Hello again!

Hello, Griffins, and welcome back!  My second semester at Fontbonne is now nearly one-fourth completed, which is pretty hard to believe that much time has flown by already.  Homework, tests, deadlines, and learning new things is in full swing. I’m taking 18 hours this semester, so my time is much more limited.  It’s amazing how last semester has been put into perspective, and what I thought was busy three months ago pales in comparison to busy now…hello, 1:30 a.m. bedtimes! Overall, though, I have settled in and am pretty happy with my classes.  It’s nice to be in some that directly pertain to my major (dietetics), too.

Here’s a quick recap of what I did in the past month: We celebrated Christmas, my favorite holiday, and immediately afterwards headed to Colorado for a family ski trip.  I’ve been a snow-lover and ski fanatic since the itty-bitty age of two, so you could say it’s inherent to my nature.  This time, we tried out a new place for the first two days, Telluride.  We also skied a day each at Snowmass and Sunlight Mountain.  Amazingly, we were blessed with glorious sunshine and comfortable temperatures for all four days!  That’s a record for us.  It’s always amazing to be in God’s beautiful creation with my loved ones, and I’m so grateful we were able to find the time to get away for a bit before the craziness started.

After we got back, I did some unpacking and catching up on various tasks, and it wasn’t long before the spring 2017 semester began!  That brings us to the present, as I’m juggling work (I operate a house/petsitting business), class, and homework…annndddd not much else right now.  I still have my two horses, Blondie and Pearl, although I haven’t gotten a chance to do anything with them (other than feed them twice a day) for awhile.  Somehow, though, at the end of the day, it all works out.  Assignments get completed on time, critters get fed and cleaned up after, and the next day is a new day…a fresh start, a new chance to learn, grow, and be more.  (that just came to me…thank you, Fontbonne motto!)


2017 – the beginning

Well, we’re almost to February and my post-Christmas Break blues are still lingering – perhaps this is because (unless I pursue further education) it was my last official break as a student. Not to say I didn’t live it up – I certainly did! I was able to visit my dearest friends in Orlando not once but TWICE, see my dearest friend off to her new home in Atlanta, spend time with my family for Christmas, and get in some much-needed mental and physical rest before I returned to Fontbonne for spring semester.

I didn’t make any New Years Resolutions – they never seem to stick past a month or two for me anyway – but I did make some priorities. Adulting seems to be easier the more organized you are. I make lists and fill out my planner as much as I can, and I now have a strict load-a-week laundry policy. It’s been pretty beneficial, at least in helping me with the clean-underwear-and-socks thing. Completing homework at an earlier date than the day before it’s due is a pro tip I wish I’d followed more often last semester – it truly does reduce stress levels.

I hope you all have been well. This year will be interesting – let’s hope that word takes on a positive connotation. New year, new you, right? 😉

Keep moving forward. Everything will be okay, even if you doubt it sometimes.


Welcome to Spring 2017!!

Getting back to Fontbonne Fonties! It has been a cold start to this Spring Semester. With the fourth week of school in motion, this semester is already flying. After this week, we  will be 1/4 of the way done with the semester . . . crazy!

I have a few tips for getting back into the swing of things and making this semester a great one!

  1. Start early. With cold, bitter, rainy (and hopefully) snowy days upon us, use your time to stay up on your assignments.img_1276
  2. Get ahead! While it is gross outside and you can’t be as adventurous, get ahead on assignments so you can enjoy the beautiful spring weather when it decides to show up.img_1278
  3. Find a study space. Find a place where you can study and are without distractions. Having a designated space for homework will help you concentrate and be productive.img_1279
  4. Take a break! Check out a softball, baseball, basketball, or lacrosse game as they make their way to campus this spring. Take a break from working so hard to cheer on your favorite Griffins.


These are just a few tips to help you kickstart your semester into high gear. Remember we are 1/4 of the way done with Spring 17 and let the countdown to Spring Break begin!!




Welcome Back!

Greetings Everyone! It’s great to know that I’ll be blogging with you this semester!

For those who don’t know me, my name is Candance Hurd, I’m a current grad student at FBU and an alumni (grad year 2012). This is my second semester blogging, and I found it be very fun, very informative to read others’ posts and very relaxing to write my thoughts out.

I hope you all had a wonderful break and are getting back into the swing of things with classes and reality! Boy, oh, boy, I know I am. It’s been quite busy for me alllllllready!!!

I look forward to hearing from everyone soon! WELCOME! WELCOME! WELCOME!

