"Is it raining outside? Then why do you wear clothes like that?", "Are these clothes your traditional clothes?", "Why don’t you eat chicken or pork?", "Is it possible that Pakistan and Afghanistan will come together and fight a war against America?", "Do you speak the Indian language, Hindi, in Pakistan?", "Where is Pakistan on the globe?"
I, Faryal Mehr, from Pakistan had lots of dreams, expectations and fears before arriving in the United States of America; a country where almost everyone in the world wants to come. I am in a cultural program of the U.S. Department of State. Our placements are random, so I was placed at Wilson College. Wilson has students from almost ten different countries.
Before coming to the U.S., I thought the people might not accept me into their society. I thought they would not accept me as their friend. But, I have so many friends here. Those friends have become so close to me as if we have known each other for a long time. The faculty members always appreciate me and encourage me whether it is in my studies or in playing games at Diakon during orientation week. I have enjoyed every moment here. The thing I like the most about Wilson is the respect and acceptance of diversity among their students, though not true for all.
Being the first Pakistani student, I received so much love and care from the Wilson community that I can not imagine leaving next month. I have learned a lot from Wilson. This five month period will always be a golden period of my life. Thank you to everyone for everything you have done!