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Hello Everyone!

As I begin to type this blog I realize it is the last item on my to-do list, and the day is not over yet! I will take this brief moment to congratulate myself and any other people who accomplished all the “do’s” on their to-do lists. It’s nice to be productive for once.

This week at Fontbonne began with some mildly cold weather, and I have to say I am not fond of it at all. I still need two more weeks of summer weather please! However cold it was today, I soon forgot because today at Fontbonne was another Pet-a-Pup event and Wellness Fair. I got the opportunity to meet and adore kittens and dogs from the Animal Protective Association of Missouri. I cannot wait for them to come back again in a few months!

I have already had a somewhat busy week at school, and it is not over yet. Tom0rrow, I will start training for the Fontbonne Student Ambassador’s group. I am excited to become such an integral part of Fontbonne and potential students’ decision-making processes. As a student ambassador, I guide students through campus and let them know how amazing Fontbonne University is. That shouldn’t be too hard! Later this week Fontbonne is hosting a movie night in the meadow, and I plan on attending. There have been a few of these prior to this week’s, but sadly, I have not been able to go. I hope it’s not too cold.

The cold weather does allow for hot chocolate and campfires, so I am not entirely upset that it looks as if it’s here to stay. I plan on cozying up to a campfire with a blanket and a mug of hot cocoa this weekend. What a great way to end a very productive, somewhat busy week!

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Just last week, my friend Shannon and I were both feeling stressed because of our classes and work. To relieve stress, we decided we were going to have a day around campus! We took “naps” in the Meadow (it was more like we just laid there in the sun chatting), we drew with chalk around the parking lot, we went for some bike rides around campus, and we even took a walk to find Concordia fields because we had never been, but we knew many other students went there to play soccer, sand volleyball, and tennis so we wanted to figure out where it was so we could go there too sometime! There are a lot of fun things to do around Fontbonne’s campus when you want to :)

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A majority of college students would agree they love it when summer starts, but if you would ask the Fontbonne student body, they would reply that they love it when the school year starts. I came from the University of Missouri St. Louis and transferred to Fontbonne to complete my junior and senior years because I didn’t have that good feeling of belonging when I was attending UM-STL.  I can honestly talk for a solid hour about how Fontbonne has changed my life already in these first few weeks. I feel like I am gaining more then just a great education, but bonds with friends that will last a lifetime.  For the first time since my college career started I can proudly say my heart is happy here and it just feels right. This is what every college experience should be like because it will be good reminiscences to look back on for years to come.

Take a look around Fontbonne’s campus. It seems like nothing special, just a typical setting, but it really is quite beautiful. Beautifully created architectural buildings and also beautifully enriched with history.  Some mornings, I sit out on the patio of Medaille overlooking the Meadow with a cup of coffee, reviewing some school work materials before my day begins, and it is just so peaceful. You wouldn’t really expect such a thing in a St. Louis setting, but it is definitely a major positive for this school.  The Meadow is the area where the Fontbonne families really form. The Meadow is the place for events and relaxation and fresh air. Just the other night, my friends and I had a “family dinner” grilling out steaks and potatoes and enjoying one another’s company. Soon five turned into seven and seven turned into eleven and all of a sudden it really did turn into a enjoyable, late night cookout.

Has anyone really taken the time to tour around our location off campus? If you haven’t and want to be impressed, just take a walk down Wydown. There is something always intriguing to discover when you venture out into the community of Clayton. For instance the balloon race this weekend is a Forest Park tradition and has been for many years.  It will be my first time attending and I know it will be a memory I will never forget.

There is so much to discover while being a Fontbonne student on and off campus. I’m one to agree that the living quarters and surrounding areas makes Fontbonne feel more like a home atmosphere then other comparable settings.

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It’s so weird to think that we just had our spring break a mere few weeks ago.  Even so, I think I can speak for almost everyone when I say that Easter break will be another much-needed break.  Despite the fact that I have loads of homework to complete and multiple tests to study for over Easter break, I’m glad that I’ll be able have at least some time to relax and unwind.

However, before I leave campus for Easter break, I’m going to go to Griffinstock.  A lot of my close friends have planned it, and, according to them, it will be really cool. Lots of live bands and performers (including many from the Fontbonne community) will perform outside in the Meadow, and t-shirts and food will be for sale for college-student-friendly prices.  I’m very excited to just hang out with everyone before we depart for the long weekend.

So, have a safe, fun-filled Easter, everyone.  I’ll see you on Monday, when it’s time to hit the textbooks hard in order to finish up the semester on a high note.

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