What is St. Louis like during the changing of seasons from winter to spring? Well that depends, are you the kind of person that really enjoys sneezing from allergies, mold, and other nature’s blooming plantations? Okay, St. Louis is not all like that. But having so many types of trees in our city as well as flowers, it definitely adds beauty to the area. Last Thursday, surprisingly was one of my busiest days on campus but I was astounded by how much beauty I saw on Fontbonne’s campus. Additionally I was so proud to be a part of this campus as well as experiencing the beauty. Everywhere practically there is something to admire, like the garden that resides within the very center of the apartment complex building, Southwest, which is on our campus. Southwest is the name of our building where upperclassmen are eligible to live in more apartment style-living rather than the other dorms. Students can take part in taking care of the garden in a personal way, creating impact to our campus. Next, there are the trees that cover our campus, tall trees and small trees. My personal favorite trees are those on the very front of Ryan Hall, I believe dogwood trees, I am open for anyone to correct me on that. I am very appreciative of our maintenance crews that take care of the vegetation on our campus, making it so beautiful as best as they can. I personally love days where all I can see is the sun, shining light on our campus and causing practically everyone to smile about it because it is so gorgeous. Plus, when you have a campus such as Fontbonne University that has hammocks in the Golden Meadow, what could be better than that?
I know that I’ve talked about Forest Park before, but it is truly a jewel of St. Louis! Forest Park offers so many opportunities (which are usually free!) and is a beautiful place that continues to amaze me. Now that spring is here, I am able to spend more time outside and bike over to Forest Park, right down the road from Fontbonne. This past weekend, I volunteered at Forest Park with a few friends and helped to plant seedlings in the green house! Forest Park is a fantastic place to go to for a variety of reasons: spend time with friends, find peace and solitude, study, explore the art/ history of St. Louis, or to just get outside. I love going to Forest Park for so many reasons and there is never a dull moment there. If you get the chance, ride your bike or take a walk around the sidewalk around the perimeter of the park; it is a beautiful trail and allows you to see the entire park!
See a calendar of events happening at Forest Park soon.
I realize that I am pretty late for springtime daydreaming, though I think it is not too late to still think about the adventures of spring and summer. After staying inside all winter, nothing compares to going outside and playing with friends. When I was a kid I can just remember all of the adventures I would have with my siblings. We would run around the backyard for hours it felt like, playing volleyball, swinging on the swing set, having a water gun fight, a game of washers, or anything else like that. Spending time with family or friends is a great way to spend time together. I still remember a huge water balloon fight that we once had, it was like all over the backyard. Though now that I am older, I cannot wait to spend more time outside once allergies die down. Being allergic to so many things outsides does take a toll on the body at times. So far, I have had at least one sinus infection for 2015 with allergies but that has not stopped me from enjoying the sunshine. Whenever I am at home and doing homework, more than half of the time, all the blinds are open in the room I picked to do homework, letting in as much natural light as possible. Then I also take a seat by a window to enjoy the view at the same time. My desk actually faces one of the windows to nature’s view around me at home. Though when not doing homework, I enjoy playing dominos on a huge blanket with friends outside. If it’s in my backyard, then we will leave my dog outside to enjoy the weather with us. There are so many various opportunities to spend outside in this wonderful city. Plus if you want to make sure not to spend money, that’s where creativity comes in handy but also patience. Thinking of something to do on the spot at least for me does not come easily but over time I can think of ideas – Pinterest does come in handy here as well. But taking your time to explore the city is also important and a great experience. There are so many attractions to enjoy and experiences to be made.
I am really glad that the weather is so nice. It started to warm up during spring break and has continued since. Although it snowed last week and I wasn’t too happy about that, the nice weather has come back and I think it will stay. After all, I don’t think it will snow in April. Fortunately, the weather allows us to do fun things outside, such as going to the zoo. My favorite thing at the zoo is the penguin exhibit.