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Fontbonne may be small, but the community isn’t..

When I tell people I go to Fontbonne University, they say “where is that!?” After I tell them the location, they say “oh it’s by The Loop, isn’t it!?”

If I had not been from this area, I would have been skeptical with the same questions when thinking about attending FU.. However, I was fortunate enough to know that Fontbonne offers many sports teams, clubs, organizations, and jobs to help you get involved.. In my first year as a full time student, I was a part of two sports teams, 2 clubs, and worked 2 on campus jobs as well as writing for the blog and juggling a social life.. Not once did I think about how small Fontbonne was (except when I was trying to park, but we’re getting a new parking lot now so woooooo!)

Aside from the campus community, STL is a beautiful and exciting city that is culturally diverse and alive! Concerts, festivals, charity runs, are just a few FREE things that you can find from week to week.. If you don’t mind spending a few dollars, try this simple 3 step process that only takes a few minutes!

1) Open your computer or smartphone to the Google search bar..

2) Type in, “fun things to do in St. Louis”

3) Explore! Don’t forget to try new things!


Fontbonne Day (May 1st) Experience

Hi everyone,

Last Friday was our University Big Day!!! Did anyone join and volunteer in one of the activities? I really had a wonderful time spending my day with my other friends at an elementary school to help their school do some gardening on their front lawn and some painting for the school to hang along the hallway. The weather was nice and this was my first time doing some planting. I ‘m glad that we were able to show the young children there to let them know what we are doing and show them what the plants are and how they will grow big later! The kids were lovely and the teachers and principal were appreciated of what we were doing there.

I am very impressed that our University which would spend a day to encourage students to go out to serve other communities in need. Compared to my previous undergraduate university, I’ve never experienced that before. So, I really appreciate how Fontbonne treasures and encourages people.

Simply Inspired

This is my very first semester at Fontbonne and, honestly, I had hopes of meeting new people and making some new friends. I definitely wasn’t prepared for what I found here! As an art major I have found that it is a small community unto itself here. Many of my classmates are in several of my classes and we all seem to inspire and encourage one another. One classmate in particular has not only inspired me, but has also given support without even being asked. Alicia has inspired me in class with her determination in every project she under takes. There is a flare and passion to her work that is always a joy to see. She’s also very encouraging of others, giving her honest opinion, and constructive feed back. She’s also been kind and supportive outside of the classroom. She’s helped me with studying for tests and also taking the time to sit and chat during one particularly stressful week. She’s been a huge inspiration and so supportive, I feel grateful to call her my friend.

Small School in the Big City

The great thing about Fontbonne University is that it provides the comfort and close-knit feeling of a small school but is placed amongst a busy and bustling city. The small size of Fontbonne allows for small staff to student ratios as well as a community that truly cares about what is best for you. At the same time, Fontbonne is merely fifteen minutes away from the historic and wonderful downtown St. Louis, which provides an abundant amount of fun things to do. Beyond things such as going to a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium and getting a tour of the Arch, downtown St. Louis has many concerts, plays, 5k runs, musicals, parades and many more. Just this past weekend, I went to the Little Big Town concert at the beautiful and classic Fox Theatre; only ten minutes away from Fontbonne. Fontbonne is unique in that it truly is  a place that cares about the success of its students in the small-school setting while allowing the community to embrace the many opportunities and events of the city of St. Louis.

Here is a link of the events happening in St. Louis soon:


The Fabulous Fox Theatre
The Fabulous Fox Theatre: Where the Concert Was


Taking Data

As a speech-pathology major, one of my profession’s greatest concerns is keeping track. By keeping track, we have the evidence we need to judge our work, to backtrack, or move forward, with different strategies, all to achieve a goal. For many speech-pathology majors, or any major that requires taking data, it is difficult to keep track while you’re in sessions. The multitasking is difficult, and the struggle is truly real, especially when you are bound by a code of ethics that requires faithful data collection.

But everyone does it, in a way. Figuratively, I think we all have a subconscious force in us that computes a tally. This tally can be anything; what makes us unique is our counting priorities. Not only do we count, we gauge progress based on the percentage we achieve. We all have our own “code of ethics” that guides us in making our choices to make our time count. Now, not everyone things in numbers, but we can at least count, can we not? Some of us count calories. Some of us count money. Some of us count how many times we make people laugh in a day. Some of us count how many times that cutie in class smiles back. Some of us try to count how many times that client produces the /k/ and /k/ in the initial position of CVC words in spontaneous conversations with 80% accuracy during unstructured activities given only semantic and verbal cues.

Hold up, hold up, Izzy… stop rambling. So what does this have to do with Fontbonne?

Being at Fontbonne has shown me that your time here really does count, qualitatively, and quantitatively. I cannot tell you how many great conversations I have had with the people here throughout my 6 years in St. Louis. From all of them, I have yielded little nuggets of wisdom I will keep, like Sister Rita teaching me, “There’s a world out there friends… don’t miss it.”. I cannot tell you how many random acts of kindness I have received or have witnessed students do for others (so whoever left that cookie in my mailbox THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!).  I cannot tell you how many times I have been on adventures with friends in spontaneous youth that have ended in the most meaningful experiences of my life, like the time someone organized a treasure hunt for me in Forest Park during a tough time. I cannot tell you how many times I am awed at how I learn so much from my other students, older and younger, like the amazing leaders I witnessed today during Selection Saturday, so willing and pepped up to take over campus with their positivism and enthusiasm.

