Hi everyone! I just went to a meeting where I learned some really awesome stuff for all of you future griffins! Within the next 2 years, we are going to be getting some new residence halls on Fontbonne’s campus! At the meeting, current residents from every building and year were able to meet with the architects that are designing the halls so that we could tell them what we currently liked about the our current residence halls and what we wanted to change. Everyone threw around a lot of great ideas for new halls, like adding more study and leisure spaces for students, adding a new fitness center, putting rec/game rooms in every building, and updating our laundry facilities. It will take a little while to know exactly what is coming, but the planning has begun! This is exciting news for all future griffins, as these changes will affect all of the incoming classes. While I will not personally be here to see the new dorms, I am happy that Fontbonne is getting some much needed updates that can only improve our campus.
What kinds of changes are you interested in seeing in our residence halls?
I am not a St. Louis native. I spent the first 16 years of my life living throughout the Kansas City metro area. After my freshman year in high school, I moved to St. Louis with my mom and brother. I had never driven more than around the block when I moved to St. Louis and in my new home in bustling “South City” I had a daunting task in front of me when it came to learning how to drive. After a couple of times of going around the neighborhood, my stepfather’s dad told me to turn onto Grand Blvd., a main street. Once I was outside of the neighborhood I had no clue of where I was anymore and I was now surrounded by other drivers. My stepfather’s dad told me where and when to turn. Basically driving blind throughout South City I began to notice how immensely confusing it was. After this pivotal driving lesson, I earned my driving license and began to hit the roads every day. I was fascinated with how thorough the city of St. Louis was and was extremely inclined to go exploring. Most days after school, I would go exploring throughout the city on my own. I got lost a number of times but always managed to find my way back home without any GPS or directions. Throughout high school I met a variety of people who lived in every stretch of the St. Louis metropolitan area. I had been to Wellston, Old North City, Kirkwood, Northwoods, Lemay, The Grove, Dittmer, Ferguson, Ladue, Ritenour, Clayton and Downtown so I was convinced that I had a good majority of the city memorized like the back of my hand by the end of high school.
Once high school ended, I began to not have much interest in exploring new places anymore. Once you do something a couple of times it can begin to seem a little monotonous and not be that exciting anymore. Now that I go to school and work in Clayton I have been stuck in this community primarily for the past 7 months. About a month ago my friends and I were sitting in my dorm room with friends and we were bored out of our minds with nothing to do on a Friday night. It was about midnight and I could tell most of us were ready to call it a night. Finally I decided that maybe it would be a good time to go out and explore a bit for the first time in what felt like forever. However, there wasn’t a whole lot left for me to explore from all the exploring I did in high school on my own. I began to take my friends around the city and soon realized the more places we visited they became even more interested in our journey. Some of my friends were not from St. Louis so it was a little obvious they would take interest in their new surroundings but even those who were from the area were still as interested as those not native. I asked one of them if they had been out exploring since coming to Fontbonne and astonishingly he responded with, “No, this is the first time I’ve been outside of Clayton.” I was amazed by this. He even had a car too. Our adventures that night stretched from the Mississippi River to Tower Grove to the Central West End. We stayed out exploring until 5 the next morning. At our final stop at a 24/7 coffee shop, my friends kept telling me how great of a time they had going out and seeing new places. I had a great time too. Even though I had been to the places that we went to that night, it was a whole new experience getting to feed off of the excitement from my friends.
Visiting my grandma for Thanksgiving was fun! On Wednesday when we got a hotel, the lady at the desk saw that we had 5 people and gave us a free upgrade. We got a suite with 2 bedrooms. On Thanksgiving we watched the Macy’s parade in new York and I got to go swimming. Then we all went to my grandma’s friend’s house for dinner.
The next day before we left, my dad noticed that my grandma didn’t send a piece of equipment in the mail (she has short term memory loss). When my dad saw that it was dated August 25, he sighed and gave a forceful whine. Then my dad asked her where the new one was (she was supposed to have sent back the old one). Then she pointed to it next to the chair. My dad told her she had to send back the old one, she said that she was using it. My dad said, “No, you are supposed to use the new one.” My grandma said, “Yes, it’s over there next to the chair. Then my dad said, “But there is an old one somewhere.” My grandma replied, “Yes.” All of us said, “Then where is it?” Then my grandma said, “I don’t know,” and a few minutes later we found it in her closet.
With Thanksgiving falling on November 26th this year, I decided to make a list of 26 things I am thankful for:
- My parents for creating me
- My twin for sharing a womb with me
- My brothers for challenging me and sticking up for me
- Aunts and Uncles and Cousins who support me
- My old friends for teaching me life lessons
- My new friends for experiencing life with me
- People who motivate me
- People who try to tear me down
- Teachers who have taught me
- Fellow Students who have helped me learn
- My Roommate who annoys and loves me like no one else
- Having food in the refrigerator and pantry
- Ability to receive an education
- My faith
- Being able to eat Sweet Tea and gummy bears
- Living in a country where I have my Freedom
- Ability to read and write
- Warm and safe home
- My health
- My grandma and grandpa though you passed when I was young, you shaped my family and made me the person I am today
- My dog who snuggles with me and always wants to play
- My boyfriend/best friend who encourages and motivates me to be the best person I can be
- Turtles because turtles are awesome
- Flowers and other pretty things
- My city that I have grown up in and grown to be a part of
Happy Thanksgiving! Spend time with your family, remember you are blessed and eat lots of food!