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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!!

-Kelia

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Anticipation is Making the Wait Worthwhile

by Sherry October 14, 2011

The word of the week for me is anticipation. I am preparing to go back to Des Moines over the weekend where I grew up and meet up with old friends and family. I am anticipating that this will be a good time but a bittersweet one as well. You should know that I have [...]

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The one person every student should get to know on campus

by Madison October 13, 2011

There are so many great people that every student should get to know on campus. It might just be too hard a task to narrow it down to one. So to be fair, I’ll break this topic down, and I’ll choose a person in an educational sense, as well as in the social scene. Therefore, [...]

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Follow Me to the Fall Retreat

by Alumni Posts October 12, 2011

It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, you can wear a jacket to class. Oh wait, it’s 80 degrees in October this year, so you’re probably still wearing your flip flops and shorts. But, nonetheless, it’s still that time of year again! Are you wondering what I’m babbling [...]

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Philosophy of Education

by Alumni Posts October 10, 2011

So I’m taking a course called “Philosophical Foundations of Education,” and one of the assignments is this big essay on my personal beliefs and values when it comes to teaching. It’s not due yet, but I figured I’d do a little brainstorming here anyway. My Philosophy of Education is centered around the phrase “It’s up [...]

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Here We Go Again

by Allison September 21, 2011

A majority of college students would agree they love it when summer starts, but if you would ask the Fontbonne student body, they would reply that they love it when the school year starts. I came from the University of Missouri St. Louis and transferred to Fontbonne to complete my junior and senior years because I didn’t [...]

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Of Flash Drives and Fontbonne

by Elizabeth April 20, 2011

If there’s one trend that’s appeared again and again this school year, it’s my penchant for losing flash drives. Between the two flash drives I use regularly, one that’s a bright pink rubber bracelet and the other that’s plain ol’ gray except for the postage stamp on its side, I have misplaced them on campus [...]

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