Hello, my name is DeMarcus Davis, and for the summer I hope to write about my experience as a summer Residence Assistant, my role as a Griffin 101 Peer Supervisor, and my adventures during summer ’16 of my senior year. While the summer here in St. Louis is just getting started, I’ve already done so much. So far, Griffin 101 has been my main priority and is a major success that I cannot wait for the new incoming students to arrive. The team of eight that I work with are amazing and very different from each other, which makes our chemistry awesome. There is never a dull moment when we’re all in the same room. Currently, Griffin 101 is on a three week hiatus and I am starting to having some withdrawals but we recently had a get-together at Chevy’s to catch up with each other. Our next Griffin 101 will be on June 29th and June 30th.
Secondly, being a summer RA is amazing. I’ve been on duty twice so far and it has been a good time. I have spent a lot of time with the apartment coordinator, Brooke, to know the scoop of her experience with Residence Life. At the end of the spring semester, I made the decision that I wanted to work in the department later in life and wanted to know what were the highs and lows of the job. So far, the two of us have had a blast checking new residents into their rooms, traveling all over St. Louis, and making sure that everyone is safe and sound. When the fall semester begins, I am going to miss all of our adventures that we encountered and just having fun at Fontbonne.
Lastly, my summer adventures have only just begun. So far, I attended a movie festival at my friend Lauren’s house (fellow blogger), went to SLAM Underground at the Art Museum, created memories at Ballpark Village, and hosted numerous movie nights in my apartment in Southwest. There is never a dull moment in Room 316. There are still more adventures to come and I cannot wait to share them with you!
Sad to say this is my last post for the 2015-2016 school year, but I am happy that is almost summer in STL! There are so many things to do in Saint Louis from May to August, so I thought I’d share some ideas with you!
1. Go to the boathouse and ride paddleboats
2. Go to the Zoo
3. Walk around in the Loop or Central West End and grab a bite to eat
4. Go to the Art or History Museum when it is too hot to be outside
5. See the Arch and go inside when construction is complete
6. Go to Crown Candy and cool off with a great milkshake
7. Go to Six Flags or a waterpark
8. Go to the City Museum and let your little kid self out
These are just a few of the things I will be doing this summer and you should too!! Remember to have fun this summer and not have to worry about the stress and anxieties of school for a few months. Good luck to all on finals and taking summer classes.
See ya in the Fall, Fonty!
Fellow blogger Demarcus and I went on a spontaneous trip to the art museum. I was more than happy to go as the St. Louis Art Museum is the perfect way to relax, destress and get out of your own head. Especially as the weeks dwindle down and the semester nears its end, a little reprieve is much needed. And bonus! The art museum is a great place to find inspiration.
There were a lot of great things about the adventure. We stopped at the Ancient Egyptian wing and strolled around the “new” contemporary building. We also watched an art film titled Blow Away by artist Andréa Stanislav. Since it was Friday, we got to tour the exhibit the Carpet and the Connoisseur which featured a collection of oriental rugs. It also included two beautiful, intricate Persian pleasure tents which were used for outdoor gatherings and as respite from the hot midday sun. (It also included a hands-on activity, which we gladly participated in: making our own carpet bookmarks!)
But maybe my favorite part was the installation by Andréa Stanislav called Convergence Infinité. The focus of the installation was St.Louis and its evolution–particularly the Mississippi River. It was very organic and geological, with elements of steel (a reference to the Arch) and allusions to both mortality and life.
A glimpse at the installation. Footage of old St.Louis in the background.
On Fridays the main exhibition is free so do yourself a favor and stop by the St.Louis Art Museum! You won’t regret it.
I am not a St. Louis native. I spent the first 16 years of my life living throughout the Kansas City metro area. After my freshman year in high school, I moved to St. Louis with my mom and brother. I had never driven more than around the block when I moved to St. Louis and in my new home in bustling “South City” I had a daunting task in front of me when it came to learning how to drive. After a couple of times of going around the neighborhood, my stepfather’s dad told me to turn onto Grand Blvd., a main street. Once I was outside of the neighborhood I had no clue of where I was anymore and I was now surrounded by other drivers. My stepfather’s dad told me where and when to turn. Basically driving blind throughout South City I began to notice how immensely confusing it was. After this pivotal driving lesson, I earned my driving license and began to hit the roads every day. I was fascinated with how thorough the city of St. Louis was and was extremely inclined to go exploring. Most days after school, I would go exploring throughout the city on my own. I got lost a number of times but always managed to find my way back home without any GPS or directions. Throughout high school I met a variety of people who lived in every stretch of the St. Louis metropolitan area. I had been to Wellston, Old North City, Kirkwood, Northwoods, Lemay, The Grove, Dittmer, Ferguson, Ladue, Ritenour, Clayton and Downtown so I was convinced that I had a good majority of the city memorized like the back of my hand by the end of high school.
Once high school ended, I began to not have much interest in exploring new places anymore. Once you do something a couple of times it can begin to seem a little monotonous and not be that exciting anymore. Now that I go to school and work in Clayton I have been stuck in this community primarily for the past 7 months. About a month ago my friends and I were sitting in my dorm room with friends and we were bored out of our minds with nothing to do on a Friday night. It was about midnight and I could tell most of us were ready to call it a night. Finally I decided that maybe it would be a good time to go out and explore a bit for the first time in what felt like forever. However, there wasn’t a whole lot left for me to explore from all the exploring I did in high school on my own. I began to take my friends around the city and soon realized the more places we visited they became even more interested in our journey. Some of my friends were not from St. Louis so it was a little obvious they would take interest in their new surroundings but even those who were from the area were still as interested as those not native. I asked one of them if they had been out exploring since coming to Fontbonne and astonishingly he responded with, “No, this is the first time I’ve been outside of Clayton.” I was amazed by this. He even had a car too. Our adventures that night stretched from the Mississippi River to Tower Grove to the Central West End. We stayed out exploring until 5 the next morning. At our final stop at a 24/7 coffee shop, my friends kept telling me how great of a time they had going out and seeing new places. I had a great time too. Even though I had been to the places that we went to that night, it was a whole new experience getting to feed off of the excitement from my friends.