September 29, 2021

SMH

Santa Maria History

Chinese exchange pupil stranded in U.S. a yr ago, now back again as Calvary Christian Faculty student

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — Wednesday was the 1st working day again in course for a single Columbus non-public college.

And WRBL Information 3 identified a acquainted face on the Calvary Christian University campus. Abraham Li was a Chinese exchange pupil we 1st fulfilled in January of 2020, where he and a group of his classmates were being caught in the U.S. for the reason that of the coronavirus.

Travel had been halted to China and their two week trip to The us turned into two months, a great deal of it expended in this article in Columbus.

On March 13th. as the COVID disaster was starting to hit the U.S. difficult, I interviewed Li. It was the working day ahead of they were being going residence.

His guidance to U.S. college students about to deal with what he had been coping with for a lot more than two months: “Don’t panic. And treat folks nicer. Do not just reject them because they could possibly have the disease. And get the job done alongside one another to struggle in opposition to it.”

I assumed that would be the previous we would see of Abraham. Not so. He’s just one of four Chinese trade learners enrolled at Calvary Christian.

“My family’s thought process was we truly motivation and want to maintain on to this chance to be an exchange pupil in the U.S.,” he stated Wednesday. “And all we can do about the virus is defend ourselves and shield other folks with our very best exertion.”

The 15-year-aged Li in a sophomore at Calvary. Last year, he did his studies online in his Bejing household.

“I stayed at house getting CRC courses,” he reported. “So, it’s been rough. It is been actually tough keeping at dwelling by myself.”

What does that suggest?

“That signifies I will get extra possibility to cooperate and socialize with some others, which is anything I have been searching for for above a yr.”