Foreign students concerned as Irma approaches


Some students at the American University of Antigua (AUA) have been expressing concern about the impending weather system, Hurricane Irma, which forecasters say has a 50/50 per cent chance of impacting the island while others are prepared to ride it out.

Antigua News Room (ANR) visited the Jabberwock Road campus which was very quiet and seemed to be operating as usual.

Not many students were on the campus grounds, but there were those who were getting into vehicles and leaving the compound.

ANR spoke to a Nigerian student, who disclosed this was her first semester, to find out if she was concerned about the hurricane making landfall on Antigua.

She said she was not, and added that some of her friends have not expressed concern either.

Asked if she knew of any students who were worried about the hurricane, she said, “I heard some people booked flights and were trying to leave, but I don’t know any of them. I can’t confirm this, this is what I am hearing, but I am still here,” the medical student said smiling.

Another student from India said she wanted to leave, but could not get a flight out of the country. She has made up her mind to stay and deal with whatever happens.

“I never experienced a hurricane before and I am a little scared, but I will stay and see what happens.”

Parents too have been expressing concern about the safety of their children through the university’s Facebook page.

Several parents said they were trying to get flights for their loved ones but to no avail.

Executive Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at AUA Dr Robert Mallin has been posting frequent updates to students on the university’s website.

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