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St. Louis Arch

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.



A one-day trip is FREE in St. Louis?    What’s this for?

It’s a free one-day trip in St. Louis. Because many international students just arrived in St. Louis this year, the Fontbonne International Students Alliance (FISA) plans a day tour for students who are new in St. Louis. We had so much fun because many students have their own mother language, but we only can communicate with each other in English. It’s so interesting, isn’t it?

Last weekend, we started from Forest Park which is a really huge park. Can you believe it? It is 50% larger than Central Park in New York, so we took many pretty pictures over there. Then, we went to the old courthouse which is a really pretty building with many decorations inside. The old courthouse is a part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, and it is just for visiting now, but it used to be used as a courthouse. It was also the largest structure in St. Louis until the Gateway Arch was built in 1965. I bet everyone knows the Gateway Arch which is the most well-know sightseeing in St. Louis. When I told my friends I study in St. Louis, they asked me: “Penny, are you in St. Louis? Oh, I know your arch and Cardinals.”  I’m so proud of our arch and cardinals, since it looks like a symbol for St. Louis.

Then, we went up to the Arch, and saw the whole view of St. Louis downtown, it’s so amazing! We saw the Mississippi River, downtown St. Louis, and cardinal’s stadium. After downtown area, we went to the West End which is a very nice neighborhood to enjoy our lunch. The last part but not the least sightseeing point we went to was the Cathedral Basilica which is the biggest and prettiest church I’ve seen.

I loved our one-day trip, since it’s really an abundant trip to make us know more about St. Louis. Thanks to Fontbonne for taking care of students so much, and also thanks to FISA for planning this trip to make everyone have a beautiful memory here.


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!


When my daughter, Emily, was a little girl she loved the Wizard of Oz. Because we were so tired of seeing Dorthy daily we searched for another musical with Judy Garland. We found the movie, Meet Me in St. Louis. It deals with a St. Louis family and friends at the time when St. Louis hosted the World’s Fair. She instantly loved the movie and would sing, “meet me in St. Louie, Louie, meet me at the fair.” Because of this infatuation, we went to St. Louis for the the first time and fell in love with it.

That summer we went to St. Louis with both of our kids, my son was just 4 months old. We went to the Arch, which leaves you with a sense of awe. My son was crawling and scooting along on the carpeted sides of the observation area of the arch and looking out the windows. My hubby, who is afraid of heights, just kept repeating, “we need to get down from here.”

The other attraction that we went to was the Science Museum where the kids were free to roam with the interactive exhibits. The one place we always have wanted to visit is the St. Louis Zoo because everyone we meet that has been there tells us how awesome it is. We particularly want to go now because my son, Dale, was Marlon Perkins for his famous Missourian project and the St. Louis Zoo was where Perkins worked and thrived at.

Even though I am a Pathways student and live in the Kansas City area, we love where Fontbonne is located. We have gone to Christmas Around Campus twice and each time, we are charmed by the campus, students, and staff. Both my husband and I love the small campus feel. I appreciate the advisers and professors that are willing to help and go the extra mile for me even though I am no where near them. I can only imagine the positive energy force that lingers with each and every student that attends classes on campus.

As always I pray that God will be blessing and is leading your week.

Blessings- Sherry

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