Students in India struggle to keep up with US classes

Akshay, a second-year operations research graduate student at Northeastern University, sleeps for six to seven hours during the day on Mondays and Wednesdays so that he can stay up for his classes which often start at midnight and go on till 7am. Like many Indian students enrolled in American universities, he left the United States earlier this year as campuses started to close down abruptly and the COVID-19 situation worsened in Boston, Massachusetts, writes Bansari Kamdar for the Huffington Post.

Saachi Khandpur, a third-year politics and psychology major at Mount Holyoke College, has classes five days a week that she attends from New Delhi – three of them go past midnight. For three weeks, she tried sleeping during the day and attending classes at night but had to stop after she started getting sick. “Now I am choosing between whether I want to follow a normal schedule, not feeling sick and getting some quality time with my family or if I want to be able to participate at my optimal potential in class, and it is a hard choice,” she added.

Many Indian students such as Akshay and Saachi decided to take online classes instead of going back to the US for the fall 2020 semester, as COVID-19 cases continue to escalate in both India and the US. International flights are limited and expensive, and classes remain virtual for most universities and colleges. For some students, lack of campus jobs and summer internships falling through because of the pandemic were also a major consideration in moving back for the summer.
Full report on the Huffpost site