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EJ

YOLO

by EJ on March 25, 2015

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It feels like almost yesterday that I was laying out, jammin’ out, and studying my heart out on campus. Oh wait, that was yesterday! With an exception to a few evenings, STL weather has been incredible!

What is there to do in STL on beautiful days like these!? Plenty..

You can take a walk in Forest Park, visit the famous city museum playground, find a lake to go fishing, find a bar to go fishing (if you’re 18 years & up), take a trip to the St. Louis Zoo, attend one of Fontbonne University’s baseball, softball, lacrosse or golf outings, shop downtown Clayton or the Galleria Mall, walk to Knoll park which is just across the street from FU, find a place to build a bonfire, find a place to not build a bon fire and save the environment, take your significant anywhere and everywhere, message me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (@evanj_247) and I will personally, yes, personally assist you in finding something to do around STL. The possibilities are endless.. The End..

YOLO” – it really is a good quote when you actually think about it..

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Spring break is finally here!.. almost. For most of us, it starts as soon as classes are done today (Thursday). It seems like the semester just started but at the same time a lot of us are ready for this break. There are some challenges, however, that many of us face. I still have a work schedule to stick to, my spring break doesn’t mean I get to take off work too, and after all the bills are paid my wallet is definitely looking a little thin. That translates into a trend that’s become popular all over America, a staycation. The good news is that there is so much to do in St. Louis and a lot of it is either free or really cheap.

St. Louis has some fun places to visit and most of them are free! The art museum, history museum, science center, Grants Farm, the zoo, Cahokia Mounds (technically in IL but still close to the city), the Arch, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Forest Park, Tower Grove Park, and every other park in the city/county. There are even several things to do that don’t cost much. The Botanical Gardens only costs $4-$5 to get in, City Museum is $12 and $10 after 5pm, and STL Cinemas has a whole list of local movie theaters that don’t charge an arm and a leg for tickets (some even have student discount days).

Another plus for this spring break week is that the weather is forecasted to be beautiful! 50s-60s and sunny. It’ll be a refreshing change from all the freezing cold and snow we’ve been having. The warm weather will also be perfect for those outdoor activities like the Botanical Gardens and hiking in the parks. Some local restaurants and cafes might even open up their patios, which, as many city residence know, is always a draw when looking for a good place to eat. If you need more ideas the Riverfront Times has a lot of great events listed on their website or in their magazine (which is freely distributed all over the city). So get out there and do something fun in your area this coming week! Cheers!

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Abby

When (If) Winter Ends…

by Abby on March 2, 2015

in College Life

As it starts to get warmer out and the sun begins to peek through those winter days, I start to get excited! My favorite time of the year is here, the season of bike rides, lakes, and most importantly warm weather! My favorite thing to do this time of year is to go explore Forest Park. There is so much to do and see there that you could spend days just walking the paths. My favorite spot in the huge park is Art Hill. It is the perfect place for a picnic or even to just study while enjoying the fresh air. Forest Park is the best place to experience both nature and the St. Louis culture- it is a perfect balance. Here you will see musical talent, golfers, bike riders, lovers, painters, and so many other amazing people and things. One thing that I did at Forest Park this past summer was paddle boating. I went with three friends and we had an amazing time, ending the perfect day with sandwiches at the Perk Cafe, located right in the heart of Forest Park. I would suggest visiting this amazing park any chance you can get. The great thing about it is that it is so close to Fontbonne and provides a perfect little getaway.

 

Some friends and I on Art Hill during the fall.

 

Some friends and I at Art Hill during the fall.

 

 

Forest Park Boathouse.

 

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It’s almost time for warm weather! I’m thinking another month and half until the climate warms up and swimming pools get uncovered, making people break out their shorts and tank tops! We all like the warmer weather, especially after seeing the crazy winter we’ve had this year. In STL, there are no beaches or movie stars walking out of the ocean for the paparazzi. However, there are plenty of things to do and plenty of time to do them!

For me, going to the pool is an every day activity! In my hometown of Washington, Mo (s/o all you country folk) there is not much to do. I live in a subdivision with a neighborhood pool that is open to all who live there. I think I literally go there every day! Another one of my favorite things to do during the summer is run outside. Conveniently, the pool is about 1.5 miles from my house. Making a great destination, I usually run to the pool and kill two birds with one stone. The Katy trail, one of Missouri’s most famous bike trails, runs right on the riverfront in Washington. Occasionally, I will drive downtown with my bike to take a little stroll. I am more of a jogging type of guy but you know what they say, variety is the spice of life!

I find myself driving to the city (STL) all the time. At this age, I usually make the trip for a party or a visit to a bar, but throughout my college years, it has been a blast doing many other fun activities! The city offers things like the Zoo, St. Louis Cardinals baseball games, the St. Louis Arch monument, or the famous city museum. For all you lovers out there, all of which are great ideas for date, just to mix things up from the typical dinner and a movie! If you enjoy listening to music, the St. Louis Pageant and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater are great for local or big time bands/artists. Another attraction is Forest Park. Only a short walk from Fontbonne, this park holds activities like hot air balloon races, carnivals, charity runs, wine festivals, concerts, you name it and it has probably happened there at some point.

While you won’t see Zac Efron  in his bathing suit, or playmates taking a stroll down the beach, STL has a powerful atmosphere that will not disappoint you!

Ev

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An Unexpected Snow Day

by Taylor February 23, 2015

A week ago we had a surprise snow day at Fontbonne! A friend and I decided to make the most of our snow day and made some great memories! First, we went sledding on Art Hill in Forest Park! It was my first time sledding there and I absolutely loved it! There were tons of […]

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Why I love St. Louis

by Sarah October 7, 2014

If someone were to ask me, why I love St. Louis, I am not too sure if I could give exactly one particular reason as to why. I can think of a few reasons though, such as the big town, small city feeling; short commutes; several forms of entertainment close in proximity; there are so […]

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St. Paul to St. Louis

by Abby September 29, 2014

Without having a car here on campus I get to experience this beautiful city by foot or by bike! I am from St. Paul, Minnesota and I love being somewhere new where I don’t know where I’m going and what I am going to find. Biking around the Fontbonne University area the past few weeks […]

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Tour of St. Louis

by Sara September 29, 2014

The office of international admissions organizes a tour for all Fontbonne students. Since I came in spring, this was the first time I had the opportunity to join the adventure. The tour was on Saturday 13th and we started at 9:30 am, too early for a Saturday! But it was a nice day outside and […]

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The Guide to STL: From a Non-St. Louisan

by Cathy September 29, 2014

Coming from a suburb of Chicago, where the hottest hang out was a park (with a twisty slide!), I found St. Louis exciting. Everything felt new and fresh, I could even walk to places! That being said, I want to tell you the best things to do here — and there’s a lot. So, my […]

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Twinkle twinkle, big balloons!

by Sara September 23, 2014

When I heard about the Great Forest Park Balloon Glow, I was really excited: I have always wanted to see the big balloons! This Fall Spirit Week was full of fun events and I was lucky to be able to go to the Cardinal’s game on Tuesday and the Balloon Glow festival on Friday. A […]

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