The year 2013 changed my life a lot. It was the year that I visited The United States of America on a culture exchange program. The four months that I spent there enabled me to gain experiences that had a long lasting effect on me. I had never even lived in a dorm room in my own city Peshawar. This was not just a dorm room, it was a dorm room thousands of miles away in a place where I didn’t know anyone. I would be lying if I say I wasn’t scared, I was. But the excitement overwhelmed the fear and I mingled in very soon.
During my stay there I witnessed various aspects of American culture which helped me clarify many stereotypes that we have about American society. I also gave interviews and delivered presentations about Pakistan to show common American people (mostly students) what Pakistan actually is. Majority of them were also surprised to hear about things I was telling them because a lot of those things were news to them. I think clarifying stereotypes about both the countries and bringing their people closer was the biggest thing I achieved.
American society also introduced me to community service and social work, things that are not very common in our society. This encouraged me to take part in and conduct community service activities here as well.
I’m looking forward to doing good and giving back to my society in the coming days.