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Hi everyone!  I can’t believe this is our last week of classes! Are you ready for summer? I know I am! This semester went by so quickly.  I enjoyed meeting new people, having new professors, and learning more about my area of study (dietetics).  This semester contained a lot of big semester long projects that I learned a lot from.  Next semester I will be President of SAFCS (Student Association of Family and Consumer Sciences) and I am so ready to get started on planning more events and activities for this club.  Anyone is able to join so if you are interested in food, nutrition, and volunteering, you should definitely join!  I hope you all have a fantastic summer break!!

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Hello everyone,

Let me tell you about all of the wonderful things I have done over my spring break.  I have had the chance to spend a lot of quality time with my parents and even some quality time with my boyfriend. Over the weekend I had the chance to practice golf with my dad at Sunset Country Club where my family is members and I even had a personal best score on Sunday.  It was great to be with my family at the course on Sunday and be able to prove to myself that I can play well in the cool weather.  Then, that evening my family went to the Des Peres movie theater to see the much anticipated Beauty and the Beast movie and it was such a breath taking movie.  My family had another movie night on Monday as we watched the other amazing Disney film that was recently in theaters which was Moana.  I just love that movie because it has so many life lessons about pursuing your dreams and doing everything possible to make them happen.

Then, on Tuesday I had the chance to go out to lunch with my parents and my grandma at Billy G’s in Kirkwood and I savored an amazing meal.  After that we walked next door to my favorite bakery, Great Harvest, in which I purchased two of my favorite treats there. Later on in the evening I went to mass at the Catholic Student Center on Washington Universities campus and following the mass I delighted in some soup for dinner in the church basement.  Then, I drove to my boyfriends house to bake some oatmeal bars and hangout with him.

A couple days later my boyfriend and I had tickets to the St. Louis Blues game down at Scottrade center.  But before the game started we enjoyed dinner together at Syberg’s downtown next to the Drury in Hotel and when we were finished we walked over to the arena. We arrived early enough to watch the Blues players warm up and it was very fun because I took many pictures and was able to see them all close up.  Once the game started there was a lot of excitement in the stadium as the fans cheered on the men in blue  each time they attempted a shot on goal.  It was definitely a thrilling game to watch once the Blues had their first goal on the scoreboard towards the end of the first period.  From there the Blues continued to dominate as they scored three more goals before the end of regulation that night.

The next day I woke up early and went to my practicum site early to work on one of my class projects and help the main cook prepare lunch.  That day we were preparing rigatoni pasta bake and manicotti along with some Caesar salad and cheese bread.  I followed the cook along all morning to see where I could help out and I ended up playing a big part in that days meal.  I assisted with making the pans of manicotti which had red sauce and some white Alfredo sauce inside of it.  Then I helped remake the rigatoni noodles into something even better than what it was before as we added some more pasta sauce to it, tomato juice, and some Parmesan cheese.  Another thing I worked on was adding cheese, butter, and parsley to the garlic bread and then baking it in the oven.  The lunch that day ended up being quite delicious and all of the sisters and guests seemed to really enjoy everything on the buffet line.

Later that same day, I took a drive to Moberly Missouri to visit a good friend of mine, Scott, who moved there in the fall because of a job.  It is about two and a half hours away from St. Louis and so it is not a very difficult drive depending on the weather.  I arrived in the late evening and shortly after, we drove to dinner, which was an authentic Mexican restaurant in the east side of town.  Then, the rest of the night we watched sports and when the sun rose again we watched more sports which included the World Golf Championships Dell Match Play and the St. Louis Cardinals spring training game.  Later in the morning on Saturday we went out to brunch at a local diner in the central part of town called the Brick and then Scott showed me around his workplace which was right next door.  The next thing we did was drive to the only park in town called Rothwell park in which there was a hiking trail for us to walk around.  Then, before you know it, it was time for me to take my journey back to St. Louis for the evening and the drive seemed longer than it should have been because of the pouring rain.

Thanks for reading about my great adventures on spring break 2017.  Remember, adventure is out there, so go experience the world.

