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This is the beginning of the end. That’s what I keep telling my friends at least. Senior year is upon us….and basically half over. Everything that happens this year is essentially my last as a Fontbonne Undergrad. This is crazy to think about, but also super exciting at the same time. Why so sentimental? Well, I’m nearing the end of my seventh semester here at Fontbonne. It’s absolutely nuts how fast time can fly when you’re having fun. Yeah, everyone says that. Yeah, I’m being super cliché. Yeah, I’m 123% telling the truth. My time spent at Fontbonne has created some of my favorite memories throughout these past 21 years of my life. So in honor of these past seven semesters, let me tell you seven things that I love about being a part of Griffin Nation.

1) Feeling at home

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Admit it; you’ve probably gotten this feeling once or twice (or maybe even a few hundred times).

2) Free Shirts

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I literally have TWO drawers full of Fontbonne t-shirts at this point…and I have only bought two of them from the bookstore. Riddle me that one. Getting involved = getting a purple and gold wardrobe for days. #Perks

3) Small school benefits

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Speaking of #perks…one of the BEST things about being at Fontbonne is that if you need an answer about something on campus and someone doesn’t know, they usually know someone that knows. When in doubt, phone a friend! It’s fantastic. Another awesome thing? Even if you are running late for class it will probably take you three minutes TOPS to get across campus.

4) Knowing people by name

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Yeah, it’s pretty awesome walking across campus and knowing (almost) everyone that you walk past.

5) Not just being another fish in the sea

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I’m a face with a name. My advisor knows me personally and has supported me through so much. Pro tip: if you ever feel lost – email your advisor! They’ll set you on the right track.

6) Starting our own traditions

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…and seeing them last. With Fontbonne being so small, it’s easy to make an impact and leave a legacy! If you’re super passionate about something, run with it and make it great! Chances are, somebody else is also passionate and will help you soar.

7) Being forever purple and gold

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As cheesy as it is…I’ll always be a Griffin. Fontbonne has helped me spread my wings and grow far more than I ever thought possible. As my best friend once said, the circle at Fontbonne is never-ending. As nervous as I am to graduate and head out into the real world…I am SO excited to exclaim that I am a Fontbonne Alumni. It’s quite the place to call your Alma Mater.

~ B.

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Why did you choose Fontbonne University?  This can honestly be a hard question to answer at times for myself.  At first when looking at colleges I wanted to attend at university that had my interest of major at the time which was special education.  Though as I looked at schools there were more reasons as to why I did not want to attend anywhere else compared to Fontbonne University.  My top reason for choosing a school was that there had to be a Catholic atmosphere where I could participate in my faith.  So I looked at St. Louis University, Benedictine College, Franciscan University, University of Central Missouri, Truman University and finally Avila University in Kansas City in addition to Fontbonne University.  As time went on when I was looking at these schools I also went with my gut feeling as to how I really could envision myself living on campus at this institutions and I really couldn’t except for one which was Avila University.  Fun Fact: Avila University is actually one of the sister schools to Fontbonne University.  So when I narrowed down my choices to Avila and Fontbonne, I was deciding between two similar schools in terms of their foundation.

Though when it came closer to having to pick which university, I thought of factors such as: being close to home so I could drive back home within a few hours if something were to happen, campus life with a Catholic identity, my major, and familiarity with the university.  Now what I mean with wanting to be familiar is that either someone in my family had to have attended the school or else a close friend because then I could relate and have someone to turn to in times of certain need.  Well for Fontbonne my sister actually already graduated from there in 2009, so that was set.  But also Fontbonne is right by my house, within the same city, making it easier to commute to and from school.  Plus the atmosphere cannot be compared to a large university at all.  I honestly love that I can talk to my teachers about any subject in my life – such as a spontaneous family event that may occur in which I feel the need to drop all of my stuff and forget about homework for a few days where I get behind on schoolwork.  Now this did happen to a degree this year, but now I have caught up on my homework and am ahead in some subjects.  Though having such honest relationships with my professors helped me stay at ease and less stressed because by letting them know what was going on, in turn then, they were more understanding with any late assignment or test that I may have had.  Relationships are very valuable in college and can go a long way, and I know that there are several here on Fontbonne University’s campus.  Our teachers care about our success.

