I am not a St. Louis native. I spent the first 16 years of my life living throughout the Kansas City metro area. After my freshman year in high school, I moved to St. Louis with my mom and brother. I had never driven more than around the block when I moved to St. Louis and in my new home in bustling “South City” I had a daunting task in front of me when it came to learning how to drive. After a couple of times of going around the neighborhood, my stepfather’s dad told me to turn onto Grand Blvd., a main street. Once I was outside of the neighborhood I had no clue of where I was anymore and I was now surrounded by other drivers. My stepfather’s dad told me where and when to turn. Basically driving blind throughout South City I began to notice how immensely confusing it was. After this pivotal driving lesson, I earned my driving license and began to hit the roads every day. I was fascinated with how thorough the city of St. Louis was and was extremely inclined to go exploring. Most days after school, I would go exploring throughout the city on my own. I got lost a number of times but always managed to find my way back home without any GPS or directions. Throughout high school I met a variety of people who lived in every stretch of the St. Louis metropolitan area. I had been to Wellston, Old North City, Kirkwood, Northwoods, Lemay, The Grove, Dittmer, Ferguson, Ladue, Ritenour, Clayton and Downtown so I was convinced that I had a good majority of the city memorized like the back of my hand by the end of high school.
Once high school ended, I began to not have much interest in exploring new places anymore. Once you do something a couple of times it can begin to seem a little monotonous and not be that exciting anymore. Now that I go to school and work in Clayton I have been stuck in this community primarily for the past 7 months. About a month ago my friends and I were sitting in my dorm room with friends and we were bored out of our minds with nothing to do on a Friday night. It was about midnight and I could tell most of us were ready to call it a night. Finally I decided that maybe it would be a good time to go out and explore a bit for the first time in what felt like forever. However, there wasn’t a whole lot left for me to explore from all the exploring I did in high school on my own. I began to take my friends around the city and soon realized the more places we visited they became even more interested in our journey. Some of my friends were not from St. Louis so it was a little obvious they would take interest in their new surroundings but even those who were from the area were still as interested as those not native. I asked one of them if they had been out exploring since coming to Fontbonne and astonishingly he responded with, “No, this is the first time I’ve been outside of Clayton.” I was amazed by this. He even had a car too. Our adventures that night stretched from the Mississippi River to Tower Grove to the Central West End. We stayed out exploring until 5 the next morning. At our final stop at a 24/7 coffee shop, my friends kept telling me how great of a time they had going out and seeing new places. I had a great time too. Even though I had been to the places that we went to that night, it was a whole new experience getting to feed off of the excitement from my friends.
Hometown best friends are the best and saying goodbye to him/her/them is just as hard as saying goodbye to your family. Here are some of the things that happen when you and your best friends go to different schools.
- Facetiming at all hours of the night because you have to find what works for both of your schedules.
- Trying to figure out how to Skype with more than one person.
- Summing up all of the things that have happened since the last time you talked to you BFF
- Talking to your BFF’s parents, siblings, aunts, and grandmas whenever you see them and hoping to feel connected to your BFF in some way.
- Seeing things at the store and knowing your BFF would love it.
- Buying things from your school to send to your BFF to have a piece of you with your BFF at school
- Wearing/Using the things your BFF bought you from his/her school
- Texting them random things in your grouptext that they only would understand because you know he/she will be there when no one at your school understands your hatred of *enter item here*.
- One Word: Screenshots
- Confidently sending your ugliest snapchats because even if his/her new friends see, you probably don’t know them.
- Being jealous of his/her new friends because they get to hang out your friend all the time
- When you’re both in town and you meet up as soon as you are both home
- Being his/her biggest fan in sports, school, careers, and life
Hey guys! It’s been a great 2016 so far, and I am excited to be one of Fontbonne’s newest student bloggers. Here’s the basics you should know about me. My name’s Taylor, and I’m a junior here at Fontbonne. I’m majoring in dietetics and minoring in chemistry, and hoping to get into med school after graduation so that I can work in sports medicine, specifically with tennis players. I’m a triplet from from a little town called Ozark, about 4 hours southwest of St. Louis. My brother goes to school in San Francisco, and my sister in Kansas, so we are kind of all over the place right now. Originally, I chose Fontbonne because of their amazing dietetics program, and I thought that I would play tennis here. The tennis thing never happened, and I changed my mind about what career I wanted my sophomore year, but Fontbonne still ended up being the perfect fit for me.
During my 3 years here, I have had the opportunity to be involved on campus in pretty significant ways, whether through my current campus job of being a resident assistant, or through the various organizations I am a part of, including ODK, SAFCS, and Fontbonne ResLife. This place keeps me busy, and I feel like there is always something cool going on here.
The best part about Fontbonne for me would have to be the people. I have managed to find some really spectacular friends here that have kept me going and made me excited about life, and every semester I meet more people here that impact me in different and cool ways. My best friends are people that I really had nothing in common with before I got here, but who have managed to become some of my favorite people in my life.
I hope you guys are having a great 2016 so far, and I can’t wait to share more with you!
Being near the holidays, here’s a list of some of the few things I am thankful for this year:
1. Good friends
2. Supportive family
3. A paying job
4. Having one more semester of undergrad!!
5. A roof over my head
7. Food on the table
8. Being in good health
9. Having somewhere to sleep at night
10. An education
Just remember that Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of the year you have to be thankful about good things happening in your life or just thankful in general. It’s okay to be thankful for things that happen all the time and just being able to get up in the morning! Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!!! Two more weeks to go!!!