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Hey there! As you should know by now, my name is Valerie Amerlan. I am a returning sophomore here at Fontbonne University. I love being social and interacting with others, however I am much better at this in person, rather than blogging. But I am also up for new things, so I thought why not give this a shot :)

I’ll start off by telling you a few things about myself. I am originally from the small town of Bakersfield, Missouri, which is pretty much as country and backwoods as you can get. But that is more than okay with me :) I take pride in where I am from and how I was raised. Family is the number one thing in my life, but you don’t have to be a blood relative for me to consider you part of my family. I love the outdoors; hiking, camping, float trips, muddin’, hunting, the whole nine :)

Going back to where I’m from, you might ask me “What are you doing way up here in the big city?” (Or you might not ask that because you don’t consider St. Louis the “big city”) Either way, one of the reasons I’m up here is because, like I said, I like trying new things. I’ve always wanted to travel, but when family is the number one thing in your life, and you have a huge family, it’s hard to leave them to go to a far away place, and nearly impossible to take them all with you.


Next week I’m going to visit my grandma. She is 91 years old and lives in Indianapolis. She lives in an assistant living facility. She has lots of friends but unfortunately has a very small room. When the 5 of us visit her, it’s pretty crowded, but it’s kind of fun. She always has things to mess with including a metal stick for picking up trash that we use to pour ourselves a glass of water. She also has a really cool walker/wheelchair that we can spin around in and a giant chair with a remote that moves it up and down. Every time we visit, I take a video of her doing something funny, and I post it on Facebook. I usually get 150 views!


I am super excited for this summer! I have many plans for such a short amount of time. My first priority is working at McDonald’s. I usually work as the cashier, and if we are really busy, I make fries. When I’m not working, I hang out with neighbors, watch TV, keep up with Facebook, bake desserts, go swimming, and go shopping. Next week my family is going on vacation. First we are going to Universal Studios in Orlando. I’m really excited to ride the two new Harry Potter rides. After that we are going to St. George Island. We rented a house there, and we will be kayaking and going to the beach. We will be there for my birthday on June 16th. We will be gone for 2 weeks and wont be back until June 22nd. Then on July 16th me and my brothers are going on a train by ourselves for the first time to visit my aunt and cousin in Chicago. A few days after that our parents will arrive and then we will go to Wisconsin to see my other cousin and her baby. Then at some point we will go to Indianapolis to visit my 91 year old grandma!


If I was asked to write about someone who works at Fontbonne and the relationship that I’ve fostered during my time here at Fontbonne so far… Well I would have no problem narrowing down my choices because I would immediately choose my sister.  My own sister works at Fontbonne University as a graduate admissions counselor.  She is my one and only sister, which makes this even better because I am glad I do not have to pick between multiple siblings.  My sister, Ann, and I have known each other well since I was born, since I am the youngest of the family.  We shared a room for several years though I can barely remember when we switched rooms and split apart.  Seems so long ago.  I know I would steal her clothes, go in her room when I was not supposed to, those things that a younger sibling should not do but sadly follow through on anyway when they know better.

I want to fast forward to about three years ago; I think that is about how many years ago it was that she moved out of the house, although I know I may be wrong.  Anyways, I really have fallen in love with the type of relationship I have made with my sister since she moved out.  I remember before she moved out I was nervous that I would not talk to her as much as well as see her anymore.  But I had a feeling also that that would not happen between the two of us.  Since I started at Fontbonne University almost two years ago, we have talked more, seen each other more and just enjoyed each other’s time more.  Now I will admit that she was not working at Fontbonne University when I was admitted as a freshman, though began shortly after.  I find myself going to her office just to say hello multiple times a week, at least recently I know.  I tell her about my day, such as classes going on, stressful situations with friends or family members and so on.  I see her as my best friend as well as my sister.  I love how I can talk to her about Fontbonne issues, advice for when talking to teachers, and even happy moments such as accomplishments.  Last summer, when I found out I could not really pursue a future career in my last major of study, I went to my sister asking for ideas on what to switch my major to.  She provided me with several possible ideas as well as hope that I will find a new major.  Something I will love and not be as insecure about.  We had discussions on what I valued most and had deep interests in, which in the end was helping people.  In the end we were able to find a new major for me to try out and really I am so glad to have my sister on campus at Fontbonne, sharing memories together as well as creating new ones each day.


Ready for Summer!

by Katie April 30, 2015

This summer is my last summer break of my undergrad and I’m feeling both anxious and excited. I will be working full time at my job, while still finding time to relax and spend time with friends and family.  I’m looking forward to quality time with friends and family because during the last month of […]

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Summer 2015

by Sarah April 20, 2015

I realize that I am kind of late for Spring Break plans, but it is never too late for Summer 2015 plans.  Honestly, I have already been planning like my entire summer schedule even though the semester is not even over.  Though sadly I have signed up for classes during the summer, which is never […]

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New place, New friends.

by Cathy April 14, 2015

Nothing shapes you more than the people around you. Every person that has influenced your life was there for a reason and college isn’t different. When I first came to college I had a lot of awesome people around me. However, forging a bond with other first years really helped me get used the change […]

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Spring Break Part 2: Easter Edition

by Dani March 31, 2015

Ok, so, this is a shortened school week for Easter, or as I like to call it Spring Break Part 2. Our first spring break earlier in March was pretty decent, the weather was ok, and it was mostly filled with work for a lot of us. But this weekend will be different! I’m not […]

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Fun With Mini Me

by Sarah B. October 23, 2014

This past Friday through Sunday was Siblings Weekend here at Fontbonne. It was an opportunity for my little sister, Kaitlyn, to visit me on campus for the first time since last year. A lot has changed since last year for both of us. She got older and more mature, and our attitude towards each other […]

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New people, new school.

by Cathy September 9, 2014

Freshman year is like a blank sheet of paper, you wield a pen waiting to make your mark on it. The question that burns into you is, “Who do I want to be?” That’s just the issue, you never know. You don’t know who you are, until you finally meet others. Until you finally surround […]

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