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After a long day of physics, biochemistry, and molecular techniques lab, one of my favorite things to do is return home to my best friend, Cocoa Dixie, to take her for a walk. Being a commuter allows me to do that.

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This past week was crazy. Without sounding all “whine-y and complain-y” (as my friend and fellow blogger, Carly, would say), I had a pretty rough week.  I had a physics test on Wednesday, an advanced statistics test on Thursday, and a biotech quiz on Friday.  Like I said, it was rough.

But you know what got me through it all?  Lots of highly-caffeinated tea and, of course, my friends.  My friends and I are so close that I consider us to be a big family.   And because we’re like a family, we do tend to annoy each other at times.   But I know that I can always count on them to explain a confusing concept in a well thought-through analogy or get out of bed at 7am when they don’t have class until 10 in order to help me study for my third major test of the week.  I, of course, would do the same for them.

One thing that really bothers me is the fact that people think that I don’t have the real “college experience” since I’m a commuter student.  Yes, I don’t live on campus, but I still have a bunch of friends who are like me in so many ways and who are willing to help me out in school and in everyday life.  I’m so happy that I found a school that allows me to still live at home with my “real” family and commute to a place where I can spend time with and enjoy the (usually) pleasant company of my “extended” family. 

Lucy and Ethel really make my point about the relationship that my friends and I often share.  Check out their friendship song:



People always seem to think that commuter students don’t have the so-called “college experience.” Many people, even those I’ve personally encountered, don’t think that commuters get involved. Many believe that commuters literally get to school five minutes before their classes start, go to class, and then bolt out the door as soon as class is over.  However, at least at Fontbonne, those people couldn’t be more wrong.

I’m happy to say that I am a commuter and that I feel like I’m having a great college experience.  To begin with, Fontbonne makes it easy for commuters to get involved through various clubs and organizations.  In fact, there’s even an organization solely for commuter students.  It’s called CAB – the Commuter Advisory Board – and it is sort of a forum for commuter students that allows them to socialize with other students and voice their opinions and concerns about commuting-related issues.  This is actually the second year that I’ve served the Vice President of Programming for CAB, and I think that CAB has come really far since my freshman year.  Last Christmas, a group of students completely repainted and revamped the Griffin’s Nest commuter lounge on the fourth floor of Medaille, and we’ve hosted better Commuter Weeks and other commuter-based events.

Next week, CAB will be sponsoring a Commuter Appreciation Day on Tuesday starting at noon.  It will be an ice-cream-social-and-Wii-game event held in the Griffin’s Nest, and it will be a perfect time for commuters to get to know each other better. 

So if you’re a current Fontbonne commuter who wants to get involved, or if you’re a student thinking about coming to Fontbonne as a commuter, I encourage you to look into joining CAB and other organizations on campus.  You don’t necessarily have to be a resident student to have a fulfilling college experience.  As we say in CAB, “Don’t just commute – be CABulous.”


Counting today, there are only three days left of spring break.  I do have to say that it’s been a great spring break.  Because I had four major tests the week before spring break (wait a minute, that was only last week – how time flies!),  I only have one test next week: organic chemistry.  As usual, I’m sure it will be a huge, headache-inducing test.  (But I do feel much more confident about taking this test because I’ve had a lot of time to study for it.)  However, since I’ve only had one test to study for, I’ve actually been able to have some fun over spring break.  I went back to my high school to help with some final crew-related work for their spring musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (which opens next weekend), I helped my mom paint my grandparents’ garage door, and I even saw the new “Mission Impossible” movie.  (Okay, so it’s not really new, it came out at Christmas time…)

I’m not going to lie – after a liberating week such as this one, it will surely be difficult to return to school, books, and tests.  However, for all of the commuters reading this blog, there is something to look forward to, and that something is CAB’s Commuter Week.

The CAB executive board, comprised of Elizabeth, Steph, and yours truly, have comprised what we hope to be the best Commuter Week yet.  Each day of the week, we will be having free breakfasts for commuter students.  From Monday to Friday, those breakfasts, in order, are: donuts, Bread Co. bagels, cereals, French toasts, and an exotic tea and coffee bar.  On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we will be having free lunches for the first 20 commuters to sign up.  The lunches, in order, will be from Mom’s Deli, Qdoba Mexican Grill, and Panda Express.  Whenever you come to an event, be sure to talk to an executive board member in order to receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win an attendance prize.  The more times you come, the more chances you have to win.

So enjoy the rest of your spring break.  If you’re a commuter, I hope to see you at all of the Commuter Week events!


Why did I choose Fontbonne? Well that’s easy!

by Alumni Posts February 7, 2012

Fontbonne is perfect for me because it is a small, friendly campus. I have attended Catholic schools my whole life, and I figured that attending a Catholic college would be a great way to continue my education. The grade school and high school that I attended were both very small, so I knew that going […]

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Let’s Go Ride a Trike

by Alumni Posts November 11, 2011

I’m only a sophomore, but I’ve already picked up on the fact that the fall semester at Fontbonne goes into overdrive after Halloween. Soon after Halloween comes Thanksgiving break.  And then it’s just a few mere days until the much-dreaded exam week, followed closely by the ever-popular Christmas break. With all of the craziness of […]

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