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Falling for Fall

by Anna on September 21, 2016

in College Life,Extracurricular

As I write this, we are just TWO days away from fall (although with the temperatures, it’s hard to think about)!  Can you believe we’re already back at this point?  It feels like we just started 2016 and now we’re moving into the final quarter of it!

Coming in at a very close second to winter, fall is my favorite season.  I love almost everything about it — the beautiful color changes in the trees, the cooler nip in the air (jacket season!), the yummy treats we can bake, and the fun fall activities going on around Fontbonne’s campus and in the area.

Since I drive to school every day, I get to look forward to enjoying the gorgeous reds, yellows, and oranges explode in the next few weeks.  Hopefully we have some great colors this year…they provide awesome photo opportunities!  And of course, what’s better than a fall hike to enjoy the foliage at a slower pace?

What are some of your favorite fall treats?  I’m a huge fan of apple-anything — you name it, apple pie, apple bread, apple muffins, apple cake, even just an apple by itself!  Its flavor rockets to the sky with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves.  Another great “fall ingredient” is the infamous pumpkin, although I’m not as big a fan of it.  But I’ve got some great recipes that use both apple and pumpkin, so undoubtedly I’ll be making them in the next few months — yummy!  I have a captive audience at home with my always-ready-to-try-what-I-fix family, too! 🙂

Finally, what’s fall without some old-fashioned family fun?  Hayrides, bonfires, apple-picking, corn mazes, and much more abound in the area.  In just a few weeks (October 7), Fontbonne itself is sponsoring a trip to Eckert’s for just $10 per ticket…including food and transportation!  What a great way to get into the fall spirit — embrace it fully!

Happy fall!

~Anna

P.S. — What’s the one thing I don’t like about fall?  The diminishing daylight — it makes it hard to get things done outside in time!  Nevertheless, though, I really do love fall!

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I think it is safe to say that I am very involved at Fontbonne. Brace yourself! It may seem like a lot, but it is just enough to keep me busy and not too much. I have been on Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB) for 4 years. I help plan major events on campus including homecoming this weekend. I am also an SGA rep for the activities board. This means I go to student government meetings and report our agenda. I am also part of Enactus. Right now we are developing a business plan for a company launching scarves for dogs with the proceeds donated to help prisoners. I am also helping with the Metanoia retreat that is coming up in November. Lastly, I hope to get a job with advancement. They are waiting to hear if they can hire another work study student. I have my fingers crossed!

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Over this past weekend, I attended the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO–again with my partner in crime, my sister. I’m less experienced when it comes to T/F, as this was just my second year. So if you want to learn more about the origins of T/F, I suggest clicking this link: http://truefalse.org/about/history

As with any journey, there are highs and lows, but this trip exceeded my expectations. It was all thanks to good friends and good films. Seriously, the films this year were extraordinary, and I was in excellent company.

Back in 1903 when the silent film The Great Train Robbery surfaced, audiences were immersed in a narrative movie (the first of its kind to my knowledge) that leant itself to an outpouring of all different kinds of emotions and reactions. And the best thing? Everyone was experiencing them together, united in laughter or astonishment.

And that’s exactly how T/F felt, sitting amongst fellow festival-goers who were just as eager to see the film. Everyone laughing in unison, or applauding at particularly moving moments. The films that inspired such boisterous reactions were Wiener, a documentary about the life, struggle, and political career of Anthony Wiener, and Sonita, a brilliant documentary about a 14-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran whose dream is to be a rapper.

I was able to see two other films, The Pearl about transgender women and their struggle to fit themselves into society and Author: The JT LeRoy Story about an intense web of characters and personas created by a woman named Laura Albert to attain the credibility and celebrity to write the stories she always longed to write.

Sonita won my heart, and the hearts of many, as after the film she appeared in person and performed. She was met by overwhelming applause, and in that moment I felt so lucky to have had such an experience. Documentary films may not be the most popular, but they have power.

Hopefully, these documentary films will make their way to St.Louis! In the meantime, seek out films that might not be the most popular but embody a message of social justice. And, soon enough the annual St.Louis International Film Festival will roll around. Can’t wait!

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Welcome back everyone!

I am here to share my journey at Fontbonne. I graduated from high school with 75 people. In high school, I played three sports, was involved in multiple clubs, and my mom was the school nurse. Even though I was involved in school and was very comfortable, I never was that outgoing. So when I was searching for schools I wanted a similar atmosphere (small catholic school) where I could really come out of my shell.

On move-in day, I was so excited to get out in a new city and get involved. I was sad to say goodbye to my friends and family but I knew that it was going to be good for me. Below is a picture of my sister and me on move in day.

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During Welcome Week, we had activities fair! I signed up for nearly every booth. (note to self: only sign up for what you are really interested in!!) I ended up getting really involved in Griffin Gang! By second semester I was the VP of Traditions. This meant that I would lead all of our traditional events on campus. Through my work with Griffin Gang I got involved in Dance Marathon this year. A group of us worked really hard and attended SLU’s Dance Marathon event. After this Dance Marathon, became its own organization. (Picture below is a group of us at a NACA Leadership Convention)

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I came full circle in the two years I have already been at Fontbonne. I went from being involved as a follower to being involved as a leader. So, my greatest advice is to get involved and find your niche. If that is a sport, organization, or even a department club, find the place that helps you grow as a person. College is developing yourself and that is what I can thank Fontbonne for.

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Welcome Back Griffins!

by Alumni Posts 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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Friday, FAB, and Fundraisers – Oh My!

by Fontbonne University October 19, 2015

Happy Friday, Fonties! Friday is my one day that I don’t have class (woo!), but typically tends to be the busiest. As President of the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB), we have a meeting every Friday at 11:00 AM and (typically) an event at 8:00 PM. In between there, I’m usually spending time up in the […]

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How I Stay Active in the Fontbonne Community – SAFCS

by Alumni Posts October 13, 2015

It’s important to stay active in the campus community while you’re at Fontbonne. Fontbonne is a small university, but it has a lot to offer, I promise! I joined the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences immediately when I transferred to Fontbonne and got to know more about what student organizations can do for […]

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Tips for Your First Semester!

by Alumni Posts September 10, 2015

So you’ve finally made it. Whether you’ve just started your first semester of college living on campus or living in an apartment or a house by yourself, there are some things to consider as you take this academic year head-on. 1. Make a budget and follow it! It’s easy to get carried away buying stuff […]

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Starting Back

by Patricia September 10, 2015

I cant believe that 1/4 of the semester is already over. So far my classes have been going well. Recently I have been invited into ODK, and I’m waiting to be accepted. I have also seen some new people who are freshman. If I could give all the freshman the best advice, it would be […]

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Impact at Fontbonne

by Patricia April 20, 2015

The people who have had the most impact on me at Fontbonne are my friends. I became involved in all kinds of activities so that I could meet people. One of the major things I did was join the Fontbonne activities board. I get to help plan all the events and fun things on campus. […]

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