Worldwide college students wrestle to plan travel to campus
Artwork by Isabel Gitten
Many students around the world are struggling to establish guidelines for the Northwestern announcement on October 28 to allow all graduates of the school to spend the winter.
The UN NU is made up of more than 8,000 members from 129 countries around the world during the 2019-20 academic year. The University’s idea of allowing all students is one. Many students around the world are now facing increasing local restrictions, struggling to obtain visas and the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the United States.
Since China was enrolled in the travel ban here, Chinese students returning to other countries with visas must continue to enter the US, according to Audney Guo, President of the Chinese International Student Association. Students must be in a country approved by the US 14 days prior to arrival in the country.
“Chinese children ask each other every day, ‘Are you coming back? Are you coming back?’ But no one has a real answer, because it is difficult,” said Guo.
Medill’s newcomer Lucy Dai, who lives in Beijing, says she is considering following a difficult path. After going to high school in Delaware, he has one year left on his visa, which gives him the opportunity to make the decision to return many foreign students who do not have a visa.
“They don’t even have a chance to decide whether to come to school or not,” Dai said. “There’s only one thing for them – you can’t come.”
Medill where Gabriella Nyambura has a visa will be found, but she said she is facing difficulties with flights to Evanston from her home in Kajiado, Kenya. The money he earns for travel only applies to US flights, which allows him to travel to Europe. But US policy is preventing the departure of Europe. The US has denied entry to travelers from more than a dozen European countries in the past 14 days.
However, Nyambura said six of the seven foreign students he knew from Kenya now want to return to the Winter Quarter.
A student to contact AV Vo, said he feared he would not be able to return home to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in the summer, which makes him reluctant to leave for Evanston. With travel restrictions, the possibility of obtaining flights from the US quarter once confirmed, he said.
Instead, Vo wants to stay home with his family, to get used to his fun lessons with fellow international students who have similarities.
“We’re just trying very hard to get our opinion out in the community,” Vo said. “While it may look very different from what we experienced in school, it’s better than not having a team at all.”
With ideas for trying to stay home in Shanghai for the next quarter due to rising cases in the US, Guo also expressed the views of many students who want to continue their studies away from home.
“I don’t remember what it was like to go to school,” Guo said. “Now, I just get up every day and work on my own.”
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