Mission… Possible!

Living the Mission of Fontbonne University. Whether you know it or not, we all as students are the living and breathing evidence that defies just that. Fontbonne’s Mission statement is:

“Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically and serve responsibly.”

A simple yet impactful and powerful statement. I speak on behalf of myself when I say that I value my pursuit in education each day. That being said, I see each day a new day. My goal for each day is to learn something new. It does not matter what that is. Knowledge is endless power. The more knowledgeable you are, the more you can do with it. Not only that but with this knowledge you could shape a better world. Think of Elon Musk and the companies that he founded/co-founded: Telsa, SolarCity, & PayPal just to name a few. Never heard of SolarCity? They are in the process of replacing the current roof shingles with solar panels! In translation: NO MORE ELECTRICITY BILLS! Just look at the photos!

Interested in seeing the keynote for yourself? Here you go!

As always guys, stay classy!

Hola a todos!

Hi everyone!

I start blogging last semester, but I didn’t was constant at all. So one of my goals this semester is posting more often! I went back to Ecuador for the break and it was amazing. I return full of energy to start my second semester here. I have to admit I was a little worried about winter here, but it hasn’t been that cold as I imagine.

So far everything has been great. I love my new education courses, and also I am so excited about starting observation practices this semester. Something I would like to share is that this semester the Latino Hispanic Union is officially an organization! It is amazing to have a space like this here at Fontbonne, where you can share with people who has Hispanic or Latino heritage, and also with people who is just interested about it. We want this organization to be inclusive, so if you are not Hispanic or latino you are totally welcome to come and share good moments and activities with us!

Hope everyone have a great week! Till the next post,

Adriana 🙂

Here I share a pic of my friend Cecilia after the ice storm in January.

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The Mission of Fontbonne

This week we’re going to talk about Fontbonne’s mission statement!  In case you’re not familiar with it, or if it’s been awhile since you saw it, here it is straight from Fontbonne’s website — “Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically, and serve responsibly.”

Since last semester was my first one here, I was required to take INT 105, Culture and the Common Good, which introduced me specifically to Fontbonne’s mission statement, vision, values, statement of Catholic identity, and what they want from me as a student during my four years here…and how I take what I learn into the world.  I didn’t know what to expect in this class, but I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of the semester.  I was blessed to have the sweetest teacher ever; a very intimate, small class of students with a wide variety of majors; and a large amount of personal growth and development.  Over four months, we had conversations about everything from religion and Fontbonne’s academic convocation to transportation and vocations.  The thread holding all those topics together was the common good, which is clearly stated in the mission statement.  I really enjoyed digging deep into what it means and how it affects practically every aspect of our lives — healthcare, transportation, religion, education, relationships, careers, etc.  The discussions we had were respectful, diverse, and educational.  It was so inspiring to see and be a part of young adults maturely engaging in conversations about sometimes-controversial topics!

I emerged from this class with a much broader view of the world and the people around me — a global citizen.  I now understood and could explain what Fontbonne’s values and mission meant, and I had been encouraged to form my own opinions and thoughts — think critically — while also respecting the people who I did not agree with — act ethically. Ultimately, I found myself embodying Fontbonne’s mission statement in my everyday life, whether I was studying, going to class, eating lunch, working, spending time with family and friends, or interacting with the cashier in a store.  It enshrouded me completely, not just while I was on campus, but everywhere.

I sincerely hope the same thing happened or is happening for you.  You don’t have to agree with everyone 100% of the time. You don’t have to spend 24 hours a day volunteering.  You don’t have to analyze every world event that happens.  But you can certainly aspire and work to be a respectful listener, volunteer, and global citizen.  Let’s all try to do that a bit more in the coming months.

Until next week,

~Anna

End of the Semester!

It seems crazy to think that just three-and-a-half months ago, I was starting my college journey.  Now, it’s almost 1/8 done!  Whoa…that’s a little scary to think about!  If this semester went by quickly, just imagine the remaining seven; before I know it, Fontbonne will be a memory and I’ll be entering yet another new phase of life.

