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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope everyone is having a great day with their friends and families. Unfortunately, I did not get to leave campus to go home this year for break, but that’s okay because I’ve found several ways to still have an awesome Thanksgiving! I know I’m not the only one who stayed here for the holiday, and I just want share some tips for having a fun break even if you don’t get to leave.

Take everyone up on offers for Thanksgiving dinner– Once all my St. Louis native friends found out that I would be staying on campus today, they all felt sorry for me and invited me to their family’s Thanksgiving dinners. I got at least 5 invites, so I basically have an entire day of eating lined up, which I am pumped about. It’s also fun to hang out with other people’s families and see how they interact. If someone offers you a totally free meal and the opportunity to hang out with them and their crazy/fun family, take them up on it! You still get to eat, and you’re not sitting in your room alone feeling sorry for yourself that you’re not home.

Find other people stranded on campus and hang out- Even though campus is mostly deserted (and a little bit creepy quiet honestly) you are not the only one around. There are always about 15-20 students who stay over breaks. Find them and do something! You can bond over your mutual boredom. It’s a great opportunity to make friends, and what else do you have to do on this quiet campus anyway?

Do your laundry- I know, I know. This sounds like a super boring tip, but we all know the struggle of 150 students trying to share 4 washers/dryers per building. Now is your moment where no one has left their gross clothes in the washer for the past 3 hours, and you reallyyyy need clean underwear, so you have to hurriedly take them out and put your clothes in before they get back and catch you in the act and get all mad that you’re touching their stuff. Been there. Avoid that now and do laundry while no no one is here.

Stay off of social media- The fear of missing out is so real when you’re sitting on your empty campus and your siblings and cousins keep sending you hilarious snap chats of Thanksgiving dinner back home. Ignore them for now, and find other things to do to entertain/distract yourself. It’s easy to feel sad and miserable when you’re comparing your day to the glamorized version’s of everyone else’s on social media. Remember that most of those posts are fake, and nobody is ever having as much fun on their snap chat stories as they want the world to think. Also, don’t forget to feel #blessed that the one perk of not being home for dinner is getting to dodge awkward and inappropriate questions from extended family members about your personal and or/romantic life. Bet you never see those on your sister’s Snapchat.

Happy Holidays, Fontbonne! Enjoy your break, and I’ll see you all when you get back!

Taylor

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Life of a Commuter

by Courtney on November 21, 2016

in College Life

When transferring to Fontbonne last semester, I wasn’t sure how I would like driving to campus everyday.  At my past college I lived in a dorm and was right on campus so it was easy to go to class or stay at the library until late.  However, being a commuter at Fontbonne is great!  Here is a list of advice if you are thinking of being a commuter student.

  1. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to school traffic is different every day!
  2. Be prepared to be on campus all day.  My classes are scattered throughout the day so I stay on campus and get a lot of homework done
  3. Pack a lunch! If you are there all day bring some snacks to keep up your energy and curb your hunger.
  4. Living off campus allows you to escape the stress at the end of the day.
  5. Become involved! With living off campus it may be harder to meet people so join some clubs and hangout with people in the club to stay connected!

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If you’ve read some of my past posts, you probably know I’m a commuter.  Overall, this is the best possible way for me to get an exceptional higher education experience and maintain the lifestyle I’m used to at home.  My commute ranges from 35 to 45 minutes one way, depending on traffic, but I enjoy driving, so it’s actually something I look forward to.  A lot of the time, I listen to music (more on that here); sometimes, I will also review some concepts we’ve been covering in class to push myself to think a little harder.

One of the best (in my opinion) parts of being a commuter is that it forces me to be impeccable with time management.  Spending one-and-a-half hours per day on the road means I have that much less time for homework/anything else.  I have to get up every morning early enough to get ready, take care of my horses, and hopefully grab some breakfast before heading out the door for the day.  Mondays and Wednesdays are my long days, so I have to make sure I have a lunch packed in advance for them.  I also have to double-check (every day) that I have all of the materials/books/supplies I need, because I can’t just run back to my room in a matter of minutes.

For all the effort surrounding being a commuter student, I really do like it.  I can still work, see my family and horses, and have the comfort of home around me every morning and evening…but I also experience the wonderful campus community of Fontbonne during the day.  Sometimes being a commuter (and also my work schedule) prevents me from participating in evening activities on campus, but I’ve found some really great events during the day (and lately, I’ve had more than enough homework to keep me occupied all day and night).

