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As Spring Semester is in full swing, I wanted to share a few things I am excited about in this coming year.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to be spending my summer abroad this summer studying Photography at Regent’s University in London. I am thankful for Fontbonne for giving me this opportunity and giving me the channel to explore my creativity across the pond.

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I was fortunate to be able to receive a partial scholarship because of my involvement in the Honors Program here at Fontbonne University. Without this, it is unlikely that I would have been able to do this.

This opportunity will allow me to test myself by moving to another country for 7 weeks by myself, not knowing anyone else going. This is the time in our lives where we can go and be spontaneous and find ourselves. Thinking of all of the people I am going to met, food I am going to eat, and places I am going to see are making me want this semester to go by even faster!

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I cannot wait to be able to come back to Fontbonne and share my experiences with my friends, family, and peers and help to make me a better person and leader on campus.

I am so excited for the things I have coming up for me in the rest of 2017 and I hope you have a wonderful year filled with adventure, excitement, and amazing people.

xoxo,

Claire

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Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun. Quite a bit has happened since last semester. I traveled to California during the winter break to visit family and did a lot of site seeing and had a great time bonding with my sister, nieces, nephew and great nieces and nephews. I’ve made some new connections, joined a new group called Fontbonne Community Connections (FCC), an all women philanthropist group that assists students and staff at Fontbonne by donating money to selected projects that not only benefit Fontbonne, but the community at large. I’ve also planned a couple of trips out of the country this year where I will be doing mission work, and I’m elated about these opportunities as well.

There’s a lot in store this year & I’m super excited about all the things are to come.

I hope all of you thoroughly enjoyed your winter break and that this year has been a great so far!

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Finale.

by Jess on December 8, 2016

in College Life

Well, this semester has finally come to a close! My last class of the year is tonight and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m really looking forward to a month of recuperation – I definitely need it. Grad school is even more mentally taxing than my undergraduate was, and there was a time when I never thought I’d say those words!

Over break I’m going to Orlando (of course) and to Pennsylvania to visit my family. I’m hoping to get in a lot of Disney World, sunshine, and then, on the flip side – snow on Christmas! It hasn’t snowed in PA for the past few Christmases, so I’m hoping Jack Frost will be visiting this year…

I learned how tough I was this semester. There was a lot of frustration, a lot of sleepless nights, and a lot of anxiety. But guess what – we all made it! I can guarantee you only learn to be stronger as college – and life – goes on.

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL break. Eat lots of Christmas cookies and don’t forget to save some for Santa and his reindeer 😉

Keep moving forward.

xoxo Jess

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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.

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In the future…

by Patricia August 8, 2016

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 […]

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Lean into the Uncomfortable

by Fontbonne University December 8, 2015

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 […]

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Trip to Chicago

by Patricia July 27, 2015

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 […]

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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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