By Kate Dolan
The future is bright for Barbara Broville, a senior at Chestnut Hill College and captain of the women’s tennis team in Toulouse, France. After graduating next May, she plans to work in New York as a tennis instructor and has a degree in business administration and sports management, with which she hopes to eventually work in marketing. ‘events.
“My dream is to stay in the USA, even if I love my country
and my family, ”said Broville. “I see my future here. There is more
opportunities for me. “
To pursue these dreams, Broville began the process of
request for optional practical training, an extension of your F-1 student visa
which would allow him to work in the United States for another year in a field related to
his diploma. She applied this spring, just like Europe and the United States were starting
to face COVID-19.
“At the start of this epidemic, I just asked for my
OPT and I were waiting for the “first step,” said Broville. “It was too
risked leaving Philly without confirmation of my OPT request. “
The OPT application is a complex process and the first
This step involves the recommendation of the student’s OPT request by a
Official school. Broville followed the advice of his agent, who helped him watch
for the universities here, and who she says includes all of the “foreigners
“He told me if they had a problem while I was in
France before the first stage, it would be more complicated to communicate with
or fix them, “she said of US citizenship and immigration.
Services that oversee requests for a one-year student visa extension. ” Habitually
when you apply for OPT, you don’t leave the country because when you
receive, you have 90 days to find a job. “
While Chestnut Hill College announced its campus closure
for the rest of the semester, postpone the graduation ceremony and change positions
all online courses, Broville decided to stay in Philadelphia so as not
jeopardize his future. She was watching her two roommates and her best friends, too
from France left to go home when she was entering a period of immobilization
off-campus house they all shared in Manayunk.
Home quarantine, Broville takes online
course to finish its last year. The university tennis star could not
play tennis because the facilities are closed but she practices five times a
week at home and run three times a week in Wissahickon Park. Tennis
season at CHC takes place in the fall, so she was not affected, but via a group
cat, Broville follows his teammates, who are all in good health and safety.
Broville, three times the Central Atlantic Collegiate
Conference Women’s Tennis Weekly Honor Roll Mentions Fall
Team MVP for the 2017-2018 season, voted with the majority of Chestnut Hill
College seniors for a postponement of the graduation ceremony as opposed to a
“My whole family was supposed to come for my diploma,” she said.
said. “I was so happy to show them my new life, my new city, my new way of life, so I want to
In France, his family is in good health and lives under
quarantine restrictions which she describes as being “totally different” from
here in Philly.
“You can’t leave the house except to buy food”,
Said Broville. “You must leave the house with proof of address because
you need to go to the grocery store nearest you. “
Going for a run should be less than a mile from your home,
she said, and friends and family can’t visit.
Broville plans to go home. She must
take off on May 5 for Toulouse where she has a summer job in an aligned bank. While
she is waiting for OPT, she is not legally allowed to work here and she must
to make and save money this summer before leaving for New York.
“If I had the opportunity to start working now
America, I would rather do it than return to France, ”said Broville. “But I do
I don’t know how long it will take to get my OPT. So i can’t
take the risk of staying here all summer unemployed. “
Barbara came to the United States three years ago and did not speak
a word of english. She remembers not being able to ask what time she
arrival. Now in quarantine, she is watching TV shows in Spanish
learn a third language.
A few other things she learns: as “hyperactive”
student who would wake up early for no reason, she can sleep later than she
thought. And, it is positive about the uncertainty and precariousness of the
situation and the fact that she is far from her family.
“I love my family and friends in France but I sacrificed
so many things to come here, “said Broville. “And now I’m sure my life is in