Honestly, I like snowing and this is my first experience seeing snow in my life. Initially I felt so romantic and excited seeing snow and everything seem frozen (car is frozen, leaves are frozen, etc). All around is white and peaceful. However, after few days, streets started to get dirty as the snow became grey in color. And when you walk on the street, your shoes are submerged into the snow and start getting wet. That’s what I started disliking snowing and missing my days in California! During the last few days, the weather was terrible as it extremely chilly and snowed heavily. I hate removing the snow or even ice crystals from my car, as I spent almost a half-hour to get rid of those in order to be safe to drive. Even though snow is pretty at first, I would rather have sunny and hot weather than a chilly and troublesome snowy day.
It’s been a while since I’ve last blogged, but since it’s my last semester, I hope you will indulge me as I prepare for the next step. Yes, I am graduating in May! It seems very surreal, but so does the rest of my life. After all, I am grateful that I was able to start a new life here.
I am watching “Fried Green Tomatoes,” one of my favorite films about the friendship of two women in the 1920s and how their story empowers a housewife set in the early 90’s (I think?) to emerge from the barren dust of her marriage to strengthen her confidence in herself and in others around her. I watched this film with a friend here at Fontbonne, and it’s remained a favorite since.
Last week, I walked through the passageway between East and Ryan Hall into a group of international students. I met them at the President’s International Student Reception the week before. My mood was rather sombre and stressed, so I did not stop to speak, but I said hello. And wow, what a hello back I received! All of them saw me, and just yelled, “HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!” in different timbres, pitches, inflections, languages… you name it! It was as if I scored a goal in a football match. I mean, a soccer match. I walked away laughing, out of my sombre mood!
Though I cannot relate to being a bitter housewife, I can definitely relate to being in a rough situation when I started here. It’s moments like those where I can stop and remember how amazing the stories and efforts of others from times gone by are, along with the friendships and support I’ve received here. I have really come to fry my own green tomatoes… and eat them too.
Fontbonne University might seem like a small place, but there are more than 27 countries represented in the student body! However, it may be difficult to realize this because we are scattered along the different majors and programs that Fontbonne offers.
The International Bazaar on the 18th of November was the perfect event to showcase the diversity from international students that have made Fontbonne their home.
Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Congo, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Bangladesh, United States and Saudi Arabia each country with their own table and the best part: they all had food to share!
The environment was hectic but a lot of fun, people were going from table to table getting to know students and trying out the different dishes. It was hard to try out all the food! But given that most of the tables run out of their dishes I would say that they were a success.
The best part of the afternoon was when the Brazilian band started playing and two traditional Brazilian dancers came out in full costume dancing! It was the perfect ending for an event that was filled with fun, sharing and great food.
If you missed the International Bazaar this year, then mark it in your calendar for next year! It is an amazing event that will broaden your knowledge about all the other cultures that are part of Fontbonne.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Tran, Yasser Alotaibi and Fontbonne University.
Hope everyone is doing good! I have been living in St. Louis since this June. I am originally from Hong Kong and came to the United States for studying. Everything seems new to me once I move and live in here. Before coming to St. Louis, I was little bit nervous because I have no close friends and familiar faces around and I started to live alone. However, within these 4 to 5 months, I began to love this city and love my school Fontbonne University. I have met many awesome classmates and we hang out a lot for relaxation. Also, professors at my department, “Family and Consumer Science,” are very friendly and nice. Not only were they very willing to help students, but they were also very sweet. One of my professor brought me some delicious cupcakes and a kitchen utensil for my citizenship celebration. We all shared the cupcakes in class and got lots of best wishes from my classmates and teachers.
Although living in a new place at the beginning was a little bit scary, I am thankful that God always gives me a lot of friendly people and angels around me so that I won’t feel alone and have courage to encounter my heavy schoolwork and work. My career goal is to become a registered dietitian. Thank you so much Fontbonne University for offering me a great opportunity to accomplish my goal to become a dietitian and giving me an opportunity to explore another city and new people. I can’t wait for my internship coming up in next year and start really doing my internship!
Wish everyone all the best and fight for our future!