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The Ultimate Fontbonne Excursion

This weekend was full of events ranging from Alumni Weekend, Mini-Dance Marathon, and Fontbonne gaming events. To kick off my weekend, I just lounged around the AMC to conserve my energy for the mini-marathon later Friday evening. I love Dance Marathon (DM) to its entirety that I had to give it my all. When 5:30PM hit, I was up and running. DM is everything because you’re raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network while dancing for those who can’t. This will be my third year and I cannot let them down. This event was in the Griffin’s Nest and everyone danced the night away. To make the event even better, the Nest was blacked-out so everyone wore neon! Since we’re joining SLUDM, their morale committee came to show us some moves that will shut down any college campus. In addition to that, the WING Leaders performed the flash mob dance routine from the Over Welcome during Fall Orientation. The songs included hits like, “…Baby One More Time”, “Everybody”, and “Worth It.” Our flash mob is now certified and has to be displayed at any event. After the mini-marathon, some friends and I watched Scream 1 and 2.

Saturday I woke up exhausted but ready to cheer on our men’s tennis match against Concordia. Fellow WING Leaders Blake, Jacob and Stephen were blazing up the court with their combo moves. Along came Brooke, Joel, Erika, and Garret to help cheer on the team with Fontbonne Spirit. After the match, the five of us went to eat lunch in Ryan Hall and then to cheer the women’s volleyball game against Webster. The girls did a great job and if you didn’t notice they put Rachel in the game! Later that night, I went to the Grovefest with arah, Taylor and Eric because we haven’t spent any time together recently and it was cool. Afterwards, we went to Sarah’s apartment to watch Scream 3. If you aren’t following me on Twitter, please do! You’re missing out. Also in Scream 3, Beth disapproves of Gale Weathers’ (Courtney Cox) bangs. They were tragic.

Along came Sunday with the Alumni Reunion Mass. The 50th Year ladies looked great as they reunited with one another.  Despite the frantic search for the priest, he arrived and Mass was celebrated as a community. Afterwards, I ate brunch with part of the Pressimone family, Leslie Doyle, and Terragan Brouk. The food, speakers, and atmosphere was wonderful. To put the icing on the cake was catching up with my Orientation Leader and role model Dustin Graves! He is truly the greatest and has shown that you can have it all (being a student leader inside and outside of the classroom) yet remain focus on your end goal.

This weekend has truly been the best so far! Until next time…See ya :)


Hello Fontbonne :)

Today is such a beautiful day! Everyone’s having an awesome time, yes? You better be.

I also believe we all know that SGA (Student Government Association) is sponsoring the Fall Festival TONIGHT in the AMC at 7:00PM. Many organizations will be participating with their very own activities. I, personally, will be with FISA (Fontbonne International Students Alliance) and FISH (Fontbonne in Service and Humility). FISA will have origami and a little scavenger hunt, as FISH will have pumpkin carving and advertising about their big service trips, coming up for next semester. Please come and have fun!

Now I would like to just recap on the interesting things that I did this week. Sunday: A few members from FISH–along with my twin sister, Mary, as a guest–went to The Bridge (a Centenary Methodist Church in downtown) to help serve food! It was pretty fun, and the chefs were awesome. There were three of them, and I think two of them are Alan and one is Steve. Anyways, our members who went were Andrea, Rayne, and Erica. Rayne started the plate with the macaroni pasta (hamburger style), I pass it to Andrea for bread, Erica served salad, and Mary finished it with a slice of cake. Sounds oh-so delicious! After we were finished with serving, Steve said we could eat, too. And yes, I loved the food. :)

Let’s rewind real quick. We did have a small inconvenience before going to the church. Andrea and Rayne already arrived to the place while Erica, Mary, and I had to park in a $5 spot. Unexpectedly, when Erica was paying for it, we were all out of the car and it was still on–with the keys locked inside. A little unfortunate, right? Man, we had a good laugh about that. So I told Andrea and Rayne about it and said that we will come later. Luckily, Erica’s boyfriend, Shay, was able to get her spare key from her dorm room! How awesome is that? :) While we waited, we just talked about all kinds of things, getting to know each other. It wasn’t such a bad experience! Everything turned out okay.

Monday: SAA (Student Alumni Association) had the Brown Bag Lunch with an alumni, Tony Effan. Basically, Tony talked to us about his experiences with Fontbonne and how he got to where he is now as a Wells Fargo Advisor. Pretty neat stuff. I highly recommend students to join SAA because you do get the chance to learn more about career development and about the things you can do to get better jobs.

Tuesday: Gaming2Gether’s Bingo Night! I was supposed to be there for volunteering, but they were pretty set so I just played. 😀 It was really fun! Bingo never gets old. I actually won one game, so I definitely benefited from that night.

