ORONO – It’s been a tense week for international college students around the country, but Tuesday news for their return to campus got a little brighter.
President Trump’s administration announced it has rescinded a policy that would have barred international students from returning to their respective college or university if classes at their school were to be held online.
Last week, Maine women’s basketball head coach, Amy Vachon, voiced her support for her team. The Black Bears roster is mostly international students, such as star guard Blanca Millan, who was relieved to hear the news.
“It got to a point where everything was so uncertain that we didn’t really know what was going to happen. We were lucky here because we went to hybrid and we weren’t in such a risk you know. But no one really knew because a lot of classes are going into remote and that wasn’t like valid anyway,” Millan said.
Another obstacle remains however. The European Union travel ban is still in effect, preventing students from the EU to travel to and from Europe.
Millan, a native of Spain, has been in Maine rehabbing a torn ACL she suffered early last season. She says shes been able to get workouts in and rehab to where she’s aiming to be ready to play if there is a season.
“It’s much better you know I’m almost eight months in which is a long time I’ve been really walking on it I really wanted to come back better that when I left so that’s what I’ve been doing all this time. By the time seasons starts I’ll be close to a year already so I’m definitely going to be more than ready to go,” Millan said.