Abdulla Aldhaheri is a freshman at Brown University, but he’s never actually been to the hilltop campus in Providence, R.I. The pandemic meant he started college remotely, from his home in the United Arab Emirates.
“I really want to come to campus, I feel disconnected,” Aldhaheri said.
Aldhaheri — like other international students — is navigating a whole host of issues in order to make it to campus. One is the requirement at many U.S. colleges that students be vaccinated. For Aldhaheri and the roughly one million international students who study in the United States annually, this is not necessarily a clear-cut directive.
When Aldhaheri learned about Brown’s vaccine requirement, he only had access to a vaccine from China. “I was nervous. Should I take the vaccine? Should I wait a bit?” he recalled thinking.