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Hello Everyone!

This is my first blog, and I’m excited to get to share my college experience with all my new followers! I am currently a junior at Fontbonne University in St. Louis majoring in English and Pre-Law. I also play NCAA division three basketball and golf. Even though I have to spend a lot of time studying and practicing, I still find plenty of time to have FUN! If I had to choose my favorite part about my entire college experience, it would definitely be all the new people I’ve met. I didn’t know anyone when I came to Fontbonne but by living in the dorms and playing sports, I’ve met a ton of good friends.

Until next time,

“The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” – Elbert Hubbard

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I have always been a big fan of smaller schools, and this was one of the major factors in choosing Fontbonne as the University I would attend after graduation from St. Elizabeth Academy High School. I have three older siblings, two of which went to universities in different parts of Missouri, and although that is not too big of a move it was still hard for me to never get to see them. This was a big hint to me that I did not want to leave St. Louis for college, but I did want to live in the dorms. I visited the numerous colleges and universities in and around the St. Louis region, and realized that Fontbonne was the fit for me.

The small, close-knit community is so welcoming and great to be a part of! I was nervous to be living on campus and away from my family for the first time, but that soon vanished once orientation kicked off! There was a group of upperclassmen, known as FOCUS, along with the other college rookies who were either just as nervous or even more than I was, who made the first weekend in college one of the most memorable! Everyone was so eager and willing to get to know each other while away on orientation, that it made making friends super easy!

Almost everyone in the dorms leave their doors open and do not mind it all if you just pop your head in to say hi or mention you like the picture frames on their wall. Fontbonne easily became my home away from home, and quick. I had no problem making friends, and did not feel scared or nervous about college anymore. All the girls on our floor get along great and make it very comfortable for you to be yourself.

All-in-all I love Fontbonne so far! I do believe attending this small but mighty university was one of the best decisions of my life! I enjoy my home away from home, and love everyone who is part of my new Fontbonne family!

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As one of the new freshmen at Fontbonne, I know I’m excited for many things: new friends, new experiences, and a new environment! It’s been great for the first few weeks. Many challenges will soon emerge, but I’ll face them no matter what. College life really is different from high school. I miss my friends and teachers, but it’s awesome to meet new people. All of my professors/teachers are really cool and I enjoy their classes very much. Fontbonne has so many staff and faculty members, great resources, awesome organizations/clubs, and fun events. It’s a small university but that’s the best part. I would love to have been a resident, but I decided to commute because I live close by. I will get more involved with events so I can be a part of the Fontbonne family. As opportunities come around, I will take them!

Fontbonne was not my first choice, but I’m glad I chose it. Every time someone asks me “Which college do you attend?” I answer “Fontbonne” and every single person tells me “Oh it’s a good school!” When I hear that, I feel proud to be a part of the great university. I hope to achieve many accomplishments here and grow into an intelligent and talented young lady as an art major. Who knows? I may even change my major, but art is what I love.

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I’ve heard that our sense of smell has the power to bring up certain memories: your favorite perfume, for example, may bring back memories of a certain first date. While this certainly holds true, another one of my senses possesses the unique ability to pull me back into the past: my hearing. When I play a particular song that I was obsessed with during a critical point in my life, I’m instantly transported back to those days and the emotions I was feeling. With all of this weighing down my mind (along with random nutrition facts and chemistry tidbits that I’ve been dutifully studying for this week), I decided the best way to sum up my very first year of college was a list I’ve comprised of a few of my favorite albums this year (I even included a link to my favorite song from each one!).

  1. XX- the XX
  2. No Color- The Dodos
  3. The Age of Adz- Sufjan Stevens
  4. The Orchard- Ra Ra Riot
  5. Champ- Tokyo Police Club

…I could keep going. If I had to choose my absolute favorite song from an album off of this list, it would probably be “Keep It Quiet” by Ra Ra Riot. This song helped me get through the difficult transitions this year, and let’s face it, the whole transition into college was a lot more difficult for me than I thought it would be. I thought I was ready to leave home! What I didn’t think, however, was that I would change as significantly as I have. I know I’m getting all cliché here, but it’s the truth.

In my honors rhetoric class this semester, we studied fan cultures. One of the essays we read was about textual poaching—the idea that fans will take a work and turn it into something they can relate to. So forgive me as I attempt to textual poach Ra Ra Riot’s lyrics here:

“How can I want to stay around…?”

My interpretation of this line: I’ve changed a lot this year. And while it makes me feel uncertain in some ways, I know there’s no turning back to who I was in high school and the life I had back then. When I go back home for a few months, surrounded by all of the memories of who I was, how could I possibly want to go back to that; to stay who I was? Does that make sense? Maybe not to you, but for me, this song and this line have soothed me in the times I’ve felt most afraid of change, gently nudging me on to do bigger and better things than I did as a high school kid in a small town.

While I’m ready to go home for the summer just because I’m through with this homework business, I’m already excited for next semester and what other changes are in store for me.

Have a great break, everyone!

-Carly

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Almost Over!!

by Marielle May 12, 2011

Well, I can’t believe it, but my freshman year at Fontbonne is finally coming to a close. The ending is bittersweet – like any student, I’m excited for the coming of summer and reuniting with old friends, but at the same time it will be difficult to leave all my new friends behind. If I […]

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One Down, Three to Go

by Elizabeth May 10, 2011

Although I’m excited about summer, I’m having a little trouble saying goodbye to my freshman year of college. It just seems strange to think that I’m a fourth of the way through school. I did some cool stuff and met some cool people this year, like adding audio to the Bosnian Memory Project’s website and making […]

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