But before I get too carried away with the future, I’d like to focus on the past 16 weeks and how my life has changed.  My professors have not only built a solid higher-education foundation for me with this semester’s classes, although that is very true.  I’ve also built solid relationships with many faculty members, including several I didn’t even have as teachers but may later on.  It’s priceless to have those positive associations both now and in the future — they know I’m a dedicated, hardworking student who is invested in learning for life; I know they care about me, truly want to push me and see me succeed, and are always willing to help in any way possible.  I can’t compare this to other schools because I was always homeschooled, and Fontbonne is my first college experience, but I must say I think you’d be hard-pressed to find — anywhere else — the level of dedication and professionalism all the instructors at Fontbonne have.

I have learned a lot more about myself and Fontbonne’s mission.  I’ve gotten through exams and essays and hard days that, prior to, seemed daunting, scary, or even impossible.  I’ve become more confident and knowledgeable in areas I never imagined I would be.  I’ve worked through difficult problems with logic and persistence, finding joy in finally coming up with the correct solution/answer and knowing I’m capable of doing so.  I’ve laughed a lot and cried a little (hope to keep it that way!).  I’ve been blessed with support and respect from my family.  I’ve learned how to be impeccable — and I mean impeccable — with my time.  I’ve also learned how much of a privilege sleep is — here’s looking at you, long-since-gone 8-hour nights!  Finally, I am not only majoring in dietetics; I’ve officially declared a minor in history, which is not something I expected to do at all, but now I am and I’m so glad!

For all this sentimentality, I sincerely hope I have expressed how glad I am to be a Fontbonne student (bet you never would have guessed).  This semester wasn’t perfect; I wouldn’t expect one to ever be.  But it completely affirmed my decision to attend; there’s no looking back or second-guessing myself!  I’m happy to have a month off with family, relaxing and getting ready for next semester. Christmas is my favorite holiday, so I’ll be that all-December-long celebrator.  I’ve already got the Christmas music in full swing during my commutes…and I’ll be starting my chocolate Advent calendar tomorrow (as I write this…and yes, I do have a chocolate Advent calendar; I don’t think you’re ever too old for one)!  My family and I are also going on a quick ski trip to Colorado at the very end of December/beginning of January, so that’s something I eagerly look forward to.

Whether you’re graduating in a couple short weeks (congratulations!), are midway through college, or completing your first semester ever, here’s some good luck sent your way for finals and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and break.  Study hard, have fun, and I’ll be back in a month!

Blessings,

~Anna

Ten Things I’m Thankful for

Thanksgiving is just one week away!  It’s probably my second- or third-favorite holiday; I can’t decide between it and Easter.  Anyway, now is a great time of the year to count your blessings, so to speak.  I know it’s nearly the end of the semester, you’re probably exhausted, and you’re looking forward to some time with family…but in these busy moments, I think it’s especially important to look at yourself with a positive outlook.  In a world of negativity and brokenness, we, Fontbonne as a community, can spread some counter-feelings of optimism, respect, and encouragement.  And what’s a great way to start on that track?  Look inward, outward, and all around you, and see what’s good in your life.  I’d like to encourage you to make a list of your own in the next few weeks; maybe it would be appropriate for in between studying for finals…a nice way to take a breath, relax, and appreciate everything a little more fully.  It can be as short and simple as you like!

So here’s my “top 10” list of things I’m thankful for, in no particular order, by the way!

