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At the beginning of the summer, I moved into my first, very own apartment. It is exciting to be able to call this place my own. Although, it is also weird to think I am like an actual grown up now. After three years of living on campus, I have decided to move on. Whenever I get spare time, I have been settling things in. I will continuously be adding décor, because I tend to go overboard and don’t know when to stop decorating. Luckily, I haven’t had to spend much money on that sort of thing. There is plenty of décor, furniture, supplies, etc. that I can take from my home in St. Peters.

I live with my friend, Taylor. We met a few years ago at Gordmans. She does not work there anymore, but we continued to be friends after she left. She goes to school at Washington University, which is right next door to Fontbonne. Therefore, we were both looking for a place to live in the same general area. We live in Clayton in a very cute and safe neighborhood. The location is very ideal, because the drive to school and to my internship only takes a few minutes both ways. Also, many things are conveniently within walking distance, such as Forest Park, Concordia Park, restaurants, a vintage candy/ice cream shop, shops, and grocery stores. It’s everything I could have asked for. The only downside is the parking. There is only parallel parking, which I am not very good at. But it is good for me to practice since I have been spending more and more time in the city and that’s how I need to park at TalentPlus (my internship). That being said, I am still very happy with my current situation. I wish I could spend more time there, but I am so busy with work, interning, and babysitting. However, Taylor and I still manage to frequently find ourselves at the Kaldi’s Coffee house up the street (mainly working on homework). We also like to have picnics in the parks. I look forward to making many more memories in my new neighborhood!

My new room; an ongoing work in progress! My new room; an ongoing work in progress!

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Last Thursday night officially marked the beginning of spring break for me because I don’t have classes on Friday (I do have meetings, but no homework was due, so it can still count as break). This time, I don’t have adventurous stories to tell about amazing travels. Nope, I was still at school. I’m not complaining though, because I finally got to complete a project that I hadn’t had time for previously. From 4:30-11:30 p.m., my roommate and I worked on creating another visual display for the windows in Anheuser-Busch Hall (don’t worry, we did break for dinner). It felt nice to just get it all done at once. This was not required for a class; we just really enjoy using these projects as a creative outlet. This display will stay up until the next fall semester (then there will be a class that takes over). Because it will be present for a while, we needed to pick a theme that would be appropriate for this spring, summer, and fall. The solution to that problem was designing a tribute to our beloved Fontbonne and Griffin mascot. Check it out!


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Happy snow day, Fontbonne!  Campus is closed for the rest of the day because of the weather, which is turning the outdoors into a white smudge on the map of the Midwest.   Without classes, work, or the ability to drive safely tonight, I thought I’d use my free time to catch up on blogging.  Sadly, my weekend went a little crazy and I was unable to finish a post until now.  Oops! I blame the Super Bowl.

Speaking of which, Fontbonne hosted a great Super Bowl party in the DSAC (Dunham Student Activity Center) on Sunday.  There was plenty of food, including root beer floats, and the game was played on the big screen.  Even though it was a depressing game to watch, it was a fun program put on by RHA, SECA, and Campus Ministry.

Today I’m taking my inspiration from the blog prompt for this week:

What are your goals/expectations for yourself during this new semester? What do you hope to accomplish? Any strategies you can share for getting there?

I’m guessing that many people have set goals for the semester centering around school–like getting good grades–and on getting their lives back in check, such as exercising regularly and organizing.  I think my goals for this semester are pretty basic.  I want to do well in school, be accepted into graduate school, and find an apartment and roommate.  Hopefully these goals won’t be too difficult to accomplish; they are all things I need to do to move on to the next step in my career.

While school comes somewhat easily to me, finding an apartment does not.  And finding a roommate is especially difficult.  You have to choose someone trustworthy, responsible, clean, and who shares at least some of your interests.  Like sleeping at night.  Or using a label maker to organize everything.  And someone who isn’t allergic to peanut butter is a must for me.  So, as I said, finding a roommate is hard.

I have heard the best way to find roommates is to talk to a lot of people.  You never know who else is looking for an apartment and will need someone to live with.  I have also had some people tell me to put an ad on Craigslist, but that seems like asking for trouble… I think I’ll stick to talking to friends.  If there are any other ways of finding roommates, let me know!  I’m open to suggestions.

Enjoy your snow day!

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Finals week. These are two words I have been dreading to manifest all semester. Time is a concept I have no control over so the inevitable has happened. The next eight days of my life are going to be sleep deprived and taxing, but wonderful and memorable at the same time. Finals week is also the week my roommate and I like to call “Fun Week”. We always go do a few of the things we wish we had done during the fall semester. Speaking of my roommate, there is a small project that we’ve been working on together that I am incredibly thankful for.

More than any other time of the year, the holidays are a period many people choose for allowing time to evaluate their lives, and discover what the last 10-11 months have been like for them. For the last month or so, my roommate and I have been working on our “Thankful Board”. She had a dry erase board for personal messages in her room, but after a little Pinterest imagination we decided to take it over for our own daily reflection. Every day, Carly and I write or draw something on the board that we had been thankful for that day. We plan on continuing through the semester. It’s nice to see what I was thankful for oh so long ago, but it’s a entire other story trying to remember why!

Thanks for reading..

Our Thankful Board!

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Surprise!

by Carlyn November 5, 2012

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 […]

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