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by Conner on February 12, 2015

in College Life

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.

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Decorating my dorm room was one of my favorite parts of moving in! It can be difficult squeezing all of your belongings into such a small area, but it is possible! This is my second year living in the dorms and I have found what works best for me in the small space. I think it is important to make your room as comfortable as possible, as you will be living there for about nine months. I would suggest bringing plenty of pictures, a cozy blanket, your favorite quotes/ images/ posters, and maybe a rug if your room isn’t carpeted. I have found those large plastic three-drawer organizers very useful because they can hold a lot of things and are easily able to be tucked away. I even put some colored paper in front of the clear part of the drawers to give it some personalization!

Here is a list of things that I think are important for anyone living in small space:

-Command Hooks: actual hooks and the velcro ones!

-Push pins (for a bulletin board if your room has one)

-String lights

-A three-drawer organizer

-An ottoman (the hollow ones can hold so many things and they make for a great foot rest!)

-Plenty of picture frames with pictures of friends and family

-Pillows, pillows, pillows!

-Bins (bins and containers of all shapes, sizes and colors are wonderful for holding things such as: lotions, paper/ notebooks, snacks, stationery, etc!)

Below are a few pictures of my drawer organizer, bins, and entire room!

 

 

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I have been spending a lot of my time on a big change: finding an apartment. The campus life thing isn’t really working for me. The showers can’t decide if they want to be hot or cold. My room can’t either. There are only two temperatures here: Mr. Freeze and Hot as the Devil’s Tears. No in-between. It’s tolerable, I suppose. But the thing I miss is privacy. My only private time is my drive to work. I can do whatever I want in the car (it’s usually just snacking and singing). I miss having an oven. I can’t cook anything. There are only so many options in the cafes, and I am getting a bit tired of cantaloupe. And while many of these things really aren’t an issue, I would still have a heck of a drive to my job here in Clayton over Winter and Summer breaks. And this will give me the opportunity to take a summer class or two, and put me ahead of schedule. So goodbye dorms, hello city life! And the adventure that is apartment hunting is a story all in its own.

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Well, that’s it. My sophomore year of college at Fontbonne University is over. Grades have been submitted and there is nothing more I can do. I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with how this year went.

Packing up was an ordeal to say the least. The weekend before I moved out of the dorms, I loaded everything of my closet I possibly could into my VW Beetle. When I came back to Fontbonne I brought a larger vehicle, thinking I could handle the rest of my stuff on my own. My family was all busy that day with work or something like it, so I wanted to handle everything on my own. Independence! Last Tuesday morning I began packing everything into the car loading the biggest items first. Right away Carly and I knew we had a problem. My mini fridge and winter shoes were put into her car, and because of time we had to load the rest of my things into the hallway so I could “check out” on time. It was then that I realized there was absolutely NO WAY that the rest of my things were going to make it back in my car. I called my sister, who was with my Grandfather (Papa), and told them to come on over to STL when they were finished with whatever they were doing. Thankfully, the rest did fit in his truck and everything made it back safely. My anxiety was eased while waiting on the truck when Carly so thoughtfully went to Trader Joe’s and grabbed lunch for the both of us. I would not have made it out of there that day were it not for her! Procrastination caught the best of me, because after unloading everything back home into the early evening I still had to write a paper for one of my classes due by midnight. Let’s just say I emailed that paper around 11:40 that night, but hey, I got it done right?

Coming back home to small town Southern Illinois is a big change from St. Louis, but nice all the same. With the corn fields, barns, and neighborly “charm”, it’s a great place to be in the summer months. As of right now I’ll be nannying and reconnecting with family and friends. I was able to just this past weekend when I went to my little brother’s last baseball game of his school’s season, where I received quite the sunburn. Ouch! Later that evening I went back to my high school to see one of my dearest friends graduate. She makes me feel so old!


That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

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New school year, new school

by Alumni Posts September 11, 2012

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 […]

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What College Has to Offer

by Conner February 24, 2012

There may come a time when I ask myself, “Why am I here?” Not here on Earth specifically, but here at Fontbonne University. The answer to that question is simple. The answer is because I value a college education, but what is the value in college education? The education that I am able to receive […]

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Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

by Deanna February 13, 2012

It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve blogged… It’s been roughly a month, and I have been adjusting myself to my new schedule. After that month-long break, it was hard for me to jump right back into classes. I can say that I am glad to be back in the dorms, I love being […]

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Typical Tuesday

by Deanna September 21, 2011

My idea of a good, relaxing day at Fontbonne? Only having one class in the morning, where we only watched a video! It does kind of suck to have to wake up for an 8 am class every day, but it is GREAT to get classes done and over with! So while everyone else is […]

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Conversations with My Community

by Alumni Posts November 1, 2010

One thing I really love about Fontbonne is how easy it is to embed yourself in the community. I’ve been very fortunate in my experiences at this school and have gotten a lot of opportunities that I may not have at a larger school. With all these experiences has come the possibility of making friends […]

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Liz- Duty Calls :)

by fontbonneuniversity April 6, 2009

My Easter Break plans are to stay on campus because I am an RA and duty calls. LOL Also, on Thursday and Friday, I will have student teaching because though Fontbonne is off school, my district is not. My students and I will be enjoying learning together, listening to kids being kids, which is always […]

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