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Added: November 9, 2016

I came from Egypt and things are just more conservative there, but then here, most people are more open-minded and sometimes it can be easy to just lose yourself and not know your limits. You might end up doing whatever your friends are doing, but I think eventually everyone finds where they’re comfortable; it just takes some time. I think the first year I came here it wasn’t easy for me to fit in, and it could’ve been really easy for me to get distracted and go to all these parties and stuff, but it just wasn’t me. Eventually I learned what it is that I want to do for fun and also what my limits are. It was important for me to figure that out and when things could change to being peer pressure.

Apart from the cultures, the different languages were also new to me. Back in Egypt, everyone spoke Arabic, but I remember here, I was on the metro once and I started hearing everyone speaking all these different languages, and it was sort of overwhelming for me. I didn’t understand everything and so it was a bit frustrating. But now it’s fun and I like meeting people from all these countries that I didn’t even know existed.

Lobna Abouelleil is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies degree at the American University of Sharjah.