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My first few weeks at Fontbonne have been AMAZING! I am from St. Paul, Minnesota and transferred to Fontbonne this semester from the University of Minnesota, so I am a long way from home! I got accepted to Fontbonne last spring, was granted a generous scholarship, and then everything just fell into place! I couldn’t have chosen a better place to come!

The people here (staff, faculty, and students) are all so welcoming and approachable; if I have a question about where to go or how to use my meal plan, or what clubs to join, someone is always right there willing to help! The Resident Assistant (RA) on my floor has given me great advice, helped me with things around my room, and even convinced me to join the tennis team here at Fontbonne! If you have a question and someone can’t answer it right away for you, they will send you in the right direction to someone who can and that is just one of the many things I love about Fontbonne.

Another subject I want to touch on is orientation. During the first couple days here before classes started, freshmen and new students participant in orientation events such as small group meetings, trivia night, and plenty of ice-breaker games. One orientation event was the “Catch the Fire” Ceremony. I won’t go into too much detail about it and spoil it for perspective students, but it was such an amazing event that united the entire new student body at Fontbonne and allowed us to learn about the rich history of Fontbonne, listen to great speakers, and, well, catch the fire!

I am so excited to begin my journey here (and to be here during the winters rather than up north in Minnesota)! Although I have only been here for a few weeks, I can already tell that Fontbonne will become my new home away from home.

 

I took this photo on the day I moved into my dorm at Fontbonne.

I took this photo on the day I moved into my dorm at Fontbonne.

 

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I was lucky to meet Dr. Pressimone at the international students dinner on September 4th. As I came near the Wydown House, I noticed how everything was set up to make this dinner a welcoming experience. The flags in the entryway representing the countries, the tables in the front porch and the decorations inside the house created an inviting atmosphere.

I was one of the first students to arrive there, which was intimidating at first. Then I met one of Dr. Pressimone’s daughters, Maddie. She was in the living room of the house playing, when she saw me she came to me and gave me an Easter egg sticker. Although a small gesture, the manner in which she did it made me feel more at home.

Then I met Dr. Pressimone. He approached me with a smile on his face and extended his hand to great me. When we started talking he asked about me: how I was, where I was from, and he made sure we established a connection. Dr. Pressimone and I are relatively new at Fontbonne, I have been here since January and he has been here since July. But the most interesting fact is that one of his daughters is from Guayaquil-Ecuador, which is exactly where I come from. Realizing what we have in common made meeting Dr. Pressimone an engaging experience, which is why I would like to encourage Fontbonne students to meet him.

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Marki

Theme Song

by Marki on April 30, 2014

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If I had a theme song it would be Supermodel by RuPaul. This song just make me feel like I am hitting the runway everywhere I go. The song is me because it just makes me feel happy and extremely sassy. Every street and corner is my runway and I can strut with the best of them. In my mind I am the Supermodel of the world!

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In college, it’s hard to keep up with, well, EVERYTHING. I’ve got your back; you know who you are, busy bees. Without further ado, I have made a list of 5 ways I have gotten into the habit of doing to progress and promote personal wellness!

1. Wake up at the same time everyday. Our bodies are regulated by a psychological something called circadian rhythms. That is, in simple terms, our bodies have internal agendas! Establish a routine of waking up at the same time every morning and your body will be happy, happy, happy! (i.e. I wake up at 9:30 AM and go for a run at 9:45) …But nothing too crazy or late early unless that is absolutely necessary.

2. Speaking of which, include at least 15 minutes of exercise in your routine, indoors or outdoors. You don’t have to be a try-hard, but once you start doing simple workouts, such as HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training; I do mine through “12 Minute Athlete”) or walking on the treadmill, you will definitely want to kick things up a notch! Your body will appreciate this kind gesture. Physical activity is über important!

3. Drink your H2O. Seriously. People say, “Oh, you must have 8 glasses of water a day or else your body will be dehydrated. Hmmm, false! But, did you know that if you have a nice, cool glass of water in the morning, your metabolism rate will increase by 30%? Yep, truth be told. Also, you should really only drink water when you’re thirsty. Having ‘too much’ water can make you feel nauseous (or at least myself), but hey, at least there aren’t any calories. Bottoms up, everyone!

4. Avoid saturated fats. Long story short, avoid those salty, greasy potato chips and opt for something healthier like a fresh, leafy green salad or scrumptious fruit parfait. Both are still sooo delicious! Let’s be honest here.

5. Last but not least, keep up with your studies and stay out of drama. Getting homework done is the most relieving thing ever. Like the common teenage girl would say on her social networking profile, “I can’t even-.”  Ha, meeee neither. As far as drama goes, it’s better to just choose the right friends; friends that will positively influence you and your decision-making. If you don’t like the gossip someone is spreading or what they’re doing, go and find something more fun to do and less of a waste of your time! You deserve the self-recognition for time well-spent, so be proud of you and your healthy habits.

Hopefully these tips help in some way, shape, or form. I definitely know that they have helped for me! Have a great rest of your week and drink your water :-) Your body will love you for it. Ta, ta for now!

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The Smallest Family Members

by Kristen April 25, 2014

My family members would not be considered “animal people.”  My oldest and youngest brothers like to play with dogs, and of course we all love puppies and kittens.  But, overall, we are not prone to loving animals.  That being said, we do have two small dogs as members of our family.  Rather, we did have […]

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Easter Happy in STL

by Conner April 23, 2014

This past weekend provided a much needed break! With a couple days off school, and only work and the never-ending to-do list to tackle, I could finally breathe a little bit. As always, I took the word “break” a little too literally. and didn’t accomplish as much as I possibly should have. Regardless of the […]

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Concert Buddy

by Conner April 23, 2014

Beginning my Easter break a little early last week, I went to a concert of one of my favorite performers, Gavin Degraw. Surprisingly, he didn’t make a stop in St. Louis on the current tour, but he did visit the town of Effingham, Illinois. Most people have probably never heard of the town, but being […]

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Theme Song

by Alumni Posts April 23, 2014

If I had a theme song it would be “Alien” by F.L.A.M.E. This would be my theme song because I am not like everyine else. I don’t party too much or drink every weekend and have real life issues that go on. I have a strong faith in God and I am not ashamed of […]

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Volunteering

by Alumni Posts April 16, 2014

Service is important because it is an opportunity to help others less fortunate than you or people who just simply need help. It gives an opportunity for networking and builds a sense of community. It is important for Fontbonne to encourage to participate in community as a whole because together we can make BIG things […]

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Concert! :)

by Joanna April 15, 2014

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to go to The Pageant for the first time! For those of you who don’t know what The Pageant is, it’s a concert venue on the Delmar Loop. Anyway, my friend and I bought tickets to see Phantogram, and on the day of the show, we grabbed our […]

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