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.
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 needed. They genuinely want to help you succeed and achieve your goals. I chose Fontbonne because they have the student’s best interest and goals at heart.
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 I found out what my true passion is…FOOD! I love cooking and have had my mind set on culinary school the past 2 years. After running into some health problems I did some research on diet and exercise and figured a slight lifestyle change was worth a shot. I changed my diet, joined a gym, and 8 months later I lost 25 pounds and was in the best shape I had ever been in a long long time. More importantly, my health improved dramatically! Since then I have been fascinated with what great things good food and exercise can do for your body.
I pondered long and hard about what I could do with my life that involved the two things I now love most, food and exercise. My mom is a diabetic educator and works with a lot of dietitians. One day she sent me a text saying, “Hey, I know what you can go back to school for — dietetics!” Just like a lot of other people I replied, “Ummm … what’s that?” Then I pulled up my trusty Google homepage on my iPhone and figured it out. Dietetics seemed absolutely perfect for me so I began researching some of the schools that offered the major. Sadly I’m 26 and still get homesick, so I knew I wanted to stay in St. Louis. I stumbled upon Fontbonne and SLU and had a decision to make. I decided I should probably attend any open houses or welcome opportunities at both schools to make my decision. I registered for Fontbonne’s open house last November, and that was all I needed — decision made. Not only was the campus beautiful but every single person I spoke with was extremely nice and all of the current students had nothing but positive things to say about Fontbonne. I was sold, and here I am now! 4 weeks in and loving it!
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 choosing Fontbonne University is that it’s a small school. I am able to connect with my professors due to smaller class sizes. Even with all of that I knew I wanted to play basketball in college. So, since the Fontbonne Coach and I developed a relationship during my high school basketball season, I knew Fontbonne University would be great for me!
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 years of my life until I moved to St. Louis with my mom, brother and step-father after my freshman year of high school. I only lived in St. Louis for three years at the time of making my college decisions however, in those three years I had experienced more in my life than I did for the first 15 years of it. I certainly experienced more of St. Louis in those three years than I ever did in Kansas City. I basically considered myself an honorary St. Louis native by the time I was graduating high school. However, I always had dreams of branching out and away from the nest to move on to bigger and brighter things so I often looked to go to school as far away from home as possible. I looked at many schools on the west coast and throughout the plains of Kansas that interested me. In November of my senior I had my official visit here at Fontbonne and I was very impressed to say the least. I intended on running track and field in college and I was able to meet a number of track athletes as well as my potential coaches and they left a very good impression on me with their friendliness and hospitality. Another occurrence that peaked my interest in Fontbonne was when I sat in on Dr. Oliverio’s literature class with a future teammate of mine. I really enjoyed the class and found it very interesting. I enjoyed Dr. Oliverio’s fun and engaging style of teaching and I wanted to be an English major in college and this class gave me a great impression of what the English department was like at Fontbonne.
A few weeks after my visit at Fontbonne I had my official visit at my second option of universities and it was a small private school, very much like Fontbonne, located in rural Kansas. The visit left a pretty good impression on me and I did not have any issues with the school until there was one question brought up to me by my potential track coach. He asked, “If you had a career ending injury, and could never run track again, would you still want to attend this school?” I thought very diligently about this question because it had a profound impact on me. I soon came to realize that no, I would not want to go to that school if there was no hope of me doing track again. I then thought about Fontbonne and asked myself the same question and came up with a different answer. I soon began to realize and appreciate all of the great, numerous connections that I made in my new town of St. Louis and how lost I would truly me in the Kansan plains. I just was not ready to hit the reset button on my life once again. Despite being only twenty minutes away from home, I was still able to give myself a new environment with all ranges of individuals while not being too far from my comfort zone. I made the decision to attend Fontbonne University in the spring of my senior year of high school and embarked on a new pathway of experience in my life.
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, and so much more. I didn’t look at very large schools; I knew that I would do terrible in a huge university. All my life I’ve been the type of person to have a few very close friends as opposed to a very large group of friends. So I sat down and really thought about what type of school would compliment me. And I knew that I would be most comfortable in an environment where I know most of the people, and I can really get to know the professors. It has not even been a month but I already know multiple professors very well, and I feel as if I can always go to them for assistance. I could come to Fontbonne, get the major I wanted in Cyber Security, play soccer, and be in an environment I knew I would be comfortable in. The perfect fit. Looking back I can’t help but realize how ridiculous it was to put myself through that much stress, but through that process, I am confident that I am in the perfect school for myself. I’m from St. Charles, so I visit home every weekend, see my dog, my sister, my parents, my girlfriend, and have an amazing meal every Sunday. I get to have all this while doing what I love, playing soccer, and getting a challenging high quality education. It’s all about knowing what school compliments you, and I made the perfect choice.
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 visited Fontbonne in the spring of 2014 and I fell in love with the campus, the school, and the community. I did look at a few other schools, but none of them had the same impact as FBU. I did not make my decision to attend Fontbonne University until the fall of 2014 when I came back for a second tour. The ambassadors did an excellent job of showcasing the campus and making me feel at home before I was even a student.
Once I filled out my application and received my acceptance letter, the excitement began to build. Senior year seemed to fly by and I began counting down the days until I was able to start the next part of my life. Although I was not sure if I was going to live on campus or not, my decisions to live at Fontbonne was one of the best choices I have made. The community of Fontbonne and the friends that I have made in these few short weeks have been outstanding. I encourage all students to look into living on campus if you are able to do so. The ability to wake up 10 minutes before class and spend every night with your friends is an experience that the Fontbonne Resident Halls have given me as a gift. I am currently the RHA Executive Board Secretary so that I can help be a voice for the students of FBU and continue to promote growth and make on-campus life the best it can be.
If you are a student looking for a campus where you can feel at home away from home in one of the cutest areas of Saint Louis, know a great deal of your classmates, and make friends from all over, come and take a look at Fontbonne and see if you should be a Griffin!
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.
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!