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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 scout programs, service projects, hospital volunteering, my youth group events that would go on during high school years, and much more. No matter what the event or occasion was, there was something to better give of my time and talents as well as learn from those who I helped.

Starting with grade school, I can say that I contributed more than 300 service hours to my surrounding community and increased that number even more going into high school by more than 200 hours. Sure those are big numbers, but numbers do not matter to me, it is those lives that you touch that matter. Which moving on to my college days which are current, I volunteer still even though my schedule has become more busy more than I would ever imagine. During the summer I volunteer at a Vacation Bible School where I have volunteered every summer since I was in grade school and also attended the event myself as a little one. Also, I used to volunteer at week-long Girl Scout Camps, where I would aide any leaders in assistance or even lead my own group to be honest. Sure I endured the hot temperatures and had lots of fun though sadly I have not been able to help out in that area for a while. Lastly, I love volunteering at Children’s Hospital, adjacent to Forest Park and Barnes Jewish Hospital whenever possible. There I have one-on-one contact with patients where I assist them with having someone to play a game with, running an errand to go get their favorite games, find movies in which they may enjoy and much more. It is a rewarding experience each and every time. I love having the opportunity to help those in hospitals or any other area and be helped in return with no expectations. The purpose is to build relationships with those around me in the broader community. Make sure to give a little bit of time each and every year to help those in need, it does not have to be through donations or spending large amounts of money, though rather give of your time. Time is one of the most valuable things we have in life.

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Now that I have been at Fontbonne for almost one full semester, there are a few things that I wish I had known sooner! Here are some insider tips and tricks for those of you who are planning on coming to Fontbonne:

1. Getting involved is the best way to meet people. So many of my new friends here have come from joining different clubs and activities such as: tennis, Fontbonne Activities Board, Future Teacher’s Association, and Residence Hall Association.

2. The weather here in St. Louis is crazy- it could be a blizzard one day and then 60 degrees the following day. You may need to transition between shorts and sandals to pants and a jacket in a matter of a few hours; bring to school what you will need in all weather conditions.

3. It is possible to survive on campus without a car. I only have my bike here and I can use it to go to the park, University City, coffee shops, and it also gives me a chance to get outside and get exercise after staying in class all day.

4. Take advantage of the free activities. Many of the organizations host free events throughout the year that are open to students. So far this year I have gone to a haunted house, gone paddle boating, had a tour around St. Louis and had cupcakes afterwards, and have seen many different performers and comedy acts. There are always events going on no matter what your interests may be.

5. Keep your door open. If you decide to live on campus, you will inevitably interact with your floor-mates often, so why not becomes friends with them! By having your dorm room door open, you will get to know people on your floor and also create a welcoming environment. This is how I met some of the best of people on my floor!

6. Get to know the international students. As the semester comes to an end, many Fontbonne students will return back to their home countries. Right now, there are people here from a variety of places such as Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Japan, and I have learned so much from them. It is a wonderful thing when you get to know someone from a different country or background than your own!

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Sarah

St. Louis in the Fall

by Sarah on November 20, 2014

in In Saint Louis

Hmm …autumn, what is there not to talk about for this season and the city of St. Louis?!  Honestly.  I love living here in general but when fall comes around, my heart just flutters with joy because of all the color around to see!  The trees are changing, as well as falling, the temperature begins to drop and take a change of course, more family events and dinners occur – which means much more family bonding of course!!  As well as my birthday and my sister’s birthday since we share the same birthday month, that of being October.  Now sadly October does not have a special background of origin as compared to January, February, March, April, May, June, July or August basically.

Going back to what I was saying about the several kinds of trees in St. Louis…where can I even begin?! There are so many colors that I see just from my drive to and from campus each day! There are several trees in Forest Park – which I used to know the exact number of how many different kinds of trees but much more than I would ever know. I know that certain things that make St. Louis so great in the fall would be the little events and traditions that go on that some of us may not even be aware of. Such as the “Best of Missouri Fest” that takes place at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where several companies come together to share some of their products for possible customers to purchase. I know that whenever my family attends, we come home with 3-4 caramel apples from our favorite little shop. Also there is pumpkin picking at Eckert’s Farm, where you can choose any pumpkin of varying sizes to take home and then carve for Halloween.

