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Finale.

by Jess on December 8, 2016

in College Life

Well, this semester has finally come to a close! My last class of the year is tonight and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m really looking forward to a month of recuperation – I definitely need it. Grad school is even more mentally taxing than my undergraduate was, and there was a time when I never thought I’d say those words!

Over break I’m going to Orlando (of course) and to Pennsylvania to visit my family. I’m hoping to get in a lot of Disney World, sunshine, and then, on the flip side – snow on Christmas! It hasn’t snowed in PA for the past few Christmases, so I’m hoping Jack Frost will be visiting this year…

I learned how tough I was this semester. There was a lot of frustration, a lot of sleepless nights, and a lot of anxiety. But guess what – we all made it! I can guarantee you only learn to be stronger as college – and life – goes on.

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL break. Eat lots of Christmas cookies and don’t forget to save some for Santa and his reindeer 😉

Keep moving forward.

xoxo Jess

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Thank You Note(s)

by Morgan on November 21, 2016

in College Life

Hi everyone! We are getting very close to the final stretch of the semester, so please do your best and try to finish strong!! We’ve made it this far, so I know all of you have enough strength to finish out as strongly as you can! But back to more important things at hand: Thanksgiving. 1 week away. We are days away from Thanksgiving Break, and I couldn’t be more excited. My favorite things about Thanksgiving include all of the food that is socially acceptable to eat all in one day, when everyone talks about what they’re thankful for, and all of our families coming together for this holiday; and then shortly after for Christmas, but that’s another story.

I am thankful for my family because of how supportive they are of me. I know I don’t come home as they would probably like, despite me being 30 minutes away from home, but they understand all of the things that I have going on every week. I love them too much for words and I cannot wait to be with them for  Thanksgiving next week! Absence absolutely makes the heart grow fonder.

I am also thankful for all of the friends that I have made at Fontbonne, and you all know who you are. I never imagined having such amazing friends that would make not being at school so difficult. I know Thanksgiving Break is a tease for the month long Christmas Break, but we saw each other practically every day for an entire semester; Christmas Break’s got nothing on us. I love all of you (just like my family, too much for words to express) and couldn’t imagine my life without you at school because it most definitely would be crazy.

Sorry for the sappy post, but I haven’t had one in a while, so ENJOY! I hope you all have a wonderful, delicious, and safe Thanksgiving Break; and don’t do too much homework because you can use Ross’s favorite excuse:

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Thanks again everyone!

Morgan

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Patricia

What I am thankful for

by Patricia on November 21, 2016

in Career Paths

There are many things that I am thankful for. I’m thankful for all the new people that I have met this semester. I have had a busy semester and I’m grateful for that. I hate being bored with nothing to do, and I was working on projects and getting to spend time with people.

I’m really glad that I will be graduating on time; lots of students don’t. I was able to get an internship that I can do online without having to drive anywhere. I am doing well in all my classes. And most importantly I will not be working over the thanksgiving holiday including black Friday! Many people have to do this, and I will not. I made sure to tell my manager that I have exams right after that, which brings me to my other point.

I got the job at Dillards! I will be working as a sales associate over Christmas break and will hopefully get their internship over the summer. I’m pretty sure that I will get it; my manager knows that I really want it and appreciates my persistence! I have training this Saturday and I can’t wait.

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Okay, so it’s not Halloween quite yet…I know!  But if you’re not a celebrator of the holiday itself, it’s not a huge deal.  I prefer to think of it as part of the whole fall experience — a specific day to go all out and celebrate fall.  I am not a fan of haunted houses, witches, skeletons, ghosts, or any of the other holiday-specific traditions.  It’s not because I am scared of them, but as a Christian I just can’t say they are in line with my beliefs.  This is just my personal opinion…I think it’s totally fine if you have fun participating in these activities, especially if it’s an opportunity to be outside and enjoy the weather!

With that said, my previous Halloweens have included hayrides, bonfires, and…trick-or-treating with my horses!  Where I live is not conducive (or even possible) for trick-or-treating, unless you want to walk two miles and only visit three or four houses.  My church always had a really nice event when I was growing up called Trunk or Treat, where people would decorate the trunks of their cars with a theme and hand out candy, so I still had the classic experience of dressing up and having some Halloween fun.

Now that I’m older and have horses, though, I’ve changed up the game a little bit.  Last Halloween was the inaugural kick-off of “Equine Trick-or-Treating”, and the plan is to have an exciting second year to continue the tradition.  It’s the exact same concept as human trick-or-treating, except I don’t really dress up my horses (I could, though…hmm).  They have to perform a trick before they get their treat!  Blondie can smile, and Pearl will smile, kneel, bow, do the Spanish walk, count, and climb up on a rock or steps.  I think I’m going to make them Rice Krispie treats this year, but they’d be happy with anything — carrots, apples, marshmallows, safe fruits and vegetables, or special horse cookies and treats.  Yes, they’re a bit spoiled…but they deserve it. 🙂

Stay safe and enjoy the day, whatever your plans include.  (yes, it’s a regularly scheduled day at Fontbonne, but rumor has it there are multiple bowls of candy around campus…..just saying……)  Happy Halloween!

~Anna

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Christmas

by Patricia December 7, 2015

After my exams, I will start celebrating Christmas! I will start hanging decorations on my porch and I will hang up both Christmas trees. We have a green one and a white one. I will also bake cookies. This year I am going to make a yule tide cake. I will make sugar cookies, wreath […]

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Thanksgiving Aftermath

by Patricia December 7, 2015

Visiting my grandma for Thanksgiving was fun! On Wednesday when we got a hotel, the lady at the desk saw that we had 5 people and gave us a free upgrade. We got a suite with 2 bedrooms. On Thanksgiving we watched the Macy’s parade in new York  and I got to go swimming. Then […]

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A Time To Be Thankful

by Fontbonne University November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving is literally only a few days away, and it feels like time has flown since the beginning of the semester. Out in the stores it looks more like Christmas, which I’ve always found a little sad. Thanksgiving should be celebrated with just as much fanfare. To me, Thanksgiving has always been mostly about family. […]

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A St. Louisan’s Guide To A Healthy Valentine’s Day

by Alumni Posts February 6, 2015

Valentine’s Day can spur an array of emotions; elation for some and melancholy for others. But this year, we are going to fall in love… with our health! Here are some ideas to keep your day of love in tip-top shape, regardless if you will have a Valentine or not! 1. Eat Chocolate.. Dark Chocolate! Billions of […]

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3 Spooktacular Ways to Have a Healthy Halloween!

by Alumni Posts October 30, 2014

Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays!! I love decorating and dressing up in crazy costumes! Not to mention the spectacular fall treats! (I’m the pumpkin fiend all of you are getting sick of 😀 ) However, Halloween sets off the holiday season. And with the increased consumption of candy and cute, little ghost […]

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Holiday Cookie Making

by Alumni Posts December 12, 2013

Each year my family gathers for a cookie making day.  Now, for some reason we bake at the beginning of the month and somehow think that the cookies will make it to Christmas Eve, which they never do.  The cookies we make are Brookies, Red Hots and Smuckers. A Brookie is basically brownie batter, topped […]

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