A Little Bit about Myself!

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!

Blessings,

Anna

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Blondie (smiling…silly girl)

 

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Pearl

Third Time’s The Charm!

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!

Returning to Fontbonne

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.

First Impressions

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.

Cheers!

Back into the Swing of Things

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 third year here at Fontbonne. I moved back on campus the second week of August because I was a freshman orientation leader, or WING Leader. I was one leader out of 18 who helped freshmen transition into college through our orientation program. It was my second year being an orientation leader and I absolutely loved it! I had a great group of students and an awesome partner! Orientation is such a great experience! (Below is a picture of me and my orientation group.)1

After orientation wrapped up, I headed straight into classes which unfortunately I already have a lot of homework in. 🙁 I like all of them so far though, it’s just a lot of work! All of my classes are specifically in accordance with my major, so I am done with general education courses which is a blessing! I don’t have to worry about taking a dreaded science or literature class.

Another thing that has been keeping me busy since I started school is the organization that I am secretary for, Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK). Its a national leadership honor society whose alums includes Joe Biden, Peyton Manning, Sheryl Crow and many more. Our applications to be a member of the group went out the day classes started. Myself and the other executive members and faculty advisors have been working hard on deciding who’s a best fit for the group and when we will inform them of our decision. I think being secretary for ODK will keep me busy all year! (Below is a picture of the 2015-2016 Fontbonne University ODK Executive Team.)

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Those are just a couple of the many things I’ve been doing since I got back to Fontbonne’s beautiful campus! I’m starting to get my schedule down and get back in the swing of things. I can’t wait to blog for you guys this year! Keep checking back each week for one of my new blogs or a post by another blogger!

Staying Organized

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 wonderfully addictive tool that you can use to find lots of fun DIYs for college and for other projects.  It uses boards to organize pins (think: links to website articles or images that that interest you) and lets you go back to those pins at any time via your Pinterest profile.  Just sign up for an account and search different DIYs, or utilize their huge number of Pinterest board categories to search a broad amount of topics.

A big thing on Pinterest is their DIYs on organization.  I searched far and wide on Pinterest’s DIY boards (so you could save your precious study time!) and found the best, most convenient organization-DIYs for college students.  Smartphone apps are another great way to stay organized, so I included one app to very useful links for college students.  I often use my phone’s calendar for study prompts and reminders.  I also use AnyList (one of the apps listed in the 3rd link below) to make To-do lists, grocery lists, and any other important reminders.

Stay organized this semester and enjoy the following links!

 

How to Stay Organized as a Busy College Student

Frugal Friday- Organization DIYs

18 Apps Every Student Should Download Right Now

Spring Break Shenanigans

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 more exciting than any of my breaks in high school.  I didn’t do anything to spectacular but I think it was the best spring break I’ve ever had.  I started out by spending a day in Chicago visiting some family and then made my way back home to Wisconsin were I spent a good amount of the week sleeping, spending time with family, and getting together with friends.  I don’t go home very often so I really appreciated my time there.  Halfway through spring break I left for a road trip that entailed traveling through most of the midwest (5 states) and eventually leading back to school.  Again, it may not have been as glamorous as going down to myrtle beach it was definitely a great time!

Now that I’m back I’m still trying to get back into the swing of my studies but I certainly can’t wait for my next break!

College “Needs”

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 are still in high school, you might want to think about purchasing the items listed below, at least sometime before the big move-in day.  It’s not an all-inclusive list of what you’ll need, but I definitely feel grateful for having these objects.  What would I do without them?  Cry.

Laptop computer:  Let me preface this item by saying that a computer is NOT necessary to a college student, at least not at Fontbonne.  There are many computer labs on campus available for student use; if you cannot bring your own computer to school, you will not fail at college.  That being said, computers are handy to have at school.  I use mine every day to write papers, look up grades, participate in discussion boards, do some online shopping . . . lots of things.  It’s nice to have your own place to save your work.  And, because my computer is a laptop, I can take it with me wherever I want to do homework (which is usually in my room, but sometimes I do go other places—more on that later).  So, I recommend that you bring a laptop to school, but it is not completely necessary.

Flashdrive:  This, for me, is not optional.  I use a flashdrive to back up my homework and picture files.  My flashdrive transports assignments from my computer to the library to be printed for class.  It holds PowerPoints for presentations.   It is amazing.   It is wonderful.  If it were a human, I swear it would be able to juggle while blindfolded.  Flashdrives are that impressive.  Do yourself a favor and go buy one.  I think mine has 4 gigabytes of memory, but I wish it could hold 8, which is what I’d suggest for you.

Winter coat and boots:  These aren’t needed for every college.  And they aren’t only restricted to college students.  But I received boots and a new winter coat as Christmas gifts during my college career, and I’m thankful that I have them.  Missouri doesn’t have the coldest or snowiest winters, but we do get occasional snows here, and the temperatures can drop enough that you need a warm coat.  This week we had several 20 degree mornings when I was happy to bundle up in layers before heading to class.

Vacuum:  Not all my friends have vacuums, so it may seem like you can get by without one.  But when I reflect on my past years on campus, all of my friends who don’t own their own vacuums have borrowed mine, from once a month to once a week.  This leads me to believe that vacuums really are important.  Personally, I can’t stand living in a place that isn’t kept clean.  If you are like me, you should pick up a vacuum for college.  And maybe some Clorox wipes, dust rags, window cleaner, Pine Sol . . .

