Chapter 3: UD's International Community
Proceedings: Global Voices on the University of Dayton Campus
University of Dayton
“I am Amal. What is your name?” This “easy” phrase is what I used to say when I wanted to integrate within a new community back in Saudi Arabia. However, this phrase was the toughest phrase I could say out loud when I was a freshman at the University of Dayton. I faced a lot of challenges when I first came to UD. I was not prepared to handle the differences between my culture and the American culture. I wanted to be part of the UD community; however, people seemed uncomfortable whenever I opened a conversation. I had a tough time understanding why it was always awkward when I started a conversation with an American. I started to think that both Americans and I myself were uncomfortable having conversations because of the fact that I am a Muslim and Saudi, and because of the fact that I am different than anyone else here.
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Alrasheed, Amal, "My Experience at the University of Dayton" (2018). Proceedings: 2018 Global Voices on the University of Dayton Campus. 4.