What Does Being a Bonnie Really Mean?

The age-old question at St. Bonaventure University is, to put it bluntly, what the fuck is a Bonnie? If I know one thing, it sure as hell is not a wolf.

Like many other prospective students, I was fed the “it’s a wolf” answer and immediately googled it. I searched, but to no avail.

After going to Bona’s for at least a year, students start to put together what being a Bonnie really means.

The problem is, there isn’t one definition of a Bonnie.

To one student, it means being part of a team. To another, it means pulling fellow underage Bonnies through the window at the Burton. It could mean holding the door for an outrageous period of time, waiting in line for a Hickey omelet, spotting one of the Dev bats, midnight breakfast, wasting all your money on drunk Mangias, or chuckling about the fact that we’re too under-enrolled to keep Francis open.

But what about those Bonnies who don’t drink? Or the ones who don’t play sports? Or the ones that never lived in Dev, or never went to midnight breakfast, or never ate a Hickey omelet?

And what about the Bonnies that went here before us?

To them, being a Bonnie could have meant laughing at the fact that the football team got discontinued, or the struggle of living in dorms separated by gender, or working at the Buzz when it was still called WOFM.

And what about transfer students? Why are they still considered Bonnies if they’ve only been here for 2 or 3 years out of their college education?

And why, especially for tour guides, do we immediately know when meeting a prospective student if they’d be a good fit at our school?

How can you really define a Bonnie?

The answer is that you can’t. As much as St. Bonaventure tries to describe what being a Bonnie means by putting out promotional videos or advertising the slogan “becoming extraordinary,” they can’t.

Being a Bonnie is a different definition for every single person that attends the school. Whether it means never seeing the inside of the oratory, or surviving the power outage of 2015, or getting rides back to campus from safety and security on a Saturday night because the bus driver didn’t show up again, there is no one definition.

So what does it mean to be a Bonnie? It means that you’re a student at St. Bonaventure.

What being a Bonnie becomes after 4 years here is up to you.



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