As the UW hosts an increasing number of international students every year, it can be difficult to accommodate all the diverse cultures and beliefs. Students at the UW come from many different walks of life. Many, like me, come from Islamic backgrounds.
As an international student from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), my Islamic heritage is very important to me. At times, assimilating my cultural beliefs with my American surroundings has proven to be a challenge. Holidays, especially Ramadan, have been particularly trying.