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As you all know, last week we had our annual Fontbonne Day, a day where campus shuts down and faculty, students, and staff go out into the community and serve. This year I had the opportunity to go out to Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT)  in Wildwood, Missouri with Fontbonne’s Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. EAT provides equine, or horse, therapy to people with developmental and/or physical disabilities. EAT has many horses, a few donkeys, and even some cats running around. Our main job for the day was to help clean, which included not only helping to clean and organize the buildings and property, but also the horses! Since it is finally starting to warm up, it was important to give the horses baths after a long winter. Cleaning a horse is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be, but they were all so sweet and gentle, so that made it easier! Once we cleaned the horses we gave them “manicures” or painted their hoofs with a protective coat to help protect them from the weather and land. This was definitely a new and unique experience for me, and I am so happy that I got to experience EAT and meet all the wonderful horses during my time volunteering! What did you do for Fontbonne Day?

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Here’s me and Cassie, another dietetics student, and Chewy, one of the horses we bathed!

Have a great week griffins!

Taylor

 

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Why Dietetics?

by Taylor on February 29, 2016

in Academics,After College

For those of you who do not know, I am currently a junior dietetics student at Fontbonne. That major was the primary reason that I chose to attend this University, and I have loved it from my very first day of classes. Originally, I planned to major in dietetics and work in sports nutrition. Initially, I was drawn to the subject of eating disorders and their role in the female athlete triad, and that was what I planned to focus on. Towards the end of my sophomore year, I decided that I wanted to eventually have more of a medicine-based career, and decided that instead of becoming a dietitian that I wanted to try to become a physician’s assistant or a doctor that worked with athletes, specifically tennis players. Despite my change in career paths, I found that dietetics could still get me where I wanted to go.

Because dietetics and nutrition is so science based, I am able to take most of the classes that I need for PA or Med school without changing my major, and just adding a few more chemistry classes to my schedule. I love  dietetics, so when I found out that I could still major in it, I was thrilled. I love this major because of how diverse it is. Yes, we take a ton of nutrition classes, but we’re not just all calories and vegetables. We also learn about things like food science, advocacy, chemistry, microbiology, food management systems, community nutrition, anatomy, and there’s even a business class thrown in there! Dietetics is a huge field, with so many different categories that I am literally never bored. I have learned so much about not only food, but how to apply for internships, how to manage employees, how to cook all kinds of foods, how to write grants and advocate for my community, how to run a kitchen, how to teach education classes, and even how to apply for jobs and do things like write cover letters and resumes. A lot of things that I have learned I have learned in real settings, like the giant decked-out kitchen that resides in AB Hall, or in hospitals, schools, and cafeterias in the STL community that I have been exposed to through my practicum this semester.

One of the best parts of the Fontbonne dietetics program has got to be the instructors. They care so much about all of us, and I have not met one who has not only been excited to teach us, but who has been even more excited to help us plan our futures and succeed. Every one of them is brilliant and has something different to teach us in specific areas of dietetics. All of us in the program are on a first name basis with every instructor in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) department, and I am comfortable going to any of them with questions, concerns, or just to talk. I really feel like I am getting the most out of my education here.

So there you have it griffins! What major(s) are you thinking about? Talk to you next time.

Taylor

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Welcome Back!

by Taylor on February 15, 2016

in Career Paths,Extracurricular

Hey guys! It’s been a great 2016 so far, and I am excited to be one of Fontbonne’s newest student bloggers. Here’s the basics you should know about me. My name’s Taylor, and I’m a junior here at Fontbonne. I’m majoring in dietetics and minoring in chemistry, and hoping to get into med school after graduation so that I can work in sports medicine, specifically with tennis players. I’m a triplet from from a little town called Ozark, about 4 hours southwest of St. Louis. My brother goes to school in San Francisco, and my sister in Kansas, so we are kind of all over the place right now. Originally, I chose Fontbonne because of their amazing dietetics program, and I thought that I would play tennis here. The tennis thing never happened, and I changed my mind about what career I wanted my sophomore year, but Fontbonne still ended up being the perfect fit for me.

