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It seems crazy to think that just three-and-a-half months ago, I was starting my college journey.  Now, it’s almost 1/8 done!  Whoa…that’s a little scary to think about!  If this semester went by quickly, just imagine the remaining seven; before I know it, Fontbonne will be a memory and I’ll be entering yet another new phase of life.

But before I get too carried away with the future, I’d like to focus on the past 16 weeks and how my life has changed.  My professors have not only built a solid higher-education foundation for me with this semester’s classes, although that is very true.  I’ve also built solid relationships with many faculty members, including several I didn’t even have as teachers but may later on.  It’s priceless to have those positive associations both now and in the future — they know I’m a dedicated, hardworking student who is invested in learning for life; I know they care about me, truly want to push me and see me succeed, and are always willing to help in any way possible.  I can’t compare this to other schools because I was always homeschooled, and Fontbonne is my first college experience, but I must say I think you’d be hard-pressed to find — anywhere else — the level of dedication and professionalism all the instructors at Fontbonne have.

I have learned a lot more about myself and Fontbonne’s mission.  I’ve gotten through exams and essays and hard days that, prior to, seemed daunting, scary, or even impossible.  I’ve become more confident and knowledgeable in areas I never imagined I would be.  I’ve worked through difficult problems with logic and persistence, finding joy in finally coming up with the correct solution/answer and knowing I’m capable of doing so.  I’ve laughed a lot and cried a little (hope to keep it that way!).  I’ve been blessed with support and respect from my family.  I’ve learned how to be impeccable — and I mean impeccable — with my time.  I’ve also learned how much of a privilege sleep is — here’s looking at you, long-since-gone 8-hour nights!  Finally, I am not only majoring in dietetics; I’ve officially declared a minor in history, which is not something I expected to do at all, but now I am and I’m so glad!

For all this sentimentality, I sincerely hope I have expressed how glad I am to be a Fontbonne student (bet you never would have guessed).  This semester wasn’t perfect; I wouldn’t expect one to ever be.  But it completely affirmed my decision to attend; there’s no looking back or second-guessing myself!  I’m happy to have a month off with family, relaxing and getting ready for next semester. Christmas is my favorite holiday, so I’ll be that all-December-long celebrator.  I’ve already got the Christmas music in full swing during my commutes…and I’ll be starting my chocolate Advent calendar tomorrow (as I write this…and yes, I do have a chocolate Advent calendar; I don’t think you’re ever too old for one)!  My family and I are also going on a quick ski trip to Colorado at the very end of December/beginning of January, so that’s something I eagerly look forward to.

Whether you’re graduating in a couple short weeks (congratulations!), are midway through college, or completing your first semester ever, here’s some good luck sent your way for finals and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and break.  Study hard, have fun, and I’ll be back in a month!

Blessings,

~Anna

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Patricia

Christmas

by Patricia on December 7, 2015

in Extracurricular

After my exams, I will start celebrating Christmas! I will start hanging decorations on my porch and I will hang up both Christmas trees. We have a green one and a white one. I will also bake cookies. This year I am going to make a yule tide cake. I will make sugar cookies, wreath cookies, pecan crescents, chocolate-covered pretzels, and some new recipes. I will also work at McDonald’s, but not too much because I have some Christmas shopping to do. I also have to give my parents a wish list. The day after Christmas we are visiting my grandma in Indianapolis again. We are not sure what gift we will get her. Even though she is very very short on funds, she always manages to buy us Christmas presents. You can never refuse a gift from her, she will just mail it to your house whether you like it or not!


 

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Nothing shapes you more than the people around you. Every person that has influenced your life was there for a reason and college isn’t different. When I first came to college I had a lot of awesome people around me. However, forging a bond with other first years really helped me get used the change of college.

My group of friends that I met this year are all sorts of busy with school and work. Saying that, we found time for friends-mas. Friends-mas was a Christmas celebration before we went home for actual Christmas with our families. Being away during the season can be hard, but friends-mas was the answer. We visited the zoo, explored St. Louis, and much more together.

We have supported each other through the change of college. I have met some awesome people at Fontbonne but nothing is better than actually relating to someone. The people I’ve met here helped make Fontbonne home.

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Alumni Posts

December Baby

by Alumni Posts on December 16, 2013

in In Saint Louis

Well, that’s it. The Fall Semester is officially over. I had a few difficult finals and a rough week (39 hour all-nighter included), but what’s done is done. Now it’s time to celebrate!

The month of December is one that is celebratory for everyone every year, but for myself especially. December brings winter break, Christmas, holiday festivities, my birthday, and my roommate’s birthday! What more fun could a girl ask for? This year both my roommate and I are turning the big 2-1, and are having a joint birthday celebration to celebrate. We’re going all out with invitations, a cake, and an “End of Prohibition” theme.

With the celebration of winter break is the art of relaxation, or a little more sleep and a little less stress. I’m hoping to have some quality “me” time before the spring semester begins. I plan on getting a pedicure, shopping, going to the zoo, and seeing Christmas lights. I’m spending most of winter break at school working, so it will be my first official December in St. Louis. I can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Thanks for reading..

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Merry Christmas!

by Alumni Posts December 16, 2013

Our Christmas break is coming! For me, the meaningful of Christmas is love, joy, blessings, and happiness. I’m wishing that all my blog readers and your family have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas from Penny!

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Holiday Cookie Making

by Alumni Posts December 12, 2013

Each year my family gathers for a cookie making day.  Now, for some reason we bake at the beginning of the month and somehow think that the cookies will make it to Christmas Eve, which they never do.  The cookies we make are Brookies, Red Hots and Smuckers. A Brookie is basically brownie batter, topped […]

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Traditions

by Alumni Posts December 10, 2013

This week, I was going to talk about finals and give you guys some of my best tips on how to master them.  I was going to say that it’s better to study a little every day instead of cramming, to organize your notes into main ideas, to highlight main concepts, to give your brain […]

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Snow!! Wished I had classes.

by Alumni Posts December 9, 2013

On Friday Fontbonne was closed due to the snow we had on Thrusday night.  While most of the Fontbonne students went back to sleep after receiving the cancellation notice.  I was up and awake at 5:30 am in order to go to my internship.  By 6:30 am I was eating my breakfast.  I decided to […]

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Holiday Traditions

by Alumni Posts December 9, 2013

I have always found the Holidays very stressful!  At first it was because my mom, dad, sister and I lived out of state so instead of a time of relaxing and celebration we were baking, packing, traveling, and living from a suitcase.  It was never relaxing or fun.  Now that we are back in-state, the […]

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12 Hours of Christmas

by Alumni Posts December 4, 2013

For the Fontbonne community, yesterday was a fun day. The Department of Leadership Education and Student Activities hosted an event called the 12 hours of Christmas. This event consisted of 12 hours of fun filled activities. It began at 9 am with the Christmas Coffee House where Owen Pye sang Christmas Carols and there were […]

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