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Extracurricular

This week is another busy one! The Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB) is hosting their annual Spring Spirit Week. There are events planned everyday that lead up to the dance. The overall theme is neon. Here’s the line up of exciting events.

Monday: “Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Mystery” trivia competition during the day and Dueling Pianos performance at night

Tuesday: Trip to the Cardinals game

Wednesday: Splatter paint your own stunner shades during the day and watch “Frozen” in the meadow at night (and eat ice cream)

Thursday: Free lunch for commuters (we’re serving Pot Belly sandwiches)

Friday: Fontbonne Day (community volunteer work) and neon volleyball tournament at night

Saturday: Blacklight Bash! (it’s a dance with all the lights out, but will still be able to see thanks to the awesome glowing decorations and paint splatters on people)

It’s crazy to think how fast the end of the semester is coming. After Spirit Week, there’s only two more FAB events left: Trivia Finale and Springfest. Springfest is an annual end-of-year celebration that is collaborative among various student organizations. There will be a live band, food trucks, dunking booth, tie-dying, Velcro wall, and more. After the carnival portion, the fashion merchandising department is hosting a fashion show (I am also a part of the class that is producing this). Following that is a “Taste of St. Louis” dinner, and then time to relax and play video games and/or do Pinterest crafts. And finally, to end the night, a movie will be shown on the blow up screen.

I am very thrilled for these final events of the year. They have been a work in progress throughout this entire semester, so it’s exciting to see it all come together.

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After reading this article in The Huffington Post, I have to say I agree with it. I am not a St. Louis native, but in the few months I have lived here, I have learned that there really  are a lot of wonderful things about St. Louis.

St. Louis is a very friendly city, and reading the stats on how St. Louisans help their community has made me believe that even more.

The fact that so much is free is certainly the number one perk for college students. Let’s see…what have I been to that’s free — the zoo, the history museum, the art museum, the artists guild, Forest Park of course, and outdoor concerts at Oak Knoll.

And even the things that aren’t free, are still relatively cheap — the Jewel Box is $1 and Pageant concerts can be as cheap as $15 (if you’re into that kind of hipster music, which I am).

St. Louis is also a great place for college students to find jobs. Even if you don’t have a car, there are several places within walking distance of Fontbonne that consistently hire people. I work at a daycare nearby, but you can also work at St. Michael’s school as an after school care teacher, you can work at Orange Leaf (the frozen yogurt place by Schnuck’s), there is a tanning salon, Katie’s Pizza, Walgreen’s, and a little bit farther away is Starbuck’s. These, of course, are also good places to go for fun! :)

It most certainly is a hub for artistic minds, as well. If you walk down the Loop, there are stars for famous people, sculptures, and even a wall where you can write your life dreams in chalk. Music is everywhere — outdoor concerts can be found at Oak Knoll and Forest Park in warm weather. In fact, I recently attended Love Fest on Art Hill and it was a blast!  There are also several concert halls/amphitheatres throughout St. Louis. The Pageant, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, The Muny, and Peabody Opera House, and of course, The Fox if you like musicals!

St. Louis is certainly a wonderful place to be, and I think it suits all ages. There are plenty of family-friendly events, but also places for young adults and old geezers. There is always plenty to do and lots within the constraints of your pocket money.

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Holy cats, spring break is over already. Or was it winter break? With the weather being as unpredictable as it is, sometimes it’s hard to tell. Regardless, I’m sure the rest of the school year will fly by.  But wait! It’s not over quite yet. We haven’t had the Environmental Fair yet. I write about it every year without fail…it is an annual occurrence, after all.
To recap:  the Environmental Fair is our way of showcasing how students and staff can be more eco-friendly. In the past we had tables from various campus organizations promoting recycling, composting, and endangered wildlife, as well as tables from the Missouri Botanical Gardens, a local upcycled jewelry craftsman, and the REFRESH secondhand clothing store. We try to have it outdoors in our meadow, with a bunch of tables that students can stroll though and enjoy.
I’m trying to do it big this year: catering, lots of tables, all the bells and whistles. The date will be April 23rd from 11am to 1pm. Come out and enjoy!!! IT’S GONNA BE THE BEST ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR EVARRRRRR.

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I admit, I am absolutely obsessed with pop culture, especially musicians. I enjoy listening to live music, especially if the singer is considered a celebrity. I have major fan-girl moments where I scream so loud my eyes water and jump so much my ankles hurt.

Over spring break, I saw Demi Lovato in concert at Chaifetz Arena. Any moment that can take me back to my Disney days, I will gladly accept. Demi first made it big when she starred in Camp Rock and Sonny With a Chance. If those still played on TV, you better believe I would still watch them. Speaking of past Disney stars, the next big concert I’m looking forward to is Miley Cyrus. She will be performing at the Scottrade Center on April 16. I bought these tickets months ago, so am extremely excited that the date is finally approaching. That night will be quite an experience.

I am also really looking forward to my summer concerts. James Taylor will be at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in June. Yes, I like oldies music too. I can branch out a little bit from my taste with girlie pop sounds. Then, August 27 is the big one: One Direction! They are my number one in music right now. I saw them last year as well. I went to Kansas City to see them. This year, they are coming right to St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome. I am so excited for this show I can hardly contain myself (and it’s still five months away). I won’t say too much on that now, because I can guarantee I will be blabbing about it more the closer and closer the time comes (and following the concert as well). There’s always something exciting that I like to count down the days to. It’s not always for concert. The countdown could be for something big like a vacation, or low key like the release date of a Zac Efron movie.

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First Mardi Gras!

by Corie March 3, 2014

This past weekend was my first Mardi Gras experience! I had a blast!! I went with some new friends: Tyler, Kristen, Alexis and Tim. It was also my first time in Soulard. Beads, people and beer everywhere. We took the metro link to get there. I figured it was going to be crowded, and it [...]

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Not So Fun Weekend

by Corie February 24, 2014

I had good plans for this past weekend. I was going to go to STL Up Late Party, spend some time with family and also have a girls night. All of that had to be cancelled though. I just had to get sick. It’s the time of year where the weather is starting to change [...]

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Girl Power.

by Carly February 21, 2014

This week I began a new adventure serving as an Assistant Coach for the Girls on the Run program! A few weeks ago, when I got my curriculum binder that details all of the lessons that we cover during each practice, it made me realize something: if Girls on the Run is a program that [...]

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“Hindsight is Vibrant, Reality: Rarely Lit”

by Marielle February 18, 2014

So maybe you think that since I’m a senior, with almost 4 years of college life behind me, I have it all figured out. Not really. I’m just making it up as I go. But I can offer some advice based on my past experiences, good and bad.  All things considered, looking back now – [...]

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It’s “LOVE” Day!

by Lizzie February 14, 2014

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!! It’s the official day to show and share some love! Whether you’re single or in a relationship, just love and be loved. It doesn’t have to be with a boyfriend/girlfriend. I’m sure it’s safe to have your best friend as a Valentine, right? As for me, I do have a boyfriend. Hehe. [...]

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Valentine’s Day

by Kristen February 12, 2014

As you all probably know by now, Valentine’s Day is this Friday.  For many people, Valentine’s Day is a chance to show loved ones you are thinking about them.  For others, Valentine’s Day is a bitter reminder that they have no one to share the special day with.  For me, the end of Valentine’s Day [...]

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