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Hello, my name is Amy Vilimek

I am writing this on behalf of all my fellow classmates who are over the age of 22 years old.

I am actually 24 years old and anticipate to graduate in 2017.  I transferred here in Fall 2014, to continue my journey in studying Elementary Education.

Now, this wasn’t an easy transition by any means.  Upon coming here, I only knew my sister who was at the time a Jr, and Jenna Neal, who was my transfer counselor and the reason I was totally sold on coming here 🙂

If you think about it, spring 2014 was when most of the traditional college students graduated, which means that the students who were my age at the time had already graduated just before I came here, while I was just fresh into my true college life experience.

I’m not going to lie, I felt a little unsettled at first about being a little older than some of my classmates, and if anything also intimidated.

Although I had taken several of my general education courses at Meramec, this experience was a lot different! I was in smaller classrooms, with less people, and everyone seemed to know each other and be friends.

Like I said, it’s rough going to a new place and not knowing anyone.

For my first 2 semesters, I was pretty low-key.  I wasn’t very involved on campus, and I mostly just cared about my academics.

We get to December 2015, where I finally decided to take a step in the water and get involved.

I started attending more on-campus events, and even applied to be a student leader in Griffin 101.

I think Griffin 101 was the biggest break through I had.  Janelle Densberger helped me out in so many ways to become outgoing, yet professional in helping new students feel welcome at Fontbonne.  I had a fantastic companion; Lizz Brooks who also knows how it feels to be a little older than traditional students, and is also one of my greatest friends I have here! I joined this group because I knew how it felt to be the new student, and I wanted to make sure each new student felt welcome and included into the griffin family.  No matter what age, race, gender etc.

After Griffin 101, I felt like I wanted to do so much more on campus, and the joy I feel when surrounded by this beautiful community who also feels the same.

Age is the last thing that should matter when going to college, and what truly matters is that you are doing something so meaningful for yourself.  You’re getting an education, and on the road to getting that degree!

Getting involved on campus is like icing on the cake! You build your resume up, you meet people of similar interests, and you develop all sorts of connections.  I also believe involvement helps you grow in so many different ways, and by the time graduation comes you’ll be able to look back at many good memories of your college journey.

As of now, I am in the Quest Leadership Program, I am a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa honors society, I am an intern in the Center for Educational and Emerging Technology (also oversee the social media!), I’m a part of a new education organization called Council for Exceptional Children, I cantor and participate in the mass choir, and I am on the Student Alumni Association.  I think that’s everything haha 😉

Needless to say, I think this year has been a great year and probably one of my favorites.  I was never one to get involved in school, and the outcomes of doing so are incredible.  As a future teacher, it also pushes me further out of my comfort zone to be more extroverted and not be afraid to try new things.

My overall hopes upon writing this blog is to encourage EVERY Griffin here to get involved! Whether you are 18 or older, there are all sorts of organizations and groups on campus that have so much to offer.  Growth can only happen if you make the effort to put yourself out there.  🙂






Even though this is my third year of college, this is only my second semester at Fontbonne.  I previously attended Truman State University as an English Education major. But, I soon realized I wanted to get into the health field and found myself fascinated with dietetics. I chose Fontbonne not only because of their beautiful campus, but also because of how welcome I felt as soon as I stepped on campus, how the teachers become your biggest supporters, and of course, because of the great dietetics program.  If you’re new to Fontbonne, I hope you fall in love with the university just like I did.

IMG_4282 Walking out of class and seeing this view never gets old!


This is my second semester at Fontbonne and my first fall semester. There are definitely some noticeable differences between the spring and fall semesters. First is the larger swell of new students. People are coming in fresh out of high school, transferring in from other colleges, or even coming over from other countries. It’s cool to see so many new faces walking around campus. I’m an art major, psych minor, so most of my classes are in the art building. There have been several freshman that I was able to help find their classroom, as the art building can be a little confusing, and that felt pretty good. There are also classes offered just in the fall that I’ve been fortunate enough to sign up for and, so far, the experience has been above and beyond my expectations. Being able to catch up with friends and classmates from last semester has been a great way to pass the time between classes and actually having a place to park every class day has been beyond awesome! Overall, I would say it has been a great start to the new semester. I can’t wait to see what other new things I’ll get to learn as the semester progresses.



First of all if you read the my title as Franklin instead of Katelynn you and I are now best friends! I want to tell you a bit about myself as we kick off the semester. As I said my name is Katelynn Sandvoss, I am a freshman transfer, Secondary Special Education (concentration English and Literature) here at Fontbonne. I have my own personal blogging website but this is my first time blogging for anything other then that, so I’m really excited to be sharing that experience with you! I’m a huge list maker so here are 6 random things about me so we can get to know each other.

  1. I’m from Sullivan, MO (a small town about an hour outside of St.Louis)
  2. I have cerebral palsy, a non-progressive physical disability
  3. I’m the oldest of two, my younger brother Donnie is a sophomore in high school
  4. My FBU extracurricular activities: Griffin Gang and Campus Ministry
  5. LOVE all things Disney and Harry Potter
  6. LOVE all musical genres (except country…)

I look foreword to writing for you this semester!

Stay Awesome Everyone!!

KSandvoss <3


What I Learned this Year…

by Alumni Posts April 22, 2015

The semester is almost over and hopefully all of you are feeling that you didn’t hold anything back! I don’t know about you but my first swim of the year is always better when I feel that I did the best I could possibly do. This week is about sharing the most important thing I […]

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The College Challenge

by Fontbonne University April 13, 2015

The biggest challenge in college, so far, for me has actually been the act of going back to college. I tried going for the first time when I was just out of high school. I took two semesters at a local community college back home and it was nearly disastrous. I thought I wanted to […]

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First Semester So Far

by Fontbonne University February 6, 2015

The moment I stepped onto the Fontbonne campus for my first day of classes just four, short weeks ago, it felt like a homecoming of sorts. The old, brick buildings, and even older trees, spoke of strength, endurance, and a solid foundation on which to continue to build my dreams and goals. Everyone I met […]

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New Places, New Faces

by Fontbonne University September 12, 2014

My first few weeks at Fontbonne have been AMAZING! I am from St. Paul, Minnesota and transferred to Fontbonne this semester from the University of Minnesota, so I am a long way from home! I got accepted to Fontbonne last spring, was granted a generous scholarship, and then everything just fell into place! I couldn’t have […]

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A challenge in my life

by Alumni Posts October 24, 2012

A challenge for me would be getting to where I’m at today. I’ve had a few road blocks in my life. I have a math learning disability which made it hard for me to try and get my AA degree due to passing a high level math course at the community college. I tried year […]

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School is kicking in.

by Alumni Posts September 20, 2012

Transitioning from a junior college to a university is not as overwhelming as it would seem. It is a lot more hard work than I thought it would be, but I’m up for the challenge. I’ve had two tests this week and next week I have two papers due. First time for everything, right? School […]

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