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I will be a resident for the third year in a row at Fontbonne beginning in the fall. I absolutely love living on campus! Its extremely convenient and I definitely recommend living on campus at least your first year at Fontbonne! However, living on campus your first year is not a requirement.

With my experience living on campus, I’ve came up with a list of five items that I feel are dorm must haves. So if you do decide to live on campus, keep this list in mind when packing! It can come in real handy when you’re trying to figure what you need and don’t need to bring!

  1. Command Strips – If you plan on hanging anything on your walls, this is what you’ll use. I recommend getting quite a few of them!
  2. Small First Aid Kit – This is a must! Since we don’t have a health clinic on campus, you are responsible for having the basic first aid items like: band-aids, aspirin, and any other things you might need.
  3. Laundry Basket of some sort – Something with handles is great! The trek to the laundry room can be a long one, so having a durable basket that can be easily carried will be a big help.
  4. Lamp – Sometimes dorm rooms don’t have the best lighting, so a simple lamp can really brighten your room! Some lamps even come with little storage compartments for your pens and pencils.
  5. A Power Strip – With all the things you’ll likely need electricity for, you’ll soon find yourself running out of outlets. A power strip can add some extra plug-ins while also maintaining safety.

I hope you can find some of these tips to be of some assistance! Comment below if you have any other dorm room items that you feel are necessities! I would love to hear them!


One of my favorite things about moving into a dorm at the beginning of the school year is the fact that I get a new space to decorate! It’s something I can make my own! I love to take a bland and boring dorm room with white walls and white floors and turn it into my own personal home away from home.

Most of my ideas come from Pinterest which is such a great website to get inspiration from. (If I could be a professional pinner I would!) One thing that I learned from Pinterest and chose to incorporate into my dorm room this year was a dream catcher. I simply love the idea of it and thought what would be better than making one of my own? All I used was an embroidery hoop, a lace doily, feathers, beads and some string. (All materials can be found at Michaels Craft Stores.) The dream catcher was so easy to make and adds a pop of color against the white walls of my dorm!


Some dorm decorating ideas however, just pop in my head! For example, before I moved into my dorm freshman year, I created a collage of pictures on a poster board that I could hang in my room. I printed pictures of my friends and family and some of my favorite quotes and glued them on a poster board. I hot glued ribbon on the back of the board so I could hang it on a command hook attached to the wall. It fills up a good amount of space and you can carry it with you from year to year! 


I hope I have inspired you to make your dorm room as cozy and comfy as I have made mine!



Alumni Posts

College “Needs”

by Alumni Posts on November 14, 2013

in College Life

As a high school student, I began preparing for my move to college very early. Like, a-year-in-advance-making-grocery-lists kind of early.  Now that I’ve been at school for a few years, I have determined which of my possessions are most vital to my existence as a college student.  If you are reading this post, and you are still in high school, you might want to think about purchasing the items listed below, at least sometime before the big move-in day.  It’s not an all-inclusive list of what you’ll need, but I definitely feel grateful for having these objects.  What would I do without them?  Cry.

Laptop computer:  Let me preface this item by saying that a computer is NOT necessary to a college student, at least not at Fontbonne.  There are many computer labs on campus available for student use; if you cannot bring your own computer to school, you will not fail at college.  That being said, computers are handy to have at school.  I use mine every day to write papers, look up grades, participate in discussion boards, do some online shopping . . . lots of things.  It’s nice to have your own place to save your work.  And, because my computer is a laptop, I can take it with me wherever I want to do homework (which is usually in my room, but sometimes I do go other places—more on that later).  So, I recommend that you bring a laptop to school, but it is not completely necessary.

Flashdrive:  This, for me, is not optional.  I use a flashdrive to back up my homework and picture files.  My flashdrive transports assignments from my computer to the library to be printed for class.  It holds PowerPoints for presentations.   It is amazing.   It is wonderful.  If it were a human, I swear it would be able to juggle while blindfolded.  Flashdrives are that impressive.  Do yourself a favor and go buy one.  I think mine has 4 gigabytes of memory, but I wish it could hold 8, which is what I’d suggest for you.

Winter coat and boots:  These aren’t needed for every college.  And they aren’t only restricted to college students.  But I received boots and a new winter coat as Christmas gifts during my college career, and I’m thankful that I have them.  Missouri doesn’t have the coldest or snowiest winters, but we do get occasional snows here, and the temperatures can drop enough that you need a warm coat.  This week we had several 20 degree mornings when I was happy to bundle up in layers before heading to class.

