When sophomore Fatima Mohamed heard that her family was taking a trip to Somalia, she was ecstatic.
“I have never traveled outside of the United States, so I was excited to go and visit another country and see different things,” Mohamed said.
According to Mohamed, her family decided to take this trip to learn more about their background and heritage.
“My mom wanted my siblings and I to learn about where we were from, since we were born in America and didn’t have any knowledge on our background,” Mohamed said. “This trip definitely opened my eyes and taught me many important things about my culture.”
While in Somalia, Mohamed said she got the experience to do things she had never done before.
“My family did a variety of activities everyday,” Mohamed said. “I got to pet a goat for the first time, meet family and see how people lived without WiFi and nice houses, which is something that I took for granted.”
The trip allowed Mohamed and her family to reflect about their family’s background and embrace their unique culture, according to Mohamed.
“I gained lots of knowledge of where I was from, and I got to experience living in my country for a while which made me proud of who I was,” Mohamed said.
According to Mohamed, in the future she hopes to visit Somalia more often, so she can always have a sense of connection.
“As I get older, I’m hoping to visit Somalia so I can enjoy it a couple more times. This trip made me feel attached to Somalia and it will always be a part of me,” Mohamed said.