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Staying Organized

If you’re anything like me, you start the semester with the best of intentions.  You vow to stay perfectly organized and file everything in its appropriate place before you go to sleep at night… and then September rolls around, and you’re back to your unorganized, I’ll-deal-with-it-later habits.

If you know anything about Pinterest, it’s a wonderfully addictive tool that you can use to find lots of fun DIYs for college and for other projects.  It uses boards to organize pins (think: links to website articles or images that that interest you) and lets you go back to those pins at any time via your Pinterest profile.  Just sign up for an account and search different DIYs, or utilize their huge number of Pinterest board categories to search a broad amount of topics.

A big thing on Pinterest is their DIYs on organization.  I searched far and wide on Pinterest’s DIY boards (so you could save your precious study time!) and found the best, most convenient organization-DIYs for college students.  Smartphone apps are another great way to stay organized, so I included one app to very useful links for college students.  I often use my phone’s calendar for study prompts and reminders.  I also use AnyList (one of the apps listed in the 3rd link below) to make To-do lists, grocery lists, and any other important reminders.

Stay organized this semester and enjoy the following links!


How to Stay Organized as a Busy College Student

Frugal Friday- Organization DIYs

18 Apps Every Student Should Download Right Now

Helium Havoc

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


I am mentally stuck between my own personal goals and my family’s goals. To be more specific, I meant I don’t know how to solve my problem between going to school and planning to become an art teacher or taking over my mom’s nail salon.

For the past five years, I’ve been helping my mom at the nail salon. I’m usually there on weekends, then I work almost the whole summer everyday. No, I don’t get paid because the money goes towards our bills and such. And mom pays for everything for me, so I’m not complaining. I do save a little bit from tips (during the good season). However, I am complaining about how much I have to work and not being able to put time into school. It’s not that bad, but when I need the weekends to do homework, I’m stuck at work. Sure, I do bring homework to the place but when it’s busy, I can’t get to it. Then I get too tired to do it when I get home. I guess I need to work on organizing my schedule to fit both work and homework time. Also, with my commitments to my student organizations, I usually don’t get to attend or help out because of work or something. I know my family is my obligation/priority. I want to do so much during college because I want to become a great and successful leader. At least in some aspects. I really want to study abroad one day. Money is the other issue, though. It’s so cruel! Just another complaint.

It’s just so hard right now. I’m also wondering how long should I continue to work at the salon? Will it be steady for the next five years? I’ve told myself that I will continue helping her for as long as needed. I just feel like I’m slowly being forced into something bigger that I don’t want to do. *SIGH*

Hope everyone’s doing well! Have a great weekend.

Creativity Ladder

In my spare time,  since I was little, I have loved being creative and art. My grandma sewed and crafted and taught me to sew and do a variety of crafty things in the summers when I would spend two weeks each year at their farm.

In elementary school I won free art lessons at the Des Moines Art Museum and was always involved in art club and art classes throughout school. I remember being little and getting such joy from looking at what I made and created. When I went to high school I still loved art but you had to pick which form of art to pursue :drawing, painting, photography, etc. and I was confused about which to pick and so I dropped it all and decided to focus on classes that would help me to go to college. I felt that I wasn’t good enough to actually have a career in art but my heart still yearned to be creative.

Now, let’s just say I’m older and wiser but still have the same glee that I did as a little kid when I create something. My son is the same way. A couple of years ago my kids and I cleaned our basement and half of it became a game room for them and the other half an art room for me and the kiddos too. Since then I have started to sew and make things for friends for their birthdays. This summer because my finances are in turmoil (being a college student with a mortgage and utilities to pay will do it to you) my kids and I decided to try to make gas money for the car by selling things that we knew how to make.

So, we started an Etsy business called Mamasunbear2. The name is a whole other story, folks. We also made a Facebook page with the same name for our business. The challenging thing for me is that it has caused my to place a value on what I create and make. It’s opened my mind to self criticism and doubts in my ability to make something that people would actually like or even buy. This fall I have become even more determined to try to make our little business work because my daughter will be going to college next fall. She needs to take her ACT, have money to send in with college applications, etc. and to be totally honest I just don’t have the finances to do that.

