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Extracurricular

The most meaningful thing I will take away from Fontbonne is that the more effort you put in, the greater the reward you will get. I first heard this when a counselor said this at freshman orientation. I have found it to be true for academics and friendships. The more you study, the better grades you get. The more you get involved in extracurricular activities, the more people you meet.

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I realize that I am kind of late for Spring Break plans, but it is never too late for Summer 2015 plans.  Honestly, I have already been planning like my entire summer schedule even though the semester is not even over.  Though sadly I have signed up for classes during the summer, which is never bad to do to not get out of the routine with classes when in college.  What I cannot wait for this summer is honestly, more time with my family, exploring the city without having to worry about missing class (I have class only one day a week so I really don’t need to worry about missing class when taking adventures), laying out in the grass with my dog, and especially having the time to spend time with my boyfriend.  I am not the kind of one to really talk about my boyfriend with others, all sappy and such, but being away from someone who is special in your life for extended periods of time can really take a toll on a person.  But really, I cannot wait to explore the city more, just learning more about the city that I live in I think is important because that way, I really learn about my own hometown, feeling like I am a part of it.  Such examples to explore could be City Garden, the famous St. Louis Arch, the Botanical Gardens, the Zoo, the Chess Hall of Fame, the History Museum, the Art Museum, the Muny, and more.  I can admit that I have made my own board on Pinterest dedicated to St. Louis adventures, just to plan and get excited for summer and adventures.  Additionally I cannot wait to go and visit family members out of state, ROAD TRIP!  Really, I urge for people to take a trip, planned or unplanned, bring along friends and explore a part of the big world around you.  Like really, the fun of just even planning sounds amazing.  Summer 2015, coming in May, just a few short weeks away…..!

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The people who have had the most impact on me at Fontbonne are my friends. I became involved in all kinds of activities so that I could meet people. One of the major things I did was join the Fontbonne activities board. I get to help plan all the events and fun things on campus. I also attend the metanioa retreats. This helps me to keep in touch with friends that I met at the beginning of freshman year. I also get to know some people that I don’t know, which is nice. I also planned on being more involved next year by joining the honor society Omicron Delta Kappa.

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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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Selfie here, selfie there..

by EJ April 7, 2015

This place is full of things to do and places to see! Plus, what’s better than taking a good selfie!?

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Easter Break Events

by Carlyn April 7, 2015

Spring has arrived and so did Easter! Another holiday has quickly approached and passed. It was nice having a little Easter break (Thursday, Friday, the weekend, and the following Monday!). I feel like I’ve done a lot in the last few days. Of course I continued to work at my two jobs, and spent time […]

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What Makes Fontbonne Special?

by Sarah April 7, 2015

What makes Fontbonne special?  If someone were to ask me that I am not sure what I would say at first if having not thought about it prior.  Though once I begin comparing and contrasting how Fontbonne varies from my friend’s colleges I think of things right off the bat, such as how it is […]

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Spring Time

by Sarah April 7, 2015

I realize that I am pretty late for springtime daydreaming, though I think it is not too late to still think about the adventures of spring and summer.  After staying inside all winter, nothing compares to going outside and playing with friends.  When I was a kid I can just remember all of the adventures […]

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Stop Everything You’re Doing

by Sarah B. April 7, 2015

I don’t know what you’re doing with your life at this very moment, but I advise you to stop. Stop everything you’re doing and just read this blog post… besides, you must be procrastinating already anyway. We are all busy. According to Google (because Google is always right) the definition of “Busy” is simply “Having a […]

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Coffee at Concordia Park.

by Cathy April 7, 2015

Nothing compares to standing underneath the giant trees, surrounded by a beautiful park. St. Louis has so much to offer, but perhaps the most influential in my everyday life is the scenery. Coming from a suburb that has a sidewalk and one bike path, I love exploring the parks around school. The one pictured above […]

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