Room 316 has served as the residential hub for most of the summer residents this far. Before it became a residential hub, it was just a normal apartment on the third floor of the Fine Arts building, also known as Southwest. A little over a month ago, I moved into this apartment with the expectation of just living here and living out my summer RA duties and working in the Department of Leadership Education and Student Activities (name will be changed shortly). Shortly after Griffin 101 training all of those “expectations” soon changed when practically all of my friends (whom are Griffin 101 Leaders) were constantly in my room day after day. Night after night we got to know each other more and within a matter of days we became the best of friends!
Kicking off summer ’16 the six of us; Gabe, Beth, Marki, Jordyn, Stania, and myself, have gone out to the many festivals that St. Louis has to offer and also enjoyed each other’s company. Recently, we have started making family dinners in the kitchen for more of a homier feel. Before we would just go out all of the time but then we realized that is costing us big time so we stopped that real quick. The first dinner was made by yours truly. On the menu that day was chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, and mashed potatoes. The following day Beth whipped up spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, and a delicious Caesar salad. Who knew a home cooked meal could be just as filling as going out to eat?! Long before room 316 started making “30 minute meals,” Marki Miller in room 321 was cooking up a storm. One night she made her infamous Tuna Helper. Marki also added mixed vegtables to make it more of a heartier meal. The following week, she made chicken, mac & cheese with broccoli, and a delicious side Caesar spinach salad. It was literally the best meal ever.
When we’re not having a luxurious meal, we are either watching Netflix or dancing in the main lobby of Southwest. All seven of us live our lives just like any other college student. There is never a dull moment when we’re all together. Stop by room 316 anytime before July 30th.
Besides rescuing my dog, Champ, I did plenty of other things in Florida. I bought a blow up whale, named Malibu. I rode it on the waves on the beach. It was fun because there had recently been a storm and the waves were intense! I felt like someone was knocking me into the sand and I couldn’t get back up! I also swam in the pool at our house. I even went shopping and bought some seashells to add to my collection at home. I saw lots of antiques including a pearl Korean dresser from the 1800s. I also saw furniture from France from the 1800s. We went into one store with a live cat.
My dad and brothers went fishing on a private boat and caught a shark. They took it home and cooked it. It tasted like a combination of pork and chicken. It was more dense than fish. We also bought calamari (squid) and shrimp. I didn’t like shrimp but my mom made me try it, and I ended up liking it. When we went to the Blue Parrot restaurant I even ordered it instead of chicken strips. LOL
I cant wait to go back next summer!!!!
This week, my family went to Florida in St. George Island! This year, we brought my dog, Champ. A few days ago, he jumped off the dock and into the ocean! He usually hates water, but he thought that a log was prey and couldn’t resist! Once he jumped off, he swam toward the log and chewed on it. Once he realized it was a log, he swam toward the dock and sat on one of the poles. He even tried to climb between the poles at the bottom of the dock, but he didn’t know that he was too big. I got to rescue him in a canoe! Fortunately my parents were able to take pictures at the time. After I got Champ back to shore, my brother threw the log back into the water and of course Champ jumped back into the water and I got to rescue him all over again! The next day, there was a pinecone in the pool and Champ wanted it.
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!