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.
“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.”