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!
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!
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.
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. Since we got a new president this year, an inauguration ball took place at the St. Louis Science Center and it was lots of fun.
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 who I was. Finding a university that fit those requirements was harder than I thought. So many colleges don’t allow for the personable relationships that I was looking for. I wanted to be more than just another student on campus.
When I toured Fontbonne for the first time, I realized that it had the requirements that I was looking for. It was a small campus so getting to know fellow classmates wouldn’t be difficult. A small campus equals small class sizes and that means I get the one on one attention from my professors that would help me succeed academically.
At Fontbonne, students aren’t just a number or a statistic. They are much more than that. Students are admired by their peers, mentored by their professors, and more than just a number.
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.
I didn’t know much about the university before my initial visit except that it had the major that I was interested in (dietetics). I remember attending an open house at Fontbonne for prospective students of the dietetics major with my dad. Afterwards, he couldn’t stop talking about how impressed he was of the professors in the dietetics program that spoke. I was extremely impressed too, and after getting accepted into Fontbonne and getting to know my professors, I knew I had made the right decision.
Fontbonne is unique in many ways, but here’s what sticks out to me personally:
Fontbonne is a smaller school, therefore it makes it easier to have a voice in the classroom if you’re confused or need further guidance. Not only that but from my personal experiences, the professors truly care about the students and seeing them succeed. They take advantage of the small classrooms and use that to give students projects and opportunities they might not have in a big lecture hall-style school.
I love that information is easily accessible at the university. If you have questions on financial aid, class schedules, registration, clubs, etc., it takes no time at all to find what you’re looking for. Just ask around and just about everyone is helpful!
I love is how easy it is to get to know people within your classes. Group projects and just simply being in small classrooms really gets you to bond with those people you’re with. Applying to a school that none of my friends went to was intimidating at first… but I’ve met some of the greatest people right here at Fontbonne and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
I hope this helps any prospective students checking out Fontbonne!
Have a great post-spring break week!
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 crying a lot (a lot….). I was at my highest point of stress that year. Anyway, after 12 amazing years in the district of University City, it was time to go and start over. The transition to Fontbonne was a lot more stressful than graduating from high school. Why, you ask? Because it was a completely new experience for me. I knew nothing and no one. I didn’t think I was going make it to my junior year at Fontbonne, but I’m here…. To the incoming freshmen, I have one major piece of advice: cherish your time with your friends while you can, because eventually all of you will go your separate ways, and then you will just have the memories. Anyone who knows me well on campus, knows I love my lions. The amazing experience I had at U. City made the transition to a brand new place that much easier. I can’t thank my U. City family enough for giving me the best 12 years of my life; I will be forever grateful. Now all my Fontbonne friends know why I wear black and gold with pride and dignity — it’s only right!
P.S. What time is it?…. U Time!!! Just passing on a little U. City spirit
Black History Fact of the Week: Malcolm X remains one of the most influential and complex figures of the modern era. His lasting legacy as a symbol of Black pride, intellect and bravado has sustained over the decades since his death. This Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the great leader’s assassination, which silenced a voice that could have continued to be part of powerful change.
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, with no more than 25 people per class. Teachers really do want you to do well. In fact, during my first semester, there was one student who never came to class and the instructor was concerned for the person.
One struggle in the beginning was that my parents really wanted me to go to Benedictine college. I visited there to give it a chance but it really did not suit me. It was in a rural area, in the middle of no where, and the people there were very different. It was a culture shock. My parents liked it because of its Catholic identity. However, in the end, my parents agreed that Fontbonne was a more suitable place.
So my advice to all incoming freshman… invest time into finding a place that suits you the best. Its very rewarding to succeed in an environment that helps you reach your highest potential.
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 the area. I went to go visit every school that I was accepted into and I enjoyed every school that I visited, but Fontbonne had something about it that I needed to be a part of. Fontbonne was the only school that met every single requirement that I had on my checklist. Here’s what that list looked like:
*Had my major
*Close to home
*Small class size
*I could live on campus
*Offered me a GREAT financial aid package
Now don’t get me wrong, the other schools I visited were awesome institutions; they had a lot of things to offer me as a perspective student but it was important to me that I was more than just a student who got a degree, I wanted to go to a school where I would do more than just graduate, I wanted to be somewhere that I enjoyed myself outside of the classroom and a place where enjoyed learning and growing as a person. As a student at Fontbonne, I feel like being a part of the university was part of my God given purpose and I’m blessed to have been placed in such a fabulous place.
Hey Fontys! I’m back! I know when you’re at a family function or talking to a staff member on campus, you probably have been asked, “What are you going to do after college?” And if you’re like me, you’ve had your life planned out since you were five. If not (and you’re lucky that you’re not), you probably don’t even know what you’re going to wear to class tomorrow. This post is about showcasing our future plans after Fontbonne. So, here are mine… After I get my degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology, I plan on apply to University of Missouri-St. Louis in Criminology to begin my career as a crime reporter for the city of St. Louis. After I’m settled in my career as a reporter, I plan to start an organization for homeless citizens where they will be able to move into an apartment below the org office and get help with things they struggle with, such as addiction, completing their education, budgeting, and housing placement after they complete the program. I also plan to write a novel series for teenagers. In between that, (I know… there’s more… ), I wanna get married, have kids, and build my own home. My degree from Fontbonne will not only give me great academic tools to start my career, but I can also use Fontbonne’s rich history of service to inspire me to continuously give back.