My biggest tip for future commuters would be to have good self-discipline.  If you’re not on campus, it can be easy to forget about “college” and “homework”, but you really have to be on top of things at all times if you want to be a good student.  Plan your time and schedule wisely, which includes making not-so-fun decisions (passing up an outing with your friends to study for the upcoming exam is unpopular, but may be necessary).  Most of all, don’t forget to enjoy being a college student!

Blessings,

~Anna

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Top 5 Motivation Tips

by Taylor on October 20, 2016

in College Life

Hey everyone! As of this week, 2nd 8 week classes have started, it looks like we are safely halfway through the semester. This is about the time every semester that my motivation begins to fade a little bit, and I find the enthusiasm that I had at the start of school to be almost nonexistent. I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way, so I want to share with you my top 5 tips for staying motivated even when I don’t want to!

  1. First, remember why you’re here- College can be stressful, and some days, that stress can be pretty overwhelming. Those moments are when I try my best to remind myself that everything I am feeling is temporary, and everything I am doing is putting me one step closer to the amazing future and career I have planned for myself. Take a minute to visualize what it is you want, and why you attended college in the first place. Suddenly, whatever is on your plate won’t look so big anymore.
  2. Reorganize– Usually around this time, my once impeccably organized and color coded binders, planner, and notebooks suddenly start looking like someone set a bomb off in my backpack. This only adds to my stress, so I like to take a moment to get everything back in order and looking nice. This also helps relieve stress by helping me get all of my assignments organized for the rest of semester so that I know what is coming and how I need to pepare.
  3. Talk it out- Odds are, by this time you are deep into your chosen major and have made friends with the people in your classes. By this point, you start to realize that you are all tired of school and chronically stressed. Consider this feeling a source for a bonding opportunity. At least once a week, the girls in my major get together and talk about what is stressing us out, and give each other tips on how to get through different things. This not only helps us relive what is bubbling up inside, but also puts into perspective that you are not the only one who feels stressed or insecure, which honestly usually makes us all feel so much better.
  4. Give yourself something to look forward to- Yes, at this point, your schedule is full and you have a million and one things to do, and the last thing you want to do is schedule out MORE time to force yourself to have fun. Do it anyway. Not only will doing something you look forward to relieve stress, but it will also break up your day a little more, so you’re not caught in the same old boring routine that drains you.
  5. Just breathe- Whenever you feel stressed, unmotivated, or like you just can’t deal, take 5 slow, deep breathes. This will slow your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, relieve stress, and leave you feeling a little more positive and energized. Try it. It only takes a minute, and I promise, it works.

I hope these tips help you get motivated for the rest of semester!

 

Have an awesome week,

Taylor

 

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Advice to Pre-Fontbonne Me

by Alumni Posts May 9, 2016

If I could give any advice to the pre-Fontbonne me I would definitely tell her to not stress so much.  Understand that you cannot be in control of absolutely everything in life.  I would also tell myself that I was going to end up a planner and that was going to be tough for me […]

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advice to my pre-Fontbonne self

by Patricia April 28, 2016

The most important thing anyone should know in college is to plan your career junior year! You should start looking at internships before than, but definitely take the time during Junior year to figure out what you want to do. If you wait until Senior year, it may be too late. For example, I am […]

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Advice to Pre-Fontbonne Me (and You!)

by Claire April 27, 2016

Dear younger Claire (and incoming freshman), Thinking back just 9 months ago before I started school at Fontbonne, I expected something totally different. I excepted teachers that didn’t care, huge classrooms and having to stay up until 3 am every night. When I got to Fontbonne, I was mistaken and for good reason. The faculty and […]

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How I Tackle Finals Week

by Lauren April 27, 2016

While I’m writing this post about Finals Week in particular (since it’s on the horizon) this generally applies to every week for me. Never in my life have I made so many to-do lists. To-do lists might be a bit cliche and I never used to make them–but I found a really cool way to […]

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Advice for My Pre-Fontbonne Self

by Taylor April 27, 2016

If I could give my pre-Fontbonne self any advice, it would most definitely be to relax and quit planning. I remember that by the time I was 18, I had my entire future planned out, minute by minute. I was going to go to this school, join that friend group, choose this major, become that person, […]

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Best Study Spots

by Taylor April 25, 2016

Hey guys! As you all know, finals week is quickly approaching which means it’s time to start studying. Lucky for you, Fontbonne is full of great places to have a good study sesh. Here are all my favorite places: The Library (obviously)– I usually like to go into one of the study rooms upstairs, but if […]

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