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I can say pretty seriously that I don’t know how I’d get through life if I didn’t have music.  I listen to anything and everything – classic rock, pop punk, top 40, country, electronic, indie, rap – I particularly like songs I can dance to, because dancing is another important part of my life.  I have said many times that the Music Appreciation class I took my freshman year at Fontbonne is my favorite class that I have ever taken, and that statement still stands.
The class started at Gregorian chants, and moved up through classical times to the present day.  I’m not gonna lie, most people in the class saw it as a bit of a waste of time, but I was eating it up. I don’t play an instrument anymore, and I can’t say that I’m a great singer, either, but I sure do appreciate music, and that class showed me a lot.
I don’t have a set playlist that I use for homework or other specific tasks – it mostly depends on my mood. But pretty much any chance I get, I’m listening to some jams. It’s just a natural part of life to me. I try to listen to at least one new song every day, and I’ve found a lot of cool stuff that way. I loved the chance to take a class about it – but you don’t need to take a class to appreciate music! Just turn on a song and listen.

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Oldie but a Goodie

by Conner on June 24, 2013

in Extracurricular

Well, summer keeps on rolling along. This past weekend was an exciting one for me. For the past fifteen years of my life on a Saturday night in early June, I’ve danced at or attended my studio’s dance recital. This year I got to do both.

For the 20th recital, an alumni dance was put together as a special performance. Since I graduated a couple years ago, I’m considered an alumni. This makes me feel extremely old, but it’s been nice to dance for a few weeks again with Griffin Girls in the off season. We performed last Saturday after a lot of practice (8 straight days and many others for me). Everyone loved the routine and talked about how we looked as if we never left the studio! It was so much fun to dance on stage again!

It was also a special night for me because I got to see one of my dearest friends dance in her last recital. She did such an amazing job. I didn’t get to watch the majority of the routines from the seats because I was helping with changing backstage, but it was still great to watch. I also got to see one of the girls I nanny in the summer dance at recital. We’ve practiced her routines and talked about dance a lot so far this summer. I felt so proud because even at a young age, she knew all her routines and had great stage presence!

After recital, my sister and I went and enjoyed ourselves at the after-party for a little while, but then headed home. It sure was an exhausting week! Especially for an old alumni, but I’ve still got it!

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While I am not as busy during the summer as I am during the school year, I still find myself not having much free time. Between babysitting, my little brother’s baseball games, and other odd jobs I do, I’m never really that bored. Since I got back from my summer vacation, I feel as though I’m constantly on-the-go. Added to my to-do list these past few weeks is dancing, not for Fontbonne, but for my studio. I am an “alumni” since graduating a couple of years ago, and this year is the studio’s 20th recital. For a kind of celebration, an alumni dance was put together. We’ve all been practicing weekly for quite some time, and are rehearsing every day this week. Let’s just say I’m exhausted and am anxiously waiting for the recital this weekend!

I did find time today to put a new “cupcakes and muffins” recipe book to use. I love to bake, especially cupcakes and cookies. A few weeks ago while shopping for travel books with my roommate, we happened along the clearance section and I found a cookbook with over 100 recipes for cupcakes and muffins. I just had to buy it, and have spent the last week  or so tabbing the recipes I wanted to try out first. I had some kiwi that was about to go bad, and a delicious sounding recipe for whole wheat kiwi muffins. Twenty-five minutes of some “me time” later and the house was smelling of scrumptious muffins.  Only half of the household actually likes kiwi, and the sound of “whole wheat” has them running, but that just means there’s more muffins for me! Maybe next time I’ll bake some double chocolate cupcakes that they’ll devour. We’ll see.

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As cliché as it may sound, if there’s one thing I’ve learned during the course of my time in college so far, it’s that this really is a time of self-discovery. If you had told the straight across bangs-sporting, ballet dancing, high school version of myself that once I went to university, I would quit ballet, start running, drastically change my diet a few times, wear some weird outfits (which make me cringe just thinking about them), and, just days before the second semester of my junior year is to begin, change my major, I would have never believed you. Alas, that is what’s happened. I favor running tights over pink, mesh Capezios now. The products of food science terrify me, so I eat plants instead. And, as of Friday, January 11, 2013, at around noon, I am no longer a dietetics major double-minoring in chemistry and biology. Rather, I am now a biology major, single-minoring in chemistry.

My winter break was pretty weird, thank you. It all began with a trip down memory lane that left me sad, confused, and more emotional than usual (I blame the influx of white sugar in my system for these feelings, however, due to too many holiday treats, but whatever.). After my finals, I drove back home to watch my old ballet school perform “The Nutcracker” as is done every other year. My old friend Lauren, who’s a senior this year, was dancing the lead of Sugar Plum, as I had my junior year in high school. As soon as she got out there, I burst into tears for unknown reasons. After the show, I continued to cry and hug her, like an insane member of her fan club or something. For some reason, anytime I thought about the show during the following weeks, my stomach began to churn. I lost my appetite, and almost lost my stomach contents as well on more occasions than I care to recall. I cried. And I couldn’t understand why.

