US Student Exchange Programme – Haziq Ahmad Qari & Asar Lone share their experiences
Living away from home, on the other side of the world, has impacted me in ways that will stick with me for life. Since living in the United States for one year I have come out of my shell, so as to say; I’m much less shy! I’ve become more independent, and confident in myself and the choices I make, and I’ve learned to take in everything as it comes, and not to judge things by their first impression, which I didn’t necessarily do before my exchange. Experiencing a different culture, a different lifestyle, and a different language has changed my perception of life. I am so much more aware of the world now, and as I am back, I can’t wait to pass on all of my new knowledge to the people around me. Studying in the US was a very personal and a collaborative experience. Also being outside of your comfort zone is a scary thing, but I’ve realized now that really it is just an opportunity to try new things. Student exchanges are very important and should be encouraged. I hope more and more exchanges happen in the coming years.
Haziq Ahmad Qari
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My exchange year in America was a phenomenal learning experience. I gained a broader perspective of cultural differences and how to live in peace with them. I hope i can apply whatever i have learnt in US and apply it in my personal life and society and move more towards progress.