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19
AUG
2020

Are Parents, Students Ready to Go Back to School?

Many countries, school administrators and families are facing the troubling problem of when and how to reopen schools. Opening-up the schools with the lingering COVID danger is a difficult challenge. Saba Shah Khan tries to find out if the students, parents and schools are ready.
Camera, Producer: Saba Shah Khan
05
AUG
2020

Desperate to Play: Coronavirus' Impact on College Sports

The coronavirus pandemic has caused colleges and universities in the U.S. to rethink how they will keep their students safe this fall. But in the case of sports, many institutions fear losing a significant portion of their revenue if games are canceled. Esha Sarai and Bart Vandever have more.
27
JUL
2020

Nigerian Student Graduates to College President

Nigerian Benjamin Akande came to the United States to attend college in Plainview, Texas and is now the President of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. VOA's Sarmat Misikov has the story of his journey. 
27
JUL
2020

Independent Voters Are There for Issues, Not Ideology

While a majority of voters in the United States identify as either Republican or Democrat -- the two major political parties -- a growing number of voters see themselves as independent or unaffiliated with any party.  
 
“Personally, I've never really felt either major party represents my interest,” Ellen Moorhouse, who identifies as an independent voter, told VOA.   
 
Moorhouse, 30, is deputy communications director at RepresentUs, a political and government reform advocacy group which aims to reduce corruption and gridlock.  Thirty-five percent of Americans under the age of 30 say they are independent or unaffiliated, according to the Spring 2020 Harvard Youth Poll.
 Independent Voting is one organization that connects independent voters in an effort to build a network and a movement to reform the electoral process.  The group’s mission has changed significantly since its formation in the 1990s, moving away from a focus on alternative political parties.
 
“We made a shift at that point away from a party building orientation to what you might call a voter empowerment orientation,” Jackie Salit, president of the organization, told VOA, noting that independent voters want to vote “for the person, not the party.”
 
“They want to be involved in the issue, not the ideology,” Salit said.
 
In 2018, a poll by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, found that just over half of voters (56%) between the ages of 18 and 24 were affiliated with the Republican or Democratic party.FILE - A young voter casts her ballot during early voting in Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 14, 2016.Moorhouse grew up in Massachusetts in a conservative Republican family. She said she was raised with views informed by a desire for less government regulation, but that the idea of taking the government “out of my bedroom” has actually shaped her philosophy as an independent.
“If we're talking about liberty and choice, you know, then it's your choice to own a gun and it's my choice to get an abortion,” Moorhouse said. “No matter how polarizing the issues, the true heart of it is liberty, and you don't get to then hand pick which choice isn't right.”  
 
Corley, an independent voter who asked to be referred to by his last name, was raised by lifelong Democrats. He said he thinks identity politics have led him and his friends to believe they’re Democrats, too. However, a few years ago, when they did ...
09
JUL
2020

International Students in Limbo Following New Visa Guidance

New guidelines introduced this week by U.S. immigration will require international students to leave the U.S. if they do not attend class on campus in person. But students already in the U.S. on F-1 visas will face challenges trying to go home amid a global pandemic. Esha Sarai has more.Producer: Esha Sarai. Videographers: Esha Sarai, VOA Russian, Tina Trinh.
25
JUN
2020

Chinese Valedictorian Becomes Backyard Prom King

China sends more students to study in the U.S. than any other country – over 300,000 a year. Some young Chinese attend U.S. high schools to be more prepared for a U.S. college or university. VOA’s Bronwyn Benito has the story of one student’s journey living and learning in America.
12
JUN
2020

Learning a New Game

Online schooling is hard on everyone.  We take a look at the pros and cons of virtual learning from a high school teacher and students ranging from middle to graduate school.  Reporter/Producer:  Lisa VohraCamera:  Rajan Agarwal, Dia White, Mohit Gupta, Maryah Roberts, Priya Agarwa, Bimal Prakash
11
JUN
2020

Young Americans Take to Streets for Change

Young Americans have taken to the streets to protest what they see as widespread racism and police brutality after the death of an African American man in Minneapolis. They say they want to wake up the world and make changes. Bronwyn Benito has the story
03
JUN
2020

Triumphant Journey: From Teen Mom to Yale Graduate 

For Naiska Cheung, graduating from Yale University as a physician associate is her Everest (highest goal). Something far greater than a diploma, it represents triumph over a long and steep climb. This is not a fairy tale; this is her story of struggle about overcoming adversity to reach her fairy-tale ending. Bronwyn Benito reports.Produced by: Bronwyn Benito
26
MAY
2020

Medical Students Skip Graduation to Help in COVID Fight

Many medical students feel that a pause has been placed on their education because of COVID-19. But a few have seen their careers suddenly accelerate when they were asked to graduate early to help hospitals fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Esha Sarai has more.Produced by: Esha Sarai 
 

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