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Oh hey.

by Jess on September 8, 2016

in First Year at Fontbonne

Who am I? That’s a tough question to answer, mostly because I’m very like Alice in Wonderland in that “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then…” I think my volatility can be attributed to the fact that I was constantly moving when I was a kid. By the time I was eight, I had lived in seven different states and attended zero public schools in favor of homeschooling, because my parents foresaw a substantial amount of traveling in my future and wanted to save me the pain of switching in the middle of multiple semesters. I also blame my constant need to be busy on this frequent relocation – as well as the Type A personality present in most Nutrition & Dietetic students. I guess it’s good for students going into the medical field to be perfectionists?

So. I can’t tell you exactly who I am, because I don’t really know. But I can tell you what I like. I like traveling and being in new cities and listening to obscure music (that’s the Nashville girl in me). I like sports (Penguins, Red Sox, Penn State) and have been known to get crazy over my teams. I love people, and having conversations with said people – my friends say I can talk to a tree. I also like coffee, which makes for a great combination, because there are many wonderful conversations to be had with strangers at a coffee shop. I love to read – I have, hand over heart, read four books of the Harry Potter series over thirty times each, and the remaining three at least ten times each. Which brings me to the fact that I am a proud Slytherin [but not a Voldemort-esque Slytherin, I promise. Just cunning and resourceful :)]. My favorite flavor of ice cream is cookie dough. My favorite food to make is buffalo chicken dip. I have only eaten one pickle in my entire life – I was seven years old and it made me throw up, so you can see the natural aversion that developed. I would eat sushi every day of the week if I could afford it.

For five months at the beginning of this year, I worked at Walt Disney World as a bellhop at the Tower of Terror*, one of the most amazing, rewarding, unbelievable experiences of my life. I currently spend a great portion of my free time plotting ways to get myself back to Disney World as soon as I complete my master’s program and internship at Fontbonne, which will be next December. However, I am looking forward to making the most of my time here in St. Louis – I’ve already had some great adventures, many of them involving Cardinals games and the vast majority of free events like the Art Museum and the Zoo – and I think I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this moment in time.

Keep moving forward.

xoxo Jess

*For those of you who are curious, this is kinda what it’s like to be a bellhop at the Tower. Its true name is “The Hollywood Tower Hotel”…the story goes that in 1939, it was struck by lightning, and five unfortunate guests on board one of its elevator mysteriously disappeared into the Twilight Zone. Bellhops get to be really creepy and sassy and scare the crap out of people on their Disney vacations. I’m the second from the right, and that’s my hotel in the background.




In the future…

by Patricia on August 8, 2016

in Extracurricular

I’m not sure it will happen this year, but I would like to go to Europe sometime. I have never been out of the country, the last time I was on an airplane was when I was 3. I would love to go to Italy, particularly Venice. It has water around the entire city and you get around in canoes. I would love to try gelato. I would love to go to Paris as well, I would love to go shopping and go to the Eiffel Tower. I studied French for 4 years in high school. I would also like to go to a bakery there! I would really like to go to Greece and see the white buildings and royal blue water. Lastly, I would like to go to London. I love Harry Potter and would like to pretend that I’m going to Hogwarts.

I would also like to go to Hawaii, Mexico, or any other place in South America! I have seen lots of pictures on Facebook and it looks like lots of fun. I love to surf on the beach and know that Hawaii is known for its gigantic waves. In the meantime, there are places in the U.S that I have not visited yet. I would love to go to California, New York, and New Orleans. Ever since I watched the Princess and the Frog I wanted to go to New Orleans. Last year I attempted to visit the White House during the Pro-Life trip. Because the trip got cancelled due to weather conditions, I was unsuccessful. But I’ll try again this year.


This has quickly become my mantra this year and I have never been happier. For as long as I can remember, I have always gone somewhere with someone. No big deal, right? Wrong. Going anywhere alone sounded crazy for the longest time and I always dreaded just the idea of it. Recently, I have taken up *practically* hibernating at Starbucks. This has lead to me not only being more productive, but has also been my first stepping stone into truly unleashing my independence. I’ve done countless things 100% on my own since then and even strike up conversation with friendly strangers from time to time. I know it may not seem like a huge accomplishment just yet, but it’s all about the stepping stones, people. My goal by the end of the year is to be a-okay (and actually enjoy) going to a movie on my own. My goal in the next couple of years is to move to a place where I know absolutely no one (just don’t tell my mom just yet). When I step back and think about where I want to be five years from now, my options are truly endless. Life is about adventure and dreaming big…and I can’t wait to see where my post-grad adventures take me.

Keep on dreamin’, friends.
~ B.



Trip to Chicago

by Patricia on July 27, 2015

in Extracurricular

Last Wednesday my brothers and I took the train by ourselves to Chicago to visit my aunt and cousin. The train was fun because I got to watch movies on my computer. Once we got there, we got to walk around the city. We went to a french market, and I got to try Belgian fries, mini doughnuts, and a lavender tea smoothie. Then we went to a Greek restaurant. The next day we went to Chinatown, and then we walked on Michigan Avenue. The next day we went to the beach and then went back to Michigan avenue and stopped at Ghirardelli. I got a giant cup of ice cream. We also stopped at the American girl store. Then we went shopping at the Water Tower Mall!  The next day, our parents picked us up, but first we went to a breakfast restaurant and I got cinnamon roll pancakes!


North Carolina Trip

by Alumni Posts July 27, 2015

On Tuesday I caught an early flight from Raleigh back to Saint Louis. I was in Raleigh, NC for a week visiting my boyfriend’s family and spent some time exploring the area. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved Raleigh! The city had a small-town vibe with the excitement and entertainment of a […]

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Home for the Holidays

by Fontbonne University December 2, 2014

Hello friends! As the semester slowly comes to an end, that means the holidays are approaching! Since I live far away from Fontbonne, I have to plan my trips to go home way in advance. I recently flew home to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. In this post, I want to give you all some […]

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Airplane Tips

by Alumni Posts 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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Return from the British Isles

by Alumni Posts March 31, 2014

Hello again!  As we’re moving back into the swing of school, you’re probably wishing you were still in the vacation spot you spent spring break in.  Or at home, sitting on the couch and eating too many Girl Scout cookies.  Either way, I understand how you feel.  I think I need another whole week of […]

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Spring Break Shenanigans

by Alumni Posts March 28, 2014

At the beginning of March I found myself counting down the days until Spring Break!  Not too uncommon for a college student to do so being as the weeks leading up are usually filled with midterms, tests, quizzes, and projects.  But this was my first Spring Break as a college student so it was way […]

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Spring Break is Here!

by Alumni Posts March 12, 2014

Hello, everyone!  Today I am writing as I scramble to complete homework and travel preparations.  I have much to do because, in a few days, I will be leaving to go on a spring break vacation in… (wait for it) …Europe!  I am taking a short-term study abroad trip with a group from Fontbonne to […]

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