The nights are cold but illuminated with a colorful array of holiday lights. Excitement and merriment are in the air, as ‘tis the season to be jolly. For the majority of UM students, Winter Break is a time to gather with family and friends in celebration of the holiday season.
However, the break may not generate similar sentiment for international students. There are more than 5,000 international students attending UM. Many international students remain on campus during the break. Visiting their home countries may not be feasible due to long distances and costly airfares.