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Hi everyone!  My name is Anna, I’m 18, and I am a freshman at Fontbonne.  I have wonderful professors and classes, and I’m enjoying starting this new phase of life.  I’m also thrilled to have an opportunity to blog about my time at Fontbonne!

I come from a family of four — my parents, my older brother Matthew, and me.  I was homeschooled all the way from birth through high school, which was a big reason why I picked Fontbonne — coming from a “class of one” to college is a bit of a change, haha!  I am a lifelong resident of western St. Louis County (a city called Wildwood). We live in a great area with land and a very peaceful setting.  I’m a commuter student, so I get my city time during the day and my country time in the evening, which is awesome!

Going hand-in-hand with my love of country life, I enjoy spending time outside, particularly pursuing whatever crazy fitness endeavor I come up with next!  I live just a mile from a county park that has some amazing mountain bike/hiking trails, so you can often find me cruising or trail running on them.  I’m currently training for a half-marathon after competing in various 5K and 10K runs, and I just completed the Conquer Castlewood Team Adventure Race with my dad (canoeing for a mile, mountain biking for five miles, trail running for three miles).  If the weather isn’t conducive to outdoor training, I’m inside doing Pilates, yoga, or high intensity interval training.  And I LIVE for the winter (yes, it’s my favorite season…sorry in advance) when I can go skiing at Hidden Valley, my affectionately-named “community hill”, or head out west with my family to real mountains.  I’ve skied in 13 states, one Canadian province, and over 40 ski resorts…and I’m always looking to add some more to that list!

One more thing I couldn’t possibly leave out before I wrap up — my horses (pictures below)!  I have a seven-year-old palomino Mustang named Blondie and a 12-year-old palomino Miniature Horse named Pearl.  Blondie was born wild in Wyoming, rounded up when she was about 18 months old, competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in July 2015 (a trainer was given 100 days to gentle and train her), and I’ve had her since then.  We spend a lot of time doing groundwork (games and exercises that strengthen our relationship), and I also ride her.  Pearl was rescued from severe neglect and abuse in May 2014 and we adopted her in January 2015.  She keeps every moment of life entertaining and I wouldn’t want her any other way!  I can’t ride her because she’s so small, but we love to take walks around our property and show off her tricks!

That’s it until next time…I hope you enjoyed getting to “know” me!  Thanks for reading!



IMG_9990 Blondie (smiling…silly girl)


Pearl Pearl


Hello! My name is Yuri Khechoyan and I am a Junior here at Fontbonne! I am a double major in Business Administration & Management Information Systems. It is weird that we already have 3 weeks of the 2016-2017 Academic Year in the books and the fact that I am now an Upper Classman still has not hit me yet. Seri13902818_1018302478268659_5060904262797191939_nously, where did the summer go?

Even though I am a commuter, I can be found all over campus. On top of both of my majors, I am also a Work-Study student. Furthermore, I am serving my second term as the President of the Fontbonne University Enactus student organization. It is an International Non-Profit, Entrepreneurial Business Organization. I even received an Award this past week for serving 500+ Hours with Enactus.  Here is a photo of me with a giant Oreo at the Enactus National Conference this past May. Are you craving Oreos now? I guess you could say my plate is kind of full (no pun intended). Looking forward to see what opportunities my Junior year brings me. I am going to make the most of it. Are you? Until next time guys, stay classy!


I am excited to return to Fontbonne. I can’t wait for all the events that are planned for this year. FAB decided to have less events in the future so that they can be bigger. The sibz weekend is very different and it is oriented towards the whole family instead of just siblings. We will also have some movie nights where we have the entire theatre reserved just for us. We also have the annual fall festival and dueling pianos. My course schedule will be different this year. Unfortunately I have class all 5 days a week, however, I am doing an internship with lifework systems. I can do all of the work online. I also was hired for another job. I am going to be a FLIT member and working with Vinny.

However, I am not quite ready to return yet, I still have fun things to do this summer. I want to see the new Ice Age movie and Bad Moms. A friend and I plan on going to Grant’s farm and hopefully Incredible Pizza. It is also my parents’ 25th anniversary. I plan on making them a sand castle cake made of edible sand, teddy grahams, and waffle cones. I will use vanilla wafers and candy pearls to make oysters.


This is my second semester at Fontbonne and my first fall semester. There are definitely some noticeable differences between the spring and fall semesters. First is the larger swell of new students. People are coming in fresh out of high school, transferring in from other colleges, or even coming over from other countries. It’s cool to see so many new faces walking around campus. I’m an art major, psych minor, so most of my classes are in the art building. There have been several freshman that I was able to help find their classroom, as the art building can be a little confusing, and that felt pretty good. There are also classes offered just in the fall that I’ve been fortunate enough to sign up for and, so far, the experience has been above and beyond my expectations. Being able to catch up with friends and classmates from last semester has been a great way to pass the time between classes and actually having a place to park every class day has been beyond awesome! Overall, I would say it has been a great start to the new semester. I can’t wait to see what other new things I’ll get to learn as the semester progresses.



Back into the Swing of Things

by Fontbonne University September 14, 2015

Hey there, fellow Griffins! I’m back for another school year of blogging! I’m so happy I get to share my tips, experiences and advice with you all. I’ll give you a little update on where I’m at currently in my life, because its been a while since my last blog. I am officially in my […]

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Staying Organized

by Alumni Posts October 1, 2014

If you’re anything like me, you start the semester with the best of intentions.  You vow to stay perfectly organized and file everything in its appropriate place before you go to sleep at night… and then September rolls around, and you’re back to your unorganized, I’ll-deal-with-it-later habits. If you know anything about Pinterest, it’s a […]

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Spring Break Shenanigans

by Alumni Posts March 28, 2014

At the beginning of March I found myself counting down the days until Spring Break!  Not too uncommon for a college student to do so being as the weeks leading up are usually filled with midterms, tests, quizzes, and projects.  But this was my first Spring Break as a college student so it was way […]

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College “Needs”

by Alumni Posts November 14, 2013

As a high school student, I began preparing for my move to college very early. Like, a-year-in-advance-making-grocery-lists kind of early.  Now that I’ve been at school for a few years, I have determined which of my possessions are most vital to my existence as a college student.  If you are reading this post, and you […]

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Back in Session

by Alumni Posts September 15, 2013

Hello, Dear Readers! It’s been a while since I posted my last summer blog. And my, how things have changed since then! The weather is saying that fall is soon upon us, classes have been in session for almost a month, and my favorite holiday of the year, Halloween, draws ever closer. This semester is […]

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Everything You Own In a Box to the Left

by Alumni Posts August 1, 2013

Hard to believe it, but I’ll be moving back into the good ol’ Fontbonne dorms in less than two weeks. Strangely enough, it seems that each time I make the trek back, I have EVEN MORE STUFF to bring with me….I digress. I’ve had a marvelous time relaxing, reading, running, cooking, and crafting at home […]

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