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As a college student, I know the struggle of money stress. You begin to pay for bills, food, entertainment… you mentally prepare yourself for student loans post-college. Whether you are financially independent or simply aware these events are in the future, one way to ease your mind is to learn how to save a little cash! Here are my five tips for saving money as a college student:

1) Save on books by shopping for the best deal. It takes a little extra time and effort, so before your semester starts- grab a notebook or the notepad on your phone and price compare the text books you need. Also, ask yourself if you’ll need this textbook in the future or if it’s not important in your major. If it’s not, renting books through the bookstore or are great options to save money! If you plan to keep your book, look for used books. For the amount that you’ll save, it’s worth the less-than-perfect cover.

2) Ditch the plastic bottles and Starbucks and save $$. It may seem like a few dollars for a latte, or $1 for that bottle of water, but this adds up! Bring your water bottle and fill up at the water fountain. If you can’t ditch the Starbucks coffee, buy ground coffee at the store (for the price of 1-2 lattes) and make a pot of coffee that can be used all week. I like to pour my brewed coffee into large Mason Jars because this keeps the coffee fresh all week long. Heat up at school or drink iced!

3) Pack lunch and snacks. Some of us (*cough* fellow dietetics students) absolutely love packing a balanced lunch and snacks everyday, but this isn’t everyone’s favorite thing to do. If you’re looking to save though, this will help a ton! At very least, throw a granola bar, trail mix or a piece of fruit in your backpack for brain power during class.

4) Be familiar with cheap and nutritious snack options. Some inexpensive (and healthy!) snack options include bananas, apples, hardboiled eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese and popcorn. For a full list, check out Healthy Foods: 44 Cheap Foods Under $1.

5) Utilize your resources. Use the library to rent books, DVDs and magazines for free. Google local festivals in the area; they’re often free and very abundant in the fall! Check for local events on Fontbonne’s website for campus activities, and ask classmates from the Saint Louis area what they like to do for fun.


First year college students walk in with a lot of insecurities. This is the year we begin to answer the question that our relatives at awkward family parties have been asking us for years: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We are asked what major we want to do and what we want to do with that major. All of sudden, you are picking classes and setting up for graduation. All this happens with the expectation you will graduate and go into the real world.

I walked in knowing I want to major in English. It was the obvious approach due to my affinity for books and writing. The question previously stated changed to “Is this really what I want to do when I grow up?” I learned this year that the answer to the question at every single family party was: English. It was always there, but I had some insecurities due to how important the decision is.

This year I learned about literature and read more authors that I have ever read. I have interpreted literature and learned more about writing than I ever knew. I was introduced to reading literature in lenses and it changed the way I read. Harry Potter is, and always will be, obviously a Marxist text.

This year I learned that I never want to stop reading and writing. My hobby turned into passion, now I want my passion to turn into my career. ​



Alumni Posts

The Book House, R.I.P.

by Alumni Posts on September 24, 2013

in In Saint Louis

Front of The Book House

Imagine a 150+ year old house stacked from ceiling to floor with almost every book you can fathom. Now, imagine this plethora of books coming in varieties from mainstream, to used, to quite rare. Finally, imagine this house being haunted by ghosts (or spirits, call it as you may), one of a many being a young girl.

My family visited The Book House this past August, and boy, let me tell you, I was overwhelmed with the funkiness of the place (I mean this in the best possible way). From the old book smell, to the overwhelming amount of books piled in one room, it was nerd heaven!

While we were browsing, picking out some books to buy, we ran into the owner of the bookstore. My mom knew of the haunting of the little girl, and inquired as to whether she has experienced any “activity” since she’s been there. She answered by saying that just a couple days previously, they hired a paranormal investigation crew (who was also accompanied by a handful of people who were willing to pay $50 to be scared out of their wits) to scope out the house and verify if it was truly haunted. Her answer surprised all of us. She stated ‘oh, their handheld/investigation gear was going crazy. They were here till 4 in the morning!’ (The paranormal experience began at 11pm.)

