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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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Cathy

Do what you love.

by Cathy on October 30, 2014

in Academics,College Life

Coming into college, I was scared about picking a major right off that bat. However, I knew that I was really interested in English and it’s what I love to do. I now find myself writing essays about pieces of literature that interest me. I honestly couldn’t have picked a better major. I chose this major because I’m a certified book nerd. I won the reading student of the year award my senior year of high school, basically the book nerd of the year award. I have loved reading since I was little; it has become something that I’m super passionate about. Also, I chose this major because of the intensive writing courses. I love challenging myself when writing a paper. I love constructing a paper out of an idea in your head, then making it cohesive. It astounds me how one can use words to provoke a message and I love every minute of my major because of it. I love the material we read in my classes. Right now, we’re reading a novel and analyzing said novel. It’s amazing how you can view literature from a way and develop an idea about it. I love my professors in the major, they allow you to create your own ideas. They allow you to use your own words.

I’m a strong believer in doing what you love. If you love reading and writing and are passionate about it, I highly suggest you become an English major. It’s a lot of writing and hard work, but it’s all totally worth it. I’ve learned how to look at literature differently as an English major. I’ve learned that words are used deliberately and the author probably used it for a reason. Nothing is always something can be confusing in a way, but analyzing literature makes you look at the world differently. Literature is a direct link to our culture and society. You can develop ideas about both of those when you read a piece of literature. No literature is the same, each piece is unique. When reading a piece from the 1950′s, you will find something different than reading a poem from the 1800′s. Literature shows how the world has developed and changed. I’m done with my rant about how awesome my major is, but I really do recommend this major to anyone who loves to read.

I will leave you with a quote from Steve Jobs on the topic of doing what you love, have an awesome week!

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -Steve Jobs

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I never really thought about why I changed to professional writing. I used to want to become a teacher, then it became too stressful. I have always enjoyed writing, mainly poetry and creative writing.The writing classes here have helped make my writing better. Dr. Sommer keeps asking me to put more detail in my writings so much, but I know that he wants me to succeed at writing. I am always writing something, from poetry, short stories, and journaling in general. Last semester, I wrote a short story for a class and one classmate asked if we wanted them published. So I am a published writer.

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I always knew that I wanted to do something with the media. Then I also wanted to mix it in with something I am good at, writing. I will be graduating next fall with my B.A in Advertising with a concentration in professional writing. I didn’t start out that way though. Freshmen year, I was a nursing major just because I knew that the job demand was high. Sophomore year, I was getting closer. I decided to go into journalism. I loved the writing. Then, I also took a public relations course. For some reason that course made me want to try marketing and advertising classes. So, I change my major AGAIN my junior year when I started going to Fontbonne. This major change was the best decision I have ever made. Major declared: Advertising. I discovered what I love to do and what my future career may possibly be. Originally, I thought I was going to be a copywriter. Now, I am leaning towards something with Social Media in promoting things.

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Poem!

by Tim January 31, 2014

I am going to different this week and post a sonnet I wrote. I hope you all enjoy it. The Pancake Sonnet Pancakes are so delicious From blue berry to chocolate Each can be very nutritious Unless you haven’t ate When I think this it makes me hungry All I want to do is eat […]

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“You Inspire me to reach the next level”

by Alumni Posts September 20, 2012

When you look up the word inspire, the dictionary defines it as- to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers. In the Fontbonne community I would have to say that Dr. Jason Sommer would be an inspiration to me. He’s my professor, my academic advisor, Department Chair of the […]

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Hi my name is…

by Alumni Posts September 14, 2012

My name is Erica Van Buren and I’m currently a senior here at Fontbonne University. For me, 24 hours is not enough time to juggle work, school and family. I’m majoring in English, and I’ve recently decided that my part time job gives me lots of writing material. At the moment I’m employed part time […]

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How Fontbonne has helped me prepare for the “real world”

by Alumni Posts March 5, 2012

Thanks to Fontbonne, I was once again assured and excited about the career path I had in mind. Most majors at Fontbonne require their students to complete a practicum or internship in their area of study. Both of my departments (English and social science/pre-law) require an internship. I like it because it not only gives […]

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NaNoWriMo

by Alumni Posts October 3, 2011

So in the spirit of trying something new this semester (not counting Fontbonne itself, which is new to me), I’m going to be participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I first discovered National Novel Writing Month a couple of years ago, but it was already halfway done and last year I just plain lost track of […]

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Roses Are Red…

by Alumni Posts February 11, 2011

Fontbonne seems to have a great deal of interesting professors. A favorite among the student body is Dr. Jason Sommer. He has the typical professor look as he is always rockin’ a sweater. I wanted to see if the hype over Dr. Sommer was with good reason, so I enrolled in his poetry writing class […]

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