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Morgan

From Fontbonne to London…

by Morgan on January 20, 2015

in College Life

Hi Fonty friends!

I hope your first week of classes has been lovely and you are excited to be back on campus or on campus for the first time, in which case, welcome! For those of you who don’t know me, I am Morgan Fisher and I am a Junior Psychology major at Fontbonne.  I am currently studying abroad in London, England, for the Spring semester at Regent’s University London.  This has been a dream of mine since I found out that studying abroad was a possibility 10 years ago, and I cannot believe I am finally here!  I flew in on Wednesday and immediately began orientation with my 200 fellow international students from across the globe.  The past three days have been a whirlwind of lectures, meetings, teas, sightseeing treasure (or as we like to call them, scavenger) hunts, and pub quizzes (or bar trivia)!  Here are a couple photos I managed to snap on our treasure hunt around Trafalgar Square, Westminster, and Southbank…

View from Trafalgar Square

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Unfortunately, my team didn’t end up winning the hunt, but it aided me in my journey to slowly become more and more acquainted with my temporary home!

We begin our courses on Monday, which I am incredibly excited for!  The majority of the courses offered here at Regent’s provide students with opportunities to learn through exploration of the city we are living in. My courses include seeing 8 plays, backstage tours of historic theaters, museum visits, and visits to other historic landmarks around London.

I promise I will stop my jet lag induced rambling soon and put you out of your boredom!  So to conclude, if you would like, I would love to take you along on this European adventure with me this semester as I explore the beautiful city of London, among many others across the EU!

 

Cheers!

Morgan Fisher

 

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Conner

Stuck in Summer

by Conner on September 15, 2014

in College Life

I know that the academic year has begun, but I can’t help thinking about the summer I just had each day. After class, after this meeting, that practice, that job, all I can seem to do is remember and relive through memories of where I was this summer, thanks to Fontbonne.

Fontbonne offers many study abroad programs for a variety of times, majors, and countries. I decided about ten months ago that I was going to do it. Finally study abroad.

Fully committed, everything somehow came together, and I spent five weeks in London, one in Paris, and then one week on holiday in Prague and Barcelona this summer. I studied at Regent’s University: London, and took two classes related to my major, Fashion Merchandising.

Yeah, I missed out on that wonderful St. Louis summer, and came back so dreadfully tired, but none of that matters. The experiences I had, both in and out of the classroom, don’t compare to any others in my lifetime. I would go back and do it all over again, given the chance. Studying abroad definitely helped me see the world in a new way, and how I fit in it. Before, I used to think St. Louis was enough for me. Now, I don’t know. Maybe Fontbonne is the stepping stone, the mother university to prepare me for what I’m really meant to do in life — that being anything I wish.

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Hello again!  As we’re moving back into the swing of school, you’re probably wishing you were still in the vacation spot you spent spring break in.  Or at home, sitting on the couch and eating too many Girl Scout cookies.  Either way, I understand how you feel.  I think I need another whole week of break to get caught up on all the things I didn’t do during vacation.  Oh well; only six more weeks to go!

Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my adventures with you today.  But then I began editing pictures and thinking of what to say, and three hours later I am STILL editing pictures and no closer to accomplishing my to-do-list for the weekend!  Note to self:  don’t edit so many pictures in one sitting.  I have decided to give you an overview of my trip, with some photos and travel tips, and leave it at that for this week.  I will likely be posting a lot about Europe; I have so many stories and so much history to tell!

To begin…I took the trip with a group of teachers and students from Fontbonne.  The trip was put together by a travel company called EF (Education First) College Study Tours.  For the price I paid, the trip included transportation everywhere (by plane, charter bus, ferry, and London’s underground trains), hotels (nice ones, not hostels or cheap places), two meals a day, entrance fees to museums, castles, cathedrals and other historical sights, two city tour guides, and a tour guide who stayed with us the entire trip.  The trip seemed expensive, but I think it was very well priced for everything that was included.  Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and explained to us a great amount of history concerning the locations we visited.  I would definitely recommend taking a trip like this, especially as a first excursion out of the country.  It was well planned with much guidance, but also gave us some free time to see places we wanted to visit.  And our tour guides only lost us a few times, so they proved to be very capable.

A few travel tips you should be aware of:

In Ireland and the UK, nearly everyone speaks English.  However, since we speak American, you should be aware that some phrases/words/gestures do not mean the same there as they do at home.  For example, displaying the number two with your fingers is an expletive that Europeans would consider to be offensive.  If you’re going to be traveling to a different country, I suggest you research a little about their sayings before you go.

