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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 and Brazil to Vietnam. Every single international student is unique in their own way and brings so much joy to campus. The downside to this, however, is that they must go at some time. This past fall, I had the pleasure of living on the same residence hall floor as many of the Brazilian and Japanese international students. We become extremely close and there was never a dull moment! As the semester drew to an end, my friends from other countries were preparing to return home.

It was difficult to say goodbye to these people who had become some of my closest friends at Fontbonne- I did not know what Fontbonne was like without them! When it was time to go our separate ways, I wrote a note to each friend of mine and gave them pictures from our time together here at Fontbonne. Since then, I have Skyped with some friends, texted them using the app “Whatsapp”- which is a texting app that can be used with Wifi or cellular data, and used Facebook and Instagram to keep up with them. Although it is difficult to be here without seeing their smiling faces and communicating with them face-t0-face, I am grateful for the technology that we do have to stay in touch and I am even hoping to travel to visit some of them in the upcoming years! I would not trade my time with my international friends for anything; and I always say that I am happy I had the short time I did have with them than no time at all! I encourage everybody to step out of their comfort zone and reach out to others who are different than you. You can learn a great deal about the history, culture, and traditions of other countries by simply talking to your neighbor down the hall!

On that note, the Campus Ministry team at Fontbonne is hosting “Better Together Day” this Tuesday, April 14th from 11am-1pm in the grassy area outside of the library. Students will have an opportunity to sit in a ball pit (yes, a ball pit!) and get to know somebody on campus that comes from a different walk of life or belief system than their own! This is a great way to get to know your peers right here on campus and learn a little about the many religions represented at Fontbonne!



Hi there, Fontbonne,

Today’s blog is just an overall post about my week. First off, it’s the LAST week of September! Man, we’re coming to October already! Isn’t that exciting? Time has been flying by faster than ever. Now we’re going to have one busy, busy October. Just keep an eye out for upcoming events with FISH, FISA, Students for Life, and many more.

The spark of this week was Saudi National Day. I believe it’s the very first celebration event for our Saudi Arabian students to host at Fontbonne. It was amazing!!

As you walk into DSAC’s gymnasium, they had a table near the front left side with their tea, dates (some type of fruit? Maybe.) and small snacks. The tea had a very strong taste to it. I can’t really describe it, but I thought of medicine when I drank it. Then they had tables (starting from the left) with different things about their country.

The first table that I went to had a guy who wrote your name in Arabic! Pretty neat. I learned that they actually start writing from the right to the left. How unexpectedly cool! At the next table, I met Soma (not sure how to spell her name correctly) and Kululd who were showing us some of the clothing that older Saudi Arabian wore. They were very gorgeous. Then they had two ladies at the Henna tattoo table. One lady did the tattooing and the other made sure people signed their names to reserve their turns. It’s not actual tattooing, so don’t worry :) The art is a form of flowers and dots and is just elegant in general.

Are you wondering if they had food? Of course they did! The buffet was on the other side of the gym and yes, it was delicious. I don’t really know the names of the meals but there was salad, lamb meat (I think), rice, some sort of mashed food, and sweet stuff. I had a bit of everything so I was satisfied. In the center of the gym, they were playing music and did a little bit of dancing. I loved it! Also, most of the male Saudi students were dressed in their traditional clothes, so it was pretty nice. Then they also had a set-up of things from Saudi Arabia, like a rug, a small chair, pictures of the city, and the flags of Saudi Arabia and United States. Izzy and I got the chance to a piece of their clothing! It was all black, and the hijab (female headdress) was covered around our heads and faces. Then we took photos in the set-up. I had so much fun!

That’s all for the week. I hope some of you were able to attend the event as well! Have a great weekend :)



It’s Monday!

by Lizzie on September 17, 2012

in Extracurricular,In Saint Louis

Happy Monday morning, Fontbonne!

Frankly, it’s not too much of a “happy” morning because of the dull, humid weather, but if you’re happy anyway, that’s awesome! I am actually pretty sleepy during this type of day, but I try not to go there.

I just want to mention yesterday’s Culture Crawl, generally known as the St. Louis Tour with the international students. Every year, the International Office organizes a tour around St. Louis for students from other countries to learn about the city and to visit the best places. Our student organization, FISA (Fontbonne International Student Alliance), also sponsors the trip. It was my first time on the trip, so I definitely learned A LOT, and I’ve lived here my entire life! I’ve never even seen these amazing areas, but thank goodness I got the chance to.

In the tour, we visited Forest Park and its beautiful spots such as the Grand Basin, where we took pictures. Then we went around to the Art Hill area and took more pictures, past the Art Museum, the zoo, the Science Center, and many other fabulous buildings. Unexpectedly, our bus driver actually became our tour guide when she found out that we had international students on board. Her name is Teresa, and she did an awesome job! She knew so much about St. Louis.

Afterwards, Teresa took us to the Downtown area. Since we had some time, Teresa was able to show us the Soulard Farmer’s Market (which was not a part of the tour but it’s a bonus!) and told us its history as well. Next, she took us to the City Garden, and we took pictures near the interesting “waterfall,” then we walked towards another fountain that had green water flowing out (too cool). Behind the fountain we have the Old Courthouse. It was beautiful and there was so much history within the courthouse. I got to see a few objects that people used from the past, such as an old automobile! Very nice displays. Everyone took many pictures everywhere we went.

Next stop, the awesome Arch! I’ve been to the Arch many, many times, but I never get tired of it. It was pretty fun when we got to the very top. I took so many pictures and everyone loved getting their pictures taken together. I love it. By that time, we were pretty hungry so we went to Bar Louie for some lunch. Good stuff! But at first, we had to wait for them to actually set up the tables for all of us even though our dear president, Izzy, already called ahead of time that we were coming. Oh well. We all ate, and off we went to the Cathedral. I was speechless when we arrived there. I must have been so oblivious to the great things we have here. The Cathedral is absolutely beautiful, inside and outside. I don’t think I’ve ever been inside of a building that made me felt so humble. I really appreciated and admired the place. I got a little chance to thank God for the wonderful trip and the chance to meet so many people. We all had a great time.

Of course, we were coming to an end of the tour. Teresa took us all back  to Fontbonne, and I was able to get a people to buy our FISA t-shirts! Well, they paid ahead of time because I need time to paint them myself. Even so, I’m just so happy that I went on the tour!


Hello everyone,

My name is Penny, I’m an international student at Fontbonne. I’m glad I got a chance to be a blog writer for Fontbonne, and I feel so honored to post my first article to introduce myself here.

I’m studying to earn a graduate degree in Multidisciplinary Health Communication. This is my first semester being a graduate student and also my first time studying in St. Louis. Everything is so new and interesting to me!

I came from Taiwan, and I arrived St.Louis this year. I decided to go to the USA to earn my graduate degree because Fontbonne has a great program and nice location, which is suitable to me.

Even though it’ s a big challenge for me to do everything only in English, I still enjoy studying with my classmates at Fontbonne, because all my friends and professors are very supportive. I’m looking forward to exploring the USA more, and my dream is just like the slogan of Fontbonne: “LEARN MORE, BE MORE.”

Penny :-)


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