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Introducing Me

by Mari on September 6, 2016

in First Year at Fontbonne


My name is Maria Torres, but I go by my nickname Mari. I am 18 years old and I am a freshman at Fontbonne University. I was born and raised in Kansas City. I am majoring in Communications. I have two younger sisters. My sister Gabi is in middle school and I have another sister Sofi, who is a sophomore in high school. I also have two dogs who are both Chihuahuas. Even though I am only about 4 hours away from home, I still get a little homesick now and then. I feel so much better knowing that I have met a supportive community of students and faculty here at Fontbonne!

At a Kansas City Royals game with my family! At a Kansas City Royals game with my family!

This past summer I was an intern through Bank of America Student Leaders. Through the internship, I worked with a non-profit called Youth Volunteer Corps in Kansas City. This awesome non-profit encouraged youth to give back to their communities through volunteering. I loved to see the youth become so happy after they finished a service project. Also through the internship, I traveled to Washington D.C. along with over 200 young people from across the country. In Washington D.C. we discussed how we can make a difference in our government, not only locally, but nationally too. It was a surreal experience to be surrounded by so many diverse people from all around the country. I met some lifelong friends through the internship.

With my fellow Kansas City Bank of America Student Leader interns in Washington D.C.!

I am very excited to start this blog during my freshman year. Feel free to give me a follow on my social media, I follow back!

Twitter: @mari_torres98

Instagram: @mari_torres16

Take care,



I was lucky enough to participate in Fontbonne Day for my 3rd time this past April.  Fontbonne Day is the one day a year that the entire Fontbonne community gets together and participates in a day of service.  I was fortunate enough to spend my Fontbonne Day with the Fontbonne Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa.  We went to a church and worked to better their garden for the summer.  It was a humbling experience to see how grateful all of the people were that we came to work.

I was so excited to get to commit my day to service with some of my closest friends.  We worked on the garden all day, ate lunch, and went right back to work.  Participating in Fontbonne Day is something I encourage all students on our campus to do because it truly is a life changing experience.





Fontbonne Day was last Friday. It occurs one day a year when all of Fontbonne breaks up into groups and goes into various locations to do volunteer work. In the past I did not have a group to go with. This year however, I got inducted into ODK. It is the national honor society for students who are in the top third in their class. Anyway, I got the chance to go with this group this year. Our group when to a local First Baptist Church to do gardening. Me and my friends took out weeds and placed mulch in the garden. Some other people painted the shed. We were rewarded with a delicious lunch afterwards! We had hot dogs, chips, and various desserts. At the end, there was fried chicken! I am glad I participated in this experience!



Fontbonne University is a great place to indulge in many different volunteer efforts and campus activities. Although it is my senior year here at the school, I have taken the opportunity to become involved in as many things as possible. Fontbonne Day is a day of service where students, faculty, and outside volunteers come together to serve people of a community who are less fortunate than them. I was team captain that led a service group at a local domestic abuse shelter. There we prepped and cleaned a building that is being remodeled into a transitional housing facility for victims of domestic abuse and their children. Having the opportunity to be involved in something bigger than myself is always a great feeling, especially when the work being done will benefit people who really need it.

After speaking with the director of Lydia House, I told her that I would definitely be coming back to volunteer my time with the organization. Not only does volunteer work give you different life experiences, it also gives you the opportunity to meet wonderful people and hear their heartfelt stories.



My Fontbonne Day!

by Taylor April 18, 2016

As you all know, last week we had our annual Fontbonne Day, a day where campus shuts down and faculty, students, and staff go out into the community and serve. This year I had the opportunity to go out to Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT)  in Wildwood, Missouri with Fontbonne’s Student Association of Family and Consumer […]

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Giving Back

by Fontbonne University October 12, 2015

As the fall semester here at Fontbonne is halfway through, I’ve finally had a chance to start my volunteer service at St. Mary’s Hospital. I have to admit, when I first started the process to become a volunteer I felt a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information and a little unsure whether I could […]

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Fontbonne Day (May 1st) Experience

by Alumni Posts May 6, 2015

Hi everyone, Last Friday was our University Big Day!!! Did anyone join and volunteer in one of the activities? I really had a wonderful time spending my day with my other friends at an elementary school to help their school do some gardening on their front lawn and some painting for the school to hang […]

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This Friday is our Fontbonne Day !!!

by Alumni Posts April 29, 2015

Hi everyone, Do you know that this coming Friday is our Fontbonne Day?!!! I’m very excited to that since I just came to Fontbonne University last summer and this is my first year to experience Fontbonne Day!! This year I will have an opportunity to participate into one of the volunteering activities. I and other […]

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Sweet Donations.

by Fontbonne University March 31, 2015

Campus was busy this week. Sports were played well, events were held, but I want to talk about the sweet side of things. National Student Speech Language Hearing Association held a donation-based bake sale. This was a broke college kid’s dream. The bake sale was simple. Step one, walk up and give what you can. Step […]

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Volunteering Opportunities

by Fontbonne University December 2, 2014

While attending Fontbonne University, I can honestly say that I love living in a city that has several volunteering opportunities at almost every corner you turn, not literally speaking though. Growing up, I was taught to give of my time and talents to those in need, whether that is through my church services or girl […]

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