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Introducing Me

by Mari on September 6, 2016

in First Year at Fontbonne


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,



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!



IMG_9990 Blondie (smiling…silly girl)


Pearl Pearl


After going through the college hunting stage my Junior and Senior years of high school. I came to a conclusion that Fontbonne University would be the perfect college for me. My family is a priority for me. So with me being from St. Louis, the location of Fontbonne couldn’t have been better! Another bonus with choosing Fontbonne University is that it’s a small school. I am able to connect with my professors due to smaller class sizes. Even with all of that I knew I wanted to play basketball in college. So, since the Fontbonne Coach and I developed a relationship during my high school basketball season, I knew Fontbonne University would be great for me!


There were a number of factors that went into account of my decision to choose to attend Fontbonne University. First, let me say the one reason why I almost didn’t come to Fontbonne. I simply thought it was too close to home. Growing up I lived in a Kansas City suburb for the first 15 years of my life until I moved to St. Louis with my mom, brother and step-father after my freshman year of high school. I only lived in St. Louis for three years at the time of making my college decisions however, in those three years I had experienced more in my life than I did for the first 15 years of it. I certainly experienced more of St. Louis in those three years than I ever did in Kansas City. I basically considered myself an honorary St. Louis native by the time I was graduating high school. However, I always had dreams of branching out and away from the nest to move on to bigger and brighter things so I often looked to go to school as far away from home as possible. I looked at many schools on the west coast and throughout the plains of Kansas that interested me. In November of my senior I had my official visit here at Fontbonne and I was very impressed to say the least. I intended on running track and field in college and I was able to meet a number of track athletes as well as my potential coaches and they left a very good impression on me with their friendliness and hospitality. Another occurrence that peaked my interest in Fontbonne was when I sat in on Dr. Oliverio’s literature class with a future teammate of mine. I really enjoyed the class and found it very interesting. I enjoyed Dr. Oliverio’s fun and engaging style of teaching and I wanted to be an English major in college and this class gave me a great impression of what the English department was like at Fontbonne.

A few weeks after my visit at Fontbonne I had my official visit at my second option of universities and it was a small private school, very much like Fontbonne, located in rural Kansas. The visit left a pretty good impression on me and I did not have any issues with the school until there was one question brought up to me by my potential track coach. He asked, “If you had a career ending injury, and could never run track again, would you still want to attend this school?” I thought very diligently about this question because it had a profound impact on me. I soon came to realize that no, I would not want to go to that school if there was no hope of me doing track again. I then thought about Fontbonne and asked myself the same question and came up with a different answer. I soon began to realize and appreciate all of the great, numerous connections that I made in my new town of St. Louis and how lost I would truly me in the Kansan plains. I just was not ready to hit the reset button on my life once again. Despite being only twenty minutes away from home, I was still able to give myself a new environment with all ranges of individuals while not being too far from my comfort zone. I made the decision to attend Fontbonne University in the spring of my senior year of high school and embarked on a new pathway of experience in my life.


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