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Fontbonne University is a great place to indulge in many different volunteer efforts and campus activities. Although it is my senior year here at the school, I have taken the opportunity to become involved in as many things as possible. Fontbonne Day is a day of service where students, faculty, and outside volunteers come together to serve people of a community who are less fortunate than them. I was team captain that led a service group at a local domestic abuse shelter. There we prepped and cleaned a building that is being remodeled into a transitional housing facility for victims of domestic abuse and their children. Having the opportunity to be involved in something bigger than myself is always a great feeling, especially when the work being done will benefit people who really need it.

After speaking with the director of Lydia House, I told her that I would definitely be coming back to volunteer my time with the organization. Not only does volunteer work give you different life experiences, it also gives you the opportunity to meet wonderful people and hear their heartfelt stories.



The time after spring break until the end of school year is almost as bad as the week before spring break. Everyone is getting Spring Fever and the great weather makes everyone want to go get outside and out of the classroom for the summer. With one month of class left before exams, I wanted to share some of my tips for making it to the end of the semester without completely losing it.

  1. Make time to go outside and enjoy nature when it is nice out.
  2. Do your homework as early as possible and start studying a little bit each day for tests, so when a spontaneous game breaks out, your school work won’t be compromised.
  3. Stick to some vitamin C for your energy, not sugar drinks and coffee.
  4. But do indulge in some of your Easter candy.
  5. Start on projects and papers early because everyone knows how there is that one day that every assignment seems to be due on.
  6. Take advantage of April showers as work days, so you can spend the not so rainy days outside!

Just remember to make time for school and time for you because staying sane is just as important. Do your homework in the meadow or go sit outside when you get your lunch from DSAC. Go take a walk around Forest Park, or rent bikes and ride over to the zoo. Spring 2016 will be over before we know it. Until next time. . .





My backpack is almost always filled to capacity. Being a commuter, I have a tendency to live out of my car as well as my backpack.

First, my backpack. I carry a maroon and leopard print PINK backpack. It wasn’t too pricey and has held up pretty well with all of my textbooks.

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In the smallest pocket in the front of my backpack, I carry almost all of my pencils and pens as well as a variety of hand sanitizers and snacks. I used to carry a pencil case, but I like the convenience of being able to reach in the pocket and fish around for whatever pen I need. I am a stickler about hand sanitizers and it is always good to have a snack on hand.


Next, in the middle section of my backpack, I have two of the most important things in my school and work life. I carry my markers and my planner. I cannot live without a planner. I have two physical planners and three electronic planners. This is probably a bit much, but I hate missing events or forgetting things! I currently use a Lilly Pulitzer planner in size larger. I like how it offers a month calendar as well as a weekly breakdown. It helps me remember all of my assignments, quizzes, exams, and shifts at work. I would be lost without my planner so I highly recommend investing in one you really like. Mine is also a 18 month planner so it helps me bridge the gaps between semesters.


My markers are Staedtler Markers. I bought mine at Target and I have them with me all the time. These markers are more like pens. I have the 10 pack because I like the variety of colors and I use them almost everyday in every class. I separate sections of notes by different color ink and these pens/markers give the color and vividness of marker, but do not bleed through the paper, much like pens do not bleed through.


The last section of my backpack is the largest section. In that section, I always have my laptop and my laptop charger. Although I do use the computers on campus a great deal of time, I like being able to sit anywhere with my laptop or lay in bed and finish an assignment. A laptop is a college must and picking one depends on your personal needs and preferences. This is also a need in a few of my classes that require the daily use of a laptop in class.


The next item in my backpack is my notebook. I only take notes on paper in 3 of my classes and the other one’s I take notes on handouts. A three subject notebook works perfectly for me because I never have to wonder if I grabbed the right notebook or not. This is in my backpack everyday!


