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What do you wish you knew before you came to Fontbonne?

Would you like the honest truth? – I wish I knew how difficult finding a parking spot can be depending on what day of the week as well as the time of day.  It is really truly hard to believe how Fontbonne is primarily made up of commuter students until you really have a “commuter student” moment, such as having to circle around the parking lot trying to find a spot. Another moment would be that you are running late and need to find a spot so you call a friend to go and look for a spot ahead of you and try to flag down that spot before someone else does. Another moment would be to try and get to school so much earlier compared to the time that your classes start, just so that you have a secure spot for when your class does actually start. I realize I can sound as if I am being over-dramatic about parking at Fontbonne, because there really are days that are not that bad when it comes to parking but then days that are kind of not the best. It all depends on how you plan out your time to find a parking spot but also opportunities on where to park. We do have a commuter lot that is next to one of Washington University’s buildings where a shuttle will pick you up and drop you off right in front of the main building on campus, which is really helpful.

What information would help incoming students make most of their time here?

Time Management! What else could be more valuable for students who are coming in from high school to the new college setting. I know time management was talked about a lot in my high school days, though it was really difficult to understand unless I was really really busy. In college you really do have much more time to yourself to spend compared to when you are in practically the same building for more than 7 hours switching classes on the same area of land. In college, you have many more commitments to give your time to, such as a part-time job, family, friends, academics, studying, tutoring, sleeping, eating, relaxing, club organizations, office hours if you are a club officer, and much more. At times it feels like you cannot do anything because there are not enough hours in the day, but the more you plan out your priorities as well as your own personal commitments and what is best for you as an individual, the easier things can go through each day— because you planned your time.

What might students from other schools be surprised to hear about Fontbonne?

When you hear that you know just about everyone on campus, it seriously is true. There are days where I may see a friend of mine at least 4 times and each time was not planned out. It is crazy though also awesome at the same time. Having a smaller student body, it feels as if everything and everyone is more close-knit and like a family, which I think is true. Unlike those large universities where it may feel like you are just a number in the system and your teachers do not know  your name,  it is not like that at Fontonne. Here, teachers really take time to invest in their students each and every day, and take time to learn your name. It is so great to have the opportunity to know that if something tragic were to come up at the last minute and I would not be able to finish a particular assignment for a class, I would be able to go and talk to my professor for help to complete the assignment or have more time to complete it without getting a lower grade. Here at Fontbonne University, relationships exist between student and teacher — relationships of understanding and personal development for the betterment of the student.

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Sarah

Final Countdown

by Sarah on December 1, 2014

in Academics

Oh my goodness, what else can be said for the final weeks of school?! Well for starters, all I know is that I have less than 5 days left in each of my classes, actually much less than that overall. Once Thanksgiving Break comes and goes, everything literally is a blur for academics to be honest.

By that time, at least for myself, more than half of my final assignments are completed, and all teachers can talk about is final exams. On the other hand, all students talk about is the fact that they have so much still left to accomplish, whether they have large research papers, English papers, projects, last minute tests, etc. College life cannot be handled when time management does not exist. That’s the truth — sure, it may seem that everything wants to occur all at once, as well as just fall through the cracks at once, but the more you have a handle on how to deal with things, the less chaotic it seems. Just a few weeks ago, I visited the Director of our Kinkel Center in the Library, Dr. Pousson, to talk about how to plan out my larger assignments into smaller assignments that are easier to manage – which in the end, helped so much. In addition to having an easier time approaching my assignments, I was able to turn in those final papers well ahead of time without pulling an all-nighter.

I will admit, there are times when college comes across as so much easier or better than high school, but there are also times when I almost wish I could go back to high school. Though luckily I have more moments of college being better than high school. In college, you have much more freedom to make use or not make use of your time and talents. You can join several clubs that are more appealing to your interests or create a group that has not yet appealed to your interests. With clubs then there is having a social life that really you are the one who is in charge of it along with academic life. Though when it comes to classes, you are in class much less compared to high school, and that is where the self-discipline comes into play much more and the willingness to spend more personal time on academics compared to forced time like in high school. The choice is up to the student.

