Country pride at the big game

A Magnificent Month in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is already home for me, and I love it. I love my second home.

I tried a lot of things in my first month. In the first week I went to my first American party and it was so fun! I enjoyed the dancing, the music, and of course the food. I love the food!

I also went to the Wisconsin State Capitol and fell in love with every side of the building. Many people walk there and they were so friendly. While I walked, people said "Assalamualaikum" to me and I was so happy. It showed me that being Muslim and wearing a hijab doesn't limit you! Americans showed me that we can be everything we want, just by being ourselves.

Homecoming was also in my first month! I had the opportunity to bring my flag to my school football game, and I was so proud to show everyone my flag and my country! The next day I went to homecoming and it was really good. I dressed up and went with my friends, and I really enjoyed the dancing and the music. My school friends were so friendly, and once again I showed everyone that my hijab doesn’t limit me!

I closed the month by going to an Indonesian party. The Association of Indonesian Students at the University of Wisconsin had an event about Indonesia. I loved it. They showed Indonesian dance and music, and I ate the Indonesian food that I miss so much! The best part was meeting a lot of new people and I was fortunate enough to meet the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Mrs. Rosmalawati Chalid, and the Consul for Information, Social, and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Fajar Yusuf! It was my pleasure to talk with these important people; they were so kind and gave me some advice on how to be a good exchange student. 

I can't describe how grateful I am to be an exchange student. They are right; exchange is not a year in a life, but a life in a year!

—Fifi (YES, Indonesia), hosted by the Kirmani-Moe family (WI)