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And So It Begins

Two weeks down, fourteen to go. This has become my countdown, and it is yet still early in the semester. I absolutely love my “busier than busy” lifestyle here at Fontbonne, but coffee and caffeinated teas have become my best friends.

This week, I was particularly busy with one of my favorite and most recent involvements, Omicron Delta Kappa. ODK is a national leadership honor society. After being chartered last semester, we are more than excited to start participating as an established organization on campus.

To help promote ourselves to students, we set up at the Activities Fair this week to provide everyone with a little information of what we’re all about. ODK also has a Facebook page! You can check it out by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/FontbonneODK. We post daily, with #MotivationMonday, #TriviaTuesday, #WebArticleWednesday, #ThrowbackThursday, and #FBUODKFanFriday.

Omicron Delta has many events planned for this semester, including an “End the R Word” campaign, Service Day project, and a collaboration with Student Government Association with the Last Lecture series.

FBUODK at the Activities Fair!

Let the semester begin! It’s going to be a struggle, but why not tackle everything now while I’m still young? Deep breathing, caffeine, and support from my family and very best friends are all a girl needs to get through anything!

Thanks for reading..

A New Year

It is the end of the first week back from winter break. Everyone is excited to see friends, have classes with friends, or just meet new people. These are my last spring semester classes. I have 2 classes with a friend. I finally have a class with my best friend and fellow blogger Corie. I also happy to find out that I have a new resident assistant (RA). My RA and I have a few things in common and we are kicking off a great friendship. I am looking forward to what this semester brings me.

Back to School! Already?

Wow. I can hardly believe we’re already a few weeks into the spring semester at Fontbonne. So much has happened already, and the time has flown by. Just this week there was something exciting every day.

My Monday’s this semester are packed full of classes all day and night, but Tuesday the Griffin Girls began working on one of the last dances for this year, the Guy/Girl Dance. This Wednesday, all the dancers will be joined by Fontbonne guys in a dance during halftime. This year we’re bringing back our childhood with a late 90’s mix of songs. Trivia nights are also happening Tuesday nights at Fontbonne, which excites my competitive side. Two weeks ago, my team won 1st place, but received 2nd last week. We’ll get ’em next time! After all our hard work Tuesday night, we congratulated ourselves with free pancakes at IHop and they were delicious! A late night breakfast was just what I needed with exhaustion setting in too early in the week. Wednesday was much needed quality time with my roommate. Griffin Girls has kept me extremely busy this semester so far, but I was able to watch the season premiere of our favorite show, Smash, with my roommate. To anyone interested in Broadway musicals I highly recommend watching. The show is amazing!

Today was yet another day filled with homework, class, and dance. I have to admit I am exhausted, but thrilled with all that’s happening this semester. Hopefully this weekend is one that is both productive and relaxing! Thanks for reading!

Until next week..

Welcome Back!

“Welcome Back!” It’s a very common phrase I’ve heard when I came back to school a few weeks ago. I feel so excited that I just started my spring semester, which is also my second semester at Fontbonne. Even though it was so cold outside, student and staff are still so friendly to say “hello” to me.

For this new semester, I’d like to share a quote from Mother Teresa, to encourage you and me: “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” I will keep my smile when I see you on campus. Welcome back, my dear friends. Let us celebrate it with lovely smiles!

Remember to smile!

So, as the ball gets rolling on second semester it can be easy to get caught up with all the commotion.With school, sports, work, and everything else it can be hard to find time to sit back and relax!

I encourage you to keep your head up and keep going. Take a walk, hit up the next F.A.B. event, read a good book, or maybe even take a 30 min. nap to revive yourself. Not only will you feel good after the act, but then you can enjoy the time that you spend doing the “real” work.

Smiling gives off endorphines that keep your body in check soooo remember to smile!!!


Well, it’s the second week back, and I hope everyone is getting into the swing of things.

For me, that means Environmental Club! And for Environmental Club, that means promoting our activities for the spring semester. I won’t give everything away, but I will throw in a plug for our next major event – and since it lasts 8 weeks, it really is major!

What I’m talking about is RecycleMania, which is a competition between colleges across the country to see who can collect the most recyclable materials within the 8 week period from February 5th to March 31st. We dabbled in this for the first time last year, but this year we are hoping to make a bigger splash. We will be weighing our recycling containers each week to report our numbers, and the Environmental Club will be posting the results on our bulletin board.

Regardless of whether we win our division, hopefully we can get Fontbonne fired up to do some major recycling!! 🙂