Naima poses with host parents Michael and Rachelle in addition to host sisters Raegan, Alisa, and Meg.

Making the Most of Everything

When I was coming to the United States, I was terrified and excited. I didn’t know what to expect, but it all turned out great. It is incredibly amazing how I bonded with my family and friends in a short period of time. I would say that playing sports like basketball and tennis, and being involved with all kinds of things in school and outside of school played a big role.

I am so happy that I got the chance to meet all of the new people in my life, and I will forever be grateful to everyone who took part in this life-changing experience. This year means so much for me and for my future.

—Naima (PAX Means Peace Scholar, Somaliland), hosted by the Smith family (IN)