I was in Afghanistan for twelve years and then my family moved here and we’ve been here for approximately 4 and a half years.
The main challenge I faced when I first came to New York was the language. I did not speak any English. My personal life changed as well. I didn’t have any friends, I started a new school, and a new language. I left everything behind and I basically had to start a new life.
As the years passed by I realized how hard work pays off and I just kept going. I would take tutoring, after school activities, and even talk with the teachers to learn more. Anything that made me more knowledgeable was a real benefit.
I’m trying to keep up with my grades. Private universities are really challenging and I am trying to stay on top of my work. The reason I came here was that my parents wanted to have a better future and a better education for their children.
I keep going because I know there’s just so much more that I want to do and that I can do. I’m always hungry for knowledge. I’m hungry for learning and I don’t think there is such a thing as learning too much. Knowledge and learning are infinite.
I’ve always had my parents and my aunt and uncle beside me. They’ve always supported me in everything. When I am going through a tough time, when I’m stressed out, they are always my biggest support; so I thank them for that.
I wake up everyday because I am so blessed to have literally everything I want and need. I have a full scholarship to a private university, I have my family with me, I’m doing well in school, I have a roof over my head, I’m healthy, and the list goes on.
Life is a blessing. I’m happy to be alive and with the people I love.
Interviewed by Abdul