I arrived in the USA in 2010, and like many refugee kids resettled here, I was enrolled at ACHS. It was my first time frequenting an American school, in a system that was totally strange to me, in an entirely new language. Going to Central has taught me many things, but the most important is that a home is not a home unless you feel welcome to be who you are.
I think diversity is what defines Central. For the past three years that I’ve been here, I have been able to experience the cultural diversity that is central’s environment; I remember the first day I started at central, right after we finished all the paper works, a student came and volunteered to help me find my classes- to me that meant and felt like a huge stone was being lifted from my shoulders, because otherwise I would have been lost- and funny thing is that I had even grabbed a couple of copies to help me get around, thinking that I was on my own.
Being able to frequent a place where everyone is welcomed and accepted, despite numerous obvious adversities, is an opportunity that only few get. It’s fascinating when you know that you frequent a place where, if you pay attention, you will acquire lifelong skills. Having lived in other places where there was not much expected, and then all of a sudden being able to dream as high as I want and have people around who care, has taught me to be a critical thinker and motivated person.
Central’s contrasted environment is one of the things that inspired me in deciding to develop one of my life goal-after getting a higher education, I will go back and help others get to where I’m. I’m certain that everyone should have people to motivate them-having people who believe in me and constantly state that the only way to earn a living is through education, is something I would like to be able to provide to others.
Waking up every day knowing that I’m going to a place where, no matter how big a problem I...
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