I quit ballet my freshman year in college. There was this tiny voice in my head asking me, ““Hey Carly, do you really want to spend three days a week in a leotard surrounded by skinny twelve-year-olds who can fouette circles around you when you’re supposed to be a mature college student?” I was at one of the most prestigious ballet schools in St. Louis, and, because I wasn’t as good as the other dancers, was placed in, I kid you not, the twelve-year-old level. (They’re THAT good.) Something wasn’t right though. I wasn’t happy. I wanted to skip class. I wanted so desperately to move on with my life. So, feeling scared, I took the leap and left.

Fast-forward to my junior-year self, happy with my decision to leave ballet. I loved to run! I loved to bike! I loved food! I was a spectroscopy superstar (don’t be jealous)! Oh, what fun it is to discover your true self! But things weren’t all perfect. The little voice inside my head was back, as I worked on my dietetics homework. As I met with a partner for a group project. As I thought about the upcoming semester and the dietetics classes that I would be taking that I was secretly dreading. “Hey Carly, don’t you think you’d be better off doing something else?”

So over Christmas break, I began flirting with the voice yet again. It tempted me: “You quit ballet, and look at all of the good things that resulted. If you quit your major, who knows what good would result?” The voice hadn’t led me astray the first time, I reasoned, so why should I doubt its wisdom in this case? So, that Friday, I made the leap. Friday night a different voice led me to send a panicky email at midnight to my old advisor (titled “SOS” and marked with the urgent red exclamation mark…I was so not going to regret that message…) telling her I had made a mistake and, could I please come back to the dietetics department? But then, after days of crying and worrying, I’ve come up with an awesome list of all the things I’m passionate about and all of the dreams I hope to pursue as a professional someday. And I know that once again, the voice has led me back down the right path.

So. I’ve learned over the past five to seven weeks or so that it’s okay to question your path. I spent weeks feeling depressed about the fact that my time as a ballerina is over. I could go back to dancing, yeah, but I don’t want to, really. I love to run and I love to do yoga and bike. I’ve also learned that, while it may not be apparent at first, once the stress of making a major decision clears, things do begin to fall into place, and you become the person you’re really meant to be. I may have been worried at first about becoming a biology major once and for all, but now I feel really, really good about it. I can’t wait to see what adventures the semester brings! I can’t wait to see who I can become and the things I can do! I trust myself now. As one of my most favorite Thoreau quotes goes:

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”

I have a feeling that the life I’ve imagined is getting closer with each risk I take…

Welcome back and happy New Year, everyone.

-Carly

“All Figured Out” by: Tanlines

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Thanksgiving

by Conner November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and most of everyone here at Fontbonne has gone home for break. Only the few are left, including myself, but I will be driving back home this evening after dance practice for Griffin Girls. With the beginning of this holiday season, we are reminded of all that we […]

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Griffinsanity

by Conner October 31, 2012

Here at Fontbonne we have campus event almost every week. Basketball season is about to begin, and this year Fontbonne’s “Late Night” has turned into “Griffinsanity”. In the gym this Friday from 7-9 p.m. students, Fontbonne alumni, and others will be entertained with music, contests, boy’s and girl’s basketball scrimmages, and two performances from the […]

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Batter Up, It’s Another Crazy Week

by Conner October 11, 2012

It’s that time of year again. October baseball! I wanted to begin this week’s blog with a few thoughts about my Redbirds. I am so proud of the way the Cardinals have played through the past two months, keeping their lead in the wildcard standings and getting a pretty good lead over the Nationals in […]

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I love dancing!

by Alumni Posts October 1, 2012

A hobby that I’ve had since I was a wee little one is dancing. When I was in grade school, I even danced competitively. However, in high school I had to stop competing, but I was still able to dance in my high school’s dance program. When I was originally deciding on colleges to apply […]

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A Reintroduction and Sophomore Year

by Conner September 12, 2012

Hello everyone! I am so excited to begin blogging again. For those of you who did not read last year, here’s a brief introduction. I am in my second year at Fontbonne University and on my way to becoming a fashion merchandising major. Being here at Fontbonne has only increased and sparked my interest in […]

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Upcoming International Events!

by Lizzie February 21, 2012

Are you the type of person who is open to any culture, ethnicity, and values? Or maybe you love to try different delicacies or activities from all over the world? Well, guess what? Fontbonne International Students Alliance (FISA) will be hosting two exciting events in March! First, we have the International Potluck and different students […]

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