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What do you wish you knew before you came to Fontbonne?

Would you like the honest truth? – I wish I knew how difficult finding a parking spot can be depending on what day of the week as well as the time of day.  It is really truly hard to believe how Fontbonne is primarily made up of commuter students until you really have a “commuter student” moment, such as having to circle around the parking lot trying to find a spot. Another moment would be that you are running late and need to find a spot so you call a friend to go and look for a spot ahead of you and try to flag down that spot before someone else does. Another moment would be to try and get to school so much earlier compared to the time that your classes start, just so that you have a secure spot for when your class does actually start. I realize I can sound as if I am being over-dramatic about parking at Fontbonne, because there really are days that are not that bad when it comes to parking but then days that are kind of not the best. It all depends on how you plan out your time to find a parking spot but also opportunities on where to park. We do have a commuter lot that is next to one of Washington University’s buildings where a shuttle will pick you up and drop you off right in front of the main building on campus, which is really helpful.

What information would help incoming students make most of their time here?

Time Management! What else could be more valuable for students who are coming in from high school to the new college setting. I know time management was talked about a lot in my high school days, though it was really difficult to understand unless I was really really busy. In college you really do have much more time to yourself to spend compared to when you are in practically the same building for more than 7 hours switching classes on the same area of land. In college, you have many more commitments to give your time to, such as a part-time job, family, friends, academics, studying, tutoring, sleeping, eating, relaxing, club organizations, office hours if you are a club officer, and much more. At times it feels like you cannot do anything because there are not enough hours in the day, but the more you plan out your priorities as well as your own personal commitments and what is best for you as an individual, the easier things can go through each day— because you planned your time.

What might students from other schools be surprised to hear about Fontbonne?

When you hear that you know just about everyone on campus, it seriously is true. There are days where I may see a friend of mine at least 4 times and each time was not planned out. It is crazy though also awesome at the same time. Having a smaller student body, it feels as if everything and everyone is more close-knit and like a family, which I think is true. Unlike those large universities where it may feel like you are just a number in the system and your teachers do not know  your name,  it is not like that at Fontonne. Here, teachers really take time to invest in their students each and every day, and take time to learn your name. It is so great to have the opportunity to know that if something tragic were to come up at the last minute and I would not be able to finish a particular assignment for a class, I would be able to go and talk to my professor for help to complete the assignment or have more time to complete it without getting a lower grade. Here at Fontbonne University, relationships exist between student and teacher — relationships of understanding and personal development for the betterment of the student.

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Sarah

Final Countdown

by Sarah on December 1, 2014

in Academics

Oh my goodness, what else can be said for the final weeks of school?! Well for starters, all I know is that I have less than 5 days left in each of my classes, actually much less than that overall. Once Thanksgiving Break comes and goes, everything literally is a blur for academics to be honest.

By that time, at least for myself, more than half of my final assignments are completed, and all teachers can talk about is final exams. On the other hand, all students talk about is the fact that they have so much still left to accomplish, whether they have large research papers, English papers, projects, last minute tests, etc. College life cannot be handled when time management does not exist. That’s the truth — sure, it may seem that everything wants to occur all at once, as well as just fall through the cracks at once, but the more you have a handle on how to deal with things, the less chaotic it seems. Just a few weeks ago, I visited the Director of our Kinkel Center in the Library, Dr. Pousson, to talk about how to plan out my larger assignments into smaller assignments that are easier to manage – which in the end, helped so much. In addition to having an easier time approaching my assignments, I was able to turn in those final papers well ahead of time without pulling an all-nighter.

I will admit, there are times when college comes across as so much easier or better than high school, but there are also times when I almost wish I could go back to high school. Though luckily I have more moments of college being better than high school. In college, you have much more freedom to make use or not make use of your time and talents. You can join several clubs that are more appealing to your interests or create a group that has not yet appealed to your interests. With clubs then there is having a social life that really you are the one who is in charge of it along with academic life. Though when it comes to classes, you are in class much less compared to high school, and that is where the self-discipline comes into play much more and the willingness to spend more personal time on academics compared to forced time like in high school. The choice is up to the student.