  1. Fontbonne:  I love the faculty, staff, my fellow students, the opportunities to pursue one’s passion and “serve the dear neighbor”, and the entire atmosphere in general.  Even on days when I’m really tired and just not feeling too upbeat, my mood ends up brightening by being on campus, going to class, and knowing I’m surrounded by wonderful, supportive people.
  2. My family & friends:  My parents, brother, godparents, and other friends (young and old) bring me so much joy.  They’re patient, kind, loving, encouraging, funny, and genuinely interested in hearing about the latest topic or subject I’ve covered in class.  I may not have a huge social web, but the relationships I have with my relatives and companions are deep and permanent.
  3. My horses:  Dear, sweet little Pearl-baby and Blondie-girl, who have been so cooperative and easygoing about my lack of time for them since school started.  They’re happy to just be groomed, petted, hugged, loved on, and told how much they mean to me.  Owning a horse is so much more than riding; in fact, it’s really quite irrelevant to me.  I think it’s way more important to have a strong relationship, built on trust and respect, than a surface level “hop on and ride off into the sunset” sort of thing.
  4. Good health:  I’m grateful for the ability to exercise every day and not be compromised in any way by injuries or illnesses.  My first semester at Fontbonne is nearly over, and I have not gotten so much as a sneeze, which I’m pretty proud of…especially considering how little sleep I’ve recently been getting!
  5. Freedom:  I’m thankful for all of the men and women who have served or are currently serving in our military, protecting and preserving my rights.  I’m really glad for my, your, and everyone else’s ability to voice their opinions and beliefs.  Now more than ever, we need to ensure this right does not get lost or suppressed for anyone; but even more importantly, we need to be civil and respectful when speaking with someone who may hold a different set of beliefs.
  6. Faith:  This ties into #5 above (freedom).  Every Sunday morning, I can go to church with my family to experience communion and fellowship with other believers.  I can be refreshed for the coming week, forgiven of my sins, receive the Lord’s Supper, and encouraged to live a life of grace and love.  My right to worship is not infringed upon, and for that I am appreciative.
  7. Sunrises & sunsets:  For all the darkness and gloom surrounding winter, you have to admit we have some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets.  Colors of red, orange, golden, blue, pink, purple, and more set the sky on fire and always make me hopeful for the day ahead.  In that quiet stillness, there is peace to be found.
  8. Home sweet home:  I have a roof over my head, heat and air-conditioning for all seasons, abundant clothing, running water, electricity, Internet service, and so many other creature comforts.  We take these for granted far too much.  Remember that there are millions of people all around the world who do not and may never experience these everyday conveniences.
  9. Food:  Once again, just how many people do you think do not have access to quality food and water like we do?  I’m not trying to shame you for enjoying the bountiful feast your mom or grandma prepares for Thanksgiving…I think it’s one of the best times to come together as a family for fellowship and yummy goodness.  But maybe after that final piece of pumpkin pie, consider volunteering for a food pantry or donating to a charity that seeks to improve the lives of people who aren’t in the same fortunate position we are.
  10. The Future:  I’m thankful to be able to pursue my studies in dietetics and history, two passions of mine, and eventually help people live their lives to the fullest.  I’m thankful for classes that challenge, push, and mold me into a version of myself I never dreamed I would be.  I’m also thankful for the opportunity to share my musings about the future with all who read this blog…you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessings,

~Anna

Friday, FAB, and Fundraisers – Oh My!

Happy Friday, Fonties! Friday is my one day that I don’t have class (woo!), but typically tends to be the busiest. As President of the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB), we have a meeting every Friday at 11:00 AM and (typically) an event at 8:00 PM. In between there, I’m usually spending time up in the Griffin’s Nest finishing up final details, running last minute errands, or just hanging out with other people from my team. So basically… all of my Friday’s are absolutely FABulous, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Tonight, you can find me in the Lewis Room at the Slam Poetry event. Carlos Andres Gomez will be taking the stage at 8PM. (If you’re free…you should come. He’s stellar.) FAB is co-hosting this event with BSU and I seriously cannot wait. (This is all real enthusiasm – I promise.) Check Carlos out on YouTube – you won’t be disappointed!

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Currently, I’m getting ready to leave to run some errands for an event we are hosting next Monday. You know what’s on my shopping list? Aluminum pie tins and whipped cream. Why? We are hosting a Dance Marathon Fundraiser where six student leaders can get pied in the face. One pie costs $2 OR you can purchase 3 for $5. Oh, and I’m one of those six student leaders that you can pie. I’m really excited (and nervous) because the event has been talked about A LOT.  All the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. Excited? Slightly interested? Want to support a good cause? Grab your cash and head to the Meadow on Monday at 11! (My mom is personally sending me with $5 so that someone can pie me in the face for her THREE TIMES. Thanks, mom.) All in all, it’s for a great cause and I cannot wait to see how much money we raise For The Kids!

~ Brooke

PS If you would like to help support our efforts in raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network head to our team page for more information!

