Dear International Students and Scholars:
We hope this note finds you well, if filled with the normal end-of-semester stresses to which we are accustomed in November. We know that the numbers of COVID-19 cases have risen here in South Dakota, and we encourage you to continue your vigilance in mitigating the risks associated with COVID-19, including hand washing, mask wearing, and social distancing, We are almost at the end of the semester, and we don’t want to let down our guard with the coming of the holiday seasons!
Please continue to pay attention to our weekly messages – we have information about services for students on campus during the semester break season, and we will be sharing that information with you shortly.
The past month has certainly been full of important news for our world, particularly the last week with news of the elections here in the United States. We know that there has been public unrest in Nigeria, fears related to a possible civil war in Ethiopia, and severe damage related to Hurricane Eta in Honduras. (SDSU student Leyby Guifarro has established a GoFundMe page for donations for hurricane victims.) If we have discovered anything during the pandemic, we have learned to be patient, take care of ourselves and our friends, and review multiple sources of information before we make assumptions about anything happening in the American political system.
The United States will be undergoing a presidential transition over the coming months, with the inauguration of a new president on January 20, 2021. Our country prides itself on a peaceful transition from one president to the next, but there have been instances in the past when the election process creates legal proceedings to have results reviewed in certain states based on how close the outcome of the election is between the candidates. We certainly had such legal challenges in the 2016 election, and we already have had such challenges in the 2020 election. The SDSU Office of International Affairs will be constantly monitoring events and will keep our current and future students informed as needed.
Over the next few weeks, please continue to focus on your studies – those remaining papers and projects and exams – for the Fall 2020 semester. And we hope you continue to help reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus by washing your hands, wearing a mask, and social distancing. As we worked through several national holidays in Fall 2020, our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 as well as December 24 through December 30, 2020. (Our office will be open on Thursday, December 31, 2020, but closed again through Sunday, January 3, 2021.)
Should you anticipate needing our assistance during the upcoming holiday breaks, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at SDSU.IntlStud@sdstate.edu. Thank you – good luck on your final projects in Fall 2020 and best wishes for a restful, healthy, and joyful holiday season!