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Here we are with just six weeks of school left and there’s so much still to be done. However, I don’t want to blog about the future this week but about the past. Last week was Fontbonne’s spring break, and I spent some time in New York City with the lovely fashion merchandising program!

I spent six days in The Big Apple, and had a blast! Our days during the week were full of rewarding and inspiring study tours, while the nights and weekend were free for whatever we wished. Prior to the trip, my roommate and I planned out pretty much every detail of our stay, so we knew what our free time would consist of. We did so much in those six days and it’s so difficult to say what I enjoyed the most.

My favorite morning activity had to be walking the Brooklyn Bridge. On Sunday morning, my roommate Carly and I took a stroll from downtown to Brooklyn. The weather was absolutely beautiful with clear skies and lots of sunshine. We could even see the Statue of Liberty from a distance. It was nice to begin the day with a peaceful activity, and to take in the sights that the city creates from a distance.

Saturday afternoon was dedicated to museums, and I think that would be a my most memorable daytime activity. We went to the museum at FIT and saw exhibits on boots, fashion and technology, and shoes. Later we went to the Museum of the City of New York, which had a “New Housing for New Yorkers” exhibition as well as one on fashion. The Metropolitan Museum was next, where we looked at “Fashion, Impressionism, and Modernity”.

One of the most memorable study tour visits was with Elaine Gold, a woman who has been in the business for 70 years. She gave the fashion merchandising students a lot of useful knowledge and advise! Carly and I also took in a Broadway show Friday evening, which we both loved. This trip was the experience of a lifetime. I cannot wait until my next visit!


I don’t mean to brag, but I just got back from the best spring break ever. I could go on for days describing details about my wonderful trip to New York City. But instead, I’ll highlight just my favorite parts (although it’s very hard to pick). My favorite morning was when my roommate, Conner, and I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. The weather was perfect and the views of the city were breathtaking.

My favorite evening was the one spent attending a Broadway show (which made me feel very classy). Conner and I saw “Nice Work If You Can Get It” starring Matthew Broderick. I was thoroughly entertained and blown away by the beautiful lights that fill Times Square. My favorite dinner was at Benito I, a cute and quaint restaurant in Little Italy.

Last, but not least, the company that I favored the most was M&S Schmalberg,  which we toured as a class. This is a family owned business that creates custom fabric flowers for various companies and designers. I formed so many amazing memories in NYC that I will cherish forever. Hopefully I will be able to travel there again someday.

Luckily, I had a few days to spend at home as well during spring break. My favorite part of my time spent in St. Peters, Missouri was dying Easter eggs with my cousins. I look forward to this tradition every year. Let’s just say that spring break 2013 is going to be a hard one to beat in the future.


2 months ‘til I graduate. But who’s counting?

We’ve arrived at the mid-semester mark, which means my life has suddenly become considerably easier. First, I’m done with my senior paper (still gloating about this a bit, don’t mind me). Secondly, I’m done with my 8-week Music Appreciation class. This leaves me with only Advertising Senior Seminar and Diversity, effectively reducing my course load to a measly 6 hours. Of course, I’ll now be supplementing that light course load with job hunting and grad school applications, and maybe I’ll get back to writing and recording some music, but my stress factor has basically vanished!

Anyway, I’ve just returned from New Orleans, where I presented with a fellow student at the 2011 Conference for the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS). The conference was a great success; I met some awesome people, received totally flattering praise from one of the authors of my intro text book, and learned some cool stuff! It was an amazing trip – New Orleans is a fantastic place – and I’m glad Fontbonne decided to support student excellence by sponsoring us on this trip (read: I went to New Orleans for free, and it was amazing). Moral of the story: do well in school and you’ll go places… for free.

This week, I’m skipping town again because it’s my birthday weekend (I’ll be celebrating my second annual 21st birthday!) Thursday night I’ll be flying up to Buffalo, to visit the love of my life at the University at Buffalo where she studies Pharmacy. My parents will also drive in with my beloved dog, Zoey, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. (Zoey is oddly popular on the international level. You can like her on Facebook). Missing class won’t be much of a problem, though I’m not used to traveling this much!

Well that’s where I’m at. Or, where I’ll be? Either way, that magical graduation date is going to be here before I know it… and there’s still a lot to be done before then! Keep at it everyone!


The Abandoned Rochester Subway

What you’re looking at is the inside of the Abandoned Rochester Subway.

In 1956, Rochester, NY, shut down its subway station at 29 years old. The magnificent tunnel that crossed the city was then left abandoned, where it has since become home to some of the most amazing graffiti I have ever seen. This winter, I checked out both this and other areas of Rochester on some urban exploration trips. It was a good way to pass the time. Aside from urban exploration, winter break included hunting for internships and catching up with friends from high school. All in all, it was fairly relaxed — something much needed after the stress of last semester!

Now that 2011 is here, I realize my graduating is less than a year away. I don’t know how I feel about that, so for now I’m doing all I can to stay busy and keep my mind off it. Fortunately, staying busy at Fontbonne is never hard to do. Though the semester has just begun, I already have plenty of reading to do (it’s going to be a reading-intensive semester for this B.A. candidate, for sure).

FAB is in full swing already as well, which keeps me busier still. I’m really excited about our events this semester — you can see them as they get posted up on the FAB fan page on Facebook! Check it out!

I’ll wrap it up here for now — there’ll be plenty more in the future! Welcome back, everyone!


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