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Hey there! As you should know by now, my name is Valerie Amerlan. I am a returning sophomore here at Fontbonne University. I love being social and interacting with others, however I am much better at this in person, rather than blogging. But I am also up for new things, so I thought why not give this a shot :)

I’ll start off by telling you a few things about myself. I am originally from the small town of Bakersfield, Missouri, which is pretty much as country and backwoods as you can get. But that is more than okay with me :) I take pride in where I am from and how I was raised. Family is the number one thing in my life, but you don’t have to be a blood relative for me to consider you part of my family. I love the outdoors; hiking, camping, float trips, muddin’, hunting, the whole nine :)

Going back to where I’m from, you might ask me “What are you doing way up here in the big city?” (Or you might not ask that because you don’t consider St. Louis the “big city”) Either way, one of the reasons I’m up here is because, like I said, I like trying new things. I’ve always wanted to travel, but when family is the number one thing in your life, and you have a huge family, it’s hard to leave them to go to a far away place, and nearly impossible to take them all with you.


Hey ya’ll!!

My name is Jessica, but I go by Jess!! I’m 21years old and this is my first year at Fontbonne!

I’m a third year transfer from St. Charles Community College. I’m an Elementary Education major! I grew up in St. Charles, about 30 minutes away from here, and went to Orchard Farm School District for all 12 years! I graduated with less than 100 people — it was pretty small school! I was really involved in high school and an officer for many clubs/organizations, and I still go back to my high school to volunteer and help out for the organizations!

I have one sibling, Jolene; she is almost 18 years old and a senior in high school. My parents will have been married for almost 22 years in just a few weeks! My dad owns his own company, Circle C Solutions, and my mom works from home for a corporate travel agency in the area.

I’ve held many jobs, but my most recent one was at a local daycare not far from my house. I was the secondary teacher in the infants room and I LOVED it!! I miss my kiddos very much!! I love working with children and I really can’t wait to have my own classroom and teach children!!

My boyfriend also goes here, he is a senior and a Religious Studies major! We’ve been dating for four years (in one week that is!) We met in high school, I yelled at him and he didn’t like me very much at first, but I won him over when a friend of ours kept putting us in the same situations. I love being on campus together, it’s so fun!

Well, that’s pretty much it! If you have any questions, please feel to ask! I’m a pretty open book!

Welcome to the new school year!!


Alumni Posts

Who is Free Hill?

by Alumni Posts on February 3, 2012

in Campus Community

Hello FBU community, I am pleased to be one of the new bloggers on our website. I was thinking how I could come up with a creative way to introduce myself. Since I have taken several online courses, I realize that the same repetitious introduction can become boring. Yeah, I know my introduction will be new for those who are meeting me for the first time, but I want to bedazzle my intro. So here I go…

You may know me from my major, communication, and courses like World Religion or Contemporary Moral Issues. No, I’m not a teacher, but I play one on t.v. I am a participating parent of six children and a rib of one husband. I’m a poet, a writer, and a long list of other job titles and descriptions. That should sum everything up. I hope that you will enjoy sharing in my adventures at Fontbonne and my other creative thoughts.


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