I am here to share my journey at Fontbonne. I graduated from high school with 75 people. In high school, I played three sports, was involved in multiple clubs, and my mom was the school nurse. Even though I was involved in school and was very comfortable, I never was that outgoing. So when I was searching for schools I wanted a similar atmosphere (small catholic school) where I could really come out of my shell.
On move-in day, I was so excited to get out in a new city and get involved. I was sad to say goodbye to my friends and family but I knew that it was going to be good for me. Below is a picture of my sister and me on move in day.
During Welcome Week, we had activities fair! I signed up for nearly every booth. (note to self: only sign up for what you are really interested in!!) I ended up getting really involved in Griffin Gang! By second semester I was the VP of Traditions. This meant that I would lead all of our traditional events on campus. Through my work with Griffin Gang I got involved in Dance Marathon this year. A group of us worked really hard and attended SLU’s Dance Marathon event. After this Dance Marathon, became its own organization. (Picture below is a group of us at a NACA Leadership Convention)
I came full circle in the two years I have already been at Fontbonne. I went from being involved as a follower to being involved as a leader. So, my greatest advice is to get involved and find your niche. If that is a sport, organization, or even a department club, find the place that helps you grow as a person. College is developing yourself and that is what I can thank Fontbonne for.
Hello everyone! My name is McKinley Robbins! I am a sophomore here at Fontbonne and majoring in Deaf Education! I am from about an hour south of Chicago. (Yes, where all the cornfields are) I have grown up in a small town my whole life and couldn’t wait to get to St. Louis. I am the oldest in my family and have two sisters and a brother! Of course, I couldn’t forget our dog, Finn!
Here at Fontbonne, I am actively involved! I am the VP of Traditions on Griffin Gang (our spirit club on campus)
I am the President of the new Dance Marathon Organization (hint: you should join)
General board member of FAB (Fontbonne Activities Board),
The Women’s Volleyball team
I am also a WING Leader for this coming year! (Orientation Leader) Being involved on campus has made my Fontbonne experience wonderful! Although there are long days, there is nothing else I would want to be doing! All of my successes are due to me stepping out of my comfort zone and moving four hours away! I found Fontbonne because of their Deaf Education program. I came into Fontbonne knowing no one but I will be leaving Fontbonne with lifetime friends and memories! My advice to you is to leave your comfort zone when choosing a college or university because it will be an amazing experience!
Happy Friday, Fonties! Friday is my one day that I don’t have class (woo!), but typically tends to be the busiest. As President of the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB), we have a meeting every Friday at 11:00 AM and (typically) an event at 8:00 PM. In between there, I’m usually spending time up in the Griffin’s Nest finishing up final details, running last minute errands, or just hanging out with other people from my team. So basically… all of my Friday’s are absolutely FABulous, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
Tonight, you can find me in the Lewis Room at the Slam Poetry event. Carlos Andres Gomez will be taking the stage at 8PM. (If you’re free…you should come. He’s stellar.) FAB is co-hosting this event with BSU and I seriously cannot wait. (This is all real enthusiasm – I promise.) Check Carlos out on YouTube – you won’t be disappointed!
Currently, I’m getting ready to leave to run some errands for an event we are hosting next Monday. You know what’s on my shopping list? Aluminum pie tins and whipped cream. Why? We are hosting a Dance Marathon Fundraiser where six student leaders can get pied in the face. One pie costs $2 OR you can purchase 3 for $5. Oh, and I’m one of those six student leaders that you can pie. I’m really excited (and nervous) because the event has been talked about A LOT. All the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. Excited? Slightly interested? Want to support a good cause? Grab your cash and head to the Meadow on Monday at 11! (My mom is personally sending me with $5 so that someone can pie me in the face for her THREE TIMES. Thanks, mom.) All in all, it’s for a great cause and I cannot wait to see how much money we raise For The Kids!
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 🙂
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Hello! My name is McKinley Robbins and I am sophomore majoring in Deaf Education. I play volleyball here at Fontbonne and I am involved in Griffin Gang, Dance Marathon, and FAB. I am from an hour south of Chicago and the oldest in my family! I can't wait to share my wonderful Fontbonne experience with you!
Hello! My name is Claire Downey. I am a freshman at Fontbonne University. I am a fashion merchandising major and I am from St. Peters, Missouri. I look forward to having you with me as I experience my journey at Fontbonne University!
Hey everyone! My name is Taylor and I'm currently a junior here at Fontbonne studying dietetics & chemistry with future aspirations of being a sports medicine doctor. My current vices include hot yoga, music, and anything pizza related. I can't wait to share my adventures with all you new griffins!
My name is Danielle Ader and I am a senior accounting and business administration major here at Fontbonne. On top of being a student I am also the Student Government president. I am planning on graduating in May of 2016 with my degree and going to graduate school to study Higher Education and Student Affairs. I have 3 sisters and a little brother, as well as 4 dogs. Family is very important as well as my boyfriend Dillion who doesn't attend Fontbonne. My best friends are also the most important people in my life as well as my grandparents. If you want to know my story... Happy reading!