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Katie

Ready for Warm Weather!!

by Katie on February 26, 2015

in Extracurricular

I have to admit I’m ready for some warm weather already!!  As much as I love sweaters, hot tea and a warm blanket while watching Grey’s Anatomy… after all the freezing temperatures lately, I’ve had enough for one winter!

My favorite things to do when the weather is warm is go to an outdoor concert, walk in the park, and go shopping with friends.  I love the energy you get from beautiful weather!  When it’s cold, all I wanna do is stay indoors and stay warm… but during summer I’m always finding ways to move more and to get outdoors.  I also love spring fruits like strawberries, blueberries, apricots, and papaya.  Yum!!

 

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It’s almost time for warm weather! I’m thinking another month and half until the climate warms up and swimming pools get uncovered, making people break out their shorts and tank tops! We all like the warmer weather, especially after seeing the crazy winter we’ve had this year. In STL, there are no beaches or movie stars walking out of the ocean for the paparazzi. However, there are plenty of things to do and plenty of time to do them!

For me, going to the pool is an every day activity! In my hometown of Washington, Mo (s/o all you country folk) there is not much to do. I live in a subdivision with a neighborhood pool that is open to all who live there. I think I literally go there every day! Another one of my favorite things to do during the summer is run outside. Conveniently, the pool is about 1.5 miles from my house. Making a great destination, I usually run to the pool and kill two birds with one stone. The Katy trail, one of Missouri’s most famous bike trails, runs right on the riverfront in Washington. Occasionally, I will drive downtown with my bike to take a little stroll. I am more of a jogging type of guy but you know what they say, variety is the spice of life!

I find myself driving to the city (STL) all the time. At this age, I usually make the trip for a party or a visit to a bar, but throughout my college years, it has been a blast doing many other fun activities! The city offers things like the Zoo, St. Louis Cardinals baseball games, the St. Louis Arch monument, or the famous city museum. For all you lovers out there, all of which are great ideas for date, just to mix things up from the typical dinner and a movie! If you enjoy listening to music, the St. Louis Pageant and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater are great for local or big time bands/artists. Another attraction is Forest Park. Only a short walk from Fontbonne, this park holds activities like hot air balloon races, carnivals, charity runs, wine festivals, concerts, you name it and it has probably happened there at some point.

While you won’t see Zac Efron  in his bathing suit, or playmates taking a stroll down the beach, STL has a powerful atmosphere that will not disappoint you!

Ev

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Cathy

Looking forward to spring.

by Cathy on February 24, 2015

in Extracurricular

With the bitter cold of winter still with us, it is hard to picture the air of spring. Picturing the spring air makes me excited for the winter blues to finally disappear. The bitter cold and the snow can make you feel trapped inside. Spring air makes you want to get out and explore.

My plans for spring are just that. Walks are therapeutic and they can be difficult to do in winter. Walks, coupled with music, are the best things to do in spring. Whether they are with music or with actual people, walks can help you clear your mind. Spring allows you to walk anywhere you like and in any direction. Limitations seem nonexistent.

This is what I do for spring, but there are so many options. Learning to unwind and get away from the world can be a blessing that spring gives. Spring is short and should always be taken advantage of.

 

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I just got back from a conference in Minneapolis called NACA (National Association for Campus Activities). I attended this last year as well in Boston and have been looking forward to it again ever since then. This is a conference in which there are a variety of teaser shows and market places in which you can visit with the performers and their agents. The point of this is to see what performers you want to bring back to your campus. There are a variety of singers, DJs, comedians, poets, acrobats, and more. There are also educational sessions to attend. I presented at one of them. It was titled “Dealing with Divas: How to Handle Difficult Performers.” I spoke about my experience as the live performance chair on the Fontbonne Activities Board and as an entertainment agent at TalentPlus.

My experience was so amazing; I don’t even know where to begin. I saw so much talent that I am so excited to see perform at Fontbonne. I will definitely come back. I am a huge fangirl and follower now for some of my favorites, such as Two Worlds, Matt Beilis, and Josh Vietti. In addition, I learned a lot of valuable information at the educational sessions. There were five of us from the activities board that attended. We all bonded tremendously and met many new people at the conference that hosted about 1,500 students. We also enjoyed taking some time to see what Minneapolis has to offer. For example, we ate some cool restaurants and visited the Mall of America. Because my career is in the entertainment industry, this setting is definitely my forte. I didn’t want the show-watching and critiquing to end. NACA has provided me so many amazing opportunities, memories, and friends. This is priceless and something I will never forget.

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Griffin Gang

by Sarah B. February 19, 2015

Have you been looking for an group to get involved with? Try out Griffin Gang! Our group is all about getting students to the games to support our teams. Every week our executive team gathers to discuss ways in which we could get more involvement from the crowd. Of course, our sports teams are not as big as […]

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oatmeal

by Katie February 18, 2015

    In honor of Valentine’s day, I thought some Valentine’s Day themed oats were in order!  This recipe was made on a whim, because of how much I love conjuring up new oatmeal recipes.  I’m thankful for our snow day this Monday, which gave me extra time to work on homework and study, and […]

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The Key to a Successful Balance

by Taylor February 12, 2015

College can be crazy. It can be difficult at times to find the balance between academics, extracurricular activities, and your social life. Sometimes we tend to “over schedule” ourselves, which is never a good thing. Personally, I feel like there is one key tip that unlocks the perfect balance between all your commitments. And what […]

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The Schedule of a College Student

by Patricia February 10, 2015

I think that I manage my time pretty well. Since I commute and I live 40 minutes away from Fontbonne, I’m unable to work during the school year. I usually get to Fontbonne at 8 a.m. so I can get some homework done before class. Then I usually eat lunch with my friends at 12. […]

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Activities on Campus

by Elizabeth February 9, 2015

I’m a first year freshman here at Fontbonne. I grew up in the county, but close enough that when out-of-state people or websites ask me where I’m from, I’ll answer “St. Louis.” Last semester, I decided to explore the city I claimed ownership of. I, mostly, avoided touristy destinations (City Museum, The Arch, etc.), having been […]

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Have You Heard about QUEST?

by Taylor February 6, 2015

Whenever I get the opportunity to talk about the QUEST Leadership Program, I’m going to take advantage of it! Now maybe you’ve heard of it and maybe you haven’t. The QUEST Leadership Program “is a three-phase leadership program designed to help Fontbonne students acquire foundational leadership skills, discern their personal strengths, and guide them on […]

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