer everywhere. We took the metro link to get there. I figured it was going to be crowded, and it [...]

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Not So Fun Weekend

by Corie February 24, 2014

I had good plans for this past weekend. I was going to go to STL Up Late Party, spend some time with family and also have a girls night. All of that had to be cancelled though. I just had to get sick. It’s the time of year where the weather is starting to change [...]

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Girl Power.

by Carly February 21, 2014

This week I began a new adventure serving as an Assistant Coach for the Girls on the Run program! A few weeks ago, when I got my curriculum binder that details all of the lessons that we cover during each practice, it made me realize something: if Girls on the Run is a program that [...]

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“Hindsight is Vibrant, Reality: Rarely Lit”

by Marielle February 18, 2014

So maybe you think that since I’m a senior, with almost 4 years of college life behind me, I have it all figured out. Not really. I’m just making it up as I go. But I can offer some advice based on my past experiences, good and bad.  All things considered, looking back now – [...]

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