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choosing a college

I remember the final days of high school pretty well, at least for now since I graduated almost two years ago now.  But those last final days were kind of just odd to say the least.  There were girls around me who were emotional some days and then so excited the next day.  For me really, I would say I was kind of indifferent – primarily because of the fact that I had seen the transition at least three times prior in my own family – I was not that afraid of going on to college classes.  I was confident at least with the independence part because I was going to a college right in town, which I commute too still while living at home, and since I also chose the same school which my sister had attended a few years prior, where I knew some of the faculty already and had seen the campus as a kid.

Though once I had really started to have more classes under my belt, and understanding the life of college, it did become kind of intimidating.  Though what made it intimidating was when I had gone from first looking at Special Education, to Speech-Language Pathology, to then Undecided…  I had no idea what to do with myself.  I felt that I was sure of what I wanted to do with my life for a career most of my life though once I made it to college and predicaments came into the picture, I was scared.  I felt lost, not sure of what was going to happen with my life.  I wondered who would I hang out with in regards to my major and get to know for future possible networking or just becoming familiar with people I would see each day in classes.  I felt like I didn’t fit in at times because I was undecided and not firmly planted on the ground with a decision.  Though through all of that scary, uncertain, anxiety-filled period of days, I began to really ask questions pertaining to what I was interested in and enjoyed investing my time and talents in.  I would talk to previous teachers I had for classes that I felt comfortable with, I volunteered with organizations that I knew I felt welcome and just a part of the community, I evaluated parts of myself that I had not thought about re-evaluating in regards to a career.  By spending the time to slow down and just accept where I was with my life, pray about it and let that resonate inside of me, I was slowly able to really find the new major that I have today in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences which would be the one and only Family Policy and Advocacy.

So, what I can say for future Fontbonne Griffins, would be to really see where your interests reside in regards to school if you are unsure of where to look for a major.  I can tell you that each of the professors here at Fontbonne, as well as staff members, are here for you and for your betterment as a student.  By having a smaller enrollment of students on campus, this leads to more opportunities to get to know your teacher, say hello and get to know them a little more.  I can honestly say that they would enjoy getting to know you in return and aide you with anything along the way that you may need.  Challenge yourself to talk to someone who you may not talk to that often while at a social event or at the lunch table.  Make sure to say hi to people you pass on the sidewalk on your way to class.  Most importantly, make sure to recognize your limits and boundaries because I can speak from experience that those are the kinds of things to learn in college, and learn very well.  Additionally, accept the limits and boundaries that you have because each person is different and cannot be compared to.  But my first two years at Fontbonne University have and shall continue to be some of the best years of my life thus far.  I have learned so much about myself that I would never have expected two years ago as a senior in high school.  Trust yourself.

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Although Fontbonne is a very small university, it doesn’t mean that students will not have as many learning opportunities as other students who are from bigger or more well-known universities. After having studied at Fontbonne for almost a year, I’ve seen that students’ relationships are very close to each other within their department. As I am in the FCS Department, we, as masters students, have opportunities to work with undergraduate students in projects. In addition, due to its small size of class, students and teachers’ relationship are very close to each other. Students can easily ask questions in class and teachers are able to explain the lecture materials more in depth or elaborate the concepts more clearly. As I was studying in a very large and well-known university, I’ve seen that students could have more interaction with teachers in class compared to my undergraduate university. Thus, even though Fontbonne is a small-sized university, it has its own advantages of being small. More importantly, students have the same learning opportunities as others who are at different larger universities too!

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EJ

Why is FBU so special!?

by EJ on March 20, 2015

in Campus Community

Finally, all students are back from spring break.. After joining the Lacrosse team, I was able to spend my break on campus, sadly watching groups of friends enjoy their time at the famous PCB spring break get-a-way.. I hope all my readers enjoyed their break!

Even with all that being said, during my time this past week, I had a blast here on campus.. I was able to meet with a professor to discuss an exam, which is one thing I really love about Fontbonne! Teachers are always around and if they aren’t, it’s extremely easy to get in touch with them to schedule a meeting. It’s SO nice to know that they’re here for my success! Another thing I really enjoy about Fontbonne is that nearly half of the students live on campus, which means I see new students who commute almost every single day! It’s a great feeling to meet new people and broaden my personal skills as well as enjoy the fun and entertainment that friendship offers!

 

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When people look for the college of their dreams they look for what makes it unique. They are looking for their home away from home. Fontbonne had this for me and for many other people who decided to come here.

Fontbonne is unique because of its size. Fontbonne’s small class sizes really help the students. The best class discussions I’ve had were in classes with less than 15 people. The individual attention I get in small classes make the class experience even better.

Fontbonne is also unique because of the opportunities you have on campus to have fun. Just a couple weeks ago I saw big hero 6 in the dunham student activity center. These movies happen all the time and are completely free for students. Other events happen all the time, not just movies, and are just as fun.

Fontbonne is unique in many ways. These two are just the ones that have personally touched me the most. Finding a college that is your home away from home is key to having a good college experience. This also means finding the elements of the university that is unique.

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What Makes Fontbonne Special

by Patricia March 18, 2015

Unlike big state universities, Fontbonne is unique because it provides individualized attention and services. There are many activities to do throughout campus. There are movie nights, festivals, and holiday celebrations. In the beginning of the year, there is welcome back week and people hand out candy and host activity fairs that help students get involved. […]

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You’re Not Just a Number

by Taylor March 18, 2015

When I was applying for colleges my senior year of high school, I found it difficult to find the “right” college for me. The “right” college for me was one that wouldn’t make me feel like I was just a number. I wanted to know who my classmates were and I wanted professors to know […]

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What Makes Fontbonne Unique

by Katie March 18, 2015

When I first visited Fontbonne I had a gut feeling that it was the perfect school for me. Fontbonne was not the first campus I visited.  I was weighing the pros and cons of a handful colleges in the Illinois and Missouri area and as fate would have it, I decided to check out Fontbonne. […]

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Leaving the Lions

by Raven February 23, 2015

Hey Fonties! Hope you had a fabulous week. I can’t believe I’m almost a college senior! Time really does fly when you’re having fun. It seems like just yesterday, I was being fitted for a cap and gown for high school graduation. When I think about my transition from high school to college, I remember […]

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Becoming a College Student

by Patricia February 18, 2015

When I was first looking at colleges senior year, I was a bit nervous. I heard all kinds of rumors such as the classes are the size of a theater, the teachers don’t care if you succeed etc…But once I came to Fontbonne, I found all of that to be untrue. Fontbonne has smaller classes, […]

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How I Became A Part Of the Fontbonne Family

by Raven October 20, 2014

I can’t believe I’m vastly approaching my senior year at Fontbonne! It feels as though I was opening my acceptance letter yesterday. Before I graduated from high school in 2012, (By the way, I am a proud alumni of University City High School… class of 2012… woot! woot!) I had several offers from schools in […]

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