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‘I kind of stopped existing’: Foreign students are stuck, and reeling

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Posted By: Moritz55, 4/26/2020 11:31:57 PM

When universities abruptly shut down last month because of the coronavirus pandemic, many students returned to their parents’ homes, distraught over having to give up their social lives and vital on-campus networking opportunities. Graduating seniors lost the chance to cross anything but a virtual commencement stage. But the campus closures have created much greater calamity in the lives of the more than a million international students who left their home countries to study in the United States. Many had been living in college dorms and were left to try to find new housing, far from home in a country under lockdown.

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I work with high school exchange students, and their situation is somewhat different, but I found this article — with the exception of the misleading jab at President Trump — pretty informative.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross 4/26/2020 11:36:35 PM (No. 392671)
Oh, no. They had to give up their "vital on-campus networking opportunities". Oh, the humanity!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: MFM 4/26/2020 11:43:46 PM (No. 392674)
Go home!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 4/26/2020 11:51:32 PM (No. 392679)
Those Chinese spy/students do pay full pop, but they take it out in stolen intellectual property and the suborning of professors.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: saraguay 4/26/2020 11:57:20 PM (No. 392683)
Noticed that each case except one were girls. Just one guy. Wonder why?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Trigger2 4/27/2020 12:51:19 AM (No. 392714)
Graduating students who didn't graduate but rather went back to their own countries lost the opportunity to graduate and disappear into the USA with their expired visas. That's more like it.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 4/27/2020 12:55:47 AM (No. 392718)
They should all have a free ride home. I don't mean to be cynical but I worry more about the thousands of workers from theme parks, hotels, restaurants, and others in this area who can't even apply for unemployment because the system is so overwhelmed.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Californian 4/27/2020 12:57:32 AM (No. 392719)
There are 3 kinds of foreign grad students: The kind who honestly came here to have a better life, the same as everyone who isn't Native. The kind who came here to learn as much as they can, and take that home. They're wasting slots Americans should have but they don't have special knowledge unavailable in public books. They're not spies. And the ones who appear to be the first kind who get jobs at American companies and steal everything for their home countries. The first ones are good for the US, causing brain drain of the best and brightest from around the world to us. The other two are bad for us but it's impossible to tell them apart from the ones we do want.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Ketchuplover 4/27/2020 1:03:15 AM (No. 392724)
Thanks for posting, OP. I agree with you. I've built lots of relationships with foreign students over the years and I can also sympathize with their dilemma. I can't imagine how I'd feel if I were stuck in a foreign country and had no income or certainty about fulfilling my plans.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: JL80863 4/27/2020 1:22:41 AM (No. 392738)
Maybe they can learn the meaning of "suck it up and drive on".
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Reply 10 - Posted by: DVC 4/27/2020 2:56:17 AM (No. 392780)
Coming from Vietnam to study "studio art and psychology"? What a sad waste of resources. Lots of middle class kids dreams going up in Chinese smoke. I hope they'll remember who did this to them, and never buy anything from China.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: fingerpicker 4/27/2020 6:52:38 AM (No. 392828)
Simple. Move to NYC and start working in an "essential" job ... tomorrow!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: MSUDoc 4/27/2020 7:01:48 AM (No. 392836)
Cry me a river. They all have one thing in common: They occupy a spot that could have been filled by an American student.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: earlybird 4/27/2020 12:36:50 PM (No. 393266)
Life lesson. Stuff happens.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: earlybird 4/27/2020 12:38:16 PM (No. 393270)
Those of any age or circumstance who don’t know what they’d do if “stuck in a foreign country” should never ever travel.
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