Noemie Roubaud, a freshman studying food science, travelled from Marseille, France, to attend BYU-Idaho.

”I like Idaho a lot: it’s really cozy,” Roubaud said. “The teachers are really involved with what they’re doing. It’s more like a big family.”

Not only has Roubaud traveled thousands of miles to attend school here at BYU-Idaho, but she is also not even a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Missionaries and other students often talk to her about her involvement in the Church and whether or not she wants to get baptized.

“Most people don’t even know I’m a non-member,” Roubaud said. “I don’t know if I want to get baptized or not yet, but I want to know for myself.”

Being so far away from home, Roubaud had to become completely independent in an unfamiliar culture.

“It was a big adventure because everything was so different being alone, far away from family, friends and from everything that I knew: my language and my culture, said Roubaud. “There were lots of new things, and I feel like I’ve grown up so much.”

Even though she has had to deal with big changes, Roubaud does a lot to keep herself involved by spending time with friends, keeping up with her piano skills and working as a teacher assistant for French courses on campus.

“I like to teach people my culture,” Roubaud said. “It’s more than just language.”

As she finishes up her freshman year, she has plans to continue meeting new people, participate in school and church activities, and experience everything that Rexburg has to offer.

“My goal this semester is to try to keep my balance between work, school, social life and spiritual life,” Roubaud said. “It’s hard trying not to work too hard and still have fun.”