Now I will say that I am beginning to love hiking though it depends on where. My boyfriend and I actually love taking walks outside in the neighborhood, now sure, that is not the same as hiking, but we make sure to go for bike rides on Grant’s Trail through the city as well as county.  Bonfires, now those are the best! A group of friends of mine have been planning on meeting up a few times each month just to go outside and have a bonfire with this horrible cold weather coming upon us, so we must make the best of it! Roasting marshmallows and creating the best s’more possible!

I will say that fall traditions vary from person to person but making sure to share those traditions with others makes fall even better, because there are more opportunities to spend amounts of time with friends in one of the best seasons possible for this city. There is so much color and beauty out there – so make sure to spend time exploring it while you can as well as creating more memories with friends along the way!

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What I’ve appreciated most since coming to the 314 is the abundance of things to do and try! There is always something new to experience, whether the local music scene or an eclectic art show. My favorites have definitely been the awesome eateries. Here’s my top, nutrition-intern-approved spots to grab a bite. Click on the link to find out more about each restaurant.

 

1. Lulu’s Local Eatery 3201 S. Grand, St Louis, MO 63118

Photo credit: stltoday.com

 

2. Wildflower 4590 Laclede Avenue St. Louis, MO 63108

Photo credit: bestrestaurantsinstlouis.com

 

3. Local Harvest Cafe  3137 Morgan Ford Rd, St Louis, MO 63116

Photo credit: stltoday.com

 

4. Seedz Cafe 6344 South Rosebury, Demun MO 63105

Photo credit: sitemotiv.com

 

5. Katie’s Pizza Cafe 6611 Clayton Rd, St. Louis MO 63117

Photo credit: respublica.typepad.com

 

What’s your favorite STL spot for good eats? Comment below!

And don’t forget to check out my personal blog, The Wholey Trinity, for more health and nutrition topics!!

-XOXO Hannah

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3 Spooktacular Ways to Have a Healthy Halloween!

by Hannah October 30, 2014

Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays!! I love decorating and dressing up in crazy costumes! Not to mention the spectacular fall treats! (I’m the pumpkin fiend all of you are getting sick of ) However, Halloween sets off the holiday season. And with the increased consumption of candy and cute, little ghost cookies, […]

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Autumn has Arrived

by Abby Towle October 27, 2014

Autumn in St. Louis has treated me well so far. The trees are beautiful shades of yellow, orange, red and green and the weather has been around the upper sixties and seventies, amazing! There are many fabulous things I love to do during the fall season and I am excited to share some of those […]

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Fall Activities

by Tim October 21, 2014

Fall is the sign that winter is coming and summer has gone. It is a time for change. But that is not what this post is about; it is about my favorite fall activities. There are a lot of things to pick from, but for me, there are only a few great things about fall. […]

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Fall at the Farmers Market

by Abby Towle October 20, 2014

The trees are finally starting to change colors and the air is getting a little more brisk- fall is here! I absolutely love fall weather and everything that goes along with it: pumpkins, apple cider, Halloween, apple orchards, and the farmers market! Yesterday I went to the Soulard Farmers Market in St. Louis and it was SO […]

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West Lake Landfill: Toxic is Toxic

by Lauren October 20, 2014

Some weeks ago I attended an event about the West Lake Landfill crisis. Unbeknownst to me, the crisis at West Lake has a large impact on the St. Louis region. I, myself, was clueless about he goings-on in Bridgeton. My sister, a devoted advocate of the Earth, asked me to join her. The West Lake […]

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Why I love St. Louis

by Sarah October 7, 2014

If someone were to ask me, why I love St. Louis, I am not too sure if I could give exactly one particular reason as to why. I can think of a few reasons though, such as the big town, small city feeling; short commutes; several forms of entertainment close in proximity; there are so […]

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