Next, I have my expandable folder. This is a must!!! It keeps all of my papers and handouts in one place and I do not have paper all over the place. I keep extra computer paper and loose leaf in the back just in case. I also keep two copies of my resume in the expandable folder because you never know when you’ll need one and it is easier to have an up-to-date version already printed off!


The last thing in my back pocket of my backpack changes everyday. I typically have at least two textbooks in my backpack. It changes daily with my classes and depends on my class load each day. However, bringing the assigned textbook to class everyday is a must because professors expect you to have them and you spend so much on them, so you might as well get a good use out of them.


In the side pockets of my backpack, I may have an umbrella or a soda, water, or energy drink.


That is what is in my backpack, what’s in yours???





Learn More, Be More, the motto of Fontbonne University, is an outstanding way to describe the community and atmosphere of Fontbonne.
As per the Fontbonne Website, “At Fontbonne, it means small classes where professors engage, challenge — and support — you. It means a focus on internships and other real-world opportunities that provide invaluable experience. And it means a student body that thinks of a college education as a view to the world.” This shows the idea that learning is key to a Fontbonne education, but this is not limited to the classroom.

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Learning at Fontbonne is seen on the field, in the café and at all the jobs and places like the library and computer labs. Learn More leads to Being More because students, faculty, and staff put in time and effort to be more than simply students, faculty, and staff. For me, I am a student, work-study student, student blogger, Campus Ministry Leader, and many more things. Professors act as teachers, role models, mentors, and associates in their get list of roles. At Fontbonne, learning leads to being.

What I mean by this is that the learning in the classroom leads all people at Fontbonne to go out of their way to be a better friend, teacher, family member, worker, boss, etc. Students get to have hands on experience. With the SLP clinic, students can help people in the Fontbonne community while completing their degrees.


The main page of the Fontbonne website says, “Learn more. Be more.® isn’t just a slogan. It’s who we are. It’s what makes us different. Our values-based campus community promotes and embraces respect, compassion and service. We’re committed to providing a personalized educational experience that encourages you to explore your role in the world and how you can make it a better place. We believe that you can learn more and be more — in college, in a career and in life.”
Learn more. Be more.


Why I chose Social Work at Fontbonne!

by Johnise McKinney February 25, 2016

My name is Johnise McKinney, and I am a senior social work student here at Fontbonne University. In addition to being a full time student, I am also a mother of 3, which is another full time job within itself; however I manage to make it work. I have always had a high passion for […]

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Welcome Back Griffins!

by McKinley February 15, 2016

Hello everyone!  My name is McKinley Robbins! I am a sophomore here at Fontbonne and majoring in Deaf Education! I am from about an hour south of Chicago. (Yes, where all the cornfields are) I have grown up in a small town my whole life and couldn’t wait to get to St. Louis. I am […]

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The Year In Review

by Fontbonne University December 7, 2015

I think it can be said that the fall semester here at Fontbonne has flown by faster than anyone thought possible. There were days that I wondered how I would make it to the end with my sanity in tact. With a schedule that consisted of two 12 hour days, two 10 hour days, one […]

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Travelling tips for new international students coming this Spring!

by Fontbonne University December 7, 2015

Studying abroad, especially going to such distant countries like the US. .is definitely excited. However, along with the excitement for the trip ahead, packing your stuff would be a challenging mind game if you want to make your stay convenient and comfortable. Put cash in several places. Even with the advancement of internet banking today, […]

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Favorite Class This Semester

by Claire November 16, 2015

As a freshman, I am still fascinated by the idea that I finally get to take classes about fashion and just take the classes I want to take in general. Although I still have plenty of general education classes to accomplish, I am able to mix these in with my major specific courses, like sewing. […]

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Learning to Forgive

by Fontbonne University November 16, 2015

Amidst the craziness that can be college life, there is the inevitable chance that we will make mistakes. Sometimes we make small ones that are easy to fix, and sometimes we make really big ones that feel impossible to overcome. Like forgetting a really important event, or breaking someones’ heart. We are human and the […]

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