Ayad wrote in to share this account of his first few days in the States:
It?s been a couple of days since I touched down here in America and I am just surprised and happy to see the kindness of people here and their will to help me as foreigner. Honestly people here are very supportive. One nice African-American lady yesterday in the Walmart cashier line advised me to sign up for the the membership in order to get a discount, and I was amazed when she insisted I use her membership for my shopping items.

I love this country; people are so social, smile when they look at you in the eyes and say hi, and start asking you where you from and the conversation goes on ... I like it here! I think there are so many things we can learn from Americans outside the college campus as well. Peace to all people!

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