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College Friendships

by Sarah on April 28, 2015

in College Life

I know that lately there have been quite a lot of events going on at Fontbonne, but really I wish I could have attended one of those events. This semester has been one of the busiest semesters for myself, working over 35 hours each week, being a full-time student, co-leading a bible study with Campus Ministry, planning for the bible study, and more. Though honestly, being so busy it makes me really appreciate my time and the time I have to spend with friends when available. Just the other day, I ended up having lunch outside with two of my close friends and just spent the time enjoying the sunlight, though sure, we had to work on homework and stress about registration. For the entire duration of hanging out with my friends, I was able to at least relax and life. Spending time with friends during college is very important for anyone to experience, creating those memories where you can smile and laugh. Creating those lasting relationships to endure the thick and thin that comes with college stress and difficult assignments that never seem to end some days.

Looking back on some of the best moments with my friends, all I can do is smile so big. Such as previous nights this semester venting to my best friend about a professor that may have been driving me crazy – we all have our moments – but that same night I laughed so hard that I snorted like I have never snorted before. We laughed, cried and created some of the best new memories together.  Another time would be when having a great bible study session, learning new things about our faith together. Yet, I know that I have more memories to come, during the stressful times as well as during the more relaxed of times.



Staying Organized

by Katie on October 1, 2014

in College Life

If you’re anything like me, you start the semester with the best of intentions.  You vow to stay perfectly organized and file everything in its appropriate place before you go to sleep at night… and then September rolls around, and you’re back to your unorganized, I’ll-deal-with-it-later habits.

If you know anything about Pinterest, it’s a wonderfully addictive tool that you can use to find lots of fun DIYs for college and for other projects.  It uses boards to organize pins (think: links to website articles or images that that interest you) and lets you go back to those pins at any time via your Pinterest profile.  Just sign up for an account and search different DIYs, or utilize their huge number of Pinterest board categories to search a broad amount of topics.

A big thing on Pinterest is their DIYs on organization.  I searched far and wide on Pinterest’s DIY boards (so you could save your precious study time!) and found the best, most convenient organization-DIYs for college students.  Smartphone apps are another great way to stay organized, so I included one app to very useful links for college students.  I often use my phone’s calendar for study prompts and reminders.  I also use AnyList (one of the apps listed in the 3rd link below) to make To-do lists, grocery lists, and any other important reminders.

Stay organized this semester and enjoy the following links!


How to Stay Organized as a Busy College Student

Frugal Friday- Organization DIYs

18 Apps Every Student Should Download Right Now


What I am looking forward to next semester is first off the fresh start. The chance to learn something new and fresh and have an opportunity to work well in it. I really like my schedule for next semester so I am happy to see what it will hold for me. I am also extremely happy to take the journey with my FOCUS family. I get the opportunity to meet all new students who are eager to be here at Fontbonne University. I know we will all have fun and grow and learn new things. Lastly I am super pumped to be a junior! I feel closer to the finish line of college. It just surprises me how fast my two years have already flown bye. College definitely has its ups and downs, but I am ready to face all the challenges that comes with it.


Thank God for blessing me this year, so that I have enough grace to finish everything I should finish in 2013. Here is the list of what I did this year:

  • Continued to be a contributor for Real Life at Fontbonne blog
  • Became a social media specialist for Student Alumni Association of Fontbonne
  • Volunteered to play with patients at Children’s Hospital during the summer semester
  • Served as a graduate intern to help an annual health enhancement conference
  • Volunteered my time as a student intern at St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Completed my leadership shadowing at Health Literacy Missouri
  • Became a member of different associations in the field of healthcare
  • Kept my 4.0 GPA!

I didn’t realize how much work I finished this year until I wrote it down. I am very proud of myself, especially since I worked hard to be a responsible student and to keep my 4.0 GPA even though I attended many extracurricular activities. I know that I can’t complete so many tasks without support from the people around me. Therefore, I am very grateful for my dear God, family, friends, professors, and all the people who supported me and helped me. I’m truly blessed to have you all in my life. Thank you for your help in 2013!


College “Needs”

by Alumni Posts November 14, 2013

As a high school student, I began preparing for my move to college very early. Like, a-year-in-advance-making-grocery-lists kind of early.  Now that I’ve been at school for a few years, I have determined which of my possessions are most vital to my existence as a college student.  If you are reading this post, and you […]

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Moving Forward: What Really Matters

by Alumni Posts October 25, 2012

I watched the sun rise this morning (because Lovebug—that’s what I call my baby girl—woke up at THEE crack of dawn). I couldn’t help but appreciate the sound of the birds singing their morning songs as the yellowish-orange glow of the sun filtered through the living room window. Lovebug, content in my arms, was quiet […]

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Why Am I still HERE??!!

by Alumni Posts October 15, 2012

In a previous post, I briefly wrote about moving forward. Shortly after posting, I realized that I think, talk and write about this subject quite a bit. It must be pretty important to me, huh? Still, I find myself stuck in the same spot in a few areas of my life and I’m asking, “Why […]

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A Quick Note on Moving Forward

by Alumni Posts September 25, 2012

Each new day is an opportunity to be better than you were the day before. With a sunrise, comes the chance to forgive and release yourself from the past and make a decision to move forward. Too often, we look back and get caught up in the what-ifs. But, if we would just continue to […]

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Hello, World!

by Alumni Posts September 13, 2012

This week has been an academic marathon for me – I’ve had a test, a quiz, or a monster homework assignment due every day so far, and…(wait for it)…I’ve been so sleepy in the mornings from staying up late studying that I’ve started drinking coffee. (*gasp!*) I’m seriously considering disowning myself for that, seeing as […]

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New life in St.Louis

by Alumni Posts September 11, 2012

Hello everyone, My name is Penny, I’m an international student at Fontbonne. I’m glad I got a chance to be a blog writer for Fontbonne, and I feel so honored to post my first article to introduce myself here. I’m studying to earn a graduate degree in Multidisciplinary Health Communication. This is my first semester […]

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