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Fashion Merchandising Program

I didn’t originally plan on attending Fontbonne University. Actually, I wasn’t even sure of what I wanted to do with my life, but I had decided to pursue a degree in Fashion Merchandising or Marketing, and I was determined to find a school where I could complete a degree and get out.

I originally chose the Arts Institute of St. Louis to attend. My father and I visited the campus in late November to talk with their admissions counselor. They wanted me to go there…BAD. They called me at least three different times a week to see if I had made a decision. But The Arts Institute still didn’t seem right for me. So my father said one day… “Why don’t you look at…Fontbonne University?”

I had been so stressed and so tired of looking at colleges that I originally didn’t even want to go check this school out. I remember the day like it was yesterday. It was so painfully cold and windy. Definitely not a day you wanted to tour a college campus. When we arrived at Fontbonne, we immediately went to admissions and met Jenna.

At first we just talked about the basics: what kind of scholarships I could be awarded, how my credits would transfer, etc. Then Jenna offered to give us a small tour. She took us to AB hall and pointed out certain classrooms as well as the fashion merchandising showcases…it was basic information…but I felt a spark of excitement. I started to be excited about my degree and what I could do if I went to Fontbonne. She took us back outside…

And this is when Jenna REALLY spoke to me.

I remember we were outside in the cold; we had to kind of raise our voices over the wind. Instead of just saying goodbye to me…Jenna wrapped up our session by saying just how much she loved the school. She had originally attended Fontbonne as a student, and she expressed how much she appreciated the memories she made here and how much the place meant to her as a place of education and a place where she now works…I was really struck. She was genuinely expressing how great of a school Fontbonne was. From then on, she had me sold. I remember leaving Fontbonne knowing that I had found my school.

That was my first impression of Fontbonne University. Just one person can completely change your outlook on things. Can sway your opinion, but for all the right reasons. I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t spoken to Jenna. She’s the definition of an amazing admissions counselor. I actually moved on to campus, and that day I was kind of terrified. Terrified of not making friends, starting a new job, and attending classes. I literally knew no one…but just as Jenna expressed…Fontbonne is a great school and I immediately adjusted. I’ve made so many close friends in such a short time, and I already love my classes.

For once I feel like I am in a place where I actually belong…I am totally psyched to continue my education here at Fontbonne. I’m hoping to maybe leave a lasting impression on future students, just like Jenna did for me. Thank you for that first impression Jenna! Thank you for everything.

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Here we are with just six weeks of school left and there’s so much still to be done. However, I don’t want to blog about the future this week but about the past. Last week was Fontbonne’s spring break, and I spent some time in New York City with the lovely fashion merchandising program!

I spent six days in The Big Apple, and had a blast! Our days during the week were full of rewarding and inspiring study tours, while the nights and weekend were free for whatever we wished. Prior to the trip, my roommate and I planned out pretty much every detail of our stay, so we knew what our free time would consist of. We did so much in those six days and it’s so difficult to say what I enjoyed the most.

My favorite morning activity had to be walking the Brooklyn Bridge. On Sunday morning, my roommate Carly and I took a stroll from downtown to Brooklyn. The weather was absolutely beautiful with clear skies and lots of sunshine. We could even see the Statue of Liberty from a distance. It was nice to begin the day with a peaceful activity, and to take in the sights that the city creates from a distance.

Saturday afternoon was dedicated to museums, and I think that would be a my most memorable daytime activity. We went to the museum at FIT and saw exhibits on boots, fashion and technology, and shoes. Later we went to the Museum of the City of New York, which had a “New Housing for New Yorkers” exhibition as well as one on fashion. The Metropolitan Museum was next, where we looked at “Fashion, Impressionism, and Modernity”.

One of the most memorable study tour visits was with Elaine Gold, a woman who has been in the business for 70 years. She gave the fashion merchandising students a lot of useful knowledge and advise! Carly and I also took in a Broadway show Friday evening, which we both loved. This trip was the experience of a lifetime. I cannot wait until my next visit!


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