Happy to try again

     The story of a young girl who left everything behind for the sake of being educated.  Anisgul is the only member of her family who can read or write.


WHEN I was coming to America so many things were hard at first because everything was new.  Just getting here was hard. It was very frightening to fly because I have never been on an airplane before. I sat between my friends. I tried so hard. I knew I shouldn’t be afraid, but when the airplane took off I was afraid. Tears were rolling from my eyes. 

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      When I arrived in America the food was completely different from my home in Afghanistan. Americans put cheese in everything and I don't like the smell of cheese. I was having a hard time every time I smelled cheese. Also it was hard for me to sleep at night and so I was tired during the day. Studies here are hard because the American system is very different from our system. I have more homework than I had in my public school in Afghanistan. And it was hard to be away from my family and friends. The first days I really missed them. Some nights I cried until I fell sleep.  

      However, I knew I had to deal with these things! Sometimes I told myself that if I did not face these hard days right away and make myself strong, I could not reach my goals. Sometimes when I am having a hard time with my studies I tell myself, “Anisgul, you can do it! If the first time you do it wrong, it doesn’t matter. The second time it will be correct!”  Also, another thing that helps me is that my teachers are very nice to me. When I have some problems they help me and my host family encourages me a lot. They are always ready to help. If I do something wrong, they still encourage me!  I know then that I will learn to do it right because of their support. They make me happy to do my work again.  I think this is important to success: to be happy to try again.

     I am trying hard because I want to go back to Afghanistan to do something for my country and so I want to do well in my studies.  Every day gets better and better. —Anisgul

    …………………………………..……..Anisgul was a student at SOLA, School of Leadership, Afghanistan before coming to America to study. She is in the eighth grade.

 …..**We think you would also enjoy this story about Anisgul’s remarkable mother if you haven’t seen it: The sewing machine that made my education.

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