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People always seem to think that commuter students don’t have the so-called “college experience.” Many people, even those I’ve personally encountered, don’t think that commuters get involved. Many believe that commuters literally get to school five minutes before their classes start, go to class, and then bolt out the door as soon as class is over.  However, at least at Fontbonne, those people couldn’t be more wrong.

I’m happy to say that I am a commuter and that I feel like I’m having a great college experience.  To begin with, Fontbonne makes it easy for commuters to get involved through various clubs and organizations.  In fact, there’s even an organization solely for commuter students.  It’s called CAB – the Commuter Advisory Board – and it is sort of a forum for commuter students that allows them to socialize with other students and voice their opinions and concerns about commuting-related issues.  This is actually the second year that I’ve served the Vice President of Programming for CAB, and I think that CAB has come really far since my freshman year.  Last Christmas, a group of students completely repainted and revamped the Griffin’s Nest commuter lounge on the fourth floor of Medaille, and we’ve hosted better Commuter Weeks and other commuter-based events.

Next week, CAB will be sponsoring a Commuter Appreciation Day on Tuesday starting at noon.  It will be an ice-cream-social-and-Wii-game event held in the Griffin’s Nest, and it will be a perfect time for commuters to get to know each other better. 

So if you’re a current Fontbonne commuter who wants to get involved, or if you’re a student thinking about coming to Fontbonne as a commuter, I encourage you to look into joining CAB and other organizations on campus.  You don’t necessarily have to be a resident student to have a fulfilling college experience.  As we say in CAB, “Don’t just commute – be CABulous.”


Hello, everyone, and welcome back to school! For those of you who remember me, I need no introduction. And for those of you who don’t know me, here’s a little background. My name is Courtney, and I’m a junior at Fontbonne. I’m majoring in biotechnology and physiology, and I’m minoring in chemistry and theatre. As usual, my schedule is chock full.  I’m enrolled in (let’s see if I can remember all of my classes!): Developmental Biology, Physics, Advanced Statistics, Biology Seminar, Biotechnology 1 and 4, and Plant Biology.  If I’m not working on one of my classes, I’m probably tutoring anatomy and physiology (which I took last year and absolutely loved), working on new ideas for the Biological Sciences Organization or the Commuter Advisory Board (for which I’m a Co-President and Vice President of Programming, respectively) or hanging out in the greenhouse or labs.

Though summer seems like forever-ago, I feel that it’s appropriate to give a brief description of my summer whereabouts.  As usual, I had a pretty busy summer.  I was lucky enough to go on two trips (one to Orlando and one to Minneapolis), and I saw all of the Muny shows in addition to “Mary Poppins” at the Peabody, “The Lion King” at The Fox, and “Roman Holiday” at the Guthrie (the famous theater in Minneapolis).  In addition to taking philosophy for general education credit, I also had my first professional internship.  I interned at the St. Louis Science Center in the Physical Sciences Gallery.  I was an Amazing Science Demonstrator, which means that I presented science shows for anywhere from ten to over one hundred people at a time.  This internship was absolutely perfect for me because it combined my two passions in life – science and theatre.  Actually, I loved the Science Center so much that I’m still there as a volunteer.  So if you ever want to come see a free, live science demonstration, be sure to stop on by!

Though I’ve been super busy with my classes this year, I’m all excited about this semester.  Most of my friends will be graduating this spring, so I’m trying to make every moment with them count.  There will surely be a lot of stress and questioning myself throughout the course of this semester, but I’m really excited about this semester and this school year in general.  It’ll definitely be one to remember.  And hey, I made it through organic chemistry, so it has to get easier from there, right?!

Here I am at the Science Center, getting ready to present my favorite show, “Cool – It’s Cryogenic”!


