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Extracurricular

One of my latest experiences at Fontbonne was teaching a Sports Nutrition lesson to the Lacrosse players at Fontbonne University.  Initially, I though this was way out of my comfort zone.  After the experience, I found out that it was completely painless!  Although public speaking has never been my strong suit, I loved the confidence I gained from jumping past this hurdle.  I truly appreciate that the classes I take at Fontbonne give me a positive push in the right direction, even if it feels scary at first.

Next fall, I am collaborating with another dietetics student at Fontbonne to create a grant proposal for a nutrition education program for athletes on the Fontbonne campus.  Fingers crossed!  Here’s a little Pinterest inspiration for anyone who’s pushed past their comfort zone these past few weeks, and anyone that needs a little encouragement this week.  Also, if you’d like to check out my website with my lesson plans on Sports Nutrition, it will be up and finished by this weekend!  Click here!

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It has been a long semester, but we all survived, didn’t we?

Best of luck in the Spring!  Happy Holidays!

-Katie

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Now that I have been at Fontbonne for almost one full semester, there are a few things that I wish I had known sooner! Here are some insider tips and tricks for those of you who are planning on coming to Fontbonne:

1. Getting involved is the best way to meet people. So many of my new friends here have come from joining different clubs and activities such as: tennis, Fontbonne Activities Board, Future Teacher’s Association, and Residence Hall Association.

2. The weather here in St. Louis is crazy- it could be a blizzard one day and then 60 degrees the following day. You may need to transition between shorts and sandals to pants and a jacket in a matter of a few hours; bring to school what you will need in all weather conditions.

3. It is possible to survive on campus without a car. I only have my bike here and I can use it to go to the park, University City, coffee shops, and it also gives me a chance to get outside and get exercise after staying in class all day.

4. Take advantage of the free activities. Many of the organizations host free events throughout the year that are open to students. So far this year I have gone to a haunted house, gone paddle boating, had a tour around St. Louis and had cupcakes afterwards, and have seen many different performers and comedy acts. There are always events going on no matter what your interests may be.

5. Keep your door open. If you decide to live on campus, you will inevitably interact with your floor-mates often, so why not becomes friends with them! By having your dorm room door open, you will get to know people on your floor and also create a welcoming environment. This is how I met some of the best of people on my floor!

6. Get to know the international students. As the semester comes to an end, many Fontbonne students will return back to their home countries. Right now, there are people here from a variety of places such as Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Japan, and I have learned so much from them. It is a wonderful thing when you get to know someone from a different country or background than your own!

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Fontbonne University might seem like a small place, but there are more than 27 countries represented in the student body! However, it may be difficult to realize this because we are scattered along the different majors and programs that Fontbonne offers.

The International Bazaar on the 18th of November was the perfect event to showcase the diversity from international students that have made Fontbonne their home.

Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Congo, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Bangladesh, United States and Saudi Arabia each country with their own table and the best part: they all had food to share!

The environment was hectic but a lot of fun, people were going from table to table getting to know students and trying out the different dishes. It was hard to try out all the food! But given that most of the tables run out of their dishes I would say that they were a success.

The best part of the afternoon was when the Brazilian band started playing and two traditional Brazilian dancers came out in full costume dancing! It was the perfect ending for an event that was filled with fun, sharing and great food.

If you missed the International Bazaar this year, then mark it in your calendar for next year! It is an amazing event that will broaden your knowledge about all the other cultures that are part of Fontbonne.

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Photo credit: Elizabeth Tran, Yasser Alotaibi and Fontbonne University.

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Cultural Food Lab- Northern India

 

If I’ve learned one thing this year at Fontbonne, it’s cultural competence.  Cultural competence is one of the greatest qualities you can acquire to further your acceptance of the people and cultures around you.  There are may ways to “culture” yourself… Books, forming new friendships & acquaintances and even trying the food of a culture you’ve never tried before.  In my class, Food Pathways of Diverse Cultures, we dive into recipes from places like the Middle East, the Americas,  India and Africa.  It’s truly amazing what happens when you are exposed to traditional foods from cultures other than your own.  I am realizing how much culture is out there that I have yet to experience.  This is an exciting realization for me, because I am passionate about lifelong learning.

The more we learn about cultures and belief systems outside our own bubble, the more likely we are to whole heartedly accept the diverse population we live in. Sometimes we see the world through a narrow scope,  but there is more to see than anyone can even imagine.  If you feel your view may be narrow, try widening it just a smidge, and open up to something you’ve never experienced before :) I promise you won’t regret it!

 

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The Last Lecture That Left Lasting Impressions

by Cathy November 14, 2014

This week was inauguration week and it was super exciting. Fontbonne always has events going on, but this week we had events almost everyday. I got the chance to attend the Last Lecture series. Dr. Sommer spoke, but no worries — he’s not actually going away. The premise of the last lecture series is one […]

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Fall Delights

by Taylor October 30, 2014

This past fall weekend, I decided to spend some time at home. Usually when I go home, I love to bake! I wanted to bake something that was “fallish” so that obviously involved pumpkin being a main ingredient in the recipe! I searched on Pinterest for things to bake and came across so many great […]

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May the Runway Remain

by Carlyn October 27, 2014

Last week, I blogged about Fall 2014 St. Louis Fashion Week coming to a close. Even though that has ended, there have still been plenty of fashion news and events to focus on. The only TV show that I watch is “Project Runway.” No matter how busy I become, I always take that one hour […]

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Fall Favorites!

by Katie October 23, 2014

I have a confession.  Fall is by far my favorite time of year! Who could blame me?  The trees are every shade of red, orange, and yellow imaginable, you can stock up on pumpkin-flavored-everything, and can enjoy my all-time favorite fall activity… apple picking.  There are plenty of creative ways to enjoy fall, these are just […]

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Fall Activities

by Tim October 21, 2014

Fall is the sign that winter is coming and summer has gone. It is a time for change. But that is not what this post is about; it is about my favorite fall activities. There are a lot of things to pick from, but for me, there are only a few great things about fall. […]

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STLFW: Saint Louis Fashion Week!

by Sara October 20, 2014

Fontbonne University offers an amazing Fashion Merchandising major, and last semester I was able to take two classes from this program: Fashion Merchandising 101 and The Fashion Industry. I really enjoyed both courses, as they were an introduction to the fashion world’s ins and outs. As a business major I am not only interested in […]

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