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International students face travel dilemma
By Joanne anbJar
For the Daily
While most University students are readjust-
ing to college life after Thanksgiving break,
some international students are still waiting to
see loved ones halfway around the world.
Being so far away from home is a challenge
for international students at the University.
Engineering sophomore Nishu Phukral, who is
from Kuwait, said, "It sucks that everyone gets
to go home for Thanksgiving, along with a lot
of in-staters who get to go home any weekend
they want during the semester, while I don't
even have the option to do that."
At this time of year, international students
face logistical difficulties in simply getting
home. Out-of-state students can shop for the
best transportation deals before they go home
- usually making direct trips without stops or
delays. But a slew of students coming from
around the world have another set of problems.
Connecting flights to foreign destinations
are not always available, and sometimes
require waiting in various foreign countries for
trips to get home. Some students, like Phukral,
mentioned the difficulty of finding flights with
"My parents booked my flights home for
Christmas near the end of September because
connections to get home are really hard to
attain, especially because it's so busy during
the holidays," Phukral said.
Soumitra Ray, a first-year Engineering stu-
dent going to Singapore, explained other fac-
tors that caused problems booking flights
home. "I couldn't book my flight until I found
out when my last final was," Ray said. "As
soon as I did, I booked my flight to make sure
I could get back in time for school to start."
Northwest Airlines representative Tiffany
Tate said international travel brings up addition-
al problems for students. "The holiday season is
so busy that international travelers are advised
to get to the airport two to three hours in
advance in order to find parking, get through
security ... and additionally they must go
through questioning when leaving the country,
which takes a long time with the large amount
Spending Thanksgiving vacation at home
was not an option for most international stu-
dents, but many found other things to do while
remaining in the United States.
Marina Siddiqi, a first-year Engineering stu-
dent from England, said, "I went to my uncle's
house in Farmington Hills for Thanksgiving. It
wasn't too difficult to be here without my fam-
ily because it's such a short period of time and
I'm still with family."
But some students have more time to wait
before going home. Siddiqi plans to remain in
Michigan until the end of June to attend spring
term classes. The last time she saw her family
was before she left for school in August.
"Christmas vacation will be hard, though,
because it's so long and almost no one will be
here at all" Siddiqi said. "I think I'm going to
miss my family and home back in England a
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Engineering sophomore Nishu Phukral, like other intenational
students, has trouble getting home for the holidays.
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