In Europe, everything is expensive.  EVERYTHING.  Our dollar only equals about .70 cents in euros and .50 cents in pounds sterling (used in the United Kingdom—England, Scotland, and Wales).  But a meal that costs ten of our dollars still costs ten dollars there, which could be 15-20 dollars in European dollars.  So bring lots of money.  Also, if you take one of the EF tours, you might be offered extra experiences that are not included in the sum you paid for the trip, so you will need funds for those if you want to participate.  We were offered rides in a jaunty (a horse-drawn buggy in Ireland), a show put on by a man’s sheepherding dogs, and tickets to see the play Spamalot in London.  And you will probably want to buy souvenirs for every single person you’ve ever met before.  So, like I said, lots of money.

Make sure you have a converter AND adaptor with you that works for the countries you will be visiting.  One of the girls in my group only bought an adaptor, which makes our plugs fit into the European sockets in the wall, and had to borrow our converters.  The electricity in other countries uses different wattages, from what I understand, than we do, so you must have a converter to change the energy into a suitable kind for your own appliances.

This post is getting long, so I’ll throw in a few quick pictures and let you go for today.

The Irish countryside. I promise these are real places!

A beach in Ireland. Very rocky, not sandy.

Same beach, but so pretty it needs an extra picture!

A street corner in Wales. Yes, it is as beautiful as it looks.

A view of Llangollen, the Welsh town we stayed in for a night.

The iconic red telephone booths in England!

I hear the next spring break trip is to Spain and Portugal, with an optional excursion to Morocco.  It sounds absolutely wonderful, so you should all sign up!

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Hello, everyone!  Today I am writing as I scramble to complete homework and travel preparations.  I have much to do because, in a few days, I will be leaving to go on a spring break vacation in…

(wait for it)

…Europe!  I am taking a short-term study abroad trip with a group from Fontbonne to England, Ireland, and Wales.  As an inexperienced traveler, I am super excited to be visiting another country!  I have never left the United States, nor have I ever been on an airplane.  This spring break will be a week of new experiences, for sure.  I promise to post many pictures of my trip when I return.  You’ll probably get sick of Europe posts after a while.  Or be jealous of my adventures.

Either way, that’s all I have to say for now.  I hope you all have fantastic vacations full of rest!  And probably homework.  Because, let’s be realistic, we are students.

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A Day in Paris

by Carlyn July 15, 2013

During my last week abroad in Europe, I decided to go out with a bang. As soon as my last class ended, I hopped on a plane to Paris. As I was staying in England this summer, I had thought about how close I was to France (much closer than St. Louis, Missouri). Instead of […]

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Ok, NOW I believe I’m here

by Carlyn June 20, 2013

Only in London can you see Big Ben. Only in London can you see Buckingham Palace. And, only in London can you see queen. I felt a huge “aha” moment come over me when I first saw Big Ben. The architecture and gold detailing on that building is absolutely gorgeous. Seeing such an iconic monument […]

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Sure, I’ll do a photo shoot in London

by Carlyn June 13, 2013

One week of study abroad classes down, four more weeks to go! Although, it’s not like I’m counting down the days I have left in London. I don’t want to rush this amazing experience. The course that I’m taking is called “Styling Fashion.” This is not a class offered in the fashion merchandising program at […]

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Upcoming Summer Adventures

by Carlyn April 29, 2013

Wow! It’s hard to believe that I am already writing the final blog for this semester. While these past 16 weeks of school have been amazing, I am really looking forward to this summer. I guess you could say pretty much everyone is, but I personally have never been this excited. I’m pretty sure this […]

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Thanksgiving is coming!

by Alumni Posts November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving is coming this Thursday (Nov 22). I feel so excited because it will be my first Thanksgiving in the United States. I really want to say thanks a million to my dear God. He is so faithful, graceful and amazing to take care of me wherever I am, whatever happens. I want to say […]

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The Beginning of the End

by Alumni Posts September 14, 2012

Helloooo again, Woah, the last time I blogged must have been sometime in the Spring of 2012! Well, I am Lee Drahl, a SENIOR Speech-language Pathology major and I welcome you to the ride! Loads have happened since Spring 2012! By loads, I mean an absurd amount of changes, new experiences, new decisions, new options, […]

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