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Extracurricular

Hi, everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing, enjoyable spring break…and that it gave you the necessary breather to finish the rest of this semester strongly!  Let me know in the comments what you did — whether it was a laid-back week at home or exciting vacation to some far-off location!

For me, spring break started with coming home to find my mom sick with the flu, which was really unfortunate.  On the bright side, since I was on spring break, it meant she could rest (and she needed to!), and I could take care of the cooking/cleaning up for my dad and me.  I did enjoy making a few new recipes that he apparently really loved…like an avocado-tomato-goat cheese sandwich on cheddar-garlic bread from Great Harvest Bread Company, a healthier version of an Alfredo-turkey pizza, and cinnamon/oatmeal/whole wheat/flax seed bread.

I also did some horsesitting for one of my clients early on during break, which I always enjoy.  This client has a Miniature horse (and a Quarter horse), and he’s one of the most adorable little guys you’ll ever meet.  He has one blue eye and one brown eye, loads of fluffy hair that falls in his eyes, and gorgeous pinto coloring (light brown/tan and white).  I love everything about him…well, I pretty much love every horse I meet, but that particularly goes for Minis.  They’re just so lovable and cute!

Most of the rest of my break was spent on homework, as I wrote in my previous post.  On the bright side, I worked extremely hard to get myself caught up or even ahead in reading, projects, papers, and more, so I was quite productive.  I’m not necessarily saying it will lighten up my still-crazy schedule, but it will definitely help…especially in the last few weeks of the semester, when a ton of stuff is due!  I also got a chance to get some nice runs (on trails and roads) and mountain bike rides in, and the weather was gorgeous for it.

Finally, by this past weekend, I felt comfortable enough to sneak away with my mom to enjoy lunch at St. Louis Bread Company and see Beauty and the Beast.  I’ve seen the play twice before, at a local high school and the Fox Theater, and I’ve definitely fallen in love with the music.  My favorite songs are probably Beauty and the BeastBe Our Guest, and If I Can’t Love Her (which was the only thing I didn’t like about the movie…it didn’t have that song!).  I thought the film was excellently done on many accounts — acting, dancing, special effects, orchestrations and singing — and I’d highly recommend you go see it.  In fact, I liked it so much I went to see it a second time just two days later with my friend.  And just for kicks, I did read the children’s storybook to my mom after the film…proof that you never really get rid of your childhood. 🙂

Blessings,

~Anna

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Hi everyone!

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in the Holi Festival of Colors for the first time, and it was awesome. When I heard about this event, I found it so interesting and fun! Holi is an Hindu spring festival, celebrated in India and Nepal. It is a joyful day in which people celebrate the beginning of Spring.

So I wished that the day we celebrated Holi at Fontbonne would have been sunny, but as we know Saint Louis weather can change at anytime, that day we had snow. Hopefully the event was not cancelled. A group of 20 students approximately came, we enjoy some delicious Hindu desserts, and then everyone picked two colors. We all went outside and after the count of three, we all throw the colors to the sky and to each other saying “Happy Holi”. Not even a minute and I was already full of different colors, my hair, my face, and the white tshirt I had were a rainbow. It was so cool! I couldn’t believe I was all colored. Sadly, I couldn’t stay the whole time because I had a class, but everyone stay celebrating Holi for more than half an hour. It was a experience I will never forget, I really enjoy it!

Adriana 🙂

Here I post some colored pics!

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Hi, everyone!

Are you as excited as I am about spring break?  Honestly for me, this semester has been quite stressful and really busy.  I’ve not been able to spend time doing anything other than work, class, homework, or (a little bit) of sleep, and quite frankly, that’s not good for my physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual health.  So for me, spring break is going to be a small opportunity for much-needed decompression and “me time”.  I say small because I’m going to spend a large chunk of break working on a presentation, four or five papers, regular reading/homework for several of my classes, and discussion boards/quizzes/a test for my eight-week online class that just started.  I remain hopeful that there will be a few spare moments, though, to get well-rested, spend a little quality time with my family and friends, and maybe even catch up on pleasure reading or go see Beauty and the Beast.  I’m sure many of you have a much more exciting, enjoyable break planned, but I am grateful for the week off if for no other reason than to catch up on many, many things!  I’m not sure I’d be able to feasibly get through the rest of the semester if I didn’t have spring break on the horizon!

