International Education

Trump travel ban casts a shadow over international students' futures


As the Trump administration struggles to determine the future of a controversial executive order banning immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, the futures of international students from those countries hang in the balance. For students who have already achieved success in research or entrepreneurship during their time in the United States, the executive order is particularly troubling. Raya Bidshahri, an Iranian student at Boston University studying neuroscience, is the founder of Intelligent Optimism, a social media movement that aims to "encourage people to be more proactive about making the world a better place." While Bidshahri has been advised to remain in the country, her family is back home in Iran.