When I came to Fontbonne as a freshman, I decided that I had no need for a car on campus. Because Fontbonne is so small, it only takes a few minutes to walk to each building on campus. And without a job or student teaching, I had few reasons to go far from campus. Why would I need to drive anywhere?
However, this semester I have a nannying job a few miles from school. My new job and upcoming graduation convinced me it was time to get a car.
Let me preface what I’m about to say with this: having a car on campus is not necessary. There are restaurants, a grocery store, and a Walgreens within walking distance. Students in off-campus practicums, for education majors, often set up carpooling to help students who cannot drive themselves. If you don’t have a car for college, it is possible to get by without one. That being said, I feel very free now that I do have a car. I can drive myself wherever I need or want to go. Which usually means target and Whole Foods every weekend. Even better than driving myself places—I can now give other people rides! It’s nice to be able to pay others back for all the times they had to drive me places. I have some wonderful friends who have taken me to the store countless times, to visit graduate schools, and to the hospital when I have needed it, but I am glad that I can now give them a ride when they need my help.
Even though I can technically go anywhere in St. Louis now that I can drive myself around, I haven’t been to many new places. I attribute this to the busyness of the semester; hopefully this summer I can visit some different areas in St. Louis! If you have any suggestions of great places you love, please let me know!
I chose this image because this is a picture of me and two of my friends at Fontbonne University. As you can see they aren’t the same color as me but that didn’t matter to us. We were having a great time at a Fontbonne party just mingling and talking with everyone. We had a blast that night and that is a night I will never forget. We took photos, danced, talked to friends, and listened to music. There were a lot of adventures that night. I was making freestyle raps that did not make any sense and trying to get people to stay and party longer. That night no one saw color, we just saw a good time at Fontbonne. This is what makes Fontbonne special.
At the beginning of March I found myself counting down the days until Spring Break! Not too uncommon for a college student to do so being as the weeks leading up are usually filled with midterms, tests, quizzes, and projects. But this was my first Spring Break as a college student so it was way more exciting than any of my breaks in high school. I didn’t do anything to spectacular but I think it was the best spring break I’ve ever had. I started out by spending a day in Chicago visiting some family and then made my way back home to Wisconsin were I spent a good amount of the week sleeping, spending time with family, and getting together with friends. I don’t go home very often so I really appreciated my time there. Halfway through spring break I left for a road trip that entailed traveling through most of the midwest (5 states) and eventually leading back to school. Again, it may not have been as glamorous as going down to myrtle beach it was definitely a great time!
Now that I’m back I’m still trying to get back into the swing of my studies but I certainly can’t wait for my next break!