“I identify as Arab American. My dad is Saudi Arabian and my mom is American. Growing up, I never fully fit into either background, but I’m grateful for both cultures for allowing me to have an open mind, empathize with other people’s perspectives, and shape me into the person I am today.”

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Mariam Aref

Adjustment to life at #UCLA as an #ArabAmerican student is not without challenges, both culturally & spiritually. The pursuit of the #AmericanDream, who knew it could be so bittersweet?

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