“In Syria, our school was fantastic. We had a nice three story building. There were 50 different teachers and our dad was the principal. When we got to the refugee camp in Jordan, we had school in a tent. Learning was very different because of the weather--we got so cold in the winter and so hot in the summer. We also experienced wind storm and sand storms. We only had two teachers in the camp.
The language has been the most difficult part of school in the United States. In Syria, all the classes are in Arabic and here they are all in English. In Syria, we studied English grammar for two hours a week, but that is different than speaking the language. In the camp we also studied some English grammar after school, which has helped in the transition. Now, we are both 4.0 students.
Of course, we miss our home, our school and our friends. But we are a part of America now. We are safe and feel a lot of trust and love here in America."
Refugee Camp: Elzatta Camp in Jordan
Current Location: United States
Family: Parents and three brothers