Fontbonne University has been the place I’ve called home for nearly three and a half years. I came here as first year freshman, and occupied one of the 350 beds on campus. I’ve lived in St. Joesph Hall, more frequently and fondly called “The Joe”, and Medaille Hall, my current residence hall.
Most people whine and complain about the hum drum of dorm life, but it doesn’t bother me one bit. Sure, sometimes the culinary side of me misses having an actual kitchen, but I’ve made my space my own.
It’s not the biggest space, but it’s mine. That’s been my trick to making it through dorm life for almost an entire college career. I arrange my furniture to what fits best for my lifestyle, and I add more than what the university provides. I am a fashion merchandising major after all. I probably have too big of a wardrobe. Besides extra room for cardigans and shoes, a cheap blue chair from Target works wonders.
My favorite addition to my room in Medaille this year is what I’ve termed “Conner’s Coffee Corner”. My life revolves around my obsession with coffee and tea. Needing caffeine in the morning, afternoon, and every time in between, I wanted a way to organize my collection of coffee mugs, tea bags, and coffee canisters for my on-the-go lifestyle. With one cubicle organizer, bins, and a new electric kettle, I was set to go. I now had a space, in my own space, that helps me feel even more at home at Fontbonne.
My coffee corner is tucked away in the “relax” segment of my room, with a rug and blue cozy chair. This space is everything to me. It’s my Fontbonne home.
I’m very excited for this Friday, because it is the annual Springfest at Fontbonne. This is a day full of performances and activities, which changes a little year to year. This is one of the biggest, most talked about events of the year, which I have been looking forward to for a long time. It is always a great way to celebrate the end of the school year and end it with a bang. This year, Springfest starts out with a performance by indie folk artist Owen Pye. He was on campus earlier this semester during the coffee house night, where he played guitar and sang his own songs. I am glad to have him back.
After that, there is going to be a fashion show, which is produced by the Fashion Promotions class in my beloved Fashion Merchandising department. I am thrilled to say that I am a model in the show. During my first two years at Fontbonne, I have helped dress models and worked behind the scenes for a couple shows, which was a lot of fun. But, I thought I’d try something different and participate as a model. I was a little nervous at first, but I am proud to say that the rehearsals have been going well.
Next, there will be a live-band karaoke in the late afternoon. I am a huge fan of karaoke, so you can count on me to be there the whole time hogging the microphone. How awesome will it be to perform with a live band?! Following this, dinner will be served while the next performers set up for their show. These musicians include Tyler Hilton from the show One Tree Hill and Ryan Cabrera from the show The Hills. These guys were big when I was in middle school, so it will be fun to take a little trip down memory lane. After the show, I am hoping to get pictures with them and have my CD’s signed. Being a huge fan of pop culture, all the events at Springfest this year are right up my alley. The performances will take place outside Medaille Hall in the meadow, so let’s pray for good weather! Regardless, Springfest 2013 is sure to be a hit. I know I’m ready for it!
A couple years ago, I had my mind made up about how some things were going to be in college before I even started. Well, surprise surprise, many of my assumptions were wrong. But, they were wrong in a good way!
I’m not going to lie, I was a little grossed out about the idea of living in a dorm room. I pictured sleeping in an uncomfortable bed, having zero room for my belongings, plugging my ears from a roommate, and showering in a disgusting bathroom. However, I am very glad I faced these fears and decided to live in a dorm. For one, I feel like I am part of a family on campus. Secondly, it really isn’t that gross! I had my expectations set really low and turned out to be pleasantly surprised by all the perks.
Last year I lived in St. Joseph’s Hall, now I reside in Medaille. Both rooms have extremely comfortable beds (or maybe I’m just a really good sleeper). Also, I can fit a lot more in the rooms than I expected. In addition to the large drawer space, you can fit belongings under the raised bed. If I can fit my numerous shoes (I have an obsession), you can too. Regarding the roommate situation, I lucked out and was matched with someone amazing that has become my closest friend. Finally, the bathrooms are actually not so bad. In The Joe, they are cleaned twice a day.
I shouldn’t have been so negative in the beginning. I think I was mostly just nervous. But remember, every experience is going to be as fun as you make it. YOU decide what your life is going to be like.