As I browsed through my various social media accounts during multiple homework breaks, I noticed so many photos from the balloon race a few weekends ago. Sadly I was unable to participate in the festivities myself though compared to last year, my experience was quite the opposite. Last year I entered a contest/drawing to have the chance of working with Fontbonne’s hot air balloon on the day of the balloon race. Four people were selected, including myself to work with the hot air balloon. The neat thing about each of the people picked is that they were part of my freshman class at the same time. In addition to the four of us, another person was chosen to ride in our hot air balloon.
The weather that day was so windy our pilot decided that it would not be a good idea to fly because landing would be very difficult, even with his experience. Even though we did not release the balloon, it was an amazing day anyway. There were so many people present see all of the balloons filled with hot air, as well as some of the few that did release into the horizon. I do not remember exactly how many balloons there were last year but I do know that at least 60 balloons were present this year. The Energizer bunny balloon was so huge, I could barely believe its actual size. At one point when we had the balloon filled with hot air, I got in the basket to add weight to it, even though there was a rope from the balloon attached to a larger pickup truck, I felt as if I was going to blow away like everything else that day. Overall though, if I could relive that adventurous day, I would in a heartbeat. I highly suggest that anyone who has not attended the St.Louis Balloon Race in the past should take a leap of faith and see the wondrous sights!
Over the weekend I celebrated my 23rd birthday in Colorado. I visited my boyfriend and his family and had so much fun. We went to Dave n’ Busters, went up the mountain, had a few dates, and ate yummy cake. Of course, my favorite part of the weekend was being able to spend time with my boyfriend, that was the greatest gift of all. He also got me a Pandora charm bracelet, which I have been wanting for a long time. We had my birthday dinner at Olive Garden in Fort Collins, CO and I opened it up and started crying. It was so cute and unexpected.
The night before my birthday we went to the Dave n’ Busters in Denver. I have only been to the one in Illinois. The Denver one is so much nicer, even classy. It must have been a lucky night for me, because on one machine, I won over 500 tickets. At the end of the night we ended up with 976 tickets. I got a cup with a crazy straw and a shot glass.
If you are a commuter student at Fontbonne who cannot afford a parking pass, like me, there is a key component to your day to day experience that most residential students do not get the pleasure of experiencing: commuter bus rides. Now, it does depend on the time of day that you get to see the widest array of backgrounds on the bus. However, it only takes three steps up the bus’ stairs to gaze into the eyes of Fontbonne’s diversity. On an average ride from the commuter lot on Clayton Road to Fontbonne’s campus around 9 a.m. on an average Tuesday morning, I am only a few feet away from:
one international student from Beijing, China
three from Saudi Arabia
one from Iraq
a couple of grad students
a basketball player
a soccer player
a baseball player who I most likely would never get close enough to smell had I not taken the bus and sat next to
a softball player
a professor, and
a bearded, non traditional student clearly practicing a speech of some sort.
These are people I would see as I cautiously cross the yellow sidewalks of Fontbonne on any given day. There, the cowardly lion inside begs me not to open my mouth asking their name, or what their day requires of them. But when I am on that 4 wheeled diesel, I cannot help but open my mouth to discover those things. As I walk up those stairs, I have on my red, glittery slippers. I take a seat. I’m inquisitive as I remember that the clock is ticking before the Wizard parks the bus in front of Ryan Hall.
Typically I open a conversation with a joke or a compliment. One particular instance I started an exchange with a baseball player when we both chuckled from witnessing a poor woman in a car beside us spilling food on her blouse. I later came to find out that we knew a few of the same people from high school. On another occasion I offered an international student a ride back to Cotta Hall when it was raining so she would not have to walk home without an umbrella. We ended up swapping phone numbers, and are currently still friends. These are just a couple examples of what can happen on a commuter bus without the walls of the academic buildings limiting the probability of meeting new people.
I am beyond thankful that I attend to a school with such a welcoming and diverse atmosphere. I used to never think there were perks to being a low income student, but when I am on that bus, the culture and the opportunity to learn as much as I can in seven minutes about someone new, is worth more than buying a parking pass.
Okay, I’ve lived in Saint Louis my whole life, and I love my city! Wouldn’t trade it for the world. As you can imagine, I also have a list of places that I LOVE to go when I have free time. I would list them all but we don’t have a billion years to spare here so… Anywho, I’m gonna give you my top 5 favorite places that I love in the city. Here we go!
This is the BEST ice cream on the plant! I remember the first time I had Coldstone, I thought I had literately died and gone to heaven. Why do I love this place so you ask? Well, they have like a million flavors and you can create whatever combination you cook up in your head… if you haven’t been there, I’d suggest you go… it will be worth your while.
2. CiCi’s Pizza
This is another one of favorite places. To all of us broke and struggling (I put the emphasis on struggling here) college kids, this place is truly a god send. Not only is CiCi’s an economic jackpot, it’s really good and everything you’ll ever want out of an Italian meal. You get pizza, pasta, salad, and dessert. Trust me, it’s endless. Did I mention it was a buffet?
Everybody loves a good water park right? Well this aquatic playground isn’t going to disappoint. When the summers are hot and sticky (and they will be) You’ll will want to move to Aquaport and never ever leave. I’ve been there almost every year since I was ten, and I’ve loved every minute of it! This Place has double floaties, a ton of water slides, and of course the lazy river! Go there people, you won’t regret it!
4. Lotta Watta Creek
People love good food (well at least I do) and Lotta Watta Creek is certainly a place to check out if you do. Not only does this restaurant have great food from every category, the portions there are HUGE!! I kid you not, ONE cheese stick will fill you up and you will end up taking the rest home… trust me.
5. City Museum
It’s awesome! That is all.