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When I look back on my first day at Fontbonne, I remember how nervous I was and how curious I was of who I’d meet and who I would become friends with during my future years at Fontbonne.  To be honest, I never imagined it to be the way it turned out to be.  I’m the type of student that thrives the best with individualized attention from instructors and a healthy support system (friends, family, peers).   To say that I have all that now is almost an understatement.  I’ve had some of the toughest semesters at Fontbonne.  Dietetics students work hard, let me tell you!  But throughout the entire journey, not once did I feel like I didn’t have support from my instructors and my peers.  In honor of my second-to-last semester at Fontbonne, I’d like to give a shout out to those who have made an impact on me during my years at Fontbonne:

The friendships I’ve made in my college years I hope to keep for a lifetime.  I would have never guessed how tight-knit and family-like my peers at Fontbonne would be to me.  Each and every friend I’ve made at Fontbonne has made an impact on me.

Jaimette McCulley was the first of my instructors to help me get started after transferring to Fontbonne.  She answered all my questions and always made herself available as a resource when I was first starting out and to this day.  I have a huge amount of love and respect for all my current instructors here at Fontbonne.  They truly have their students’ best interests in mind and put their heart in to teaching.



If I had to look back at freshman year and compare it to this year as a sophomore, for starters I would say that I am a heck of a lot busier this year.  As a freshman I was mainly confused as to what was going on since it was my first time in college just like everyone else around me.  I had to learn the ropes and the flow to the campus like how the semester was and such.  Sure I made mistakes and learned from those mistakes especially in terms of planning my time.  Now that I know the mistakes I have taken what I know and thought of plans to avoid them again.  I plan my time out as best as I can and make sure to seek help when things seem to become too overwhelming before it is too late.

My homework load as a freshman was not that bad I would say, since I was making sure to take enough credit hours that I could handle primarily.  So homework was never too much but also not too little.  Usually I always had something to do each night unless I was free and worked ahead on some courses.  This year I can say that I have a lot more homework since I am also balancing a practicum for the first time.  So far I know that I am doing well because my grades are still high, but once I finish an assignment, I always have another one just waiting for me to complete before the dead line.  Now I can say that I have not been waiting till the last minute to begin an assignment, though sometimes I have my little moments.  I mean we all do.

Last year I was not a part of any clubs or groups as much as I am now.  Just the other day I had a few classmates say “Sarah you are really involved and on campus practically all the time.”  Well I guess I can take that as a compliment because I like to know that people may think I am involved or see me a lot.  I know I see a list of friends at least once every day and if not then definitely the next day.  I am not saying that I don’t like being involved, but when a person is involved I believe that they really become a part of the campus.  That very person is actively giving a part of his or her time and talent into the university, whether it be by giving tours as an ambassador or being an officer in a club.  It doesn’t matter what exactly the person is doing on campus but just that they are giving of their time.



Last week, Fontbonne hosted its first-ever presidential scholarship interviews. (Staff and faculty interviewed prospective students as part of the scholarship application process). Your question is this: If you were interviewing prospects, what would you look for in a candidate? What qualities make a successful (and happy!) Fontbonne student?

If I was interviewing prospects, I would like to look for confidence, positive attitude, and potential leadership qualities. If the student has experiences from their high school clubs, then they would elaborate on what they did, how they did it, and what skills they’ve developed from those experiences. For those who didn’t join any clubs, I would ask  them if they would take the chances here at Fontbonne, especially if they’ve never stepped out of their comfort zone.

I may also ask the students about what they would do differently for our campus, like what kind of ideas they have or what do they expect from us? If the student answers questions well and asks good questions, then they could have a better chance of receiving the scholarship. Am I right or am I right? 🙂

As a student myself, I was able to gain more experiences here at Fontbonne. In high school, I was most active in the National Honors Society group. We did fundraisers, bought Christmas gifts for children at Children’s Hospital, and things like that. I was scared to have a leadership role though. However, I gained more confidence when I came to Fontbonne because of the people here.

For the students who were interviewed, I wish them the best luck on their paths! Hopefully, some of them decided  to come to Fontbonne. 🙂


Hello, fellow Fontbonne students and bloggers! My name is Sean Pellegrini, and I am a new “Real Life at Fontbonne Blogger”! I hope that some day I could meet you. I am a sophomore Psychology major and I LOVE this school. Fontbonne is like another home. I am from Chicago (yes, actually from there on the South Side). I chose to come to Fontbonne because it is a small, accredited university in what I have heard to be a very nice area. Personally, I feel special for being a part of the Fontbonne family. I was able to join several clubs here last year, but I have been particularly active the most in FLARE, Fontbonne’s (Straight and LGBT Alliance for Respect and Equality). Please check out the club! We have a new President this year, Ms. Jes Stevens. I would like to extend my thanks to her for continuing the legacy of FLARE. Aside from being an active member in FLARE, I occasionally go to meetings for FISA, Fontbonne’s International Students Association. This is actually one of Fontbonne’s larger clubs, and if you like to experience different cultures, this is the club for you! I hope you all have a very fun but studious semester! If you are a freshman or recent transfer student, I would personally like to welcome you to our fabulous Fontbonne family. If you ever see me around, feel free to say “hey!” Thanks for reading. Go Griffins!

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Get in Where You Fit In

by Alumni Posts April 9, 2012

Hi FBU community! We are getting closer to the end of another semester, and some are about to graduate and some of us are still a work in progress. For those of you who will be remaining students for a few more semesters, I encourage you to take advantage of activities and organizations while you […]

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