The exam period has begun. And this semester is one of the most difficult hurdles in my course of study. And in order to ensure that I am well prepared for the exams, I have temporarily paused my work at the tutoring school. Now you lock yourself in your apartment and do nothing else than studying for the exams.
In the past, language was an obstacle to continue my education. When I was at school, my language skills were were very poor at the beginning, and you could tell from my accent that I was one of the newcomers (wave of refugees in 2015). The feeling of being a foreigner accompanied me for a while and I felt foreign in another culture to which I do not belong. But today I feel different. It's as if I was born here and grew up with the German culture, as if I had never fled or as if Arabic was not my mother tongue. Is that because of the good integration or does the nice society I live in simply gives me this sense of belonging?
Since the beginning of my studies I feel like any other "German" who wants to complete his studies successfully. I used to be busy expanding my vocabulary, and now I'm allowed to explain the verb "rekapitulieren" to my fellow students in lecture. A few years ago I was poor Anas in the eyes of my friends and today I am just Anas. And I like it that way.