Spring break is finally here!.. almost. For most of us, it starts as soon as classes are done today (Thursday). It seems like the semester just started but at the same time a lot of us are ready for this break. There are some challenges, however, that many of us face. I still have a work schedule to stick to, my spring break doesn’t mean I get to take off work too, and after all the bills are paid my wallet is definitely looking a little thin. That translates into a trend that’s become popular all over America, a staycation. The good news is that there is so much to do in St. Louis and a lot of it is either free or really cheap.
St. Louis has some fun places to visit and most of them are free! The art museum, history museum, science center, Grants Farm, the zoo, Cahokia Mounds (technically in IL but still close to the city), the Arch, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Forest Park, Tower Grove Park, and every other park in the city/county. There are even several things to do that don’t cost much. The Botanical Gardens only costs $4-$5 to get in, City Museum is $12 and $10 after 5pm, and STL Cinemas has a whole list of local movie theaters that don’t charge an arm and a leg for tickets (some even have student discount days).
Another plus for this spring break week is that the weather is forecasted to be beautiful! 50s-60s and sunny. It’ll be a refreshing change from all the freezing cold and snow we’ve been having. The warm weather will also be perfect for those outdoor activities like the Botanical Gardens and hiking in the parks. Some local restaurants and cafes might even open up their patios, which, as many city residence know, is always a draw when looking for a good place to eat. If you need more ideas the Riverfront Times has a lot of great events listed on their website or in their magazine (which is freely distributed all over the city). So get out there and do something fun in your area this coming week! Cheers!
It’s almost time for warm weather! I’m thinking another month and half until the climate warms up and swimming pools get uncovered, making people break out their shorts and tank tops! We all like the warmer weather, especially after seeing the crazy winter we’ve had this year. In STL, there are no beaches or movie stars walking out of the ocean for the paparazzi. However, there are plenty of things to do and plenty of time to do them!
For me, going to the pool is an every day activity! In my hometown of Washington, Mo (s/o all you country folk) there is not much to do. I live in a subdivision with a neighborhood pool that is open to all who live there. I think I literally go there every day! Another one of my favorite things to do during the summer is run outside. Conveniently, the pool is about 1.5 miles from my house. Making a great destination, I usually run to the pool and kill two birds with one stone. The Katy trail, one of Missouri’s most famous bike trails, runs right on the riverfront in Washington. Occasionally, I will drive downtown with my bike to take a little stroll. I am more of a jogging type of guy but you know what they say, variety is the spice of life!
I find myself driving to the city (STL) all the time. At this age, I usually make the trip for a party or a visit to a bar, but throughout my college years, it has been a blast doing many other fun activities! The city offers things like the Zoo, St. Louis Cardinals baseball games, the St. Louis Arch monument, or the famous city museum. For all you lovers out there, all of which are great ideas for date, just to mix things up from the typical dinner and a movie! If you enjoy listening to music, the St. Louis Pageant and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater are great for local or big time bands/artists. Another attraction is Forest Park. Only a short walk from Fontbonne, this park holds activities like hot air balloon races, carnivals, charity runs, wine festivals, concerts, you name it and it has probably happened there at some point.
While you won’t see Zac Efron in his bathing suit, or playmates taking a stroll down the beach, STL has a powerful atmosphere that will not disappoint you!
I have many plans for this spring. I’m very excited to wear items from my spring wardrobe since I’m getting really tired of wearing winter clothes. I can’t wait to go shopping for my Easter dress either. I also want to get some nice sandals, preferably with bows. I would really like to enjoy the nice weather and have a picnic somewhere. I especially like picking fruit at Eckerts , then coming home to make pies. I also enjoy visiting the Zoo when the weather is nice outside and going inside the penguin house. Although I think it will be a while before it actually warms up, I’m looking forward to the nice weather. In case the weather is not so nice for a while, I look forward to seeing the new movie, Cinderella.
With Spring’s arrival and the number of weeks of college left getting smaller and smaller, I have began to reflect on how my first year at Fontbonne University has been so far, and what advice I might have to others (all you readers out there!). While at Fontbonne, I would definitely urge everyone to get out and enjoy what the city has to offer. Just yesterday I took in the various sites at Forest Park, enjoyed an afternoon snack in Central West End, and finished the afternoon at the zoo. Seizing opportunities such as this is something I would recommend to anyone. On campus, engage yourself in activities and join clubs. There is always something going on sponsored by the Fontbonne Activities Board, and meeting for clubs are held at least once a month. I try to be as involved as my class schedule allows, and have never had a bad time at any campus event. Surround yourself with good people in good places and you won’t regret your years at Fontbonne.
It has come for the time to register for Fall 2012 classes. Yikes. It’s amazing to witness how fast the time flies, and registering for classes months in advance does not make that any better. On the bright side, I am really excited about the classes I plan on taking next year. I would advise future students not to put off any class, and also to incorporate as many classes related to your major as possible. Taking Fashion Merchandising courses this year has surely kept me entertained and engaged!
I feel as though this semester has flown by! Easter break begins here Thursday, and I will be going home tomorrow. I cannot wait to spend more days at home with my family. However, this break, I will not succumb to laziness and will get some work done!