As my father dropped me off on my first day of school in the USA, I knew that I would not appreciate the change. Not only was it my first day in the new school, I was also adapting to a new life in a new country, where I would have to learn English when I only spoke Arabic.
Bye Reem. Enjoy your first day!
She left even before the party started!
Ya Allah! Oh God! What are they saying??! I miss my friends!
The soccer game was lit! Ali's goal made us win yesterday!
Let's work on the project today after school.
Yeah Right. Huff!
Welcome to my class.
You can sit next to Maria. She will help you find your way around. Right Maria?
This is your homeroom teacher, Mr. Omar.
I will show them that I am not the ignorant "Boater". I know I can do it. I will make my parents proud.
Hahahahah! Boater! She can't even say "sipped" right!
Through time, I learned how to ignore the insignificant gestures with the goal to slow me down. My doubtful, insecure, conscious self was gone. Replaced by someone ambitious to reach her goals, inventive and persistent yet still a human with countless flaws. As a result, my academic path became exceptional and outstanding.
3 years later...
Alhmdu L Allah! Thanks God! Mama! Papa! I did it!
The Principle's Award and the Bilingual Award, goes to... Reem Alharbi!
Kayla si..ped from her waterr bottle while she wae..ted to do prr...acteese drills.
Overcoming the challenges of a new beginning reformed the way I view the hardships of life. Even if I confront challenges, I don't have to run away or hide from them. I became aware that I can use this new life that provides endless opportunities to become the dream of my parents and the hope of my homeland.