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“Why did you choose Fontbonne?” is a question I found myself getting asked quite often. Whether it’s family asking me or my classmates, my answer is usually the same. I say something along the lines of “I like the small community feel” or “I wanted a school with a small student to faculty ratio.” While those answers are true, they are just a few of the many reasons why I chose to make Fontbonne home for four years of my life. So naturally, I decided to make a list of some of the reasons why I chose Fontbonne!

  1. Fontbonne’s campus is in such a great area! We are about 20 minutes away from downtown St. Louis which houses Busch Stadium, the Scottrade Center, and the Edward Jones Dome. Not to mention a good number of local attractions are there too.
  2. Many of the professors have real life experience in their field! That means a lot of them have great networking connections that can get you internships! I got my first internship at an accounting firm by being introduced by one of my professors.
  3. You are encouraged to get involved! And when you finally do, it’s awesome! Fontbonne has a great number of clubs and organizations that you can invest your time and effort in that will benefit you in the long run.
  4. When I stepped on campus for the first time, it just felt like home to me. Simple as that.

Are any of my reasons also your reasons why you chose Fontbonne? Comment below and let me know why you decided to make Fontbonne your home! Thanks for reading!

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I remember the first time I visited Fontbonne, right around the time I had just started my associate’s degree. I drove up to the visitors parking in the front of Ryan Hall and right away I had a sense of being completely at home. I’m pretty sure I knew right then and there that I’d be attending Fontbonne. My passion is fine art so I was looking for a school that was both reasonably priced and had a strong art program. When I went on the campus tour with a student ambassador I made sure to ask to see the art building. As soon as we walked into the art building any doubt I might’ve had about where to get my undergrad just vanished. I felt like I could spend most of my days in that building and be happy as a clam. Fast forward almost three years and here I am, in my second semester here at Fontbonne, and I still get that same feeling every time I walk into the art building; for a little while this is home.

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Why did I choose Fontbonne?

by Fontbonne University September 21, 2015

I chose Fontbonne for several reasons. I received my bachelor’s degree from Fontbonne and I liked the curriculum structure. I enjoyed the blended courses as well as the flexibility and ability to set my own schedule. Lastly, I enjoy the staff and professors; everyone that I have encountered is friendly and willing to help if […]

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Why Fontbonne, huh?

by Fontbonne University September 21, 2015

I think I’m becoming what you would call a professional student. I went to college straight out of high school, got my bachelor’s degree from UMSL in communications 4 years later, then continued to go back and take random classes because I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Eventually […]

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Choosing Fontbonne!

by Fontbonne University September 17, 2015

After going through the college hunting stage my Junior and Senior years of high school. I came to a conclusion that Fontbonne University would be the perfect college for me. My family is a priority for me. So with me being from St. Louis, the location of Fontbonne couldn’t have been better! Another bonus with […]

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Why did I choose Fontbonne?

by Quinn September 17, 2015

There were a number of factors that went into account of my decision to choose to attend Fontbonne University. First, let me say the one reason why I almost didn’t come to Fontbonne. I simply thought it was too close to home. Growing up I lived in a Kansas City suburb for the first 15 […]

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Why Fontbonne?

by Fontbonne University September 16, 2015

Choosing a college was one of the most stressful, yet enjoyable times of my life. There’s something about starting a future that excites me and ignites my imagination, but at the same time I was overwhelmed with anxiety. Anxiety that had to do with worrying that I’ve made the correct decision, worrying about making friends, […]

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Why Fontbonne is the School for Me and Maybe You, too!

by Claire September 16, 2015

Fontbonne University was an easy choice for me to attend in the fall of 2015. I knew I wanted to go to a school that offered Fashion Merchandising and had a small community. Once I heard about Fontbonne from my college guidance coordinator at my high school, I knew I needed to go visit. I […]

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