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Griffin Pride

This is the beginning of the end. That’s what I keep telling my friends at least. Senior year is upon us….and basically half over. Everything that happens this year is essentially my last as a Fontbonne Undergrad. This is crazy to think about, but also super exciting at the same time. Why so sentimental? Well, I’m nearing the end of my seventh semester here at Fontbonne. It’s absolutely nuts how fast time can fly when you’re having fun. Yeah, everyone says that. Yeah, I’m being super cliché. Yeah, I’m 123% telling the truth. My time spent at Fontbonne has created some of my favorite memories throughout these past 21 years of my life. So in honor of these past seven semesters, let me tell you seven things that I love about being a part of Griffin Nation.

1) Feeling at home

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Admit it; you’ve probably gotten this feeling once or twice (or maybe even a few hundred times).

2) Free Shirts

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I literally have TWO drawers full of Fontbonne t-shirts at this point…and I have only bought two of them from the bookstore. Riddle me that one. Getting involved = getting a purple and gold wardrobe for days. #Perks

3) Small school benefits

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Speaking of #perks…one of the BEST things about being at Fontbonne is that if you need an answer about something on campus and someone doesn’t know, they usually know someone that knows. When in doubt, phone a friend! It’s fantastic. Another awesome thing? Even if you are running late for class it will probably take you three minutes TOPS to get across campus.

4) Knowing people by name

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Yeah, it’s pretty awesome walking across campus and knowing (almost) everyone that you walk past.

5) Not just being another fish in the sea

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I’m a face with a name. My advisor knows me personally and has supported me through so much. Pro tip: if you ever feel lost – email your advisor! They’ll set you on the right track.

6) Starting our own traditions

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…and seeing them last. With Fontbonne being so small, it’s easy to make an impact and leave a legacy! If you’re super passionate about something, run with it and make it great! Chances are, somebody else is also passionate and will help you soar.

7) Being forever purple and gold

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As cheesy as it is…I’ll always be a Griffin. Fontbonne has helped me spread my wings and grow far more than I ever thought possible. As my best friend once said, the circle at Fontbonne is never-ending. As nervous as I am to graduate and head out into the real world…I am SO excited to exclaim that I am a Fontbonne Alumni. It’s quite the place to call your Alma Mater.

~ B.

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Last Thursday night officially marked the beginning of spring break for me because I don’t have classes on Friday (I do have meetings, but no homework was due, so it can still count as break). This time, I don’t have adventurous stories to tell about amazing travels. Nope, I was still at school. I’m not complaining though, because I finally got to complete a project that I hadn’t had time for previously. From 4:30-11:30 p.m., my roommate and I worked on creating another visual display for the windows in Anheuser-Busch Hall (don’t worry, we did break for dinner). It felt nice to just get it all done at once. This was not required for a class; we just really enjoy using these projects as a creative outlet. This display will stay up until the next fall semester (then there will be a class that takes over). Because it will be present for a while, we needed to pick a theme that would be appropriate for this spring, summer, and fall. The solution to that problem was designing a tribute to our beloved Fontbonne and Griffin mascot. Check it out!


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One thing I would like to do during my time at Fontbonne is to attend an athletic event for every sport. If you look at the Fontbonne athletics page (which is http://www.griffinpride.com/athletics/ by the way) you’ll see that Fontbonne has baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track, volleyball, bowling, softball, and dance. So far I’ve been to a game or two for most sports (and more than a few track and cross country meets), but I still have a few to check off the list.

There are plenty of opportunities to support the Griffins, especially during home games. It may not be the same experience as, say, going to a Mizzou football tailgate (you will notice, perhaps, that Fontbonne’s football team is rather… nonexistent), but it’s always a good feeling to support your school. I know my last blog was hawking the joys of going to a track meet, but now I’m extending my challenge to any and all sports. Get out there and cheer!

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Alumni Posts

Go Purple & Gold

by Alumni Posts on March 21, 2012

in College Life

The question was posed, “How do you share your Fontbonne school spirit?” I knew that when I started looking into Fontbonne and the Pathways program that I would not be the typical on-campus student. In reality, I live about four hours away. What I found out is that Fontbonne’s colors were purple and gold, which are my children’s school colors for Pleasant Hill where we live. This seemed like a small sign that I would somehow fit in.

Since I live at a distance from the campus, I find the way that I show my school spirit is in that I talk with others about Fontbonne. I tell people about the Pathways program and how manageable it is for me. The Pathways program provides me the opportunity to learn from home and allows me to incorporate school into my lifestyle. The professors and advisers from the program have an excellent turn-around time when I call or email them with questions. Everyone that I’ve met at Fontbonne has been supportive and knowledgeable.

If you have been reading my blogs, you know that I recently underwent surgery and have been waiting for biopsy results. This has been a stressful time for me and my family. Last week I went to the doctor and found that the biopsies looked good… what a sweet blessing from God. I am still not healing as fast as I had hoped, but am blessed to be surrounded by a supportive family, doctor, and my adviser and current professor. I know that with all this support, I will make it through recovery and be able to continue on my educational path.

Blessings on your path –

Sherry

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Supporting My Fellow Griffins

by Alumni Posts March 9, 2012

Hi there! How do I show my school spirit?  Well… I guess I show my enthusiasm for the school community mostly by supporting other groups’ events.  I’m not in every club on campus, but I end up attending lots of groups’ events because I know the people running them or I have friends in the […]

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FBU 2 U!!!

by Alumni Posts March 9, 2012

I like Fontbonne, and I enjoy telling people that I’m a student at Fontbonne. There is a long history of ensuring women are educated and prepared for the working world. Knowing the history of Fontbonne helps my school spirit, as I’m proud to be a student here. I express my school spirit by wearing Fontbonne […]

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Fonty Spirit :)

by Alumni Posts March 7, 2012

How exactly do I show my Fontbonne spirit?? Well that’s easy enough! Fontbonne has always been like a family to me. Its close-knit community and friendly staff have made me feel more than at home here in St. Louis. Coming in as a freshmen two years ago, I realized that people here LOVE to get […]

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Distant School Spirit

by Alumni Posts March 7, 2012

Some may be wondering what’s up with my post title. Well, let me tell you, I am a very busy mom, and I am unable to g0 up to Fontbonne as much as I would like. I read the e-mails about the school activities, and I would love to participate in majority of them. I […]

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Griffin Pride!

by Alumni Posts March 6, 2012

How do I show my school spirit, you ask?! Simple! I go to sport games and cheer on the Griffins from the stands! This past weekend, I went to 4 baseball games, sporting my purple Fontbonne hoodie because it was so cold out! Just last week I went to my first ever men’s volleyball game […]

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