The night before I leave

A student’s thoughts before leaving for America—


Kabul.  Photo: public domain.


TODAY is my last day in Afghanistan. I leave for America tomorrow.  I’ve been at SOLA* almost seven years and now I’m leaving! I’ve changed so much. When I came I was very shy. I was even hiding my face with my hands. I couldn’t look at people. But then I saw that the girls weren’t shy; they were talking to each other.  After that, I started to talk and started to learn English. My time at SOLA taught me responsibility. It also taught me to take care of myself.  It gave me courage.  Now I will take these things with me to America.  

     My first hope is to make lots of friends. Well, I really want to be a friend. I love to learn about other people’s countries.  I want to know about their lives. If someone else has had a hard life, maybe I can tell them about my life in Afghanistan.  I can help support them if their lives have been hard. I could tell them the things that have helped me.

     If there are people reading this who are dreaming of studying in America, or in some other country, I would tell you to believe in yourself.  You must say to yourself, “I can do it!”  If you think you can’t do something, then you won’t be able to do it.  I kept telling myself, “I can do this. Why not?! ”  

     And so can you.  —Shaiq

.*****Shaiq has been studying at SOLA, School of Leadership, Afghanistan. His native language is Dari. He now has begun his studies in America after so many years of hard work.  We wish him well!  

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