Do you know that this coming Friday is our Fontbonne Day?!!! I’m very excited to that since I just came to Fontbonne University last summer and this is my first year to experience Fontbonne Day!! This year I will have an opportunity to participate into one of the volunteering activities. I and other Fontbonne students will be going to an elementary school to decorate their walls and do a little gardening. I think it will be fun especially since the weather these days is so nice!!!
Let’s spread the Fontbonne spirit in the St. Louis community!!!
Fontbonne is a couple minutes away from one of St. Louis’ greatest achievements; Forest Park. Forest Park is a beautiful park that many locals adore, including myself!
The park sits on a little over 1,200 acres and is actually larger than Central Park in New York. Throughout Forest Park you’ll find rolling hills, beautiful landscapes, and quite a few attractions. It is home to the History Museum, Art Museum, the Muny, the Science Center, and the Zoo. Both the History and Art Museums and the Zoo are free admission, which a is awesome for college students!
I love spending time at Forest Park, whether its walking around the sprawling park or going to a museum. I recommend a visit to Forest Park at least once, but if you’re a local, you should make a visit a weekly habit! Just walking around can be a great stress reliever, especially with finals coming up!
Below: A photo of the fountains near the Art Museum.
This semester is wrapping up and it’s hard to believe that it’s already done when it feels like the start wasn’t that long ago. I feel like this semester has presented so many valuable lessons that I’ll be able to carry with me into the summer and beyond. I learned that one of my biggest passions is ceramics. I love working with clay to create something beautiful. Best of all, there is so much support and encouragement from teachers and fellow students to do what you’re passionate about that it can help drive you forward in your goals.
Like many students, I will have to work a lot during the summer, bills are a never ending reality, but after this semester I’ve gotten a renewed confidence in the art that I create and a resolve to continue creating ceramics over the summer. A local pottery shop, Krueger Potter Supply, has studio space and classes available all summer. That, coupled with a generous opportunity to sell my art at a gift shop in St. Charles, and my summer feels complete!
I could not have stepped out and taken these opportunities if it wasn’t for the support and encouragement from my teachers and classmates here at Fontbonne. I feel grateful and beyond blessed. So I would just like to say that if you have a passion for something in your life then go for it! This life is so short and we only get one shot at it. Do what you love and always go with your gut, it’ll help steer you down the right path. Cheers!
I realize that I am kind of late for Spring Break plans, but it is never too late for Summer 2015 plans. Honestly, I have already been planning like my entire summer schedule even though the semester is not even over. Though sadly I have signed up for classes during the summer, which is never bad to do to not get out of the routine with classes when in college. What I cannot wait for this summer is honestly, more time with my family, exploring the city without having to worry about missing class (I have class only one day a week so I really don’t need to worry about missing class when taking adventures), laying out in the grass with my dog, and especially having the time to spend time with my boyfriend. I am not the kind of one to really talk about my boyfriend with others, all sappy and such, but being away from someone who is special in your life for extended periods of time can really take a toll on a person. But really, I cannot wait to explore the city more, just learning more about the city that I live in I think is important because that way, I really learn about my own hometown, feeling like I am a part of it. Such examples to explore could be City Garden, the famous St. Louis Arch, the Botanical Gardens, the Zoo, the Chess Hall of Fame, the History Museum, the Art Museum, the Muny, and more. I can admit that I have made my own board on Pinterest dedicated to St. Louis adventures, just to plan and get excited for summer and adventures. Additionally I cannot wait to go and visit family members out of state, ROAD TRIP! Really, I urge for people to take a trip, planned or unplanned, bring along friends and explore a part of the big world around you. Like really, the fun of just even planning sounds amazing. Summer 2015, coming in May, just a few short weeks away…..!