Fontbonne University has a unique learning environment. From the time I first stepped foot in Fontbonne for one of their campus tours, one of the first things I noticed was the accessibility of resources. Each building is within walking distance, which makes getting to class on time a breeze! There is a beautiful food lab in Anheuser Busch, so I knew food labs would have high quality equipment… but there were a few things I wish I knew before coming.
APA: Going into Dietetics, I wish I had the prior knowledge of APA format in my first two years of college. Throughout high school and college all we used was MLA, so as silly as it sounds… diving straight into APA was a bit of a shock. (Don’t worry though, it gets easier with time.)
Clubs at Fontbonne: There are so many clubs to join! When I first started at Fontbonne, I immediately joined SHESA (Student Human Environmental Science Association), now known as SAFCS (Student Association of Family & Consumer Science). It wasn’t until my third semester that I joined another club, STARS (Students Thinking & Acting Responsibly & Safely), realizing that there were a lot of groups, even ones outside my comfort zone, that I could join! For a list of clubs at Fontbonne, click here.
Fontbonne is a small community, but it has a lot to offer. I would highly recommend that anyone even the slightest bit interested in getting a degree at Fontbonne take a tour of the campus and see for themselves what a great school Fontbonne is!
I’d like to share with you all my great volunteer experience for my Dietetics Internship Program. In the early part of this semester, I was charged with a catering project for the graduate students admission ceremony on November 6. I and my other three classmates were required to come up with food for the events. As we are all majoring in Dietetics, definitely we would come up with some healthier as well as delicious food options for the event. I enjoyed this catering event a lot because the catering staff was giving us a lot of freedom to choose what foods we could make for the event. And we had the chance to prepare all the foods and cook and display them nicely. Although honestly it took us a lot of time for planning, and estimating how many servings we would serve in the event, it was just a fabulous experience that allowed us to do this catering event for real and serve for one of the professional academic events for school.
I wanted to share this volunteering experience with you all because I want to say school is definitely a good place to learn. As I haven’t had catering experience before, but I am glad and honored to participate in this event since I could learn. When you did something wrong, no one would criticize you as they all knew you were learning from it. So, I definitely encourage you all, especially the undergraduate students, to be active and take initiative to participating the school activities. Don’t be afraid to explore!
Today, I want to talk to you about a little concept called “nutrient density.” This refers to the number of nutrients per calorie in a food item. Example: the nutrient density in 50 calories of strawberries is much higher than in 50 calories of Doritos. The strawberries give your vitamins, minerals, fiber, ect, which Doritos do not.
This is also where the term “empty calories” comes from. In the Doritos for instance, you are not getting any vitamins and minerals while still getting the calories from carbs and fats.
So, as you continue your journey of a healthier lifestyle, ask yourself how nutrient dense your food choices may be. Here is a little helpful tip: whole foods have the most nutrient density.
Examples of whole foods are raw fruit, vegetables, oats, and meats. An apple is considered a whole food, while apple juice is not.
Not to say non-whole foods are off limits, just try to make the majority of what you are eating is a whole food. That way you can be sure it is minimally processed and you are reaping the most nutrient benefits!
Nutrient dense foods are how you can get the most bang for your buck! It is all about the quality of the calories, not the quantity!
This post was previously posted on my blog, The Wholey Trinity. For more nutrition and health information, go to www.thewholeytrinity.com!
Choosing colleges is one of the huge life events that happens after high school.
Fontbonne wasn’t a hard pick for me once I knew what was out there. When searching for colleges, I looked in the Illinois and the Saint Louis area for colleges that offered dietetics programs. It was Fontbonne vs. a handful of other colleges, but after visiting the campus and going to an Open House geared for dietetics majors, I knew Fontbonne was the right choice for me.
It was something about the individualized attention that the staff gave to prospective students. The impression that I received from the beginning has continued semester after semester. Big universities were never my thing. In fact, when I was younger, I thought that college wouldn’t be “my thing,” because I pictured giant lecture halls and dorms the size of a small bathroom. I thought this was my only option, but that’s absolutely not true! The good thing is that at Fontbonne, you have a wide range of paths that you can take to reach your goals.
I am a transfer student from Illinois who commutes to campus. In the beginning, I thought this might make me different from everyone, but it certainly wasn’t the case. Many of my classmates are commuters, and many are far from “traditional” students. This is one of the things that makes Fontbonne so great!
Another thing that really drew me to Fontbonne was the small but beautiful campus! It’s hard not to love only having to walk a short distance from your car to your class, or to the library. I have many friends from other universities that drive from class to class! So to me, this is another bonus of Fontbonne. Along with its small size, Fontbonne is a small and connected community. In other words, you really get to know people and the campus, and that is what I ultimately love about Fontbonne.