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My fall memories are full of men and woman lacing up their shoes and heading to starting line. The brisk air hitting you as you walk around to see t-shirts being sold, runners stretching, and food being talked about. This is the sport of Cross Country and it has been a part of my fall since I could remember. Whether I was a tyke at my sister’s races or a bundle of nerves for my own, I think of fall as a time of running. The races have a community atmosphere and this helps the tension before the race. Team activities are the best to do, especially when they involve food. The team becomes a family and it’s amazing. Running in general takes up my fall, but it isn’t fall until I watch a race with a blanket wrapped around me and I’m cheering on my teammates.

My fall is also consumed by coffee shops because I’m addicted (I’m not bothered by this at all). I always want to try the new drinks and choices given during the fall. Starbucks is usually my go to, but recently I’ve discovered more and more coffee places. It has been amazing and fun to go to a new coffee place. I have always loved trying new things and I also love coffee, so this is the best season for that. Fall is filled with running and coffee, I can’t complain.

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Don’t worry! I’m alive and well. It’s been a crazy semester, no doubt, but hands down it’s been the best of my undergrad career. I have so much to talk about! But here’s a quick run-down on the important things that have happened this semester:

1.) I finally, finally joined the cross country and track teams. I have a family, a team, here at Fontbonne! I don’t go home so much anymore! I have a completely different outlook on school and living in St. Louis compared to the negative views I had in the past. It’s amazing how getting involved with something that you love can totally change the way you look at things.
2.) I’m starting to really get into the chemistry curriculum this semester, and it’s both mind-blowing and, well, harder than I had anticipated. Also, I’ve done a lot more titrations than I would have anticipated doing in the class that I’m taking at Maryville this semester, Quantitative Analysis.
3.) I graduate next semester! I’m currently taking suggestions for what to do with my life.

I obviously still don’t have things all figured out. Last week I was having lots of second thoughts about pursuing a career in chemistry. I love chemistry in this really bizarre way, but to be honest, I’m behind since I don’t go to a school that offers a chemistry major (which explains the whole I’m-taking-a-class-through-Maryville situation). And also, to be honest, while I really love doing titrations in this really bizarre way (there’s something so satisfying about accurately reaching that end point, and I say that without a hint of sarcasm. I’m dead serious!), the thought of spending all my life in a lab fills me with…some dread. On our way back from Regionals this evening, it hit me that, while things seem kind of stressful and kind of messy right now, my life is slowly starting to fall into place. And you know what? I can finally, finally say that I like what it’s shaping up to be. Last semester I was in this weird, moody, searching place, but this semester, while I’m still trying to sort some stuff out as far as my future goes, I’m less afraid and more along the lines of totally stoked for the endless possibilities that are ahead of me.

During one of our first cross country team meetings waaay back at the beginning of the year, my teammates and I each filled out a little questionnaire. One of the questions asked us how we would describe ourselves using just one word. I found this ridiculously hard, but in the end it finally hit me. How would I describe myself? Simple:

(Outrageously) Happy.

At Conference. Probably my favorite race!

Have a good week everyone!

-Carly

“Ends of the Earth” by Lord Huron (our assistant coach introduced me to this band on the ride back from Regionals…I love it!)

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Well, I had my last cross country meet of the season last weekend, and I must admit I miss it already. Waking up and running solo just isn’t the same as waking up and running with my team (although I must admit, not waking up quite as EARLY to run is a huge plus). But, we had a meeting with our coach today, and we are well on our way to preparing for next season, with indoor/outdoor track in between. So I may be running on my own for now, but I know that I have plenty of time with my team to look forward to in the future!

Being able to run with a team that I love is just one of the many things I am grateful for at Fontbonne. To be completely honest, Fontbonne wasn’t really my first choice school, but one of the things that won me over (besides the stellar dietetics program!) was the fact that I was being recruited by the cross country coach. He persuaded me to come visit and meet the team. Once I spent more time here, I was really swayed by the small size and friendly people. And when I look back on it, I couldn’t imagine myself happier at a different school. So yes, when I sit down to my plate at Thanksgiving (although it won’t have any turkey on it!) I know I will be thankful that I go to Fontbonne. :)

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If you’ve been reading my past few posts, you probably know that I’m (deeply) involved with the Environmental Club. But here’s something I also love – perhaps even more – that I haven’t talked much about lately: RUNNING!

I am a proud member of the Fontbonne Track and Cross Country teams, and to me they are one of the best parts of being at Fontbonne! We’re a very diverse group of people, and I’m sure we all run for different reasons, but I love everyone on my team.

We usually run in Forest Park, and let me tell you, being roughly .85 miles away from such an awesome place is phenomenal!! When I run at home, I’m usually confined to my treadmill, because the roads by my house aren’t really safe. But when I’m at school, a whole new world of running opens up, and it’s super. The park’s not just for runners, either! Biking, walking, roller skating- all would be great things to do on the web of trails there. Not to mention the Art Museum, History Museum, Zoo… I could go on and on!

So basically, if you haven’t yet taken advantage of the wonders of Forest Park, I hope you will take advantage of this fabulous weather and find the time to do so soon!

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Runners, Unite!

by Alumni Posts April 27, 2011

As I think back on my freshman year of college, it is difficult to pick one person or group that has influenced me the most during my time here. From the moment I arrived with my luggage in hand, everyone has been very welcoming and kind. I was able to get involved with student organizations, […]

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I’d like to take a minute; just sit right there, and I’ll tell you all about how…

by Alumni Posts March 8, 2011

The prompt for this week was the talk about how you came to Fontbonne. My story is pretty basic and boring, but I’ll tell it anyway. I first learned about Fontbonne from a Cross Country camp that the former Head Cross Country/ Track coach Dave Almany had been speaking at. From there, I took Fontbonne, […]

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XC and RD!

by Alumni Posts February 28, 2011

My high-school was pretty prep. From the minute I walked in the door as a freshman, I was encouraged to seek out my career path and find a good college. That may sound intimidating, but looking back I’m thankful for it, because it helped lead me here to Fontbonne. Long story short, I realized that […]

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Andrew- Hide N' Seek and Rock the Vote

by fontbonneuniversity February 3, 2009

There’s so much that goes on around Fontbonne—for such a small campus, there’s always plenty of event to participate in! I really love these events, since they’re such a great way to bond with the rest of the student body. Really, all that we do here together just leads to a great sense of closeness […]

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Rachel – Starting the New School Year

by fontbonneuniversity October 10, 2008

My heart began to race in anticipation the first week of August. My return to Fontbonne Univeristy was quickly approaching, and I couldn’t wait! Being at home in Tennessee all summer fell short of my fast-paced life at school in Saint Louis. Coming back to school earlier than other students was refreshing to me. I […]

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