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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!

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Britney

Fontbonne is Special

by Britney on April 3, 2014

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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.

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Sarah

Spring Break Shenanigans

by Sarah on March 28, 2014

in College Life

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!

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A lot of our values growing up have been shaped by movies and television and I’m not ashamed to admit it. This spring break, I’ve been catching up on a TV show called “Supernatural.” It’s about two brothers that fight evil forces in the world. The show is funny, graphic, and full of cool visual effects, but what I take away from it is not that demons or angels exist, but that family is one of the strongest forces one can have. These two brothers will really fight for each other, and I find that really inspirational. But the show also tells you that family doesn’t always have to be blood.

After each show, I think of my own family.  I think of my friends that make my family here. They fight for me in ways that I don’t realize. I also believe that God fights for me. And yet, it’s hard to remember that. On days when it’s hardest to see the light, it’s hard to see how many people are rooting for you!  But hey, they are rooting for you!

That really comforts me. Our inner demons can be vanquished by the power of community and love. It’s a refreshing and comforting thought. And I’m glad that Fontbonne is one of those fighter communities that really reaches out to you when you need it!

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No Matter What

by Isabella March 7, 2014

I enjoy how I learn so many new things everyday just being here. For example, after living in St. Louis for 5 years, I’m still in awe of how much snow we’ve had. It’s already March and still, the flurries are being spooned on us as if someone up there is pouring flour into this [...]

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First Mardi Gras!

by Corie March 3, 2014

This past weekend was my first Mardi Gras experience! I had a blast!! I went with some new friends: Tyler, Kristen, Alexis and Tim. It was also my first time in Soulard. Beads, people and beer everywhere. We took the metro link to get there. I figured it was going to be crowded, and it [...]

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Only A Month In.

by Corie February 3, 2014

January is over! I can’t believe it! This semester is going to go by so fast just because I have so much to do. This semester is the start to my senior year of college. I feel like I just graduated high school not that long ago. It has only been a month in and [...]

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A New Year

by Tim January 21, 2014

It is the end of the first week back from winter break. Everyone is excited to see friends, have classes with friends, or just meet new people. These are my last spring semester classes. I have 2 classes with a friend. I finally have a class with my best friend and fellow blogger Corie. I [...]

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Pumpkin Party

by Penny November 25, 2013

Have you heard about pumpkin parties? It is a holiday party designed for Halloween. This fall season, I had a very good time attending a Pumpkin Party with my friends. At the party, everyone brought a pumpkin to carve and most people dressed up for fun. My dress up style was a “Hippie girl.” So, I [...]

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My Favorite Things

by Courtney November 24, 2013

I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not a big “Sound of Music” fan. It’s a classic – don’t get me wrong – but it’s just a little too “overdone” for me. However, with Thanksgiving upon us, I’d like to talk about a few of my favorite little things in life that simply [...]

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