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Fontbonne University has a unique learning environment.  From the time I first stepped foot in Fontbonne for one of their campus tours, one of the first things I noticed was the accessibility of resources.  Each building is within walking distance, which makes getting to class on time a breeze!  There is a beautiful food lab in Anheuser Busch, so I knew food labs would have high quality equipment… but there were a few things I wish I knew before coming.

APA:  Going into Dietetics, I wish I had the prior knowledge of APA format in my first two years of college.  Throughout high school and college all we used was MLA, so as silly as it sounds… diving straight into APA was a bit of a shock.  (Don’t worry though, it gets easier with time.)

Clubs at Fontbonne: There are so many clubs to join!  When I first started at Fontbonne, I immediately joined SHESA (Student Human Environmental Science Association), now known as SAFCS (Student Association of Family & Consumer Science).  It wasn’t until my third semester that I joined another club, STARS (Students Thinking & Acting Responsibly & Safely), realizing that there were a lot of groups, even ones outside my comfort zone, that I could join!   For a list of clubs at Fontbonne, click here.

Fontbonne is a small community, but it has a lot to offer.  I would highly recommend that anyone even the slightest bit interested in getting a degree at Fontbonne take a tour of the campus and see for themselves what a great school Fontbonne is!

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Decorating my dorm room was one of my favorite parts of moving in! It can be difficult squeezing all of your belongings into such a small area, but it is possible! This is my second year living in the dorms and I have found what works best for me in the small space. I think it is important to make your room as comfortable as possible, as you will be living there for about nine months. I would suggest bringing plenty of pictures, a cozy blanket, your favorite quotes/ images/ posters, and maybe a rug if your room isn’t carpeted. I have found those large plastic three-drawer organizers very useful because they can hold a lot of things and are easily able to be tucked away. I even put some colored paper in front of the clear part of the drawers to give it some personalization!

Here is a list of things that I think are important for anyone living in small space:

-Command Hooks: actual hooks and the velcro ones!

-Push pins (for a bulletin board if your room has one)

-String lights

-A three-drawer organizer

-An ottoman (the hollow ones can hold so many things and they make for a great foot rest!)

-Plenty of picture frames with pictures of friends and family

-Pillows, pillows, pillows!

-Bins (bins and containers of all shapes, sizes and colors are wonderful for holding things such as: lotions, paper/ notebooks, snacks, stationery, etc!)

Below are a few pictures of my drawer organizer, bins, and entire room!

 

 

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Getting Back into the Routine

by Katie September 17, 2014

Getting back into the groove of things isn’t the simplest of tasks. This week, I really began to feel the impact of this semester flying by! I can gladly assure you that I survived my first few tests and papers, all while managing to be a part of campus life (SAFACS and STARS), and working […]

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Study Hard and Keep Your Cool!

by Katie September 9, 2014

This will be my third semester here at Fontbonne, but it seems like it was just yesterday I was brand new. My first impression of Fontbonne was how easy the transfer process was.  I continue to love the small, accessible size of the campus, and the staff and advisers that are always extremely helpful and […]

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Saving money

by Alumni Posts May 28, 2014

A lot of people have an issue with saving money. Here are a few tips: 1. Don’t buy what you don’t need. 2. See how much is in your bank account and set up a spending budget. 3. If you don’t have self control with money and you know you don’t have extra money to […]

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Airplane Tips

by Kristen April 7, 2014

As I am now a seasoned airplane veteran (having been on five airplanes, all in the same trip), I feel I have some quality advice about flying that I can share with you. When you first get onto the plane, you will have to find your seat and store your luggage nearby.  For big bags, […]

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Written in my Soul From Me to You

by Alumni Posts March 31, 2014

I’m gonna take this opportunity to chat a bit about a workshop I’m doing for the Human Environmental Sciences department this week – Wednesday, April 2nd, at 11am to be precise. The presentation I’m giving is based off of a project I did in my Methods in Teaching class last semester, which in itself is […]

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Words of Wisdom from a Friend

by Alumni Posts December 16, 2013

Last night my friend from high school experienced her first robbery since she moved to Chicago 6 years ago.  Now, I don’t know what thief was dumb enough to try and rob this girl, my friend is by no means a helpless damsel in distress.  She is about 5’11”, always wears heels, so that makes […]

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