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Some International College Students Stuck On Central, South Coasts By Coronavirus Crisis

Coronavirus is a hard, and sometimes scary thing for us to face. But picture this. You are an international college student from halfway around the world, going to school in Ventura County. Naomi Mbise is a global studies student at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. It’s her first school year in America, and as you can image, it’s taken a very unexpected twist.

Her first semester at Cal Lutheran was normal, but her second has turned into remote learning. As you’d expect, her family back home in Tanzania is concerned. She says they call every day to make sure she’s okay.

Mbise is one of a handful of international students at the university still living on campus, because they have nowhere else to go. The Cal Lutheran student says she’s busy with classes which are being offered online, but admits it can be lonely. The University’s cafeteria has been providing food for the students, but because of social distancing, it’s on a takeout basis.

Mbise says she’s trying to positive, but admits she’s not sure what’s going to happen next. If she returns home now, she’ll have to undergo a mandatory quarantine. And, she’s not sure if she’ll be able to return to school in California. So, for now she’s staying put, and like everyone, hoping we’ll see some relief in a few weeks.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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