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A Time To Be Thankful

by Dani on November 23, 2015

in Extracurricular

Thanksgiving is literally only a few days away, and it feels like time has flown since the beginning of the semester. Out in the stores it looks more like Christmas, which I’ve always found a little sad. Thanksgiving should be celebrated with just as much fanfare. To me, Thanksgiving has always been mostly about family. My family is very big on cooking, we love making things from scratch and trying new recipes. The ability to be with my family, cooking, catching up, trading stories, is one of the most precious things in life. It’s certainly one of the main things I’m thankful for every holiday season.

It’s hard sometimes, to be 5 plus hours away from everyone, but at the same time it makes me appreciate the time we do spend together that much more. Everyone in my family seems to have a job at every gathering to help get the meal prepared, even if it’s as simple as staying out of my grandma’s way when she’s pulling something out of the oven. The food is always creative and delicious, especially my grandma’s five star desserts. I’m pretty sure she could’ve been a pastry chef in a past life. We are very fortunate to have a full table for the holidays. I’m also thankful for every moment I get to see my grandpa; he’s almost 90 now, and if a man could live forever on stubbornness, I believe he would. He also tells some of the best stories from when he was younger and served in the army during the Korean war. Our family is blessed to have my grandparents as the heads of the family.

My family also loves to have a few good games of cards after food and a short nap. We play a lot of different kinds of card games and usually there’s more laughing and yelling across the table than anything, it’s the best kind of uproar. At some point, one of my aunts or my cousin will get too loud and my grandpa yells at them to be quiet, it always makes us laugh more. That’s not to say we don’t have our family drama and our bickering moments, but at the end of the day we all know how important family is and how thankful we are for each other.




by Patricia on November 20, 2015

in Extracurricular

I am very excited for Thanksgiving. I will be visiting my grandma in Indianapolis! She is 91 and we are taking her to her friend’s house. I don’t like anything but turkey, biscuits and desserts! Every time I visit my grandma I take video of her and post it on Facebook. It usually gets over 100 views. I’m also excited for black Friday and cant wait to start shopping!


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!


beginning of summer

by Patricia June 4, 2015

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, […]

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The Best Part of Fontbonne

by Sarah May 4, 2015

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.  […]

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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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