“Within days, I received word from the community coordinator saying there was a room for me in Marian Spencer Hall,” says Rakhimov. “I am so grateful for everything [Sarah] has done for me. She really turned my stress and anxiety around.”
He worked with administrator Shepherd as a student ambassador for UC International Admissions Office earlier in his freshman year.
Now with his housing predicament solved and still no flights home, Rakhimov faced a lonely summer with only a couple of friends nearby, yet he was grateful he found a job as a summer student orientation leader for UC’s College of Medicine, where he creates Youtube videos of UC campus tours for new and tranferring students.
“As a working student, I can stay in the residence hall for the remainder of the summer semester even though our orientation work is now all online,” says Rakhimov.
To his surprise, he also received outside help from UC staff he had never met.
“While living here on campus, I applied to the UC Bearcat Emergency Fund set up to help international students and other students in need during a crisis like this.” says Rakhimov.
In the meantime, his story spread around campus through Shepherd and Jon Weller, director of enrollment for UC International.