In the meantime, I’m about halfway through the week…or a test, three labs, a presentation, and four regular class periods away from “freedom”!  I’m enjoying the cold weather and snow, though.  See my picture below of my Monday drive to Fontbonne…the snow is so pretty.

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Happy spring break — stay safe and enjoy your time off!

~Anna

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I don’t know about you guys, but I personally can’t envision my life without coffee…

It all started my sophomore year of college. I was an innocent to coffee back then, having only experienced various frou-frou “coffee” drinks here and there (no shame – I think all of us die-hards start out with a frappuccino or two). Tastes of my grandfather’s black coffee had made me screw up my face in distaste. However, I had to do SOMETHING to alleviate the exhaustion my 8 am classes wrought upon me. I don’t drink soda or energy drinks, so my caffeine options were somewhat limited – until one of my friends suggested the simplest of simple coffee drinks, a vanilla latte.

There was a Starbucks conveniently located in the building that housed my 8 am, so I thought, why not? After one particularly tiring session of class, I trudged downstairs to wait in line, somewhat nervous about ordering from the then-daunting menu. Grande? Venti? What??? I was so confused. But I managed to complete my order with no hitches, and before I knew it, I was the proud owner of a fresh Grande Vanilla Latte.

The first time I drank a latte, I did not have an epiphany. I remember being grateful for the energy rush and enjoying the taste, but I had no idea what that first step down the rabbit hole would bring. Now, I am a gold member at Starbucks until 2019, the owner of a Keurig, and a coffee scavenger – local coffee places are my favorite establishments. I enjoy my coffee dark and iced, with almond milk or half-and-half, and when I need that extra pick-me-up I go for cold brew or espresso shots. If I don’t have coffee, I get a caffeine headache – once, in Disney World, I thought I was dying of a migraine until I realized that it was 4 pm and I hadn’t had my fix. I drank a grande in about two minutes and felt like a new woman.

Could I have better habits? Yes. Could I have worse habits? Definitely! What are some of your favorite coffee-based drinks?

xoxo
Jess

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Let me introduce you to…Passion

by Yuri March 13, 2017

Passion. What am I passionate about? Well, first and foremost, the project that I have with the Fortune 500 company. On top of that, I have come up with an idea that I think will become a massive hit! And yes, that is the entrepreneur in me talking… It will not matter if I have […]

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What I’m Passionate About

by Anna March 8, 2017

Hi everyone!  Today I’ll be writing about one thing I am very passionate about…it’s close to my heart and matters a lot to me.  What about you?  What do you feel strongly about and perhaps feel you should do something about?  If you can’t think of anything, I encourage you to search around.  Being truly […]

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My Message to White Students at FBU

by Mari February 22, 2017

On Tuesday, February 21st I attended the Black Student Union’s showing of the Netflix documentary called 13th. The thought provoking documentary dove into the problematic issues of racial injustices affecting African Americans within the U.S. prison system. I would highly encourage everyone at Fontbonne to view this documentary. While watching this documentary with only about […]

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Upcoming Concerts!

by Carly February 22, 2017

Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a HUGE fangirl. What is a “fangirl,” you may ask? The formal definition from Merriam-Webster says “a girl or woman who is an extremely or overly enthusiastic fan of someone or something.” In other words, a diehard fan that goes crazy at the sight or sound of […]

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What does black history month mean to me?

by Cecelia February 22, 2017

Black history month means to me a time dedicated to see what African Americans have accomplished and take time out of the year to recognize what people from past generations had fought for. Black history is a time of celebrating, and thanking African Americans for teaching us what it means to hope, a life lesson […]

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Black History Month

by Anna February 22, 2017

Hello, everyone!  Today I’m going to be writing about Black History Month, which is happening right now in the month of February.  What do you know about it?  It’s certainly a month to recognize and remember the important roles so many black men and women have played in the past 240 years (and beyond) of […]

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