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So let me be completely honest. I kind of forgot about school at the end of the week last week because I decided to take on a pretty tough babysitting job, (3 boys, 3 nights, 4 days) which had me going crazy by night 2. So when it came to the weekend, of course I did not hold back. I let myself have some fun. I went out with great friends Saturday, had lunch at my new favorite restaurant with two of my very best friends Sunday, and I ended the weekend by going to Forest Park with some other best friends of mine to watch the Blood Moon Sunday night. Despite the two papers I have due tonight, that I have yet to start, I still say it was worth it.

I guess it doesn’t matter what stress I’m under or what needs to be done now, I still want to always have time for my friends. Because without them, yeah those papers might have been done three days ago, but my sanity would be gone, and I wouldn’t have such great memories.

“Let all that you do be done in love.”

-1 Corinthians 16:14


Hello, fellow and future Fonties. I am going to start off by saying that I am super excited to be able to share my stories about my time at Fontbonne with all of you. I wrote a blog over the summer that was a little bit about me and orientation as I was a WING leader this past year. For those of you who don’t know what a WING leader is, that is our orientation team that welcomes in all of the new freshman every fall. However, if you did not read my blog over the summer, all is well because I am going to start from scratch. I am going to take your through my journey as a Griffin starting from the very beginning. (Not all in one post of course, because that would be way too much to read!). Over the course of the next three months, I hope to get you from the time I walked on campus in 2012 to the time I walked on campus to start my senior year of college. I hope you enjoy my experiences as much as I have.

My name is Danielle Ader and I have been through a handful of things that every college student probably goes through. I walked on campus for the first time in August of 2012; ready to begin my journey as a Fontbonne Griffin. I wanted more than anything to be away from my parents and finally be able to spread my wings. As a freshman, you go through the orientation program, at the time called FOCUS. Once all of your stuff is moved in, they take you to the Maybee Gymnasium for this big ceremony. You listen to what feels like a million people tell you, “Welcome to Fontbonne,” and then you break into your FOCUS groups. This is the first time you leave your parents and families to venture off and meet new students in the same boat you are. For me, this was so stressful as I am very quiet, or at least I was at the time. Fontbonne had no one that I went to high school with except one girl, who of course was not put in my group. I was alone with no friends and I was scared. High school was rough for me; I went to school with the same people from kindergarten to senior year. Once one person had a thought about who you were or what you were, everyone knew and that was your image for the rest of your time. So in knowing that no one from high school was around I thought about it for a very long time. I realized that I could be whoever I wanted to be, and I could do whatever I wanted to do. So my journey as a Griffin began.

I started classes and was eagerly awaiting the activities fair. I knew I wanted to be involved but had no idea the opportunities that were there for me at Fontbonne. I remember signing up to be in every organization that had a table in the meadow; I do not suggest doing that because the emails are overbearing. Pick a few that you think you are excited about and then join those, go to the meetings and then narrow it down to one or two. They have so many organizations on campus — currently 17 different groups. Those are just the registered student organizations, that doesn’t include different groups that are run out of departments on campus.

In all of the organizations I signed up, for I knew I wanted to be a Griffin Girl (Fontbonne’s Dance Team) more than anything else in the world. I was coming off of 6 years of competitive cheer and dance and I was adamant about dancing in college. As I was walking around the activities fair I also decided I wanted to be a senator of the Student Government Association. Fast forward just a couple weeks and I had filled out my senator application, working on it for hours to make sure it was perfect to ensure acceptance; and I received an email that the organization was looking for a VP of Finance.  I thought to myself, “Why not?” and applied; I worked even harder on this application and submitted it right away. I received an email, what I think was the following week, that they wanted to set up an interview with the advisor and current president. I was in the Dunham Student Activity Center (DSAC) getting food and while I was walking back to my room I made the decision to respond to the email with a time I was available, try to carry my food, and walk down the stairs all at the same time. I slid down the stairs and broke a bone in my foot; piece of advice, DON’T TEXT AND WALK DOWN STAIRS!  After being placed in a boot it was time for tryouts for Griffin Girls; despite my broken foot I was still going to push my limits and tryout doing as much as I possible could. Unfortunately 2 hours later I was cut from the team because I couldn’t show enough of my skills. My dreams had ended in a split second, I balled my eyes out as I headed back to my room.

I did not know what I was going to do until I had my interview for Student Government. I nailed my interview and was so excited to get an email that afternoon that I had received the VP of Finance position as a freshman. I remember thinking to myself that I was going to give Student Government my all and I was going to go far and succeed in this organization. After about a month or so into my time in the organization I absolutely fell in love and knew I had found my passion.

So aside from my involvement, let me tell you about my academics and social life. I already mentioned that I knew orientation was going to be tough since I did not really have many friends. My roommate, who was the only person I really knew, was not going on the overnight trip that was planned. So I did not go either and let me tell you that was the worst mistake of my entire life. As an orientation leader, I can say that I may be biased but… without this experience it is very hard to establish a social life at Fontbonne. Everyone really bonds during this time at Lake Williamson.  eedless to say I did not really have a social life at Fontbonne… Until I met my best friend to this day, Brooke Stochl. She really brought me out of my shell and over the years, has taught be to be a much better person.

