Guest post from current YFUer, Momna.
Almost seven months ago, I flew to a country as an exchange student where culture, traditions, food, language, surroundings, everything was different; each and every person was unknown to me. But I never knew that in this same place I would find a home and a family.
It is hard to believe that I have already spent seven months in USA (which was a totally strange place for me)! A lot of things that I have encountered in the past seven months have actually taught me so much about life; each and every experience gave me a life lesson. I learned how to be more independent, how to face challenges alone, and how to be strong in situations that can make me feel really weak. I learned how to convert my weakness into strength, and yes, I learned never to give up.
I feel so blessed for having a family and friends here; the people who helped me make so many special memories, the memories that I am going to take back to my home country. So many times I went to bed crying into my pillow. Telling myself that I am done, I can't do this anymore, but every morning I rose up again. Telling myself I am not weak, and that more memories and achievements are waiting for me. I can now see myself as more prepared, stronger, and better than before. Nobody but me can see the change in me because I know who I was yesterday, and who I now am today. I would like to thank US Department of State for giving me this opportunity and providing this amazing platform for me and for other exchange students.
-Momna, 2017-2018 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Student, Pakistan to USA.