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I was a street kid…

Republished from Servir, the quarterly magazine of the Jesuit Refugee Service About the author: Nematullah Ahangosh is a Star alumnus. He works for Jesuit Refugee Service teaching English to children in IDP camps. He is an active member of Afghan Peace Volunteers. You can follow him at https://ahangosh.wordpress.com I started working when I was in[…]

Ali Hujjati

The Story of a Hazara Girl

About the author: Muhammad Ali Hujjati is in the 11th grade at Marefat High School and plans to study business or economics in the future. “Allah-o-Akbar. Allah-o-Akbar. God is great. God is great!” It was 3 a.m. The sound of Azan blasted from the loudspeakers of mosques, paving the deserted, lifeless streets of Mariaabad, Quetta[…]

Cassandra Hsiao

17-year old Malaysian immigrant gains admission to all 8 Ivy League Universities with essay about learning English

Cassandra Hsiao immigrated to the U.S. from Malaysia at just 5 years old. She’s a first-generation immigrant living in Southern California. She has offers from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell and Penn. Hsiao has a wildly impressive resume, but it was her essay about learning English that impressed the universities. In addition to[…]

Ali Hujjati

Descending from war, ascending toward peace

A short story About the author: Muhammad Ali Hujjati is in the 11th grade at Marefat High School and plans to study business or economics in the future. It was 2010 and a reporter from Le Monde, a famous French newspaper, was interviewing Afghanistan’s newest ambassador to France. Interviewer: Madam Ambassador, welcome to France. You[…]