If I’ve learned one thing this year at Fontbonne, it’s cultural competence. Cultural competence is one of the greatest qualities you can acquire to further your acceptance of the people and cultures around you. There are may ways to “culture” yourself… Books, forming new friendships & acquaintances and even trying the food of a culture you’ve never tried before. In my class, Food Pathways of Diverse Cultures, we dive into recipes from places like the Middle East, the Americas, India and Africa. It’s truly amazing what happens when you are exposed to traditional foods from cultures other than your own. I am realizing how much culture is out there that I have yet to experience. This is an exciting realization for me, because I am passionate about lifelong learning.
The more we learn about cultures and belief systems outside our own bubble, the more likely we are to whole heartedly accept the diverse population we live in. Sometimes we see the world through a narrow scope, but there is more to see than anyone can even imagine. If you feel your view may be narrow, try widening it just a smidge, and open up to something you’ve never experienced before I promise you won’t regret it!
This week was inauguration week and it was super exciting. Fontbonne always has events going on, but this week we had events almost everyday. I got the chance to attend the Last Lecture series. Dr. Sommer spoke, but no worries — he’s not actually going away. The premise of the last lecture series is one question, “If this were your last lecture, what would you tell the students?” This simple question proposed can make you think of a lot of answers. Dr. Sommer, in my opinion, kept it simple yet still sent a powerful message. The room was full of people; the Lewis room was packed with people anticipating him to speak and the energy was great. The simplicity spoken to everyone in the room I believe when he said that the central theme was to just find yourself. Knowing who you are and when to release it is also essential. The last lecture left a lasting impression on me with the latter statement.
The Last Lecture was fantastic, but it’s not over yet. This weekend is the official ball to welcome our new president, Dr. Pressimone. Bring your gowns, suits and ties because it’s meant to be a beautiful night. We also have the official inauguration ceremony for Dr. Pressimone and it will be just as magical as the ball. Can’t make it? No worries, it will be live streamed! It should be available when the actual ceremony takes place tomorrow on November 14th. Inauguration week is exciting and new. A new president means new beginnings, but not taking away from the tradition at Fontbonne. In the years to come we will build upon the old and form new exciting traditions, achievements, while remembering where we came from.
This past fall weekend, I decided to spend some time at home. Usually when I go home, I love to bake! I wanted to bake something that was “fallish” so that obviously involved pumpkin being a main ingredient in the recipe!
I searched on Pinterest for things to bake and came across so many great recipes! I pinned tons of them but decided to try just one. I chose to try a pumpkin cookie recipe that looked appealing! My baking trial turned out to be a success and the cookies I made were delicious!
If the thought of some pumpkin cookies are making your taste buds water, the link below takes you to the website I got the recipe from. Go check it out and try making them yourself! Good luck!
Last week, I blogged about Fall 2014 St. Louis Fashion Week coming to a close. Even though that has ended, there have still been plenty of fashion news and events to focus on.
The only TV show that I watch is “Project Runway.” No matter how busy I become, I always take that one hour a week to catch up on my fashion reality TV. Because I am involved in the fashion industry, and because I have seen every episode, I feel like I have an ode to “Project Runway.” The finale of season 13 just aired, which I something that every fan looks forward to. I was extremely excited to find out that Sean Kelly was the winner. He has been my favorite all along. So I was a bit emotional when he was crowned his much-deserved title. I have quite an attachment to the contestants and will continue to follow their careers, especially Sean’s.
Speaking of fashion reality TV, there is also a show called “Under the Gunn.” Shan Keith, a fashion designer from St. Louis, was a contestant on there. He recently hosted a show at Plush, which is a neat entertainment venue in downtown St. Louis. All of the models in his show are from Centro, which is the agency that I intern at. Staff at Centro received complimentary tickets. It was a different perspective being able to see the show from the front, since I am typically working backstage. I was very impressed with his collection. Also, it was a great bonding experience with the my internship company.
They say “as one door closes, another one opens.” That is the case with St. Louis Fashion Week. I am excited to say that I have been asked to work for Spring 2015 St. Louis Fashion Week. I will be working with a lot of the same team members from the fall productions. They were a great group to work with, and I am looking forward to being with them again. Meetings already begin for that this week!
I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as my fashion world continues.
Sean Kelly and one of his winning looks
Myself with Sarah, the director of Centro Models