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Because of Fontbonne…

by Taylor on October 20, 2016

in College Life

“Because of Fontbonne I will…” This is the statement from the We Are Griffin Nation website that stuck out to me the most. Where do I start? There are so many things from my Fontbonne experience that are applicable to this statement. I have had so many experiences here that have changed my perspective and made me think in new, exciting ways. Since I have been here I have learned so much about myself and others, and have grown as a person in so many ways. One statement just would not be enough. Because of Fontbonne I will graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary to propel myself further into my chosen career. Because of Fontbonne I will have countless connections with people who have shaped me and changed my life in ways that I could have never imagined. Because of Fontbonne I now have the confidence and motivation to strive for things that I want, even if they scare me. But mostly, because of Fontbonne, I am a better, smarter,kinder, and more confident person than I was when I first got here.


What does being a part of Griffin Nation mean to you?

Have a great week!



Hello all!! Welcome back once again, Griffin Nation! This week I’m talking about what Fontbonne means to me. I’m proud to be a Griffin because of how many leadership opportunities it has given me. Fontbonne continues to impress me with all of the new things that I can get involved in. When I first came to campus, I was a little timid to get myself involved because I had no clue of what any of this entailed. But now I feel like I have a never-ending list of organizations to say that I’m apart of. I can also say doors keep opening in my benefit for new leadership opportunities, and I will forever be grateful for this.

Fontbonne also inspires me to be the leader that I never knew that I could be. I am much more involved in college than I ever was in high school, and I never would have expected that because I felt like I was shy and closed people off. But I learned and grew to realize that leadership is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have been a member of FAB’s (Fontbonne Activities Board) executive board, a member of Fontbonne’s Dance Marathon’s Morale Committee, and a WING leader this past orientation season. I loved being a part of all of these different leadership opportunities because they have all helped me grow in the areas that I needed the most improvement with to be a better leader. I wouldn’t change my leadership experience for anything and it can only get better from here!

Thank you all again, and see you next week!



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


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


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


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


…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


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.


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!


Do or Die!

by Alumni Posts April 3, 2012

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 by the way) you’ll see that Fontbonne has baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track, volleyball, bowling, softball, and dance. So […]

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Go Purple & Gold

by Alumni Posts March 21, 2012

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 […]

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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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