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Mirrah Explains Why Fasting During Ramadan is Harder in the US

by Guest Post - Posts (68). Posted Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 10:01 am

Mirrah is starting a master’s degree in bioengineering this fall at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. But before she begins her studies, she had to conquer another challenge – her first Ramadan and Eid-al Fitr in the U.S. She wrote to us to “share my story about how I fasted and how I celebrated.” […]

Aya’s Story: A Muslim Woman Breaks Stereotypes at a Southern Church

by Guest Post - Posts (68). Posted Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Aya Chebbi is at Georgia Southern University as part of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. She’s been taking the opportunity to teach students and local groups about her country, Tunisia, her religion, Islam, and all about her heritage and culture. Recently she spoke with one group that had a particular impact on how […]

To My Muslim Friends: Know What You’re Getting Yourself Into

by Mohammed Al-Suraih - Posts (5). Posted Thursday, February 7th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

When I started the process of applying to undergraduate schools in the United States, I never thought about whether America would be a welcoming place for a young Muslim student. I read articles that talked about the diverse America, the melting pot America, and the land of dreams America. I had conversations with friends who […]

The Quest for Desi, Halal Food in America

by Javaria Khan - Posts (6). Posted Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 9:20 am

The sharp scent of red spices and curry powder. Heat emanating from the fresh pieces of naan bread. The sound of silverware clattering against each other. And the sight of native, desi food. I suddenly felt that a piece of me that had been empty for months was alive again. I was in New York, […]

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

by Guest Post - Posts (68). 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 […]

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

by Guest Post - Posts (68). 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. […]

Favorite Posts: Breaking Stereotypes and Learning Good Habits

by Sebastian - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 8:34 am

These are my favorite two posts from last semester. The first one is a compilation I liked since it breaks the stereotypes and stands up for an ideology that had been falsely attacked. The second one is a post from Jamie that I found particularly helpful and I think a lot of college students may have done […]

Memorable Posts: American Culture and Returning Home

by Nareg Seferian - Posts (16). Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 6:47 am

What were your favorite articles from the past school year? I went through the posts, and picked the ones I remembered. Here they are, in no particular order (except perhaps chronological): #1) How to Speak English Fluently?, by Nick I thought that one was helpful when it comes to learning and getting accustomed to the […]

Some Personal Favorites from the Past Year: Cultures, Subcultures, and Love

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I did a similar list at Christmas time, so I won’t repeat any of the posts I listed there. Take a look back at that post from December 2010 to see some previous favorites worth checking out. Top 5 personal favorites #1) We Are Not Terrorists: Muslim Experiences on Campus, Question of the Week Also:My […]

Recap: Being Muslim in America

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 10:23 am

With yesterday’s news of the death of Osama bin Laden, and stories of Americans celebrating in the streets (including on college campuses), it seemed an opportune time to look back at the posts we’ve done on what it’s like to be a Muslim studying in America. Back in January we talked to a number of […]

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My Biggest Surprise in the US: Sadia’s Story

by Guest Post - Posts (68). Posted Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 at 10:59 am

I received an email recently from a student in California – Sadia Awan from Pakistan.  Inspired by some of our posts on this blog about arriving in the U.S. and how foreign students are treated in America, she shared her story of going through airport security for the first time.  It was a shock, she […]

Dispelling Myths About Hijab, Daily Prayers, and Other Practicalities of Muslim Life on Campus

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, January 24th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Earlier today we posted about Islamophobia and how Muslims are viewed in America.  But when we asked you what you wanted to know from Muslims students, it turned out you also have some more practical concerns about observing Islam on campus. Many colleges, even those with smaller Muslim populations have a Muslim student association, which facilitates […]

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We Are Not Terrorists: Muslim Experiences on Campus

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Monday, January 24th, 2011 at 10:10 am

Last week I shared a message that I received on Facebook: I hope American people wouldn’t bother it at all for a moeslim girl like me study and live in their neighbourhood It inspired us to look at stereotypes and how American classmates react to foreign students. Our bloggers said they have had positive experiences, […]

Question of the Week: Being a Muslim (or Anything Else) on Campus

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Many of our bloggers have brought up that one of the things they’ve been most pleased to find in America is diversity – people from all over the world and people with all sorts of beliefs and preferences. But Martin Luther King Day yesterday serves as a reminder that America has a difficult history, and […]

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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