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It’s that time of year again: spirit week! The Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB) is traditionally the host of fall spirit week, and this year’s theme is “Helium Havoc.” So take flight and get ready to be blown away by all the exciting events we have planned!
• Monday September 15, 7-10 p.m.: Request your favorite songs at Dueling Pianos
• Tuesday September 16, 7:15 p.m.: Show your STL pride at the Cardinals game (purchase tickets for only $15 in the business office)
• Wednesday September 17, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Take home a souvenir from the balloon artist
• Wednesday September 17, 8:45 p.m.: Ride the bus from Fontbonne to Wild Country and dance the night away (sign up on FAB’s Facebook)
• Thursday September 18, 7 p.m.: Glow with your team of 8 in the Neon Volleyball tournament (sign up on FAB’s Facebook)
• Friday September 19, 7-9 p.m.: Support Griffin Nation at the Fontbonne booth at the Forest Park balloon glow
• Friday September 19, 10 p.m.: Wind down the night by watching Disney/Pixar’s Up in the Golden Meadow
• Saturday September 20, 12-6 p.m.: Watch the annual Balloon Race in Forest Park

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Well, this school year has definitely had its ups and downs. There were so many memorable moments, and I made lots of great friends. However, it was also very stressful moving away from home and keeping up with all my school work. I joined the honors program here, so I’ve had some harder classes, but I have definitely been challenged in a positive way. It was also great living in St. Louis this year – I got to try Ted Drewe’s ice cream, attend a Cardinals’ game, go to concerts, enjoy Forest Park, and do all sorts of fun stuff! There have been many exciting moments, but perhaps the best part of my first year of college was becoming a member of the third floor of St. Joseph’s Hall. Our floor is basically one big group of friends. We always eat lunch together and there is never enough room at the table, but we make room. We share each other’s clothes, food, joys, and troubles. If I’m ever having a bad day, I can always count on a member of the Third Floor Council to cheer me up. Yes, we have a council. I am truly going to miss my friends at Fontbonne over the summer. Three whole months without them?!?! Ah! Whatever will I do? Hopefully we will be able to stay in touch. Anyway, here is my number one piece of advice to any future freshmen: Make friends, and make good ones. No matter where you end up, there will always be people you can count on. Well, unless you move to like the Arctic circle or the outback or something. I’ve also compiled a list of a few other tips for surviving your freshman year:

1. Don’t procrastinate! Deadlines come sooner than you think, and you don’t want to be rushing to finish a paper at 3 in the morning the night before it’s due.

2. Read the syllabus! It is very important to know when your professor’s office hours are. I’m pretty sure I’ve had to schedule meetings with at least half of my professors, if not more. Although it can seem like a hassle, it is always a good idea to meet with them to ask questions about projects or papers. Not only will your assignments turn out better, but you will also rid yourself of additional stress and the professor will know you are a good student. The syllabus is also great for checking due dates. Like I said in #1, don’t procrastinate.

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The Last Post.

by Alumni Posts April 28, 2014

Top Lessons I Learned in College (And Not from a Textbook) 1.)  You don’t need to transfer schools or move across the country to somewhere more beautiful or exciting in order to be happy. Happiness is right where you are, and finding it is all a matter of changing your perspective on where you’re at. […]

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Working in College

by Joanna April 28, 2014

Working in college is a kind of debated topic. Some people say you should focus on school, that college is a big change in your life and you need to take it one step at a time. Others say you should work as much as you can. I think the answer is somewhere in the […]

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How to stay healthy while on Campus

by Alumni Posts April 9, 2014

This topic is perfect for me right now. I’ve recently gained so much weight since I moved on campus and let me tell you, it is not pretty at all. My boyfriend kept trying to get me to work out and eat healthy, but it was so hard and I just kept getting bigger and […]

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“Hindsight is Vibrant, Reality: Rarely Lit”

by Alumni Posts February 18, 2014

So maybe you think that since I’m a senior, with almost 4 years of college life behind me, I have it all figured out. Not really. I’m just making it up as I go. But I can offer some advice based on my past experiences, good and bad.  All things considered, looking back now – […]

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Music to My Ears

by Deanna February 6, 2014

I have never met a person who’s just like “You know, I really hate music. Can’t stand listening to it!” Everyone loves some kind of music! For me, music is almost always a constant. At work we have it on in the store, and in the kitchen. I have it on in my car (often […]

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The freshman struggle

by Alumni Posts January 30, 2014

Freshman year. Unknown teachers, book fees, roommate issues, and more. Have you ever written a paper and felt like you got an A but your instructor thought otherwise? This has happened to me plenty of times. The worst part is that the instructor won’t even let you redo the paper even after your countless hours […]

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