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Hi everyone!  My name is Anna, I’m 18, and I am a freshman at Fontbonne.  I have wonderful professors and classes, and I’m enjoying starting this new phase of life.  I’m also thrilled to have an opportunity to blog about my time at Fontbonne!

I come from a family of four — my parents, my older brother Matthew, and me.  I was homeschooled all the way from birth through high school, which was a big reason why I picked Fontbonne — coming from a “class of one” to college is a bit of a change, haha!  I am a lifelong resident of western St. Louis County (a city called Wildwood). We live in a great area with land and a very peaceful setting.  I’m a commuter student, so I get my city time during the day and my country time in the evening, which is awesome!

Going hand-in-hand with my love of country life, I enjoy spending time outside, particularly pursuing whatever crazy fitness endeavor I come up with next!  I live just a mile from a county park that has some amazing mountain bike/hiking trails, so you can often find me cruising or trail running on them.  I’m currently training for a half-marathon after competing in various 5K and 10K runs, and I just completed the Conquer Castlewood Team Adventure Race with my dad (canoeing for a mile, mountain biking for five miles, trail running for three miles).  If the weather isn’t conducive to outdoor training, I’m inside doing Pilates, yoga, or high intensity interval training.  And I LIVE for the winter (yes, it’s my favorite season…sorry in advance) when I can go skiing at Hidden Valley, my affectionately-named “community hill”, or head out west with my family to real mountains.  I’ve skied in 13 states, one Canadian province, and over 40 ski resorts…and I’m always looking to add some more to that list!

One more thing I couldn’t possibly leave out before I wrap up — my horses (pictures below)!  I have a seven-year-old palomino Mustang named Blondie and a 12-year-old palomino Miniature Horse named Pearl.  Blondie was born wild in Wyoming, rounded up when she was about 18 months old, competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in July 2015 (a trainer was given 100 days to gentle and train her), and I’ve had her since then.  We spend a lot of time doing groundwork (games and exercises that strengthen our relationship), and I also ride her.  Pearl was rescued from severe neglect and abuse in May 2014 and we adopted her in January 2015.  She keeps every moment of life entertaining and I wouldn’t want her any other way!  I can’t ride her because she’s so small, but we love to take walks around our property and show off her tricks!

That’s it until next time…I hope you enjoyed getting to “know” me!  Thanks for reading!



IMG_9990 Blondie (smiling…silly girl)


Pearl Pearl


Hello, Griffins and future Griffins! My name is Corie and I am a transferred junior here at Fontbonne. I am from Plainfield, Illinois. Plainfield is about an hour south of Chicago. I usually tell people I am from Chicago because no one knows where Plainfield is located, so Chicago is easier. I like to spend time with my friends, watch reality TV and movies, surf the net, listen to some music, and the obvious shopping (when I have the money). For being a transfer student I have actually made quite a few friends. People here are incredibly nice. For the most part I see people here are very outgoing. I’m probably like most transfers, worried about making friends. Here at Fontbonne that was not a problem at all, the key is to get involved! Now you’re probably wondering: if she’s from Illinois how did she end up in Saint Louis? Well, my whole family pretty much lives here, and my cousin goes to Fontbonne as well. Actually, being here has brought me closer to my family.

Now, over the weekend was my first real baseball game. It was so much fun, I had a blast. My roommate and I went on the metro link to the stadium and enjoyed our free hot dog and drink while watching the Cardinals win. Five dollars to see a baseball game and free food; who would pass that up? I cannot wait to get tickets for the Blues games. This is a picture of my roommate and me (I am on the left), the other is the front of the stadium.


My Spring Break was a week of extreme relaxation, and that is exactly what I needed! I worked every day, at the place where I had my first job. I love it there so much that I would work without pay! When I wasn’t working, I was catching up with some grade school friends and starting my newest hobby of sewing! I do not know what came over me this Spring Break, but I decided that I was going to make myself a skirt! In fact, I made myself two skirts! I used extra fabric and only spent $1.29 on the whole project! I usually do not enjoy those things, because I have little patience. However, sewing was quite relaxing for me, and I plan to continue this new little hobby!


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