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Anna

Falling for Fall

by Anna on September 21, 2016

in College Life,Extracurricular

As I write this, we are just TWO days away from fall (although with the temperatures, it’s hard to think about)!  Can you believe we’re already back at this point?  It feels like we just started 2016 and now we’re moving into the final quarter of it!

Coming in at a very close second to winter, fall is my favorite season.  I love almost everything about it — the beautiful color changes in the trees, the cooler nip in the air (jacket season!), the yummy treats we can bake, and the fun fall activities going on around Fontbonne’s campus and in the area.

Since I drive to school every day, I get to look forward to enjoying the gorgeous reds, yellows, and oranges explode in the next few weeks.  Hopefully we have some great colors this year…they provide awesome photo opportunities!  And of course, what’s better than a fall hike to enjoy the foliage at a slower pace?

What are some of your favorite fall treats?  I’m a huge fan of apple-anything — you name it, apple pie, apple bread, apple muffins, apple cake, even just an apple by itself!  Its flavor rockets to the sky with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves.  Another great “fall ingredient” is the infamous pumpkin, although I’m not as big a fan of it.  But I’ve got some great recipes that use both apple and pumpkin, so undoubtedly I’ll be making them in the next few months — yummy!  I have a captive audience at home with my always-ready-to-try-what-I-fix family, too! 🙂

Finally, what’s fall without some old-fashioned family fun?  Hayrides, bonfires, apple-picking, corn mazes, and much more abound in the area.  In just a few weeks (October 7), Fontbonne itself is sponsoring a trip to Eckert’s for just $10 per ticket…including food and transportation!  What a great way to get into the fall spirit — embrace it fully!

Happy fall!

~Anna

P.S. — What’s the one thing I don’t like about fall?  The diminishing daylight — it makes it hard to get things done outside in time!  Nevertheless, though, I really do love fall!

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Candance

Decisions! Decisions!

by Candance on September 8, 2016

in College Life

Have you ever been in a spot where you’ve had multiple things on your plate and yet you had to make a decision as to what you’d prefer to do? Should I do A? Should I do B? If I do A, then this will happen and then I could potentially lose out on B. But if I do B, that has the potential of causing me to drastically make some adjustments with A and if I went back to A after finishing with B, I’d have to start over again!

When you find yourself in a place like this. What are some things you’ve done to assist with making the best decision you could possibly make? This can relate to school, home, work??

What do YOU do?

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When I first heard the news that I would be visiting Jefferson City for advocacy day, I was really excited and eager to learn more about the legislature and the way policy worked. This was an eye opening experience for me because I was able to see how mean, sarcastic and egotistical some of the members of congress can be. In this field (social work), even though people are rude and nasty to us we must remain calm and diligent in our efforts to advocate for and empower others. Having the opportunity to speak to a lot of the representatives, and even just being in their presence was a very exciting feeling. Some of them even stopped us to ask why we were there and what did we think about what was going on. Some of the men were very rude; they didn’t hold doors, didn’t allow ladies to walk through small hallways first, or even speak in some instances. I feel that even though these men have and hold a lot of power, which still doesn’t subject them from treating people like human beings. We were given a tour of the building, able to speak with multiple government officials, and had the opportunity to sit in on the house while they debated over passing or vetoing bills. There was so much history present as I walked the halls of the capitol and I truly enjoyed looking at all of the paintings and sculptures that were available for observation. The past  years at Fontbonne have granted me some of the most rewarding and experimental times of my life.

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I attended Fontbonne’s gallery opening last night. Mounted on the walls was Muhammad Alhawagri’s “Occurrences [reduced]”, a brilliant series of black-and-white photographs that aimed to capture the essence of everyday objects. While art is most often subjective, and Alhawagri’s work isn’t exactly an exception, there is comfort in knowing that perhaps these objects and subjects are things that everyone has encountered in their everyday lives. While each individual looks at the painting and finds their own meaning in it, this is indisputable: we are familiar with the object/subject, even though we don’t quite know what it is.

I was lucky enough to be accompanied by my sister and my father, who were eager to experience a Fontbonne gallery opening, and a few of my friends–fellow Fontbonnians. As we strolled through the gallery, taking time to access each photograph, we shared our insights and contemplated–just what was the object portrayed in the photograph? Laughingly, we scolded ourselves for wanting to know more about the abstracted object. In trying to decipher the contents of each work, we realized that maybe that was the point–the essence of the photographs didn’t rely on what the subject was, they relied on the lines, shapes, and shadows created by the subject. What you were left with was something else entirely.

The photographs succeeded in prompting me to appreciate the ordinary, to explore and examine something more closely that I had maybe never looked twice at. The next time I’m struggling to find inspiration, I’ll think about Occurrences [reduced].

Muhammad Alhawagri is self-taught, which makes it all the more impressive. He has shown work all over St. Louis. Here is a link to his website if you want explore further: http://www.alhawagri.com.

You should definitely make your way to the art gallery. The exhibition is open until March 24th, so you have plenty of time to see Alhawagri’s work, and form your own theory 🙂

I highly recommend attending any showings that you can. Even if you’re not an art major, you’ll thoroughly enjoy the experience. Grab a couple of friends, indulge in some refreshments, and share your opinions.

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The Year In Review

by Fontbonne University December 7, 2015

I think it can be said that the fall semester here at Fontbonne has flown by faster than anyone thought possible. There were days that I wondered how I would make it to the end with my sanity in tact. With a schedule that consisted of two 12 hour days, two 10 hour days, one […]

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Friday, FAB, and Fundraisers – Oh My!

by Fontbonne University October 19, 2015

Happy Friday, Fonties! Friday is my one day that I don’t have class (woo!), but typically tends to be the busiest. As President of the Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB), we have a meeting every Friday at 11:00 AM and (typically) an event at 8:00 PM. In between there, I’m usually spending time up in the […]

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A Word of Advice

by Fontbonne University October 12, 2015

Hello, blogosphere! My name is Brooke Stochl and I am a senior here at Fontbonne University. I am currently pursuing a double major in Psychology and Sociology (Woo, Behavioral Sciences!). While at Fontbonne, I also dove head first into involvement. On campus, I have been involved in the Psychology Club, QUEST Leadership Program, the Orientation […]

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College Friendships

by Fontbonne University April 28, 2015

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 […]

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Staying Organized

by Alumni Posts October 1, 2014

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 […]

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To the Future.

by Fontbonne University May 5, 2014

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 […]

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