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American or Afghan Restaurants: Mirrors of Modern Culture

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

The last day of spring break marked the birthdays of two of my school friends. We had planned to treat them to a surprise party in a restaurant, however as we struggled to decide on a place to go it was I who experienced the biggest surprise. Typing “great restaurants in Boston” into Yelp’s search […]

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Fawad and Buzkashi Boys: Does Hard Work, or Fate and Coincidence, Create Success?

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 5:26 pm

As I surf my Facebook newsfeed, a photo catches my attention. Two Afghan boys smile broadly as they board a Turkish airplane. The boys are Fawad Mohammadi and Jawanmard Paiz, the lead actors in “Buzkashi Boys,” an Oscar-nominated short film about friends who dream of becoming horseback riders in Afghanistan’s fierce version of polo. These […]

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Finding Inspiration for Afghanistan in America’s Election

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Tufts: where more people watch the election than the Super Bowl… — Matt McDonald (@mattmcd88) November 7, 2012 Two weeks ago, I was standing among a throng of students in Hotung Café at Tufts University—a crowd burning in anticipation to learn the outcome of the presidential election. I had left my quiet dorm room […]

Some Hard Realities of Studying Abroad as an Afghan Student: Muhammad’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 11:17 am

“I realized that whatever I said and whatever I did, I was helping create my classmates’ perception of what an Afghan person is,” wrote Abuzar last week of his experience studying at a U.S. high school.  He worked hard every second to “introduce Afghanistan through the eyes of my generation, a generation tired of the […]

‘Who Are You?’ What it Means to be an Afghan Among Americans

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 11:38 am

“Hey, who are you?” The straightforward question came to me in my first day as a high school student in America. I was about to begin the biography-like chronicle of my life, as I would when I was back in Afghanistan, when it hit me. Who was I, indeed? It was then that I truly […]

Solitary: Rahela’s Story of a Lonely First Year in America

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 9:21 am

Rahela spent her junior and senior years of high school studying in Vermont, and is now starting at an American college. She shared this story about her first year in the U.S., which held more than its fair share of disappointments. The United States is a multi-cultural country that is famous as a melting pot. […]

TOEFL Might Just Be the Last of Many Hurdles: Jawad’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

“I have always asked myself why people have made borders. Is it right that because my grandfathers lived in this land, it is mine and no one else has the right to live in it? Why do people want to get away from each other and differentiate themselves from one another? For example people say: […]

A Plan to Overcome the Challenges (External and Internal): Homayoon’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (71). Posted Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 9:46 am

A few months ago, Homayoon wrote on our Facebook page: Despite past disappointments, Homayoon says he will try again to achieve a higher TOEFL score and apply for scholarships. He writes in with this explanation of why he hopes to study in the U.S., the challenges he has faced, and what he plans to do […]

A New Start: Nawroz in Afghanistan and America

by Farima Afaq - Posts (7). Posted Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 10:26 am

The new year in Afghanistan is called Nawroz (sometimes spelled Nowruz or Nawruz in English). The first day of the Afghan month Hamal, which falls on the 21st of March, was the first day of the new year in Afghanistan and some other countries. This day is considered one of the biggest holidays of the […]

My Work Experience with the Female Politicians of Afghanistan

by Farima Afaq - Posts (7). Posted Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 10:22 am

While living in Afghanistan and the US, I have learned and explored about my abilities and skills, and future. My family and friends have always admired my hard work as a student and leader in my school. They have told me that I deserve to become a leader, maybe even the first woman president of […]

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Being Afghan and Muslim at a US High School

by Farima Afaq - Posts (7). Posted Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 at 9:15 am

I was holding up Afghanistan’s flag as the photographers, teachers, and other students watched … I felt love, and respect for all of the other flags, and slowly my tears came down my cheeks. I came to the U.S. in order to get a great education, and to make my family and my country proud. […]

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