I am going to do something completely different, I am answering some questions for you all.
Q: What do you wish you knew before you came to Fontbonne?
A: That it is kind of cliquey with a few groups, but there are people here who make you feel welcomed and a part of the community. A major thing for me is to not stress out over anything — just ask for help.
Q: What info would help incoming students make their most of their time here?
A: Being involved in clubs like Residential Hall Association can help you get to know the people on your floor.
Q: What might students from other schools be surprised to hear about Fontbonne?
A: You won’t get lost in the shuffle among other students, and the teachers really do care about you. They will do everything within their power to help you succeed.
The last time I wrote I was utterly in despair over a health issue that I’m facing and gearing up for a fight with my insurance company. The good news is that I had a secondary policy that kicked in and my surgery went according to schedule last Tuesday. What wonders God can do when we relinquish control and hand life’s struggles into His hands.
I always considered Fontbonne and the Pathways program a blessing to a long awaited prayer to go back to college and complete my degree. I’ve said that if I had the strength and support that I’ve gotten with the Pathways program, faculty, and Student Ministries the first time around in college, I know I would have been successful.
But, God answered my long time prayer with the Pathways program. He has provided me with an understanding community of people that have empathy for me and my situation right now. They have made accommodations for me after my surgery when it comes to my homework and I truly feel they are praying and rooting me through my recovery process.
I know from experience what it is like to be just a number at a college and not to get the personal attention and care that you need when life hands you bad news. This is why I am thankful that my path to getting my degree is at Fontbonne, a place where I’m not just a number or a check to the business office but a real caring, feeling person.
Blessings on your week. I pray that you remember this week no matter what life throws your way that God is in control and to let Him take the wheel.
This campus is small but wonderful. I love the close atmosphere and also I enjoy seeing everyone so much. I feel that this has had a great impact on me. I came from a huge high school of over 2,000 kids. My graduating class was over 500 itself. I would go a whole day without seeing my friends, or half the time, I would walk past them and not notice it since there were so many kids. I think Fontbonne has been great for me to get to know everyone (students and faculty) on a greater level since I see them so frequently. I have become closer friends with people here than I ever did in my four years of high school because we live together and also because I see them daily. It is just what I needed right before entering the real world by myself. THANKS, FONTBONNE!
Yesterday was very unexpected because it started raining. My drawing class was suppose to take a trip to the zoo, but my two classmates, John and Sheridan, and I were not sure if we should still attend. I asked Sheridan for Mario’s, our drawing instructor, number so I called him to make sure whether we should still come or not. He said “I’m already here. I know it’s raining. Will that be a problem?” I thought to myself Ha ha, I guess it’s still okay. So we decided to still go. When we arrived to my car, we all got in and when I turned my key, my car did not start at all. It was dead! (Note: My car was parked in the Walgreens parking lot. How awesome is that?)
I slightly panicked. I opened the front to check my battery. Apparently, the cables are a bit loose or insecured which causes my car to die. I also assumed that I needed a jump, but I had no idea who I could possibly ask for help. Luckily, a person waiting at the traffic light noticed and asked if we needed cables for a jump. I replied “I think so!” She answered, “Okay, I’ll come around and help.” I felt so relieved! As she drove through the parking lot to my car, I apologized to my classmates many times for the inconvenience. They said it was okay. Sheridan said, “It’s really nice of her to come help.” I agreed, and I think I was pretty lucky. So she parked her car in the opposite position to mine (her engine was in the back of her vehicle. I thought that was pretty cool.) However, my battery was too far to reach. She suggested to put my car into neutral and they’ll push the car out. I couldn’t turn my car on whatsoever to do that. She asked for my keys and starts messing around to see if it’ll work. And she got it! I finally learned that the “shift lock” near my shift was to help put my car in whichever mode it needs if the car is dead. Hilarious!
We moved the car just a bit upwards to the higher parking spot. Our helper goes into her car and slowly moves so that her back vehicle was near the front of my car. Unexpectedly, someone parked near us and came out, asking “What’s going on? What’s wrong with it?” He also helped us with the jump. In a few minutes, my car was alive again! Oh I was so glad and happy. I hugged our first helper, thanking her many times. She told me her name is Emily and asks if we were Fontbonne students and it turned out that she’s also a Fontbonne student! I was just so happy. And the man told me that I might need a new battery or just replace the cables. I’ll make sure to get that resolved.
I felt really lucky. And I’m also happy to have Fontbonne members help me out. I love Fontbonne so much!