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Studying abroad, especially going to such distant countries like the US. .is definitely excited. However, along with the excitement for the trip ahead, packing your stuff would be a challenging mind game if you want to make your stay convenient and comfortable.

  1. Put cash in several places.

Even with the advancement of internet banking today, it is still inconvenient to have absolutely no cash or too little cash on hand. Transferring money from countries to countries is also often charged. Thus, bringing some cash with you is necessary.

There should always be cautious about unanticipated situations. Losing your purse, bag, or baggage is one of those. To prevent getting all your money lost and being trapped in unwanted troubles, put cash here and there. Keep most in your personal wallet that you always have, a large note in your front pocket and some in the backpack.

But of course, remember to always keep your valuable belongings on you.

  1. Have an extra set of clothes in your backpack.

You have packed all your favorite pieces into your checked baggage, hoping to start your new life at a new place with your most confident costumes. But who knows if there would be problems with the baggage transferring between places or flights? You will never know when that one who got his or her baggage lost is you. Besides the terror of losing your belongings, the greater question is, how are you going to appear in front of everyone in your new school with this dirty shirt you had on one day ago before you boarded the flight? The answer is, that extra new one in your backpack.

As it would be placed in your backpack, the clothes should not be of significant weight. A casual clean T-shirt and a pair of shorts should be good enough.

And do not forget your underwear.

  1. Universal adapter is never redundant.

Upon traveling to a foreign country, it is important to check the type of electricity plug used in that country. You do not want to be in that situation where everything is nicely organized except your table lamp cannot be turned on and your phone is unable to charged. Hence the adapter should be in your carry-on bag, too.

  1. Charge everything before setting off.

Keeping in touch is quite the most important thing when traveling to a foreign country alone. Getting all your devices fully charged is a way to keep in touch. Thus, you should charge your laptop, your phone, your tablet, etc. before leaving your house. Do remember to have all the chargers in your backpack just in case those devices run out of battery, which is likely to happen because the travelling time to the US from all countries outside the continent America is long, unless you have your own private jet and pilot, of course.

Also, it is recommended that one should bring a portable charger instead of the charging cable only. Some airports do not have charging stations available or easily spotted. In case of your phone dying in an emergency, the portable little friend would come in handful.

The above are just a few basic tips. Other things such as your beloved teddy bear, or the lucky charm your mother gave you would be up to personal preference. Do not worry too much because studying abroad is a marvelous experience and if you are lucky enough, you can buy other necessities as very cheap prices.

 

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In collaboration with International Education Week, FBU organized an International Bazaar to present different cultures to the school’s students. The bazaar was made up of numerous stations: food testing, handicrafts showing, instrument playing and dancing showcases.

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12115796_543161025844210_5439928332684343578_n The girls from Vietnam in their country’s traditional dress called Ao dai.

 

12119017_543161259177520_517751745629174014_n Handsome guys from Nepal

 

12227757_543161585844154_1428959527495473494_n Our students from India

 

12239482_543161655844147_4169357503559079980_n Mysterious Saudi Arabian girl

 

12240069_543161289177517_6076239696734588832_n A smile from Thailand

 

12243218_543161482510831_499525910950646593_n The Great Wall of Culture

 

12243223_543161405844172_3474768197104155711_n Yummies from Venezuela

 

12243289_543161202510859_1241203356040741936_n Japanese “kawaii” girl

 

12250079_543161075844205_1955624132599219563_n We had free henna too

 

12274452_543161609177485_907704458375350937_n #Pray for the world

 

12278986_543161542510825_1404646254859040878_n And a table from our host – the United States of America

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On September 19, 2015, the school had organized a trip to famous places in St. Louis and all students were welcome to join. Most international students were present and surely had a lot of fun.

The first stop of the trip was Forest Park. The view inside is just breathtaking.

12011165_526824117477901_6155740959539922710_n A group of Vietnamese and Japanese students

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The following stop was the New Cathedral Church. The sun was bright but the wind was soothing.

12000136_1221355271215301_680617828_n A Vietnamese student enjoying the immensity of the church

Highlights of the trip was the Old Court House and the Arch.

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The trip ended with a late lunch at McGurk’s Irish Pub and Garden.

12029119_1221360737881421_34035923_n Grilled chicken sandwich with onion rings. Yum yum!

We had so much fun and good memories. Hopefully there will be more of these events.

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I can’t believe it’s already a month that I’ve been in the USA, more over FONTBONNE!! I’ve always heard that America is very strict on rules, but on arriving here, I’m overwhelmed. The best thing are the traffic rules. Having been to the other cities in the USA, I find Saint Louis very beautiful and interesting (The arch is eye candy!) The weather had been a little sunny though, 😛 I expected a lot cold, nevertheless, the snow is on its waayyyyy!😃👿 I’m super excited for my first snow in the USA, I had been on a shopping spree the whole last week, preparing for the winter.😀😆

s20150819_120137-minSo! About Fontbonne University, the first moment I met the staff at the university I was very glad that I joined Fontbonne. I’m proud to be a Fontie!  😇

Thanks to everyone for being so very friendly that my first month here in Saint Louis has passed easily. ALHUMDULILLAH.😊

See you all in the next blog! 😃

I feel I was destined to be here.

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[Sep 02, 2015] President Meeting With International Students

by Fontbonne University September 9, 2015

On September 2, an event exclusive for international students in Fontbonne, especially newcomers, occurred in the president’s house. Students coming from other parts of the world had a nice meeting with Mr. Pressimone and his family. The point of this rather informal meeting, according to the president, was to appreciate international students who left everything […]

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Best Experience at Fontbonne

by Alumni Posts April 14, 2015

Hello everyone, This week I’d like to share my best experience studying in Fontbonne University. When I first moved to St. Louis to study at Fontbonne, I was a bit scared since I was moving from California where there’s more people with various ethnicity and races. That’s why when I first moved in here, I […]

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Friends Around the World

by Fontbonne University April 13, 2015

College is a time of development, change, experiences, and fun! During my college years, I have experienced many challenges. Perhaps one of the greatest challenges I have faced is saying goodbye to my global friends. Here at Fontbonne, I have had the privilege of meeting people from all around the world; from Japan to Saudi Arabia […]

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What’s my Biggest Challenge in College?

by Alumni Posts April 10, 2015

I think my biggest challenge in college is really my time management of how I can balance my study, work, and my leisure time nicely. Having an opportunity to study abroad, I always feel that I have to study very hard in order to best utilize my time studying in the United States. Thus, I […]

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Snow adventure!?

by Alumni Posts February 23, 2015

Hi everyone, 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 […]

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Fried Green Tomatoes

by Alumni Posts February 12, 2015

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 […]

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