Background Image
Previous Page  9 / 22 Next Page
Basic version Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 9 / 22 Next Page
Page Background

Most students did not realize at that time that

there is a difference between a refugee student and

a foreign exchange student. A refugee is a person

who escapes his or her country of birth due to war

persecution. Refugees gain residency in another

country and eventually become naturalized citizens.

In contrast, a foreign exchange student is a student

who applies for a study visa and enters the country

for a limited amount of time. Once the school year

or semester is over, the students generally return

to their home countries and continue their studies.

In the United States, any immigrant who wishes

to remain in the country has to have a five-year

residency to qualify for citizenship. Once the five-

year residency is met, an immigrant applies for

citizenship and has to pass an exam on U.S. history.

Most questions are about the government and how

the states have developed.

I did not have the most positive experience during

high school, but college changed that for me. Once

I enrolled at IU Southeast, I felt like family in a

large community. The students and faculty were

very accepting. Whenever they learned my story,

they wanted to hear more about it and were not

judgmental. No matter what course I took, each

professor was intrigued by my story and I was

intrigued by their stories. IU Southeast offers so

much besides university courses: friendships,

mentors, and a lifelong community. I’ve taken

courses that vary from religion to zoology to figure

out what my interests are. I finally decided to

pursue Psychology and General Studies as part of a

dual degree.

Most people are curious as to why I specifically

chose Psychology, and to be honest it stems from

my childhood. I have lived through so much and

witnessed so much, I knew I wanted to give back in

a way that would impact someone’s life. Psychology

not only allows me to help others, but also to help

myself. When you have war in your background,

post-traumatic stress disorder is always present,

as well as other traumas. Psychology offered me

insight into my own mental processes. The deeper

I got into psychology, the love I had for it grew

enormously.

The older I have become, the more optimistic I

have become. I realize that I have gone from a

war child to an adult dreamer who is constantly

chasing her dreams of creating a better tomorrow.

People say that one person cannot change the entire

world, but one person can surely improve another

person’s life. I hope that through my major, I will

be able to offer veterans counseling to assist them

in daily tasks after coming back from war. Like

myself, they realize how lucky we are, after living

in a threatening situation that forces us to examine

everything we believe to be important. Mahatma

Gandhi once said, “Strength does not come from

physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable

will.”

“The older I have

become, the more

optimistic I have become.

I realize that I have gone

from a war child to an

adult dreamer who is

constantly chasing her

dreams of creating a

better tomorrow.”