It is not always about the number, but about what made that number meaningful to you. In other words, you are more than a number. You’re not just a statistic in the system. You can definitely trust that there is someone here who will make your time count more than you think, and you are also given the motivation to track your own progress as you are molded by the nuggets of wisdom you receive. For what it’s worth, I’ve already lost count!



Help Yourself By Helping Others

Hello! Today, I am going to be sharing my thoughts on community service and its relevance to Fontbonne’s mission statement.

“Why is service so important?”

Serving your community lets others know that you want to help change the world little by little while gaining a new perspective of life. Service, amidst being so important, is beneficial for communication skills as well as other attributes that are admirable in the work place.

“Why is it important for Fontbonne to encourage and participate in service as a whole?”

At Fontbonne, it is important and somewhat obligatory to be inclusive and welcoming as a part of promoting and participating in community service. People, especially college-aged students, need to understand the value of contributing to such great causes, whether those be for the environment or social justice.

“And why is service important to you personally?”

I just really love helping people and accomplishing either tough or fun tasks that promote goodness and the cultivation of a stronger community . It makes me happy to see others smile! I always think, “Wow, we just made a huge impact on someone’s life today. I’m so proud of us,” after I finish a day of service with various groups of people.

“Who has influenced your thoughts on service and community contribution?”

My parents. I owe it all to them. (And God, of course)! They taught me well.

A couple of examples of places that offer amazing volunteer opportunities are 1) NAMI St. Louis (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and 2) Saint Vincent de Paul thrift stores. If you have the chance, check either out on the web to learn more about their causes.

Thank you so much for reading! Good luck with studying for finals, everyone. Ta, ta for now!


A lot of our values growing up have been shaped by movies and television and I’m not ashamed to admit it. This spring break, I’ve been catching up on a TV show called “Supernatural.” It’s about two brothers that fight evil forces in the world. The show is funny, graphic, and full of cool visual effects, but what I take away from it is not that demons or angels exist, but that family is one of the strongest forces one can have. These two brothers will really fight for each other, and I find that really inspirational. But the show also tells you that family doesn’t always have to be blood.

After each show, I think of my own family.  I think of my friends that make my family here. They fight for me in ways that I don’t realize. I also believe that God fights for me. And yet, it’s hard to remember that. On days when it’s hardest to see the light, it’s hard to see how many people are rooting for you!  But hey, they are rooting for you!

That really comforts me. Our inner demons can be vanquished by the power of community and love. It’s a refreshing and comforting thought. And I’m glad that Fontbonne is one of those fighter communities that really reaches out to you when you need it!

Health Fair

This semester, I am volunteering my time as an intern at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. It is a very meaningful experience for me. I attend different meetings with a clinic lead, met and educated patients and families, and assisted family resource center to deliver educational materials to the public. It was a very meaningful experience for me.

One of the events I attended was St. Louis Health Fair, which is a community event for St. Louis residents. We gave health information and resources to the public, to increase their knowledge about some common issues for kids, such as asthma and sleep walking. The healthfair was a very meaningful event. I think I not only helped this community, but I’ve also learned a lot from this event. I’ll keep contributing my time to community events to help more people in the future.

12 Hours of Christmas

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 free bagels, doughnuts, and coffee. Some of the other events included Reindeer Games, Ice Skating, Santa’s Workshop, and making Gingerbread Houses. One of the events that I enjoyed was Santa’s Workshop. I got to paint my own ornament and make holiday cards for Alzheimer patients and US Soldiers overseas. Another event that I participated in was the Reindeer Games. Even though I was helping out this event, I was still able to participate. I loved the competitive and joyful atmosphere. There was an inflatable obstacle course called the Polar Plunge where you could compete with a friend to win tickets entered into the raffle. Another activity was the hamster ball race. At first I was skeptical of running around in a giant inflatable hamster ball, but it turned out to be lots of fun. Overall the 12 hours of Christmas was a fun filled event. Each hour was packed full of holidays festivities for the whole Fontbonne campus. This was a great event to kick off the holiday season to Fontbonne and celebrate a wonderful semester.

Surprises of College Life

I feel like college is full of surprises and I never really knew what to expect. I visited twice, I even had an overnight stay. But you never really “get it” until you live in a residents hall freshman year. What really surprised me was the absolute community feel of our floor. I was not expecting that at all. Everyone ALWAYS had their door open. Everyone knew everyone, and was always willing to help, let you borrow things, answer questions, go with you places. It was awesome. It definitely solidified friendships, and everyone pretty much still keeps in touch and stays friends! I think that is awesome. Nearly 3.5 years later and I am still best friends with the girls I met freshman year through dorm life, and I am going to miss them so much when I graduate and move back to KY!!! :( I am not a fan of leaving my STL family. I love you guys!!