"I was born in Siberia, in a small town. The name of the town is Tobolsk, in the Tyumen region. People don't know about this culture in America at all, but we are a very big culture in Russia and we are Muslim."
"I didn't understand why I needed to learn a language that I didn't use at school. Looking back, I am so thankful for her persistence. Arabic has become an integral part of me."
"I do like representing myself this way, like I do like representing myself as someone who's a part of something greater than me and to represent it in the most positive way."
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