International Student Spotlight: Alexis Bonnemains

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International Student Spotlight: Alexis Bonnemains

Alexis Bonnemains

Does your name have special meaning? “Bonnemains” means good hands in french

Hometown: Cherbourg, Normandy (France)

Major: Engineering Management   Class Year: 2018

Tell us about yourself: My name is Alexis Bonnemains, I am from Cherbourg (Normandy region), but I live in Rennes (France). This is the city where I studied industrial engineering. For two years, I worked at Thales as an apprentice. My company builds electronic products for the aeronautical and aerospace sector. Also, I like to travel and I’ve been to Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Canada, and Mexico. I’m a big sports fan and I enjoy basketball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.

Why did you choose to come to CBU? I wanted to study in a multicultural country like the United States to learn more about the culture and improve my English speaking skills. My French school (ECAM Rennes) has a partnership with CBU for exchange students.

What advice do you have for new international students to help them adjust to life in the US?  My advice to international students would be to adopt the local lifestyle, eat specialties, buy local products to soak up the culture, and experiment with new things. You should forget all prejudices you heard and don’t hesitate to open up with people.

If CBU students visited France, where should they go and why? Paris is the capital of France. The city represents the best of France with the architectural, the gastronomy, and there are a lot of cultural events.  

Is there a special meal or food Americans should try if they were to visit France? If you visit France, you should try the typical French breakfast with chocolate bread, croissants, baguette, and hot chocolate.

What is the name of your favorite restaurant in Memphis? And why? I have yet to try many restaurants in Memphis, but Central BBQ serves a delicious pulled pork burger.

Are you looking forward to visiting any Memphis landmarks or attending any special events? I am looking forward to the Delta Fair & Music Festival (Sept. 1-10) because Memphis is known for its music culture and I look forward to discovering new American artists and meeting people.

Is there anything else the CBU campus community needs to know about you or your culture? If they were to visit Normandy, they should check out the beaches and coast of landings during the Second World War or visit the Mont-Saint-Michel (pictured above), the Guillaume le conquérant Castle, and Étretat cliffs. This is region a with a lot of history.

If you would like to nominate someone or be featured in the International Student Spotlight, contact Stephanie Mathis, International Student Services Coordinator at

Posted by Cory Dugan at 5:00 PM