My name is Akram, born in Egypt. I am currently living in Wisconsin. I am from the beautiful country which lies on the Nile river. The country that has the oldest continuing civilization. I am raised and live in the capital of Cairo. Before I came here to the United States I was a different person, who was very closed-minded and picky. I was even picky about the food my mom made, but now I believe that she is the best cook ever.
When I first came here, I realized how different the U.S. culture is from my culture, which made me open my mind to learn about this culture. I learned a lot of things during this experience. I learned a lot of leadership skills that I might have never learned.
The most interesting things were: how nice and how friendly the Americans are. I won't ever forget my fist day of school and how the students welcomed me and always wanted to know about me and my country. I would never have expected to make friends that quickly in the U.S.
My host family...words will never describe my honorable feelings to my host family. When I think about it, it is just amazing to me, how this family treats me like their own son. It is just unbelievable how this family opened their door and made me a part of the family and gave me all that trust. But it is not only about their house door, they opened their hearts, their minds and gave me a lot of care. Sometimes I get homesick but until now, I can't imagine how I am going to separate from this family.
I am so proud to be chosen to serve as a youth ambassador to the U.S. I am proud to come here and share my culture and beliefs and to learn that things aren't good or bad, they are just different. I am so thankful to my host family, to my friends. I am proud of the volunteers and supporters of the organization that placed me with my host family and school, and to everybody who helped me during this experience. I personally want to thank the U.S. Department of State for sponsoring my scholarship and for giving me this opportunity and this unforgettable experience. I would never have thought that I would learn so much during this experience. I even got to learn how to live in the cold Wisconsin weather. I gained a lot of knowledge and language skills, which I would have never learned somewhere else. I am still learning from this experience until my last day.