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Hi, everyone-

I originally meant for my previous post (“Farewell for now…”) to be it for the spring 2017 semester, but that all changed after the events of this week.  I am sure you have seen on the news the terrible flooding that has occurred as a result of the torrential rains we’ve been attacked with.  And while I’m sure you are familiar with some of the places affected (I-44 and 141, for example), you may not know Eureka, Pacific, or smaller communities affected as well.  I live in Wildwood, just northwest of the Eureka city limits.  This small town is particularly affected in a specific area of their “old town/Central Avenue” area, and multiple businesses were completely flooded in the December 2015 flood.  Imagine their thoughts when they heard it was going to flood nearly as much…then it was changed to as much…then it was changed to more than the record set just over a year ago.  These are people, down-to-earth, hardworking, and kind, who poured blood, sweat, tears, and more dollars than you could imagine into rebuilding their businesses — and here they were, facing the exact same catastrophe (or worse) again.  The distress, hopelessness, and fear was evident in Facebook posts that flooded my news feed.

But then…that distress, hopelessness, and fear changed to resiliency, hope, and courage.  Those hardworking, down-to-earth people recruited and recruited and recruited some more, desperately calling for all hands on deck to fill sandbags, load trailers, and construct massive sandbag walls around all of the Central Avenue businesses in danger of the impending floodwaters.  People of all ages came together to save their beloved little town.  When the crest predictions kept rising, the wall kept rising along with it.  When the water started coming up faster than expected at the crack of dawn one morning, people filled the scene to one-up the water.  When part of the wall collapsed by a restaurant, every effort was made to quickly reconstruct it and pump water out of the building.  Every time another challenge arose, Eureka residents and non-residents alike were there to meet and exceed the challenge.  And when the waters rose, crested, and then began to recede, and the walls were still holding, there were sighs of relief, tears of joy, and thankfulness for all the people who stepped up to help.  The stories starting to circulate — about the National Guard and first responders working right alongside little kids and middle-aged men, the four young men who drove two hours just to help because they “needed to do something,” the Missouri State Highway Patroller spending hours lifting sandbags while on-duty, the unaffected businesses giving out thousands of free meals to volunteers  — are touching, heart-warming, and utterly inspiring.  It’s amazing how much love and support can come out of such a terrible event.

Amidst all of this, where was I?  I must admit — when I first heard the predictions and knew the normal route I took to Fontbonne would be closing, I was selfish.  I was concerned about myself, about my so-called “inconvenience” at getting to finals.  And then I began to think about what so many other people would be going through, losing their homes, businesses, and livelihoods, and realized I had no right to be so concerned about my situation.  Most of all, I felt guilty…guilty for sitting at home or in a classroom, studying my brains out, taking final exams, wrapping the semester up…while other people were out there taking off work or out of school to help sandbag.  I just didn’t feel right about studying and taking gazillions of finals while all this was going on, even though I knew I absolutely had to; I would be facing horrendous grades and the wrath of Fontbonne if I didn’t show up every day this week.

As I’ve now emerged from my next-to-last final (and my last one is online) and the local businesses and homes are emerging from the flood, I’m having my own flood…a flood of gratitude.  Although I was not personally affected by the flood, I still empathize with those who are, and I send my heartfelt love and prayers to them.  And most of all, I consider the small annoyances of battling traffic, late nights up studying, hard finals, and anything else that I may have deemed negative this semester to be blessings in disguise — at least I have the means to attend college, and I safely (and on time!) got to and from all of the finals this week.  I encourage you all to keep that in mind as well, both in the present as finals wrap up and we anxiously await our grades, and in the future, whatever it may hold.

Blessings,

~Anna

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If you need a break from studying or if you are beginning your summer break, here are some movies you can watch while waiting out the rain.  They are some of my favorites 🙂 (in no particular order)

  1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  2. Gone with the Wind
  3. The Goonies
  4. Dirty Dancing
  5. Breakfast at Tiffany”s
  6. Cast Away
  7. Singin’ in the Rain
  8. Jaws
  9. Up
  10. Mulan

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Are you ready for this rain to stop like I am?  Well, to have some fun while it rains here are some ideas to do around St. Louis to make the rainy day blues to go away!

  1. Visit the Art Museum-Free
  2. Walk around the History Museum-Free
  3. Explore at the Science Center-Free
  4. Crawl around at the St. Louis City Museum-$12 for adults
  5. Embrace the greenery at the Jewel Box in Forest Park- $1 per person!

If you have not been to any of these places I highly recommend going! So what are you waiting for? Put on some rain boots and check out these fun places!

 

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I feel like I started my summer vacay early. (Well, not really, since I do still have to take finals this week). But, I just got back from a trip to Seattle, and it was amazing! Words cannot describe how much I needed this getaway. My fiancé, Johnny, and I went up there and stayed with my cousin and his wife. They live right in the heart of the city, so it was a great location for tourists like us. We were there for an entire week, so we were able to get a lot accomplished! I made a list of things to do, and crossed almost everything off. The things I crossed off were: Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Museum of Pop Culture, the gum wall (it’s literally an entire alley covered in gum), The Weeknd concert, Sounders soccer game, and visit the grave sights of Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee. On top of our list, we went to other museums, several new restaurants, and shopping destinations. My favorite evening was the one spent on the beach along the water of the Puget Sound. It was overlooking Mount Rainier during sunset, and was absolutely breathtaking. We built a bonfire and had campfire treats. Nothing beats it! We also managed to watch three Blues games at a local hockey bar. When you’re a St. Louis fan, the world stops when playoff hockey is on. Although it was wet, a bit chilly, and busy week, I had an amazing trip. Seattle is a beautiful city. My cousin that lives there wants to make this trip an annual tradition. So hopefully next year I’ll be describing another Seattle vacation. ‘Til next time!

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My Summer Bucket List

by Courtney May 8, 2017

I hope you have a lot of fun summer trips planned and a great relaxing break!  If you need some ideas on what to do here is my summer bucket list! Go to Colorado-my brother will be attending grad school here for mechanical engineering! Go kayaking/paddle boarding Camping! And of course make some s’mores! Take […]

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What Time is it?! SUMMERTIME 🌞

by Morgan May 1, 2017

Hey everyone!! Welcome to the end of the year! Finals are less than a week away, and I can’t wait to not be a constant ball of stress that always has some form of homework due every single day. I won’t be finished with finals until next Thursday, so I’ve got a long week ahead […]

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A Time for Reflection

by Yuri April 26, 2017

Where did the Spring semester go? Finals are next week! Can you believe it?! As I have stated before, I have an internship lined up for the summer. But other than that, as President for the 3rd term (2017-2018), I am excited to see what lies ahead. But at the same time, wow! I am […]

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Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer!

by Morgan April 26, 2017

Hi everyone! I hope your last week of classes is going well!! I wish you all luck and motivation to finish strongly! It’s the end of the semester and academic year, so I’d like to recap a bit of my year to you guys (if you’ll let me).. A few of the exciting things that […]

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Catching Rays

by Cecelia April 26, 2017

As the year is ending and summer is so close I can taste it! Only two exams, one presentation, and I am home free! This year has been a year full of learning and new experiences. From my first semester at a completely different college to ending my freshman year here at Fontbonne, it has most […]

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My time at Fontbonne

by Patricia April 25, 2017

I have been at Fontbonne for all 4 years of college. What I learned during my time is the importance of getting involved on campus. It is necessary to make friends, get work experience, and keep busy. Saturday was the award ceremony. I received a participation award for being a member of the student government. […]

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