During my 3 years here, I have had the opportunity to be involved on campus in pretty significant ways, whether through my current campus job of being a resident assistant, or through the various organizations I am a part of, including ODK, SAFCS, and Fontbonne ResLife. This place keeps me busy, and I feel like there is always something cool going on here.

The best part about Fontbonne for me would have to be the people. I have managed to find some really spectacular friends here that have kept me going and made me excited about life, and every semester I meet more people here that impact me in different and cool ways. My best friends are people that I really had nothing in common with before I got here, but who have managed to become some of my favorite people in my life.

I hope you guys are having a great 2016 so far, and I can’t wait to share more with you!

 

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It’s important to stay active in the campus community while you’re at Fontbonne. Fontbonne is a small university, but it has a lot to offer, I promise!

I joined the Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences immediately when I transferred to Fontbonne and got to know more about what student organizations can do for the community. SAFCS focuses on helping the dear neighbor and as a group, we love to get involved in the community, including monthly events like cooking casseroles for the St. Patrick Center in St. Louis. One of my favorite volunteer events I did with SAFCS was on Fontbonne Day at Equine Assisted Therapy bathing horses and volunteering our help for the day. SAFCS has a lot of events going on this semester including a Farmer’s Market Tour in Soulard, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and more.

Feel free to contact me if you would like more information on SAFCS. Here is a peek into what’s going on in SAFCS in October:

Saturday, October 17; 1-3pm
Farm Tour and Composting Class at EarthDance Organic Farm

EarthDance Organic Farm School in Ferguson, Mo., invites you to learn how to transform your food scraps and yard waste into “black gold”– compost. This is a FREE farm tour and interactive composting class. Register online at www.earthdancefarms.org/event/october-17th-composting-workshop/​

Contact Jordan Michaud @ (314) 677-7412 if you are interested in going. Lunch at Kathy’s Kitchen was suggested as a possibility.​

Thursday, October 22; 1:30-4:30
Farmer’s Market in Soulard

Tour the Farmer’s Market and check out all the fruits in vegetables in season this time of year. Two meeting times are available to accommodate class schedules: 2:00 and 3:30. The meeting place will be at the spice shop (there is only one) in the market

Contact Chelsea Crimi @ (314) 440-2946 and let her know which group you want to be a part of.

Saturday, October 24
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of St. Louis Walk

Sign up at www.MakingStridesWalk.org/StLouisMO

Be a part of Mary Beth Ohlms team: Pat’s Pride of Griffins

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Favorite Fall Foods on a College Budget

by Alumni Posts September 30, 2015

We can all age can all agree that fall is a pretty spectacular time of the year. Cozy sweaters, warm drinks and hearty foods all remind me of the comforts of fall. Don’t forget to take a break from the chaos to enjoy some of the pleasures of fall. This week, I’m going share a […]

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Coo-coo for Coconut Oil

by Alumni Posts September 21, 2015

In the past year there has been a lot of hype around “coconut” infused items. While I admit to being a fan of coconut-y things like coconut yogurt and the versatile coconut oil, I want to emphasis that just because something has the word coconut on it- doesn’t mean it’s inherently the healthiest thing for […]

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Why Fontbonne, huh?

by Fontbonne University September 21, 2015

I think I’m becoming what you would call a professional student. I went to college straight out of high school, got my bachelor’s degree from UMSL in communications 4 years later, then continued to go back and take random classes because I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Eventually […]

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Non-Perishable Snacks When You’re Busy and On the Go

by Alumni Posts August 5, 2015

Finding good tasting, healthy snacks on the go has been a struggle for me since I began college. I always find myself on the go, needing something quick and easy to take with me during long hours in class or while at work. If you find yourself in a similar pickle, read some of these […]

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The Countdown Begins!

by Alumni Posts July 27, 2015

Only one month left until school starts back up again. For me, fortunately it will be my last semester 😀 For dietetics students, our education does not end with a 4-year degree. After graduation the goal is often to land an internship or graduate school (or both) and then become a registered dietitian working in […]

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Raising the Bar

by Alumni Posts July 6, 2015

Hey Fontbonne! This week has been such a bummer with all the rain and nasty weather we’ve been getting. Due to the weather and having a full work week, I’ve been finding things to keep me entertained indoors. One of those things has been making my own snack bars. Snack/protein bars are my go-to while […]

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