Lamp:  If you live on campus, and if you plan on ever accomplishing anything between the hours of 9:00pm and 7:00am (or between 5:00pm and 8:00pm right now), you will need a lamp in your room.  Although the dorm rooms all have ceiling lights, I find that they don’t adequately illuminate my room for me to do homework in the evenings, without straining my eyes.  I have a floor lamp and a desk lamp right now, and I use them both daily.  Mine are from Walmart and Target—cheap, semi-fashionable, and worth the small amount of money I spent on them.

Storage:  If you’re living in a dorm room or apartment, you’ll need somewhere to keep your belongings.  Some people I know have storage tubs they keep underneath their beds.  My solution is using cube shelves and plastic drawers.  I think most dorm rooms provide some furniture, like desks and dressers.  But after you unpack your clothes and school supplies, you’ll probably need somewhere to put everything else you own.

Planner:  Every college student needs some organizational system to make sure that deadlines are met and meetings are attended.  I have a dry-erase calendar on my wall that lets me know what big events are coming up.  For everything else, I use a planner.  I use it to keep track of all my homework, activities, meetings, work schedules, everything.  Planners keep me successful; I have rarely forgotten assignments since I have been using them.  Staying on top of your schedule is especially important at the college level, when you are expected to act like an adult and a professional.  My teachers would not be sympathetic if I was missing classes or homework because I “forgot.”

Sticky notes:  Remember earlier when I mentioned making lists?  It’s an obsession for me.  I use several packages of sticky notes over the course of a school year.  Each day, I write a list of all the tasks I need to complete.  I write reminders to myself and stick them on my desk.  I even use sticky notes to decorate friend’s rooms for special occasions (try labeling every object in your friend’s room—it’s mischievous and takes forever to clean up.  Muahahaa!)  Not everyone needs as many sticky notes as I go through, but it will be nice to keep a few on hand.

If you’re reading this and notice I left something really important out, please comment and share!  I’d love to hear what you think college students can’t live without.  Next week, I promise to post sooner.  I had written a post on Monday, but lost it at work.  Hopefully I can find it and share what I wrote with you soon!

Back in Session

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 definitely different for me. For the past two years, I’ve had eighteen or so hours of almost all science courses. I crammed courses like organic chemistry, cell and molecular biology, and anatomy and physiology all into one semester. Call me crazy, but that’s what I did, and I loved it, for the most part. Now, however, I’m practically finished with all of my biology courses, so I’m technically only taking one required biology course this semester (which, by the way, is immunology) in addition to a few gen-eds and a class for my theatre minor. I’m only on campus twice per week; I spend the other days of the week in my internship lab. I’m still interning in the microbiology lab where I started at last spring break, and I continually love it ever more.

But that’s enough about school. The memories of summer seem distant now, but who’s not up for a little reminiscing? I’ve been excited to designate the following as “My Summer Favorites” for a while now. So enjoy!

Favorite Summer Muny Show: “South Pacific”
This came down to a close call. I enjoyed the entire season, but it was hard for me to determine which show I liked better – “South Pacific” or “Les Miserables.” Though I’ve always loved “Les Miz,” I’d have to say that “South Pacific” was my favorite show of the summer season. The vibrant colors, singing, dancing, and classic Rodgers and Hammerstein storyline were all in perfect harmony. I’ve been voting for this show for at least the past five years, so I’m happy to say that The Muny’s 2013 production was worth the long wait.

Favorite Summer TV Show: “Whodunnit!”
“Whodunnit!” was my televised summertime addiction. A show on ABC, “Whodunnit!” was a murder mystery reality show. I often said it was a televised version of my favorite board game, Clue. In the show, Giles was the butler at the super-creepy Rue Manor, and contestants had to solve murder mysteries to determine who the “killer” was. I was so excited that my favorite contestant
won, and I absolutely loved trying to put all of the clues together and figure out each week’s crime before Giles explained how the crime had been committed. If anyone from ABC is reading this, there’d better be a season two coming up soon!

Favorite Summer Movie: “The Great Gatsby”
Okay, I’ll admit it – “Gatsby” technically came out in theaters right around exam week last May. However, I’d still consider it to be my favorite summer movie. I saw it with my mom and then again with a good friend, and I loved it both times. The director used amazing visuals to retell this classic story. It was haunting, exciting, and romantic all at once.

Favorite Summer Lab Process: DNA Extraction
In my internship lab, I performed my first DNA extraction within the first couple months of being there. However, I was working
alongside my friend David, who knew what he was doing. Right around the Fourth of July, I performed my first solo DNA extraction. It was awesome. I wouldn’t consider myself a DNA extraction pro just yet, but I would say that I have a much better grasp of how the process works and on what goes on in each specific step. Plus, how can you beat a technique that requires continual micropipetting?!

Favorite Summer Memory: Going to EPCOT
My family and I go to Disney World each June for vacation. This year, however, we were able to go to EPCOT on three different days because we had park tickets that allowed us to go from park to park. EPCOT, or the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow,” is my absolute favorite Disney park because it combines science, technology, and culture. Seeing the dolphins and manatees and riding the ever-funny “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” starring Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy made my vacation perfect.

All in all, I had a pretty good summer. But I’m happy that the semester has started because I’ll be able to devote more time to learning immunology and working and learning in my lab.

Tagged as: back to school, Biology, EPCOT, internship, Microbiology, Summer, The Great Gatsby, The Muny

Everything You Own In a Box to the Left

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 this summer, but I certainly won’t mind having my college friends back in my life!

Speaking of moving back, I did some shopping today for the Environmental Club’s annual Move-In Bonanza! This year we’ll be raffling off organic cotton sheets and towels, sustainable glass storage bowls, and lots of yummy local/organic snacks! So if you’re going to be living on campus next semester, look for our table when you’re moving in!

Enjoy your remaining summer and make every moment count!