The Countdown Begins!

Only one month left until school starts back up again. For me, fortunately it will be my last semester 😀 For dietetics students, our education does not end with a 4-year degree. After graduation the goal is often to land an internship or graduate school (or both) and then become a registered dietitian working in either the community, clinical setting, or in food service management. In addition to that, registered dietitians are required to have a certain amount of continuing education every five years. In the nutrition world, scientific research leads to a continuation of new information every day, so it makes sense to require those in the nutrition field to stay up to date.

For me, the continuing education excites me more than it scares me. I love staying up to date with the latest trends (even without following the trends, I like to know what others are up to so I can challenge misinformation). I’m looking to work in the community setting of dietetics because I love one-on-one interaction with people, and that’s where my heart truly goes. Although I love science and the clinical case studies in Medical Nutrition Therapy, I feel that there are so many current and future dietitians that have a huge passion for that area, that if given the chance, I’d prefer working in the community where my true passion lies. That being said, I’m open to new possibilities and am fully aware that internship/time may steer my choices in the dietetics world.

Fontbonne’s dietetics program isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s for the most passionate future dietitians out there! The instructors give you a great background of each different area of dietetics so you get a feel of where you want your career to land you in the future. My favorite projects included nutrition counseling with different clients. Once we did one with a registered dietitian role playing as a randomized client, another time we did with an actual client from Fontbonne’s campus. I can almost guarantee it pushed everyone in the classroom’s comfort zone at first, but it was a great way to learn!

For any perspective Dietetics students, I strongly suggest you talk to anyone in the FCS department and ask questions about the dietetics program to see if it’s the right choice for you. 🙂

-Katie

Looking to the Future!

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I had a blast this weekend, traveling to the city in celebration of my girlfriends 21st birthday! There was a lot going on over the weekend, on and off campus.. STL housed a weekend called STL Uncorked, a fun and exciting concert full of entertainment, drinks, food, and the surrounding community!

Personally, I have officially decided to pursue my dream of becoming a Chiropractor.. I’ve given in a ton of thought over the last 4 years but I feel like it has been a dream of mine for a reason! I enjoy helping people, understanding them, making them better physically and psychologically, as well as letting them know that I am always around to help their family and friends. I hope to graduate in the Fall of 2018 with a bright future ahead of me and clear idea of exactly where I want to go with my practice to be as successful as possible. I first had the idea of becoming a Chiropractor in the 8th grade when I broke my tailbone. Long story short, I didn’t heal correctly and chiropractics worked wonders on getting me back to equilibrium!

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Summertime so far

This week has been a long week because I have the dreaded summer cold.  Luckily it hasn’t stopped me from doing much, but it has made things less than pleasant for the start of my week.  Last night my friends from the dietetics program and I got together for a much needed girl’s night.  It felt like forever since I’d seen them.  Four of them graduated this Spring and are off to internships at the end of this summer/early fall.  I’m so happy for them and proud of their accomplishments!  I hope to have good luck in my search for internships in the Spring of next year.  Despite graduating in December,  I decided to wait until Spring match for internships because most internships match in the Spring.  I’m looking into Eastern Illinois University’s internship and hoping to get a tour of campus and talk to the internship director sometime this summer.  In addition, another thing I’d like to get done over summer is the GRE.  I would like to get a master’s degree in a nutrition-related field someday, so I figure if an internship also has a master’s degree program attached, all the better.

Wish me luck on getting past this cold and getting some relaxation on my day off today!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far.  -Katie

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From right to left: Me, Chelsea, and Morgan… love these girls!

2 week vacation!

Last Monday, my family and I began our way to Orlando to go to universal studios. On the first night, we stayed in a hotel in Georgia. The next day, we drove the last 8 hours to Orlando and went to universal studios the following day. We checked into the royal pacific hotel and then we spent the next 3 days riding rides. I really liked the Harry potter rides. I love the castle and all the animations. I Also liked the Dr.Seuss rides. We had lunch at the Dr. Seuss circus cafe and I ate a giant cupcake! I even got a cat in the hat wallet! Now we are at St. George Island in Florida. I will save that story for next week!