Personal Narrative: My Experience As An Arab Student

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Monday 04/17/2017 my friend Rachel asked me for a favor on behalf of her professor Dr. Dena Kniess for a multicultural course for graduate students. To be a part of a panel discussion on Arab students. Rachel asked me to talk about my experience as an Arab student at EIU and told me a bit about what I should expect from the students. At first, between me and myself I was a bit afraid and nervous. I was going to say “sorry Rachel, I can’t make it”. But then, I’m like “no I’ll make it, it’s definitely a good opportunity and who else can make it better than me?” so I told her SUREEEE!! Went to Buzzard Hall at 4:00 pm. The students just kept on coming, I was smiling all the time, stressed and nervous. I texted my family to pray for me as my nervousness …show more content…
We talked about things I can never imagine myself talking about. I have discovered new things about myself. How much I love and appreciate my family, how much I’m thankful for being a part of EIU, how much I have changed in 4 months. And honestly, I can’t wait to see myself after 3 years.
Rachel apologized for me for being the only speaker in the panel and thought that it was a pressure on me with all the questions from the students and thought it was awkward for me. In fact, I was extremely proud of myself and I can’t thank Rachel enough for giving me this opportunity to share my study abroad experience with them. I didn’t know that I have too much to say until

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