Wednesday: No special event for me, but I did go to the Delmar Loop with my awesome buddies, Izzy and Ben. :) We went to Blick Art Materials to buy awesome origami papers for our fall festival activity. Then we decided to stop by Bubble Tea (my favorite!) to eat. Ben kindly paid for our drinks, then Izzy and I paid for our own meals. Sadly, I didn’t really get to eat most of my wonton noodle soup because I ate one piece of the “spicey” crispy chicken that Ben ordered. Why is that bad? Well, I’m pretty sensitive to spicey now, so I can’t eat any form of spiceyness anymore. That also keeps me from eating hot food because it hurts even more. I had my food to-go, so I was able to eat it later.

That’s all for now! Oh, I’m starting my own fundraiser for Dance Marathon by polishing and designing people’s nails: 2 designs for $2, 10 designs for $5. All of the funds will go towards the marathon, so don’t worry! If you would your nails done, just let me know!

Have an AWESOME day!

I like too many things at Fontbonne.

The great thing about Fontbonne is that there are so many wonderful extracurricular opportunities offered here, you just have to open up your eyes and inquire about them.

If you have room in your academic schedule, there is even room to learn about other fields. For example, I might be a Speech-Language Pathology major, but I’m also a Psychology minor and currently learning soooooo many things about both fields.

However, like I was telling my roommate earlier, I really do love my classes, and my professors are amazing, but I’m not always fond of the workload. Plus, there’s just so much information to process that is difficult to fully engage myself to the extent that I want to. There’s no doubt that I’m keeping my brain stimulated! (I’ve been thinking about the brain lately due to having two classes involving the brain. It’s such an amazing structure that we all have.)

Therefore, my advice is that you should find things you really love and are passionate about. However, learning to prioritize and not spreading yourself too thin are valuable skills to have.

And I’ll probably talk more about this later, but I love Dance Marathon!

Learn more here and donate to the cause: http://www.dmstl.org/profile/5070

Does this not look like an amazing cause?

Peace, Love, & Miracles.

Can never be thankful enough!

So since it is almost Thanksgiving, I would like to say what I am thankful for. My family and friends mean the most to me and I do not know what I would do without them. With saying that, I am also thankful for the life I live. My parents are the most supportive and loving parents I could ever ask for. I’ve played sports my whole life, and they were my #1 fans since day one.  They support me in all my decisions and help me get through when I feel like my whole world is falling apart. My friends are also so supportive and I know I can count on them to be there.

One experience that has made me thankful for the life I live is the annual Dance Marathon held at Washington University. We raise money, and then on one night, we get together and dance for 12 hours for the kids and to celebrate our accomplishment. Throughout the night, these kids and their families go up to the stage and talk about how Children’s Miracle Network has helped them throughout their experiences with cancer.  It is really touching to hear these stories and see how young these kids are and how much they have to go through. They inspire me to live my life to the fullest and never regret a thing because there are people that are less fortunate that don’t get a chance to live their life to the fullest because they spend so much time in the hospital. So even though I have always been thankful for my life, these kids have made me extra thankful. It inspires me to want to help out as much as I can and any time I can.

Mad Rush at Mid-Semester

It’s hard to think that this semester is already half gone!! Between homework, lectures, and tests it is hard to find time to breathe or even relax and enjoy this lovely fall weather St. Louis is experiencing.

If you are waiting for a sign to change you procrastinating ways. This is it!! Go for a run in Forest Park. Get involved in Dance Marathon, as well as any Dedicated Semester Event–there are still more to come! Study when you need to, not as a last resort! And finally, talk to your professors if you are experiencing difficulty in your classes!

So, sit outside and study in the nice weather– before long, it will be gone!!


So Much Going On!

This past week has been a whirlwind. Last Saturday was Dance Marathon! We raised $166,807.65 for the Children’s Miracle Network! It was an awesome experience and totally worth the weak knees after 12 hours of dancing. It was an extra treat for Fontbonne because we won the most spirited award for the whole event! I definitely had a good time and made a few friends in the process!

The week following had a lot of things going on too. The Pointersaurus contest (which is a giant pizza-eating contest for those of you who are unfamiliar with it) proved to be very interesting. Two members of the cross country team were in the lead for most of the contest, but I heard later that one of them almost vomited on the other! Yikes! The FAB board also gave away attendance prizes and every person at my table won something. One of my friends won a set of coasters, another won a Fall Dance ticket, and I won a cooler cup. My other won friend tickets to a Blues game!

Friday night was the kickoff of the basketball season here at Fontbonne with the annual Late Night with Lee McKinney Alumni vs. Student basketball game. It wasn’t only the kickoff of the of the men’s and women’s basketball seasons, but it was also the much anticipated debut of the Griffin Girls. Even though I wanted to go, I had something else going on. I can’t wait until the first basketball game of the season when I get to see the teams play and the dance team and cheerleading teams perform! There is so much to look forward to as the semester winds down!

