An International Student’s Hurricane Irma Experience


This podcast is part of the Streaming Science: The Science of Superstorms series. Graduate and undergraduate students in AEC 4036/6932 created these podcasts. The courses are offered in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida.



In this podcast, host and University of Florida – Department of Agricultural Education and Communication PhD student Jasser Alharbi investigates how superstorms impact international students.

Jasser interviews Mazen Showsh, who is currently a PhD student at the University of Georgia. He was the president of the Saudi Students Association at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Mazen talks about how the Saudi Students Association helped students to evacuate during Hurricane Irma in 2017. He and his team focused on new international students who did not know English at the time. The new students needed support navigating language barriers to understand what happens during a hurricane.

The organization helped many students evacuate and to be welcomed by other Saudi Students Associations in other states. Their help was not only for students who were form Saudi, but they also helped other international students and local people to rebuild what was damaged during the hurricane.

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