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Students Abroad In Paris During Recent Attacks Share Their Concerns

USC students in Paris are safe, but say the city is still shaken.

Kevin Chang, a USC student currently studying abroad in Paris, says the city is on edge.

"I just saw a bunch of people running at me when I was just walking down the street like a stampede of people," Chang said. "The instinctual thing is to just run in the opposite direction, and at that moment I felt like there could have been a shootout at any point."

Thankfully for him, this was just a false alarm. This scare comes just days after the tragic Paris attacks that resulted in the deaths of over 120 people.

"There was still a sense of fear around the city that I could feel," Chang said. "A lot of restaurants that were normally opened were closed."

He and other study abroad students say they have received a number of emails from program leaders who were worried for their safety. Monday afternoon, USC Provost Micael Quick confirmed in an email that all 119 students studying abroad in Paris are safe. But, the tragedy has left some students concerned of the potential risks of studying abroad.

"Am I going to make it back to the U.S.?" Junior Weston Mui asked. "I don't know. It's like how dangerous is it actually?"

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