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Nothing compares to standing underneath the giant trees, surrounded by a beautiful park. St. Louis has so much to offer, but perhaps the most influential in my everyday life is the scenery. Coming from a suburb that has a sidewalk and one bike path, I love exploring the parks around school. The one pictured above is called Concordia Park.

Follow the dirt path off of Fontbonne’s campus and it will lead you to this stunning park. At the time I went, spring flowers were blooming. Nature was attempting to shake off the winter blues. The small park has beautiful trees, flowers, and much more. The park is always filled with dogs playing catch, picnics, and people relaxing. All this is happening, but the park makes you feel like it is just you standing underneath the tall trees.

Across the street there is a Kaldi’s Coffee that perfects the mood. Taking a stroll never felt so relaxing with a cup of coffee in your hand and a nice park. Convenient and beautiful, Concordia park happens to be one of my favorite parts of St. Louis.

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A week ago we had a surprise snow day at Fontbonne! A friend and I decided to make the most of our snow day and made some great memories!

First, we went sledding on Art Hill in Forest Park! It was my first time sledding there and I absolutely loved it! There were tons of other people there enjoying their snow day, just like we were. We had a blast sledding down Art Hill, but the trek back up was a bit of a workout. :) It was totally worth it though!

After some sledding we stopped by Starbucks for some coffee to warm us up! It was much needed. I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes after spending a couple hours outdoor in the cold winter weather! We sat in Starbucks for a little while and caught each other up on what was happening in our lives, which is always a good thing! It’s hard to keep track of what’s happening in each others lives during a busy school week, so the snow day gave us time to catch up!

To finish off our snow day, we watched The Great Gatsby! That was the first time I had ever seen it and I adored it! I think its one of my favorite movies now! If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it!

A week later, I reminiscing on that wonderful day full of fun that I got to spend with a great friend!

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Conner

Personal Touches

by Conner on February 12, 2015

in College Life

Fontbonne University has been the place I’ve called home for nearly three and a half years. I came here as first year freshman, and occupied one of the 350 beds on campus. I’ve lived in St. Joesph Hall, more frequently and fondly called “The Joe”, and Medaille Hall, my current residence hall.

Most people whine and complain about the hum drum of dorm life, but it doesn’t bother me one bit. Sure, sometimes the culinary side of me misses having an actual kitchen, but I’ve made my space my own.

It’s not the biggest space, but it’s mine. That’s been my trick to making it through dorm life for almost an entire college career. I arrange my furniture to what fits best for my lifestyle, and I add more than what the university provides. I am a fashion merchandising major after all. I probably have too big of a wardrobe. Besides extra room for cardigans and shoes, a cheap blue chair from Target works wonders.

My favorite addition to my room in Medaille this year is what I’ve termed “Conner’s Coffee Corner”. My life revolves around my obsession with coffee and tea. Needing caffeine in the morning, afternoon, and every time in between, I wanted a way to organize my collection of coffee mugs, tea bags, and coffee canisters for my on-the-go lifestyle. With one cubicle organizer, bins, and a new electric kettle, I was set to go. I now had a space, in my own space, that helps me feel even more at home at Fontbonne.

My coffee corner is tucked away in the “relax” segment of my room, with a rug and blue cozy chair. This space is everything to me. It’s my Fontbonne home.

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Dani

Finding Your Balance

by Dani on February 12, 2015

in College Life

College, jobs, family, friends, extra-curricular activities: a lot of college students juggle some or all of these things in their daily lives. The real challenge, however, is finding the right balance with everything and still find time to sleep. After almost three years of college life, I’ve come up with a few tricks of my own. Organizing and keeping to a schedule, setting goals, quality over quantity, “Me” time, copious amounts of coffee, and learning to say “No”.

Being organized and keeping to a schedule is extremely important for my balancing act. Knowing when my classes are, what days and times I work, and when I have free time help keep me on time and on task. This isn’t to say that every minute of my days are scheduled, spontaneity is a good thing, but the bulk of my week days are planned out, mainly for classes and work. I also write everything down in my calendar, this is a definite safe guard against forgetting something for class because I was cramming for a test.

Setting realistic goals is also at the top of my list. My biggest goal is to get through my bachelor’s in two years, then tackle my master’s. But goals can be small too, like finishing a paper early so I can take a day trip somewhere. In that sense I get to check something off my list and get a reward for the hard work. It’s a win, win situation.

Quality over quantity and learning to say “No” have been the two biggest challenges for me to learn so far. Before college, and even at the start of it, I had a very active social life. I would do things and go to events, even if I wasn’t really interested, just be seen or keep from insulting anyone. The fact was, however, that it wasn’t realistic for my schedule and I wasn’t enjoying myself most of the time. With college being my main focus, I had to learn to decide which events I wanted to attend the most, who I wanted to spend my free time with, and politely say no to anything I didn’t want to go to. With the explosion of social media event invites, the trick is deciding which ones are best for you and your free time.

Scheduling in some “Me” time is an underrated event. Everyone, even really extroverted people, should invest in some alone time to de-stress, breathe, and recharge those batteries. It can even be something as simple as your favorite café, a walk in the park, a favorite book, or an afternoon nap.

Last but not least, copious amounts of coffee is the life blood of most college students. I am proud to say that I am an avid coffee addict. I like mine black and preferably strong enough to degrease a jet engine, but however you take it, coffee has helped millions of student survive and balance the rigors of a hectic college schedule. It has kept us awake during the driest history lectures, the most confusing math problems, and those late night paper writing sessions. So caffeinate often and find that balance. Cheers!

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The Last Hoorah

by Conner February 10, 2015

Spring 2015. My last semester here at Fontbonne. It’s a strange feeling, and I knew this was coming all along, but somehow I can’t quite believe it. I don’t want to believe it. I think I’ve taken this semester as an opportunity to pack in everything I think I need to accomplish before graduation. This […]

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Energy Needed

by Rikia February 4, 2015

This morning has started off rough for me. I woke up tired, exhausted, out of fuel. I love energy drinks. I know, bad for your heart, but they’ve always been my cure for some good old fashion “mojo.” Well, after putting myself on a strict budget, I have not been able to afford my love […]

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My Fall: Running and Coffee Shops

by Cathy October 23, 2014

My fall memories are full of men and woman lacing up their shoes and heading to starting line. The brisk air hitting you as you walk around to see t-shirts being sold, runners stretching, and food being talked about. This is the sport of Cross Country and it has been a part of my fall […]

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St. Paul to St. Louis

by Abby September 29, 2014

Without having a car here on campus I get to experience this beautiful city by foot or by bike! I am from St. Paul, Minnesota and I love being somewhere new where I don’t know where I’m going and what I am going to find. Biking around the Fontbonne University area the past few weeks […]

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Coffee Crawl

by Alumni Posts April 15, 2013

Are you a coffee lover? If you are, you should join the annual coffee crawl in the St. Louis area. A coffee crawl means people walk to several coffee shops to try free coffee and donuts and also visit other fantastic shops around the area. Last Saturday,my friend invited me to join the coffee crawl in historic downtown […]

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