Not only did I have the chance to go the theater with my dad, but I was able to witness a show that was very creative dance-wise, with a storyline that some teens could relate to. The show hadn’t even started when I could already see it was a great way to kick off the holiday season.
At first, people kept asking me why I came to the United States. Then, it was so hard for me to answer them why, but now I can answer them without hesitation. I will just simply tell them that it is because I want a better life.
Getting to the U.S. was just the start of a never-ending journey that will continue for my a lifetime. Being fortunate enough to receive the opportunity of coming to a country some people can only dream of sets up a lot of pressure to succeed.
I’m sharing my story to let people see how immigrants experience difficult situations. My family is from Baghdad. It is the capital city in Iraq, and it is actually beautiful. But sometimes it is not safe to live there, especially when there is war.
Being a teenager and having a passion can change your life. I know this because having a passion for dance has changed my life forever.
Coupled with the fact that Valkyrie is a black female, she serves as a direct reflection of my own reality.
I can’t even count the number of college applications I filled out yet never submitted due to my paralyzing fear of feeling I wasn’t good enough.
“I hope that underclassmen can learn from some of my mistakes and the things I learned from my schoolmates and administration in the past four years.”
Losing everything and starting a life over can be a difficult task. I know this because I lived it.
As the new issue VOX Investigates: Immigration approaches, our Q&A with a Muslim Atlanta teen reminds us of the real lives behind the news headlines.