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If I could give my pre-Fontbonne self any advice, it would most definitely be to relax and quit planning. I remember that by the time I was 18, I had my entire future planned out, minute by minute. I was going to go to this school, join that friend group, choose this major, become that person, and work this job. I thought I knew how everything was going to pan out, and was both surprised and mildly disappointed when my life went in the exact opposite direction that I had planned for it. Literally, nothing that I had hoped was going to happen did. It wasn’t until I was a little older and started to accept certain things that I realized that my plans going awry was actually an incredibly beautiful thing! I ended up amazing making friends that I never would have, found a major that actually interested me, and learned things about myself that I never would have had life gone the way I’d planned. So I would tell pre-Fontbonne Taylor, relax, enjoy the moment, and accept that what is coming is mostly out of your control, and it’s going to be great!


Have an awesome week everyone!



“Just go where you get good vibes.” – That’s what my hippie brother told me 3 years ago when I was trying to decide where I wanted to go to school. At the time, I remember rolling my eyes at Sam and telling him that was stupid advice. But the more that I went on college tours, the more his advice resonated with me. I soon found that within the first hour of a college tour, it was super obvious if I felt like it was the place for me. Call it a feeling, or a “vibe” so to speak, but there were several colleges that I went to that I felt negative about, almost like I couldn’t wait until I got to leave. I soon learned to not waste my time at any college that didn’t feel right, which helped me find the one that eventually did.

Even though it sounds weird, follow your good vibes, and go where it feels right. Your gut is almost never wrong.

Talk to you soon, Griffins!



My name is Johnise McKinney, and I am a senior social work student here at Fontbonne University. In addition to being a full time student, I am also a mother of 3, which is another full time job within itself; however I manage to make it work. I have always had a high passion for helping other people, even when I couldn’t help myself, so naturally I chose social work as my career field. I love the fact that Fontbonne University has one of the top social work programs in Missouri and the class sizes are so small that you can get all of the attention and help that you need from the instructors. In addition, Fontbonne offers many merit-based and financial-based scholarships and grants, which can always come in handy when you have a tuition balance. The social work program participates in many local seminars and charity events in order to gain field experience and volunteer experience as part of degree requirements, however the events are always insightful and eye opening. I would definitely recommend Fontbonne University to anyone looking for a close-knit community school, the friendships and opportunities for involvement are endless as long as you always but your best foot forward. I would like to end by telling you this: “Your Passion will lead you to your purpose in life.”



Hello everyone.  My name is Danielle Ader and I am a senior here at Fontbonne University.  With graduation quickly approaching I cannot wait to spend some of my time writing to all of you about my experiences as a Griffin.  I am an Accounting and Business Administration double major and Student government president.


In deciding where I wanted to go to school I knew I wasn’t ready to move too far from home.  I am from Fenton, Missouri, which is about a half hour south of campus.  I love my home town and I knew I didn’t want to be far away from mom just yet.  Moving to the big city however, has been a huge adjustment even though I wasn’t far to start.  St. Louis has stolen my heart since I was little.  I have enjoyed many things about living here such as: being so close to Busch Stadium (GO CARDINALS), going to the Muny every summer with my mom, and being able to walk to Forest Park.


I knew that Fontbonne was the right place for me the minute I stepped out of the car on my first preview day.  I was so excited and everything here just felt like a family I wanted to be a part of.  My freshman year was amazing and I met so many great people.  As my time here comes to a close I continue to make new friends every single day; I have found my passion and I don’t think that would have happened at any other school.  I know that Fontbonne was the right place for me and I know that it will forever be in my heart.  As May 9th approaches I know that I am going to be sad to leave here but I hope that I won’t ever be far.






Welcome Back!

by Taylor February 15, 2016

Hey guys! It’s been a great 2016 so far, and I am excited to be one of Fontbonne’s newest student bloggers. Here’s the basics you should know about me. My name’s Taylor, and I’m a junior here at Fontbonne. I’m majoring in dietetics and minoring in chemistry, and hoping to get into med school after […]

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All About Me!

by Claire February 15, 2016

Hello Future and Current Fonties!! I wanted to let you know a little bit about myself! I wrote for this blog last semester and it was a great experience that I wanted to try again. I am 18 years old, 19 in April. I am from a family of 6, a mom and a dad, […]

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Welcome Back Griffins!

by Alumni Posts February 15, 2016

Hello everyone!  My name is McKinley Robbins! I am a sophomore here at Fontbonne and majoring in Deaf Education! I am from about an hour south of Chicago. (Yes, where all the cornfields are) I have grown up in a small town my whole life and couldn’t wait to get to St. Louis. I am […]

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7 Things to Fall in Love with at Fontbonne

by Fontbonne University December 7, 2015

This is the beginning of the end. That’s what I keep telling my friends at least. Senior year is upon us….and basically half over. Everything that happens this year is essentially my last as a Fontbonne Undergrad. This is crazy to think about, but also super exciting at the same time. Why so sentimental? Well, […]

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Why did you choose Fontbonne University?

by Fontbonne University October 7, 2015

Why did you choose Fontbonne University?  This can honestly be a hard question to answer at times for myself.  At first when looking at colleges I wanted to attend at university that had my interest of major at the time which was special education.  Though as I looked at schools there were more reasons as […]

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Why Fontbonne?

by Fontbonne University September 28, 2015

“Why did you choose Fontbonne?” is a question I found myself getting asked quite often. Whether it’s family asking me or my classmates, my answer is usually the same. I say something along the lines of “I like the small community feel” or “I wanted a school with a small student to faculty ratio.” While […]

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