Counting today, there are only three days left of spring break.  I do have to say that it’s been a great spring break.  Because I had four major tests the week before spring break (wait a minute, that was only last week – how time flies!),  I only have one test next week: organic chemistry.  As usual, I’m sure it will be a huge, headache-inducing test.  (But I do feel much more confident about taking this test because I’ve had a lot of time to study for it.)  However, since I’ve only had one test to study for, I’ve actually been able to have some fun over spring break.  I went back to my high school to help with some final crew-related work for their spring musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (which opens next weekend), I helped my mom paint my grandparents’ garage door, and I even saw the new “Mission Impossible” movie.  (Okay, so it’s not really new, it came out at Christmas time…)

I’m not going to lie – after a liberating week such as this one, it will surely be difficult to return to school, books, and tests.  However, for all of the commuters reading this blog, there is something to look forward to, and that something is CAB’s Commuter Week.

The CAB executive board, comprised of Elizabeth, Steph, and yours truly, have comprised what we hope to be the best Commuter Week yet.  Each day of the week, we will be having free breakfasts for commuter students.  From Monday to Friday, those breakfasts, in order, are: donuts, Bread Co. bagels, cereals, French toasts, and an exotic tea and coffee bar.  On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we will be having free lunches for the first 20 commuters to sign up.  The lunches, in order, will be from Mom’s Deli, Qdoba Mexican Grill, and Panda Express.  Whenever you come to an event, be sure to talk to an executive board member in order to receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win an attendance prize.  The more times you come, the more chances you have to win.

So enjoy the rest of your spring break.  If you’re a commuter, I hope to see you at all of the Commuter Week events!


Hi there!

How do I show my school spirit?  Well… I guess I show my enthusiasm for the school community mostly by supporting other groups’ events.  I’m not in every club on campus, but I end up attending lots of groups’ events because I know the people running them or I have friends in the club. It makes me feel like I’m contributing something to the group, because when I run events for CAB, I appreciate every single person who shows up. (Even though CAB’s hosted several successful events this year, I always have this irrational panic attack twenty minutes before the event starts where I start saying “Ohmygosh, what if NO ONE COMES?!?” over and over again. I’m sure it gets really annoying for the people who have to work with me.)

The point is, I try to get a little “do unto others” action going by attending other groups’ events, even if I only stay for a little while. It makes me feel like I’m doing good for the community atmosphere (but not in a way where I think I’m gracing them with my presence –  I just know that it always feels good when people show up for your event!) and if that isn’t showing school spirit, I don’t know what is!


What Doesn’t Kill You…

by Alumni Posts January 27, 2012

Ask any of my friends, and they will tell you that I love music.  I hardly ever go anywhere without my iPod.  But even though I love music, I generally wait around a while before I buy a new song.  I usually listen to the song for days on end on YouTube before I officially […]

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What Did YOU Do Over Break?

by Alumni Posts January 20, 2012

Christmas break was great, but I’m so happy to be back at Fontbonne. I had a fun, action-packed break, so bear with me for a little while because I just HAVE to tell you all about it. I’m sure that most of you, by now, know that I love theatre. Over break, I was so […]

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Winding Down and Wrapping Up

by Alumni Posts December 2, 2011

It’s hard to believe that this semester is all but over.  It seems like just yesterday that I was trading in my sunblock and swimsuit for a monstrous organic chemistry book.  But here we are, at the gateway to Christmas break. Yesterday, I was talking about the semester with my friend and fellow blogger, Carly.  We agreed that this […]

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Let’s Go Ride a Trike

by Alumni Posts November 11, 2011

I’m only a sophomore, but I’ve already picked up on the fact that the fall semester at Fontbonne goes into overdrive after Halloween. Soon after Halloween comes Thanksgiving break.  And then it’s just a few mere days until the much-dreaded exam week, followed closely by the ever-popular Christmas break. With all of the craziness of […]

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Commuter Week!

by Alumni Posts October 3, 2011

Happy Commuter Week, everyone! Commuting is the way to be this week, as the Commuter Advisory Board is pulling out all the stops with its (relative) plethora of events to celebrate all those who don’t operate out of a dorm room.  This is CAB’s first year as an activities-based group rather than merely an outlet […]

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