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Anna

Ten Things I’m Thankful for

by Anna on November 21, 2016

in College Life

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

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Why Dietetics?

by Taylor on February 29, 2016

in Academics,After College

For those of you who do not know, I am currently a junior dietetics student at Fontbonne. That major was the primary reason that I chose to attend this University, and I have loved it from my very first day of classes. Originally, I planned to major in dietetics and work in sports nutrition. Initially, I was drawn to the subject of eating disorders and their role in the female athlete triad, and that was what I planned to focus on. Towards the end of my sophomore year, I decided that I wanted to eventually have more of a medicine-based career, and decided that instead of becoming a dietitian that I wanted to try to become a physician’s assistant or a doctor that worked with athletes, specifically tennis players. Despite my change in career paths, I found that dietetics could still get me where I wanted to go.

Because dietetics and nutrition is so science based, I am able to take most of the classes that I need for PA or Med school without changing my major, and just adding a few more chemistry classes to my schedule. I love  dietetics, so when I found out that I could still major in it, I was thrilled. I love this major because of how diverse it is. Yes, we take a ton of nutrition classes, but we’re not just all calories and vegetables. We also learn about things like food science, advocacy, chemistry, microbiology, food management systems, community nutrition, anatomy, and there’s even a business class thrown in there! Dietetics is a huge field, with so many different categories that I am literally never bored. I have learned so much about not only food, but how to apply for internships, how to manage employees, how to cook all kinds of foods, how to write grants and advocate for my community, how to run a kitchen, how to teach education classes, and even how to apply for jobs and do things like write cover letters and resumes. A lot of things that I have learned I have learned in real settings, like the giant decked-out kitchen that resides in AB Hall, or in hospitals, schools, and cafeterias in the STL community that I have been exposed to through my practicum this semester.

One of the best parts of the Fontbonne dietetics program has got to be the instructors. They care so much about all of us, and I have not met one who has not only been excited to teach us, but who has been even more excited to help us plan our futures and succeed. Every one of them is brilliant and has something different to teach us in specific areas of dietetics. All of us in the program are on a first name basis with every instructor in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) department, and I am comfortable going to any of them with questions, concerns, or just to talk. I really feel like I am getting the most out of my education here.

So there you have it griffins! What major(s) are you thinking about? Talk to you next time.

Taylor

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3 Must-go Asian Restaurants for the Winter Break

by Fontbonne University December 7, 2015

There are only 2 weeks left until the very end of this semester. After this is a 1-month break for all of us. Many of us may have cool travelling plans or just go home (if you are not from St. Louis) for Christmas. And of course, many of us would stay in St. Louis […]

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Crushed Red is Crushing it!

by Claire October 19, 2015

Although I have been quite a few times before, I thought I would let you all know of an amazing restaurant that I attended this past weekend. Crushed Red, located at 8007 Maryland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63105, is an “urban bake and chop shop” that serves cuisine that is fresh and delicious. The food […]

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Why Fontbonne, huh?

by Fontbonne University September 21, 2015

I think I’m becoming what you would call a professional student. I went to college straight out of high school, got my bachelor’s degree from UMSL in communications 4 years later, then continued to go back and take random classes because I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Eventually […]

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Non-Perishable Snacks When You’re Busy and On the Go

by Alumni Posts August 5, 2015

Finding good tasting, healthy snacks on the go has been a struggle for me since I began college. I always find myself on the go, needing something quick and easy to take with me during long hours in class or while at work. If you find yourself in a similar pickle, read some of these […]

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Raising the Bar

by Alumni Posts July 6, 2015

Hey Fontbonne! This week has been such a bummer with all the rain and nasty weather we’ve been getting. Due to the weather and having a full work week, I’ve been finding things to keep me entertained indoors. One of those things has been making my own snack bars. Snack/protein bars are my go-to while […]

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Protein Pancakes!

by Alumni Posts June 29, 2015

Hey everyone! This week I’d like to introduce my new favorite thing to make for breakfast (and sometimes even for dinner!) – Protein Pancakes! To many of you out there that may have tried protein pancakes in the past that left a bad taste in your mouth… I encourage you to give these puppies another […]

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