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Staying Organized

by Katie on October 1, 2014

in College Life

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


One of the things I like best about Fontbonne, and I’m sure I’ve said this many times before, is how easy it is to get involved in things.  And not just get involved, but dominate.  Perhaps this sounds negative, but I’ve always felt that Fontbonne provides a perfect “big fish in a little pond” atmosphere, and that’s been really helpful to my personal success here.
Let me explain a little further. Looking at me now, you’d never doubt that I love being the center of attention.  I love seeing emails about being in Fontbonne photoshoots, I have no problem giving presentations or making videos to share about Environmental Club, and of course I jumped at the chance to write a blog for Fontbonne as well.  I know a lot of people here, and I’m no stranger to them, either. That’s how I like things; I like to be friends with everyone.
Of course, some people scoff at the “big fish” analogy.  They doubt that it’s a true reflection of life, and that things will just be harder when I’m out in the real world. Well, I disagree.  How would I know how to be a big fish at all if I haven’t had any practice? Fontbonne has definitely taught me some important things about how the world works.  I’ve learned a lot about communication, compromise, and character during my time here, and those are all things I can apply to my future, no matter how big or small it is.  Because if I’m going to be in a big pond, I’d rather be a big fish than a little one.
Ah, flashback to freshman year. Loved blogging for ya, Fontbonne! It was an honor, a privilege, and a pleasure.


Over the weekend, my friends and I took a break from studying and took some pictures on the snow!!

Even though it was freezing cold we managed to take great pictures of Fontbonne.

Stay warm!

playing in the snow

The Science Building




Study Time

by Kristen on November 25, 2013

in Academics,College Life

As we’re nearing final exams, the pressure to finish projects and start studying begins to increase.  I always begin to see more students hiding out in corners of campus, preparing for tests.  I know finals can be a stressful time, and we don’t always like to think about them this early.  But eventually, we have to face the facts—exams are coming up soon, and we must start preparing.

Personally, my favorite study location is the desk inside my dorm room.  I feel least distracted when I can shut my door to the outside world and force myself to focus on course material; I can’t study in noisy places or with people present (because I talk to people instead of studying . . . oops).  However, sometimes I do venture out of my lair to study somewhere else on campus, generally to get away from junk food and my computer’s internet (more distractions).  When I decide to study elsewhere, I have a few favorite study places on campus that I like to visit.

If you are a speech-language pathology (SLP) student, you’re in luck!  SLP students have several computer labs available to them in the Speech and Hearing Clinic in the East building.   These rooms are filled with desktop computers for SLP students to use for observations or other major-related assignments.  This semester I’ve really begun to utilize these labs, because many of my classes require me to watch clinic sessions.  The computer labs are generally quiet, and good places to finish up assignments between classes.

The library has several great places to study.  There are tables and chairs in the front room that students can use to read or work.  The first floor houses the largest computer lab on campus, along with two printers you can use to print final papers or other end-of-semester assignments.  Upstairs, several couches sit next to a long table surrounded by chairs; both the table and the couches offer quiet places to sit and work. And if you really need a quiet space, there are a few group work rooms upstairs, each equipped with a table, chairs, and a thick door that keeps out relatively all noise.

Near the end of finals, when I don’t have much left to do and I get tired of studying alone, I head down to the AMC, the first floor of Medaille Hall, to work with friends.  The AMC is filled with tables, chairs, couches, and desks with computers and a printer, all available to Fontbonne students. It’s not always the quietest place on campus, but during the day it is usually a good place to study or to relax between classes. The doors to the AMC are unlocked during weekdays until night—then you must have a swipe card (given to residents) to enter the building. If you live in the Joe (the residence hall for freshmen), there is a similar room on the first floor.

Those are my favorite spots to study on campus, but I know there are more!  Please let me know if you have great spots to study.

Have a happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  We’ve almost reached the end!


Enjoying Beautiful Weather

by Alumni Posts April 29, 2013

I love it when the sun is shining, faces are smiling, and good vibes are all around. Here are some events/activities that happened recently that fulfilled those requirements: Peace, Love, & Beautiful Weather.

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by Tim November 19, 2012

A surprise to me is how friendly everyone is here. I have met some interesting people. My floor mate Alex and I are becoming best friends, we are talking to each other a lot more than at the beginning of the year. I’m normally the shy guy, but the people here are just great to […]

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My favorite place at Fontbonne

by Penny November 7, 2012

There are so many places I like at Fontbonne, but if you ask me my favorite place, I will answer you “the Library is the best one in my life.” Here are some reasons why I go to the library almost every day. Many useful resources. I like to go to the library very often, […]

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A Day on Campus

by Deanna April 30, 2012

Just last week, my friend Shannon and I were both feeling stressed because of our classes and work. To relieve stress, we decided we were going to have a day around campus! We took “naps” in the Meadow (it was more like we just laid there in the sun chatting), we drew with chalk around […]

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Change is Good

by Conner April 16, 2012

Well, this is it. There’s just four weeks left of my first year of college! I can hardly believe it. This past week was quite a busy one, with final projects being introduced and other class related things to do. SHESA (Student Human Environmental Sciences Association) is sponsoring Denim Day in a couple of weeks, […]

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small campus size

by Alumni Posts February 21, 2012

One thing that is quite nice about Fontbonne is the small campus size. It is impossible to get lost on campus, something that is quite possible at larger schools.

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