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Sophomore Laiba Salehin’s experience of moving to the U.S. from Pakistan

Laiba Salehin, Special to the A-Blast

February 15, 2017

Filed under American Stories, International

I had always seen glimpses of different places in the United States on TV; however, I never really knew what the United States was actually like until I arrived here in 2015. Me and my family lived in the suburban part of Pakistan, in the ...

Senior Jesse Agyapong reminisces about childhood

Lina Al Taii, International Editor

February 15, 2017

Filed under International

  A situation common to many international students at AHS, senior Jesse Agyapong has an experience of living outside of the U.S.. Agyapong spent nine of his childhood years in Ghana, moving there when he was two years old...

Junior Aya Khalaf’s experience of moving to the U.S. from Baghdad, Iraq

Aya Khalaf, Special to the A-Blast

January 23, 2017

Filed under American Stories, International

Doing anything new in life can be very challenging. In 2008 my family and I moved to America from Iraq. We had to move here because my mom worked in the American Embassy in Iraq, and we started to get threats and people started...

Junior Aya Khalaf’s experience of moving to the U.S. from Baghdad, Iraq

Aya Khalaf, Special to the A-Blast

January 18, 2017

Filed under American Stories, International

Doing anything new in life can be very challenging. In 2008 my family and I moved to America from Iraq. We had to move here because my mom worked in the American Embassy in Iraq, and we started to get threats and people started...

What it’s like to spend three days in a remote village

Aseal Saed, Editorials Editor

January 17, 2017

Filed under International

Throughout my trip in Khartoum, I was dreading the day my family and I would have to spend three days in Dongola, the area where my dad grew up. My sisters had been worrying me all week saying that there was no internet and it...

Junior Aseal Saed spends three weeks in Northern Sudan

Aseal Saed, Editorials Editor

January 17, 2017

Filed under International

Sand everywhere. Fast voices speaking in Arabic. Buzzing streets. Smells of spices. These were my senses entering the city of Khartoum, Sudan. Everything was so overwhelming and hard to process, as this was my first time in my h...

Junior Afomia Assefa celebrates Ethiopian Christmas

Lina Al Taii, International Editor

December 13, 2016

Filed under International

Christmas in the Ethiopian culture is celebrated on Jan. 7 going by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church which still follows the old Julian Calender. "To me, Ethiopian Christmas means a time to recognize and appreciate my religion,...

Junior Shirley Chu celebrates New Year

Katie Pope, Staff Writer

December 13, 2016

Filed under International

Chinese New Year is celebrated to let go of the past and welcome new beginnings, similar to the American New Year. "To me, Chinese New Year means a new year to be grateful for," junior Shirley Chu said. The celebrations last...

Senior Maya Koch celebrates Rosh Hashannah

Kayla Holcomb, Staff Writer

December 13, 2016

Filed under International

Rosh Hashannah is the Jewish new year, literally translated from Hebrew as "beginning of the year." The two day celebration begins on the first day of Tishrei, the first month of the Jewish calendar, roughly equivalent to the...

American Stories: Sophomore Aysha Rayaz’s experience of moving to the U.S. from Dubai

Aysha Rayaz, Special to the A-Blast

December 13, 2016

Filed under American Stories, International

Dubai, my city where I was born is one of the most amazing and developing cities. It is one of the best countries. However the year 2016 brought a huge change in my life when I got the visa to the United States. My father...

Students blend Thanksgiving traditions: Ethiopia

Lina Al Taii, International Editor

December 13, 2016

Filed under International

Thanksgiving is a day to appreciate everything you have and be thankful, no matter where you are from.  For Ethiopian senior Bitania Endalkachew, Thanksgiving is a day to show gratitude for the opportunity to be thriving in America, as opposed to th...

Students blend Thanksgiving traditions: Eritrea

Kayla Holcomb, Staff Writer

November 4, 2016

Filed under International

Some would think that Thanksgiving in sophomore Sesina Beyenes house would be very different considering her family is from Eritrea, but it is not. "We celebrate Thanksgiving pretty much like everyone else, with a lot of food...

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