I was not going to class being mommy and daddy could not tell me I had to, if I had a headache I was not going, if my stomach hurt a little bit I was not going and so on. I had excuse after excuse as to why I was not going to class.  Let me tell you that people will say “go to class” and you will think, “well duh” but once you decide not to go to one it is easy to miss another and another. I got straight C’s my first semester here. And some of you will think, “well C’s do get degrees” and that my be true but guess what?  C’s DO NOT GET YOU JOBS! Go to class and study hard because it truly does make a difference.

Surprisingly enough, that is about all I can remember from my first semester.  Those are at least the big memories that truly impacted my life forever.  I hope you enjoyed my first semester as much as I did!



First Impression

by Quinn on September 10, 2015

in First Year at Fontbonne

After living on campus at Fontbonne for more than three weeks, I now have an array of impressions made on me in the opening stages of my college life. There was one thing I instantly realized that I needed to do in order to adjust accordingly to life on campus. Was it having my new living space all set up perfectly to where it accommodates me best? It came to my surprise that simply moving onto campus was a pretty easy task in comparison to the challenges that proceeded the move-in process. In an instant, you go from being surrounded by your loved ones helping you begin this new stage in your adult life, and then, like that, you’re alone. Well, of course you’re never alone on campus, but in a way you are. You’re suddenly paired with numerous unfamiliar faces all around you. It was first impressed on me that this was the first thing that I must do alone: meet people. For some, this is a daunting challenge. Some may be coming from a high school graduating class of less than thirty of peers they have known the entirety of their lives; some may have even been homeschooled and have not interacted with many different people on a regular basis.

I, for one, am used to being forced to meet new people. I have changed schools a number of times throughout my life and have been involved in numerous activities that forced me to meet new faces. After making my acquaintance to a number of people, my anxiety levels lowered and I instantly became more comfortable with my new surroundings. I noticed there were a lot of other people around me who seemed in need of a friend, so I just did the bare minimum and introduced myself to them. It’s a small gesture in itself, but it can have a more profound impact than it appears at first sight. I’ve met an assortment of individuals from people introducing themselves to me as well as returning the favor. You never know what impact a simple “Hey” can have on an individual.



There are many ways to tell that you have made friends at FBU. Fontbonne University has a variety of clubs and organizations that students can get involved in. Whether you both start out in the Joe, meet each other in Mission Core, stand together waiting for food from DSAC, or get put together as random roommates, Fontbonne will help you find friends that will help you make it to sophomore year.
1. You text each other to walk to class together, even if one of you is in East and the other in AB, awkwardly going your separate ways once you reach Ryan.
2. You do your laundry right after each other in the Joe, because it is impossible to get two washers at the same time. And you wait with each other.

3. The daily struggle of texting each other and deciding between picking Ryan for lunch or facing the line that awaits you at DSAC.
4. Showering at the same time, so you can have someone to jam out with.
5. Driving to Walgreens at midnight because you’re both craving pizza rolls.
6. Eating those pizza rolls as soon as you get back to the dorm.
7. Promising that you both are going to start “working out” as both of you sit in bed eating ice cream/brownies.
8. Making a trip to the library together to go to the study rooms because neither of you focus when the people two rooms down are obviously having a dance party.
9. Spending all day Sunday watching Netflix and YouTube and continually telling the other that he/she really should start his/her homework.
10. The amazing feeling of being reunited after a long or holiday weekend, when one or both of you went home to visit.

No matter what happens in your freshman year, you will find someone, or perhaps many, who will help you make FBU your home for the next years of you life!!


Ready for Summer!

by Katie April 30, 2015

This summer is my last summer break of my undergrad and I’m feeling both anxious and excited. I will be working full time at my job, while still finding time to relax and spend time with friends and family.  I’m looking forward to quality time with friends and family because during the last month of […]

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College Friendships

by Sarah April 28, 2015

I know that lately there have been quite a lot of events going on at Fontbonne, but really I wish I could have attended one of those events. This semester has been one of the busiest semesters for myself, working over 35 hours each week, being a full-time student, co-leading a bible study with Campus […]

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Impact at Fontbonne

by Patricia April 20, 2015

The people who have had the most impact on me at Fontbonne are my friends. I became involved in all kinds of activities so that I could meet people. One of the major things I did was join the Fontbonne activities board. I get to help plan all the events and fun things on campus. […]

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Best Experience at Fontbonne

by Kathy April 14, 2015

Hello everyone, This week I’d like to share my best experience studying in Fontbonne University. When I first moved to St. Louis to study at Fontbonne, I was a bit scared since I was moving from California where there’s more people with various ethnicity and races. That’s why when I first moved in here, I […]

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New place, New friends.

by Cathy April 14, 2015

Nothing shapes you more than the people around you. Every person that has influenced your life was there for a reason and college isn’t different. When I first came to college I had a lot of awesome people around me. However, forging a bond with other first years really helped me get used the change […]

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Taking Data

by Alumni Posts February 23, 2015

As a speech-pathology major, one of my profession’s greatest concerns is keeping track. By keeping track, we have the evidence we need to judge our work, to backtrack, or move forward, with different strategies, all to achieve a goal. For many speech-pathology majors, or any major that requires taking data, it is difficult to keep track […]

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