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Introducing Me

by Mari on September 6, 2016

in First Year at Fontbonne

Hello!

My name is Maria Torres, but I go by my nickname Mari. I am 18 years old and I am a freshman at Fontbonne University. I was born and raised in Kansas City. I am majoring in Communications. I have two younger sisters. My sister Gabi is in middle school and I have another sister Sofi, who is a sophomore in high school. I also have two dogs who are both Chihuahuas. Even though I am only about 4 hours away from home, I still get a little homesick now and then. I feel so much better knowing that I have met a supportive community of students and faculty here at Fontbonne!

At a Kansas City Royals game with my family! At a Kansas City Royals game with my family!

This past summer I was an intern through Bank of America Student Leaders. Through the internship, I worked with a non-profit called Youth Volunteer Corps in Kansas City. This awesome non-profit encouraged youth to give back to their communities through volunteering. I loved to see the youth become so happy after they finished a service project. Also through the internship, I traveled to Washington D.C. along with over 200 young people from across the country. In Washington D.C. we discussed how we can make a difference in our government, not only locally, but nationally too. It was a surreal experience to be surrounded by so many diverse people from all around the country. I met some lifelong friends through the internship.

With my fellow Kansas City Bank of America Student Leader interns in Washington D.C.!

I am very excited to start this blog during my freshman year. Feel free to give me a follow on my social media, I follow back!

Twitter: @mari_torres98

Instagram: @mari_torres16

Take care,

Mari

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Hi everyone!  My name is Anna, I’m 18, and I am a freshman at Fontbonne.  I have wonderful professors and classes, and I’m enjoying starting this new phase of life.  I’m also thrilled to have an opportunity to blog about my time at Fontbonne!

I come from a family of four — my parents, my older brother Matthew, and me.  I was homeschooled all the way from birth through high school, which was a big reason why I picked Fontbonne — coming from a “class of one” to college is a bit of a change, haha!  I am a lifelong resident of western St. Louis County (a city called Wildwood). We live in a great area with land and a very peaceful setting.  I’m a commuter student, so I get my city time during the day and my country time in the evening, which is awesome!

Going hand-in-hand with my love of country life, I enjoy spending time outside, particularly pursuing whatever crazy fitness endeavor I come up with next!  I live just a mile from a county park that has some amazing mountain bike/hiking trails, so you can often find me cruising or trail running on them.  I’m currently training for a half-marathon after competing in various 5K and 10K runs, and I just completed the Conquer Castlewood Team Adventure Race with my dad (canoeing for a mile, mountain biking for five miles, trail running for three miles).  If the weather isn’t conducive to outdoor training, I’m inside doing Pilates, yoga, or high intensity interval training.  And I LIVE for the winter (yes, it’s my favorite season…sorry in advance) when I can go skiing at Hidden Valley, my affectionately-named “community hill”, or head out west with my family to real mountains.  I’ve skied in 13 states, one Canadian province, and over 40 ski resorts…and I’m always looking to add some more to that list!

One more thing I couldn’t possibly leave out before I wrap up — my horses (pictures below)!  I have a seven-year-old palomino Mustang named Blondie and a 12-year-old palomino Miniature Horse named Pearl.  Blondie was born wild in Wyoming, rounded up when she was about 18 months old, competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in July 2015 (a trainer was given 100 days to gentle and train her), and I’ve had her since then.  We spend a lot of time doing groundwork (games and exercises that strengthen our relationship), and I also ride her.  Pearl was rescued from severe neglect and abuse in May 2014 and we adopted her in January 2015.  She keeps every moment of life entertaining and I wouldn’t want her any other way!  I can’t ride her because she’s so small, but we love to take walks around our property and show off her tricks!

That’s it until next time…I hope you enjoyed getting to “know” me!  Thanks for reading!

Blessings,

Anna

IMG_9990 Blondie (smiling…silly girl)

 

Pearl Pearl

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Hometown best friends are the best and saying goodbye to him/her/them is just as hard as saying goodbye to your family. Here are some of the things that happen when you and your best friends go to different schools.

  1. Facetiming at all hours of the night because you have to find what works for both of your schedules.
  2. Trying to figure out how to Skype with more than one person.
  3. Summing up all of the things that have happened since the last time you talked to you BFF
  4. Talking to your BFF’s parents, siblings, aunts, and grandmas whenever you see them and hoping to feel connected to your BFF in some way.
  5. Seeing things at the store and knowing your BFF would love it.
  6. Buying things from your school to send to your BFF to have a piece of you with your BFF at schoolIMG_3937
  7. Wearing/Using the things your BFF bought you from his/her school
  8. Texting them random things in your grouptext that they only would understand because you know he/she will be there when no one at your school understands your hatred of *enter item here*.
  9. One Word: Screenshots
  10. Confidently sending your ugliest snapchats because even if his/her new friends see, you probably don’t know them.
  11. Being jealous of his/her new friends because they get to hang out your friend all the time
  12. When you’re both in town and you meet up as soon as you are both home
  13. Being his/her biggest fan in sports, school, careers, and life

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XOXO,

Claire

 

 

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For everyone starting college for the first time (especially those right out of high school), it can seem like an overwhelming experience. You have harder classes, a larger homework load, and, more importantly, a lot more freedom. It can be very easy to get swept up in the social life of college while trying to balance your school work. The best advice I can give, from everything I’ve learned, is make time for yourself.

Learn to make some time each day or each week, even if it’s only 30 minutes, to relax and breathe. Go for a walk, read a book, sit in a coffee shop, etc. Just take some “me” time to unplug from the world and concentrate on recharging your batteries. Even extroverted people should take some time to have a breather. It can be good for your mental, physical, and emotional health; which is very important in the fast paced life of college. I would also say make extra time to get enough sleep as well. If you’re well rested you’ll be more alert in class and your immune system will be better able to fight off illness. Always remember to take care of yourself, a little bit goes a long way.

Cheers!

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Choosing Fontbonne!

by Fontbonne University September 17, 2015

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by Quinn September 10, 2015

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What I Wish I Knew

by Fontbonne University November 20, 2014

Coming to college was a brand new experience for me. It was a completely different environment from what I ever experienced. Of course I learned as I went along, picking up pieces of information along the way. However, I wish I had known one major thing before I came to college. That piece of information […]

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New people, new school.

by Fontbonne University 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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‘UnderGraditude’

by Alumni Posts September 20, 2013

Hello everybody! I am so thrilled to be blogging for Fontbonne now, as I love to write and share my thoughts, stories, etc. As you can see, this past weekend, unlike the last, I paid a visit to my humble abode! I was quite excited to catch up with some fellow friends of mine from […]

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