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As I have probably mentioned before, I majored in fashion merchandising at Fontbonne for my undergraduate degree. I still keep in contact with all of the wonderful professors in the department, and always let them know if they need anything. A few weeks ago, the director of the program, Dr. Liljequist, told me she had some ideas on how we can collaborate. She asked if I would be interested in updating some of the bulletin boards in the business department hallways. I love any sort of crafty project, so of course I said yes! This will be a task that I complete throughout the end of the semester and into the early parts of summer. That way, when students come back for the fall semester, the walls will look fresh and updated. While I am doing this, I’ll also help clean up our resources room in fashion merchandising so things are easy to find for the next group of students that will be using the space for various projects.

I don’t have any pictures to post yet, as I am still in the beginning stages of this project. But I will say that I have a lot of ideas up my sleeve that are very different from what’s currently there! I hope the students that end up walking the halls of AB (Anheuser-Busch building) will enjoy the new look of the department. If you continue to keep in touch with teachers, advisors, coworkers, etc., you never know what opportunities may come out of the connections. Whether it’s a small task or a potential job, it’s important to nurture the relationships and connections you make in life. Because I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the fashion merchandising department, I will always have an interest in helping them out. I just can’t stay away. 🙂

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Hello everyone! I am a new blogger on here and I am happy for this opportunity. My first blog will just be some information about me.

I was born in Colorado Springs, CO and moved around for most of my life. I have lived in Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, and so on. Most of my childhood was in Indiana, where I lived from first grade to eighth grade. My family moved to St. Louis and I have been here ever since.

I am a huge comic nerd and have been for most of my life. One of my favorite hobbies is dance, and I use to take tap dancing lessons. I love fashion, and was even voted the most fashionable guy in my senior year of high school. I have grown to love the St. Louis culture, which is part of the reason I chose to attend Fontbonne. I am majoring in Fashion Merchandising as well. I have a problem with binge watching shows, and I always take recommendations.

I hope to cover student life on this blog throughout the semester. Thank you all, and I can’t wait to see what this semester brings!

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As a first year freshman, the question I get the most is “what are you studying?” When I say fashion, merchandising, the next thing they ask is, “So you’re going to work at target your whole life?

It is pretty annoying to get opinions about your passion that are less than flattering. However, I am passionate about my decision to study fashion and follow one of my favorite things. Most people may not know what they want to, but that is okay! It is more than okay! It should be expected. How can you expect a person to know at 17/18, what they want to do with the rest of their lives? The formative years of college will help you decide what you are interested in. It is okay if you try something for a little while and decide in the end that it was the right choice. Changing your mind is fine and encouraged. You should never settle for what anyone else wants you to do! No matter who it is or what the history is, you should do what you need to do to be happy and follow your heart, even if it may not be able to make up its mind!

Moral of the story, do you. Find something you love, and go for it. Do not let anyone hold you back from doing what you are passionate about. If you want to be a doctor, lawyer, model, chef, teacher, etc., try it out and find a career that is going to be satisfying to you intellectually and emotionally, over financially.

Xoxo,
Claire

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Claire

When I grow up

by Claire on April 13, 2016

in Academics,Career Paths

When I Grow Up….

When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a banker. I honestly don’t really know why, but that’s what I always wanted to be. When my grade school teachers took all of the students on a field trip to the village area at the Magic House, I “applied” to be a banker. I knew banking meant that I got to do math and I really liked math at the time. I was formulate enough to be the “Banker Manager” at the Magic House for the field trip. We cashed all the other works play pay checks and taught the students how to fill out a deposit slip and write a check. This is one of my fondest memories from my childhood.

Continuing into middle and high school, I always excelled at math so I figured banking would be a safe bet and something that would always be needed. However, once I got into more complicated math, banking seemed less and less appealing to me.

After taking many more math classes, I realized I liked and wanted to continue with math, but not banking. My middle school opinion was that I did not want to sit at a computer all day with a calculator doing math. I found a passion for fashion as one may say, and out went the banker passion.

I still am fond of math and honestly find myself into crunching numbers quiet frequently. I am thankful for my initial interest because now I know how to calculate interest rates and things like that.

Now, as written in other posts of mine, I study fashion merchandising and I am hoping to be able to use my math skills as a buyer one day!

Whatever you decided to do as a career, even if you do not know when you make it to college, know you have time and people to help you. But, most importantly, pick a career that is going to be fulfilling and challenge you as well as maintain your interest for a few decades!

Xoxo,
Claire

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Fashion Incubator In STL

by Claire February 17, 2016

Hello All!! Watching the news this week, I saw a few stories about fashion in Saint Louis. As a fashion merchandising student, this imminently peaked my interest. The Fashion Fund is a company that is working to bring fashion back to the United States and bring fashion back to Saint Louis. It wants to make […]

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All About Me!

by Claire February 15, 2016

Hello Future and Current Fonties!! I wanted to let you know a little bit about myself! I wrote for this blog last semester and it was a great experience that I wanted to try again. I am 18 years old, 19 in April. I am from a family of 6, a mom and a dad, […]

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Favorite Class This Semester

by Claire November 16, 2015

As a freshman, I am still fascinated by the idea that I finally get to take classes about fashion and just take the classes I want to take in general. Although I still have plenty of general education classes to accomplish, I am able to mix these in with my major specific courses, like sewing. […]

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Building Bespoke

by Alumni Posts March 23, 2015

When I was in high school, I was selected to join the honors program at Fontbonne, and I accepted. Accordingly, I was required to take at least twelve credits of honors courses offered here. I completed that after my sophomore year. However, there is one last thing that needs to be done in order to […]

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Wacky Warhol Display

by Alumni Posts February 23, 2015

This semester, I am enrolled in an independent study visual merchandising class. This is the first time I have taken an independent study, so it is a very different structure to get used to. Everything is done on my own time, yet I still have to communicate with my classmates because we are completing displays […]

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Taking Chances with a Famous Designer

by Fontbonne University February 2, 2015

A dream of mine came true this week. I was able to meet a local St. Louis designer featured on the hit show Project Runway! If you have never seen the show, then you must be living under a rock (and obviously not a very fashionable rock). Haha! In case you haven’t seen the show, […]

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