Vacuum:  Not all my friends have vacuums, so it may seem like you can get by without one.  But when I reflect on my past years on campus, all of my friends who don’t own their own vacuums have borrowed mine, from once a month to once a week.  This leads me to believe that vacuums really are important.  Personally, I can’t stand living in a place that isn’t kept clean.  If you are like me, you should pick up a vacuum for college.  And maybe some Clorox wipes, dust rags, window cleaner, Pine Sol . . .

Lamp:  If you live on campus, and if you plan on ever accomplishing anything between the hours of 9:00pm and 7:00am (or between 5:00pm and 8:00pm right now), you will need a lamp in your room.  Although the dorm rooms all have ceiling lights, I find that they don’t adequately illuminate my room for me to do homework in the evenings, without straining my eyes.  I have a floor lamp and a desk lamp right now, and I use them both daily.  Mine are from Walmart and Target—cheap, semi-fashionable, and worth the small amount of money I spent on them.

Storage:  If you’re living in a dorm room or apartment, you’ll need somewhere to keep your belongings.  Some people I know have storage tubs they keep underneath their beds.  My solution is using cube shelves and plastic drawers.  I think most dorm rooms provide some furniture, like desks and dressers.  But after you unpack your clothes and school supplies, you’ll probably need somewhere to put everything else you own.

Planner:  Every college student needs some organizational system to make sure that deadlines are met and meetings are attended.  I have a dry-erase calendar on my wall that lets me know what big events are coming up.  For everything else, I use a planner.  I use it to keep track of all my homework, activities, meetings, work schedules, everything.  Planners keep me successful; I have rarely forgotten assignments since I have been using them.  Staying on top of your schedule is especially important at the college level, when you are expected to act like an adult and a professional.  My teachers would not be sympathetic if I was missing classes or homework because I “forgot.”

Sticky notes:  Remember earlier when I mentioned making lists?  It’s an obsession for me.  I use several packages of sticky notes over the course of a school year.  Each day, I write a list of all the tasks I need to complete.  I write reminders to myself and stick them on my desk.  I even use sticky notes to decorate friend’s rooms for special occasions (try labeling every object in your friend’s room—it’s mischievous and takes forever to clean up.  Muahahaa!)  Not everyone needs as many sticky notes as I go through, but it will be nice to keep a few on hand.

If you’re reading this and notice I left something really important out, please comment and share!  I’d love to hear what you think college students can’t live without.  Next week, I promise to post sooner.  I had written a post on Monday, but lost it at work.  Hopefully I can find it and share what I wrote with you soon!


Guess what! We have officially made it through half of the semester. I know I’m constantly counting the days until Thanksgiving, winter, spring, and summer break (I would include fall break too, but that’s a joke), but I really do love school. I just hate the stress that comes along with it. Oh, and living in a dorm. I hate living in a dorm and desperately want an apartment next year (heck, why wait? Why not next semester?)
Anyway, tons of stuff happened this week, and I learned a few very important hot tips that I’d like to pass along to you:

#1: Assignment guidelines for projects are often misleading. They make you think that what you’re doing is NBD, and that you have tons of time to do it. WRONG! As soon as you get those assignment guidelines, hightail it to the library or wherever and get to work. Otherwise you’ll be like a majority of my classmates in my Quantity Foods course (myself included!) freaking out Wednesday night before turning in our massive Cycle Menu project the next day. Spending all of that time in the Kinkel Center together was quite the bonding experience.

#2: Never start studying the night before an exam. I like to say that I was conducting an experiment in which I was testing the hypothesis that studying the night before an exam will produce a lower exam score, but honestly, I put off studying because I was just plain stupid. Oh, and because of hot tip #1. The assignment guidelines for my Cycle Menu project duped me into thinking it wouldn’t be so bad (when it was), and so I spent more time on that project this week than studying for Plant Biology.

In other news, today I got my ID badge for the Botanical Gardens! Look at my face! Don’t I look so serious and professional and official? I think so!

Most enthusiastic intern EVER.

Have a great week everyone. And whatever you do, don’t procrastinate!


“Yet Again” by: Grizzly Bear



by Alumni Posts September 20, 2012

Hello Everyone, Well the FLU is about, so watch out! I have, unfortunately, caught the bug and it is one of those colds that stuff up your nose so much you can’t breathe! People usually lay in bed, drink lots of orange juice, and sleep it off. I did no such thing. I had my […]

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Every Time We Meet

by Alumni Posts October 28, 2011

I remember, way back during last semester, when it came time for my roommate and I to decide what our housing situation would be for the fall semester. We unfortunately did not get a room on the much-coveted third floor of Medaille, but instead had to settle for whatever was left of the picked-over rooms […]

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