Now, I’m not one for being afraid of these kinds of things, but I must say, after hearing that, I felt a bit uneasy. Nonetheless, we hunted through the rest of the house, with the main-floor bookshelves swaying as you walked by, and the second story’s floor sagging in the middle from so much weight. I also took a peek into the quaint room that faced the front of the house where the young ghost of a girl is known to be seen. It was a tiny room with slanted ceilings and a rocking chair with a black cat sitting underneath it. Talk about creepy! (Fortunately for me, I didn’t catch any glimpse of the ghost/spirit, otherwise, I would’ve booked my behind out of that place!!). But the coolest part of the old house was the basement. Walking down the small staircase, we reached what seemed to be more of a 5-foot tall-unfinished room. As with the rest of the house, this basement, too, was piled high with books.

My mom caught a glimpse of an ancient boiler that was in another room in the basement, which was not filled with books. She thought it looked really neat, and whipped out her phone to capture of photo of it. As she was holding the phone to take the picture, there was this white/filmy “blurb” floating in mid air. Now, we only saw this on the phone, not with our naked eyes. This same thing happened again.

Okay, at this point, none of us wanted to leave. If we weren’t being bothered by the ghosts/spirits, we were cool. Unfortunately, this episode was merely a passing moment in our lives, and will never be experienced again. Here’s why:

On September 29, 2013, The Book House will face it’s demise. A man bought out the old bookstore and plans on tearing it down, replacing it with a storage unit business. Many locals are very upset about this situation, but after many city meetings, a decision has been made. Thus, the death of the unique Book House becomes a reality.

However, The Book House is moving to Maplewood (their previous location being Rock Hill), to 7352 Manchester Road. It will be a large warehouse facility of 5,550 sq. feet, and will feature more than 300,000 new, used and rare books. I know, it isn’t in an awesome haunted house that shed its coolness to the truly brave (or lover of books), but even so, I advise to pay them a visit at some point. I promise, you will not be disappointed…

…that is, unless you’ve always wanted to capture a ghost on camera…

One of the rooms on the main floor of The Book House


The first time I read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” I hated it. Now you should know that I rarely use the word “hate” because it’s such a strong word. However, I really, really disliked the book. I guess I wasn’t prepared for a book exposing all of the 1920s immorality. However, as this book was on my required summer reading list, and since I’d have to take a test on it for my high school college credit English course in the coming fall semester, I read it for a second time. And the second time I read it was the time I fell in love with “Gatsby.” Everything just came alive to me. The lavishness of Gatsby’s parties, the Jazz Age music and dance, the heat of the air conditioning-less summer in New York, the intensity among Nick, Jordan, Gatsby, and Tom as they sat in a parlor in the city, the ever-omniscient eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleburg – I immediately understood why this book is considered an American classic. Now, my copy of “Gatsby” sits in a prominent place on my bookshelf among my other favorite books such as “Jane Eyre” and “Como Agua Para Chocolate,” aka “Like Water for Chocolate.” (But, in case you’re wondering, I have the Spanish version of that book because it’s a Mexican folklore/romantic tale and because I was super into learning Spanish when I first read it.)

About a year ago, I heard that this book was going to be made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby. I impatiently waited to see it. And last night, I saw the movie for the second time. I went with my friend, and we had an absolute blast. Everyone in the theater with us was very into the movie, and, at various points throughout the movie, you could hear the entire audience gasp, sniffle, cry, and laugh.

If you haven’t yet seen the movie, I definitely recommend it. And if you’ve never read the book, I recommend that you read it at least twice. It’s totally worth it.

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into
the past.”



by Alumni Posts April 2, 2012

Hello Everyone, I hope spring is integrating nicely into your lives. I know that during my break, I was mostly working, but I did get to see the MIDNIGHT showing of the HUNGER GAMES!! So, today will be a kind of movie review. For those of you who do not know of the Hunger Games, […]

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by Alumni Posts March 5, 2012

That’s the name of this book I’m reading, and it’s by this guy named Neal Stephenson. I’m kind of obsessed with it at this point: it’s 1400 pages, and I’ve been reading it for a month, so I’m getting to know these characters pretty well, and I’ll miss them when the book’s over. The reason […]

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The E-Book Experiment

by Alumni Posts November 28, 2011

Over the summer, I got it into my head that an e-reader would be an awesome thing to have for school because it would save me from having to carry around a bunch of paperbacks for class.  (You know, because I take so many incredibly reading-intensive classes as a computer science major…) Before school started, I purchased […]

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