Through prayer I feel compelled to continue to try to make our business work since it has been such a bonding experience for all three of us. I make and create the items, my son helps in making things, and my daughter helps to take pictures of our stuff and to ship and deliver orders. It has caused our little family to work together for a greater cause. I know that my son came up with the idea Bowties for Big Dogs for shelter dogs (to make them look more approachable and get adopted faster) and we recently made some of those to sell with the money made from each bowtie going to the Kansas City Pet Project animal shelter where we volunteer. Both of my kids went to church camp over the summer and adopted a little boy through Compassion Child to be their little brother. When we sell things we take part of the money and send to help their Compassion Child, Angel.

I love that my kiddos have learned to pay it forward in the world through selling things that they make. That is what keeps me going and creating. If you would like to see what we do you can check out our Etsy store or like our Facebook page (my kiddos love seeing how many likes we can get). Our name is Mamasunbear2.

As I say to each buyer and looker of our things- thanks for being a blessing to my children and I. Blessings- Sherry

Why Fontbonne!?!

Picking a college is never an easy choice. You can decide by the area it’s in, the curriculum it has, or you can even decide on a college by it’s school colors! Seriously, I have heard of people who picked a college based on the school colors. Websites even exist that tell you which college is the most like Hogwarts! I did not pick Fontbonne because my favorite color is purple, and, despite my love of Harry Potter, I did not use Hogwarts as part of my searches. Fontbonne, to me, was a very open, friendly place right from the start. I immediately felt already part of the Fontbonne community. Also, Fontbonne’s education program really appealed to my major, which is Special Education, if anyone would like to know. Plus, being from a small school, Fontbonne’s close-knit campus wouldn’t be as overwhelming as, say, Mizzou. Fontbonne is right by the Loop, which has plenty of fun places to go to, like Bubble Tea, Fritz’s, or Cheeseology. I like being able to say “Hi” to anyone and everyone. Fontbonne provides plenty of activities that help anyone who is shy meet new people in a fun, carefree atmosphere. One big thing that peaked my interest were all the ways that Fontbonne helps the ENVIRONMENT! They have paper recycling, recycling for plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Fontbonne also has something called Terracycling, which is anything from ink cartiridges to chip bags to makeup and tooth care products. I love doing anything I can to help the earth, and Fontbonne makes it easy to do just that. Overall, I probably just said “Fontbonne” a good ten times, and I hope that conveys how much I enjoy being a Fontbonne student. So really, look no further if any of these qualities are what you are looking for. Fontbonne is always welcoming new people!

Number Crunching and The Real World

May 21, 2011 is a date that looms over my head every hour of every day of this spring semester. It is only  53 school days and roughly 120 hours of class away from this exact moment. That is it: the day of my graduation from Fontbonne University. I know that most of my peers look at that day as one of freedom, celebration, excitement, liberation from homework, but for me, it is a deadline. That is when I have to decide what I want to do with my life, where I want to live and how I’m going to support myself. And that is the day I will no longer be a student at Fontbonne and become an alumni. I’m incredibly proud of this change in title, because I am incredibly proud of my university, but all I want to scream is, “What am I going to do?!?”

Again, my crisis with my future plans doesn’t stem from the negative in my college experience. It is indeed the opposite. I am too inspired by all the amazing, interesting ideas, jobs, and markets that I’ve been exposed to to choose between all of them. As a prospective grad student or young professional, Fontbonne groomed to be a perfect candidate: tons (and tons) of student involvement from student government to service to professional development, a great internship, a great academic background and a community of helpful and guiding faculty and staff. But, there’s one drawback, I don’t want to leave!

They can’t make me. I love my school so much that it is breaking my heart to let it go. I feel like I’m losing the love of my life and the place I call home all at once. All the mentors of campus (I have ten, because everyone is just so amazing), keep telling me that I’m going to go so far and am so prepared, which is encouraging. I just can’t decide which wonderful or exciting place to go first.

First and foremost, FBU instilled in me a love of service and a longing to serve those who haven’t been as fortunate  as I have. From that, I am looking in jobs in non-profit or possible a stint in Americorps. Second, the Communication department (my degree program) has opened so many opportunities for me to get work in my field, I know I would love any job I could get. And third, all my extracurriculars have shown me what I think may be my “real passion:” Higher Education. I am obsessed with the workings of a college from the academics to student affairs to athletics to administration. I want to learn and work with it all.

So, here I am with a deadline and an array of enticing options to decided between before d-day: Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m. This is where I have to look away from the numbers, away from Fontbonne and into myself. I have to find what will make me happy. I know college has definitely provided me the tools as both a student and a future alumni to do that. I will be a very happy Fontbonne graduate.