"My parents migrated to the States because they wanted to feel safe as they raised their daughters as Adventists. Living in a predominantly Muslim country, it was a little difficult to do that freely without any judgment or hostility thrown our way. Family members would be discriminated against because their ID indicated that they were Christians. With the belief that America was the 'Home of the Free, Land of the Brave,' a place where I could just be me and not have any fear, I was excited. A place where giving money to an officer for his own pleasure would not take the place of a traffic violation. A place where greed for money was not what dictated a society.
Growing into the young woman that I am now, I see that it may not be my religion that I have to fight for but everything else. Money may not be what keeps my driving record clean, but it's what sways the polls for the next presidential candidate. Greed may not be what dictates the society, but it dictates the opportunity for a great education."