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International students weather the storm

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International students weather the storm

Ty, De and Esther prepare to leave Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

Ty, De and Esther prepare to leave Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

Ty, De and Esther prepare to leave Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

Ty, De and Esther prepare to leave Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

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As the spring semester ended, I, Esther Oderinde, along with Omotayo Amidu, and Demola Akande decided to go spend our summer in Houston. We had fun because, for the first time since we have been in the United States, we were able to live and experience a big city. We were supposed to spend just three months in Houston but we ended up spending three month and two weeks because of  Hurricane Harvey. We are three who experienced this terrifying experience: TY, De and I.

In TY’s words, “It was a terrifying experience as I never experienced such before. I was informed earlier by a friend but I felt indifferent; it took me a short while to prepare. It started with a heavy storm and rained for days, there was a power outage for two days and there was no means of communication because the network was down. But one thing I made sure I did was to stock the house with water and food.  Hurricane Harvey affected me because everywhere was flooded and all the highways and major roads were blocked. I could not make it back to Carthage until two weeks after.”

De says, “I was a bit terrified about the prospect of a tropical storm. The hurricane really did take me by surprise; I was not expecting it; it was the first I would ever experience. I prepared for it by stocking the house with groceries such as water, bread, eggs and other things like candles in case of power outage, which occurred. The hurricane affected me in a major way because it was difficult to move around and I was also stuck in Houston.”

In my own case I was not terrified at all, even though I did not hear anything about it until two days before it started. I was anxious to experience it. I wanted to know how it was going to feel like. It also affected me because I was stuck, too, in Houston and the restriction of movement did not help at all.

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