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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. :D 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!

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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.

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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.

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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!!

-Lee

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So Much Going On!

by Alumni Posts November 16, 2010

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 [...]

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Dancing the night away

by Alumni Posts November 9, 2010

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 [...]

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About 30 days until Thanksgiving!

by Alumni Posts October 25, 2010

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 [...]

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Mary- Picking A Favorite Is Impossible

by fontbonneuniversity February 4, 2009

I can’t say that have just one favorite event on campus. There are so many things that I look forward to throughout 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 [...]

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Krista- Can't Just Pick One Favorite

by fontbonneuniversity November 11, 2008

My 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 [...]

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Mary- Opportunity's More Than A Word

by fontbonneuniversity November 6, 2008

Hmmm…what’s my favorite thing about Fontbonne? I have about a million answers to this question, but I think they can all be summarized in one word: opportunities. I would have never in my wildest dreams thought that I would have so many amazing opportunities at Fontbonne. Because of the close-knit community here and the number of [...]

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