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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.

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

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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.

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



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.


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 September 17, 2012

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 […]

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New life in St.Louis

by Alumni Posts September 11, 2012

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 […]

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