International students at U.S. universities expressed relief after the Trump administration rescinded a rule that would have required them to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of COVID-19. (July 14)
Leon Lewis-Nicol can still hear the gunshots. If he closes his eyes, he can picture the burning buildings.
As a child in Freetown, Sierra Leone, a nation in West Africa devastated by civil war, Lewis-Nicol often imagined a better, safer life. His family fled the fighting, then returned to Sierra Leone, before ultimately moving to Ghana, some 900 miles away, when he was 15. But friends who traveled around the world used to speak of an even safer place, with clean streets and unlimited opportunities: the United States.
Lewis-Nicol knew he had to go.
Now, the 24-year-old is here, studying to receive his master’s degree in jazz performance from Millikin