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!
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.
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.
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: Where the Concert Was