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In Saint Louis

As the fall semester here at Fontbonne is halfway through, I’ve finally had a chance to start my volunteer service at St. Mary’s Hospital. I have to admit, when I first started the process to become a volunteer I felt a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information and a little unsure whether I could do a good job or not. The hospital requires two up-to-date TB tests, a flu shot during flu season (they provide free flu shots to volunteers), a volunteer interview, an orientation day, and a commitment of 12 months. It seems like a lot, but once you get started everything goes fairly quickly.

On my first day of volunteering I didn’t know what to expect. I had a lot of questions, but the other volunteers there were able to answer most of my questions and also help guide me through the different processes. I also met a lot of new people that came to the hospital to visit their loved ones. I was able to walk them to their destinations and chat with them a little. Each visitor seemed relieved to have the small help of navigating the large building. The visitors also had unique stories to tell. Each interaction felt like small gift in time.

During your time at Fontbonne I would highly recommend taking the time to volunteer in the community, if not at St. Mary’s, then perhaps with an organization that sparks your interest. There are perks to volunteering, like being able to put it on your resume for a master’s program or an addition to some scholarship applications. I think, however, that being able to give your time for a good cause is a reward all on its own. Now get out there and do something good for your community!

Cheers 😉


Hey there! As you should know by now, my name is Valerie Amerlan. I am a returning sophomore here at Fontbonne University. I love being social and interacting with others, however I am much better at this in person, rather than blogging. But I am also up for new things, so I thought why not give this a shot :)

I’ll start off by telling you a few things about myself. I am originally from the small town of Bakersfield, Missouri, which is pretty much as country and backwoods as you can get. But that is more than okay with me :) I take pride in where I am from and how I was raised. Family is the number one thing in my life, but you don’t have to be a blood relative for me to consider you part of my family. I love the outdoors; hiking, camping, float trips, muddin’, hunting, the whole nine :)

Going back to where I’m from, you might ask me “What are you doing way up here in the big city?” (Or you might not ask that because you don’t consider St. Louis the “big city”) Either way, one of the reasons I’m up here is because, like I said, I like trying new things. I’ve always wanted to travel, but when family is the number one thing in your life, and you have a huge family, it’s hard to leave them to go to a far away place, and nearly impossible to take them all with you.


On September 19, 2015, the school had organized a trip to famous places in St. Louis and all students were welcome to join. Most international students were present and surely had a lot of fun.

The first stop of the trip was Forest Park. The view inside is just breathtaking.

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The following stop was the New Cathedral Church. The sun was bright but the wind was soothing.

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Highlights of the trip was the Old Court House and the Arch.

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The trip ended with a late lunch at McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden.

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We had so much fun and good memories. Hopefully there will be more of these events.



The whole month of September is awkward. It’s not super hot and it’s not cold yet. It is hard to tell if you’re safe with shorts or need to go for pants. I am here to help with that! These are five pieces and/or ways for you to conquer the transition between summer and fall.

  1. Jeans

Jeans are a staple that everyone should have in his/her closet. Jeans come in a variety of shades. For the transition time, I would suggest a medium wash jean. Light jeans are for summer and spring and it is not quite time for dark wash yet. A medium jean with a cuffed bottom are perfect for September.



  1. Scarves

Scarves are an item that is typically associated with winter, but these bad boys can be worn all year long! Scarves are a great accessories because they are comfortable and can add a lot to an outfit. For the summer to fall time period, I would suggest a lightly knit scarf in a neutral color.


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  1. Booties

Booties are my favorite fall accessory. You cannot jump straight into your riding boots from your flip flops. You need something to ease you into tall boots. Booties fill that void perfectly! They have the feel and look of boots, but the comfort and ease of short closed toed shoes. These are the perfect transitioning piece because they can be worn with jeans and a tee or a flowy dress, and many more outfits!

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  1. Light Cardigans

Light Cardigans provide the warmth of a long sleeved shirt, but gives the opportunity to take it off if it gets too hot outside. It can be 60 to 85 in one day here in Missouri, so having outfits that can easily transition is a must. Once again, I vouch for neutral colors when selected a cardigan because it goes with more outfits that way. I almost only wear neutrals in the fall. Having a couple of cardigans in a variety of length and shades is always a good idea!

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  1. Nail polish

Although this technically isn’t a piece of clothing, nail polish is definitely a key accessory. Nail color can change an entire outfit, for better or worse. The neutral police strike again with warm and natural nail colors for the changeover from summer to fall. Go out and treat yourself to a mani/pedi in one of these colors!!


These five items can help you and your friends say see ya later to the end of summer and welcome fall like an old friend. I have included all of the links for the items if you are interested in knowing more about them, or want to buy! Keep your eyes out for my next blog and be sure to comment your thoughts and share with your friends. Until next week…




A month at Saint Louis!

by Humaira September 14, 2015

I can’t believe it’s already a month that I’ve been in the USA, more over FONTBONNE!! I’ve always heard that America is very strict on rules, but on arriving here, I’m overwhelmed. The best thing are the traffic rules. Having been to the other cities in the USA, I find Saint Louis very beautiful and […]

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Summer Adventures

by Taylor June 29, 2015

This past week I got to meet up with my friend, Ruth! We decided to spend the entire day together since we never get to see each other during the school year. First, we went to the History Museum in Forest Park and spent about an hour there. We got to see some interesting and […]

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Top 3 Things to do in STL…They’re Free!

by Taylor June 22, 2015

Wondering what to do during your long summer break? Maybe you’re getting a little bored and need some ideas of things to do? Well I’ve came up with a list of 3 things to do in the St. Louis area during your break and they’re free! 1. Take a walk through the beautiful Forest Park. […]

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Looking to the Future!

by EJ June 16, 2015

Hey! I had a blast this weekend, traveling to the city in celebration of my girlfriends 21st birthday! There was a lot going on over the weekend, on and off campus.. STL housed a weekend called STL Uncorked, a fun and exciting concert full of entertainment, drinks, food, and the surrounding community! Personally, I have […]

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Summer Plans!

by EJ June 4, 2015

Hope everybody is enjoying their summer, thus far! I know the weather has been far from ideal but just like everything else in life, the days are what you make of them! I have a busy summer ahead of me! As far as Fontbonne life goes, I am currently living Tuesday to Tuesday by working […]

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Fontbonne Day (May 1st) Experience

by Kathy May 6, 2015

Hi everyone, Last Friday was our University Big Day!!! Did anyone join and volunteer in one of the activities? I really had a wonderful time spending my day with my other friends at an elementary school to help their school do some gardening on their front lawn and some painting for the school to hang […]

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