When I came to Fontbonne as a freshman, I decided that I had no need for a car on campus. Because Fontbonne is so small, it only takes a few minutes to walk to each building on campus. And without a job or student teaching, I had few reasons to go far from campus. Why would I need to drive anywhere?
However, this semester I have a nannying job a few miles from school. My new job and upcoming graduation convinced me it was time to get a car.
Let me preface what I’m about to say with this: having a car on campus is not necessary. There are restaurants, a grocery store, and a Walgreens within walking distance. Students in off-campus practicums, for education majors, often set up carpooling to help students who cannot drive themselves. If you don’t have a car for college, it is possible to get by without one. That being said, I feel very free now that I do have a car. I can drive myself wherever I need or want to go. Which usually means target and Whole Foods every weekend. Even better than driving myself places—I can now give other people rides! It’s nice to be able to pay others back for all the times they had to drive me places. I have some wonderful friends who have taken me to the store countless times, to visit graduate schools, and to the hospital when I have needed it, but I am glad that I can now give them a ride when they need my help.
Even though I can technically go anywhere in St. Louis now that I can drive myself around, I haven’t been to many new places. I attribute this to the busyness of the semester; hopefully this summer I can visit some different areas in St. Louis! If you have any suggestions of great places you love, please let me know!
A new officer position that I hold this school year is on the executive board for the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB). Specifically, I am in charge of daytime events. Thus far during my junior year, I feel like my life revolves around FAB. I am not complaining when I say this, because I absolutely love being a part of this organization. The advisor and other board members are great, fun people to be around. I feel lucky to be able to work with others that are as hard-working and creative as me. Together, we plan and host a variety of campus events that occur on a weekly basis, making the Fontbonne community a livelier place to be. It is a lot of work, but definitely worth it. I put in about eight office hours per week towards FAB and then some free time on top of that. And this just includes preparation hours, not the time spent at the actual events.
This school year is lined up with many outstanding events and activities. FAB is responsible for bi-weekly trivia competitions, karaoke nights, movie showings, celebrations for every holiday, the annual lip sync competition, Siblings Weekend, fall and spring spirit week, and more! Also, Fontbonne hosts live performers, such as musicians, comedians, and magicians in addition. Some events occur off campus as well (i.e. Cardinals games, Blues games, Fox shows, etc.). There is definitely never a dull moment at Fontbonne.
Getting involved on campus is a great learning experience. I am discovering that event planning is a field that I might like to continue working in. There is so much more to college than the time spent in the classroom. Organizations like FAB help me grow as a leader. Also, I get to bond with my fellow peers during the process. Because of my involvement, I live a very busy life. But, I wouldn’t be doing all these things if I didn’t want to be doing them. I am doing what I love and loving what I do by living college life in the FAB lane.
I’m going to take some time in this post to address some of the new things at Fontbonne this year that make my life better. It’s by no means an all-encompasing list, but here are some of the perks of living at Fontbonne:
1. Free laundry. Okay, technically the cost is built into my room and board, but the main thing is that I don’t have to worry about carrying a bag of quarters around and then trying to cram every article of clothing I need washed into one machine.
2. Hammocks in the meadow. Yeah, that’s pretty much all that needs to be said.
3. A huge blow up movie screen. “Movies in the Meadow” are a new activity this year, and they’re pretty popular among resident and commuter students alike. I must admit, I’m not really into watching movies, but this past Saturday my FAVORITE MOVIE EVER was chosen to play, so I had to post up 5 feet in front of the screen and say every line along with the characters.
Yes, my favorite movie is Space Jam, and no, I’m not even sorry about it. Like I said, just a taste of living the dream at Fontbonne!
Well, we’ve made it: the end of the 2011-2012 school year. I had my final class period today, and now I’ve got just two exams to conquer before putting the whole thing to rest.
One thing that I’ve realized worked out really well this year was my collection of friends. See, a lot of the people I became close with freshman year weren’t here this year for a myriad of reasons, from graduation to going back home to Japan, and for a little bit, I was kind of lonely, seeing as I’d kind of concentrated my friend circle around a few core people. This year, I guess because I was forced out of my comfort zone when my friends left, I worked hard by joining new clubs and making tons of smalltalk to gain new acquaintances, many of whom by this time have developed into friends. I still miss seeing my freshman-year friends around campus, and I keep in touch with them, but I’m glad I was able to make new friends in my sophomore year and expand my circle. The people I’ve gotten closer with this year (including all the people I was friends with last year) have helped me grow a lot, and hey, school’s a lot nicer when you’ve got friends.
Have a great summer, and I’ll talk to you in the fall!