Dancing the night away

This past weekend, I joined other Fontbonne students in dancing 12 hours for Dance Marathon. We raised money for the Children’s Miracle Network and the money goes to the two children’s hospitals in St. Louis. Let me just say, this was the most amazing experience ever. I enjoyed every second of the 12 hours that I was dancing for these kids. There were also miracle children and their families there to show us what we were dancing for. Each hour was themed, and so it was really fun dressing silly each hour. In between hours, different families would come share their stories, and it got pretty emotional for me. I was not only dancing for these kids, but I was also dancing for my sister’s friend who just went through surgery to get a tumor taken out of her brain. She is in ICU at one of these hospitals, and so I wanted to do this for her especially. I thought of her throughout the night as I was dancing and couldn’t help but cry — not always sad tears, but also tears of joy, knowing that all those dancers were there for her, and for all these kids who have to spend so much of their time at these hospitals, if not all of their time. Fontbonne got the most spirited award, and I definitely believed we deserved it. We didn’t stop dancing, and we were surprisingly energetic all 12 hours. All together $166,807.35 was raised. I am still just so happy that I got to spend 12 hours dancing FOR THE KIDS! And I cannot wait until next Dance Marathon!!!!!!! :)

About 30 days until Thanksgiving!

I just finished with the Metanoia retreat today, and I have to say it was a fantastic weekend! I felt like I did get to know some of those attending the retreat, despite my earlier apprehensions. Even though I didn’t get a lot of one on one time with many people, I did try to ask people how they were feeling about the whole experience. No one gave me a negative answer! I hope that everyone who attended felt like they were welcomed and that their environment was safe. The thing that I like about the retreat is the fact that the whole experience is promoted as meeting people where they are in their faith. I like this aspect because I wouldn’t say I am devout in my own faith and spirituality. I think the experience of working on the team, especially the core team, has brought me closer with God, but I can’t say that I’m quite devout yet.

Many other things are going on around campus as well. The next few weeks are pretty packed for me. This coming week I am hoping to either go to the “Theology on Tap” at Schlafly Taproom or the comedy night here at Fontbonne. Next weekend I’m hoping to get back into the habit of singing at choir for Sunday night Mass in the chapel. Oh, and it’s Halloween! I’m excited because I have plans with some of my friends who live next door. We’re staying in, but that’s just fine by me. The week after Halloween I am teaching a freshman class here at Fontbonne that I’ve been observing all semester. I’m really nervous, so wish me luck! Dance Marathon is just around the corner as well, and then it’s time for the Fall Dance. I’m so excited for everything to come, but the thing I’m most excited about is Thanksgiving break. I’m so ready to just hang out with my family for a while and gorge myself on Thanksgiving turkey, only to regret it a few days later of course.

Mary- Picking A Favorite Is Impossible

I can’t say that have just one favorite event on campus. There are so many things that I look forward to fontbonnemarythroughout the year, that picking one would be rather impossible.

We’ll start at the beginning of the year with FOCUS. Orientation is definitely more than one event, but when you put them all together it becomes one of  my favorite two weeks of the year. Being a FOCUS leader and creating a welcoming and fun environment for the freshmen every year is such a great time.

Mystery Masquerade. I love the fact that no one knows where we’re going. Everyone just gets all dressed up, hops and a bus and prepares to dance the night away at an undisclosed location.

Dance Marathon..more dancing, but for an AMAZING cause….kids! This past year I was up for 26 hours straight, dancing for 12 of them and it was one of the best nights of my life! We raised over $134,000 for Children’s Miracle Network and have already started planning for next year, like to dance? You should come!

Service trips. Each year they get better and better. I love serving communities in need with the community we’ve created at Fontbonne. There is nothing better than helping others while having an amazing experience and getting closer with those around you.

Geez, I could go on and on!

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Krista- Can't Just Pick One Favorite

fontbonnekrista4My favorite thing about Fontbonne is, definitely, the professors. Wait..no, it’s living on campus, for sure. Or.. all of the fantastic clubs & activities. No, no, it’s the amazing location and beautiful campus.
Okay. I can’t choose just one thing. But all of the above, and many more, are aspects of Fontbonne University that make it a fantastic place to be. The professors are amazing–many schools claim that their teachers “really care about the students”…but there are very few colleges where the professors know each and every one of their students personally, by name. Like I said before, the professors I’ve had here at Fontbonne are some of the most intelligent, wonderful, funny, and caring people I’ve ever met.
I’m a senior, and this is the first semester I’ve lived on campus. I absolutely love it! My apartment is awesome, my roommates are fantastic, and it’s so convenient living right here on Fontbonne’s beautiful campus. It’s safe, central, and in a beautiful area. The Loop is 5 minutes away. So is downtown Maplewood, as well as the St. Louis Galleria. But living on campus also allows you to plug in here at Fontbonne–there is always something going on, and you really get to know people a lot better if you live here.
Speaking of on campus activities–one of my very favorite things about Fontbonne is all of the great clubs and student organizations!! I’m currently a part of several: I’m on the FISH board (Fontbonne In Service & Humility), I’m a Campus Ministry intern, editor-in-chief of the Fontbanner, the secretary of the SGA (Student Government Association), I was on the recent Dance Marathon board, and I was on the leadership team for the Metanoia retreat. It has been a busy, but blessed, semester! Anyway, these clubs and organizations are really the foundation of this University. Getting involved in them allows you to be a part of the core of this school, and definitely helps you get the full “Fontbonne experience.”
So, my favorite thing about Fontbonne? I can’t pick just one!

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