I am Albara. and I am from Yemen. I am Yemeni. I was born in Yemen, and I lived in the city of Ibb in the neighborhood named Awad. I enjoyed Islamic school because I was good at it and I studied to 7th grade. From 1st to 4th grade, I was at the top of my class.
A turning point for me was when my father said, “Would you like to come to New York City for school?” I came to the US to learn because, in Yemen, the schools are not always good. Sometimes, there are only two teachers for all the subjects.
I like to see my friends and play, and I want to finish school with good grades. In Yemen, I was good at history and science. I hated math. I enjoy seeing my other friends, and I play soccer. I got good at it because I practiced it a lot. The greatest struggle in my life was when I came to the U.S. because I feel like I miss my family. I need them to be with me.
The most important thing to me is my family. They are precious to me. My father is here with me in Brooklyn, but he goes back and forth to Yemen to visit my mom and grandparents. Sometimes my mom visits but she doesn’t like to stay here because her family is in Yemen. I feel okay about being here alone with my dad because I came here to prepare for a career as a police officer or a pilot. I feel lucky because of my dreams, my family, and my god because when I pray, I feel safer and more peaceful.