Harrisonburg High School

1/4 of the world’s countries and 54 languages are represented in the Harrisonburg school system. The students see the diversity, largely due to refugees, asylees, and migrants, as huge asset to their school. Meet just a few of the people that make Harrisonburg a diverse place to live and learn. Posted by permission from VPM’s
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Esra from Afghanistan Talks About First Impressions

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Anisa Reflects on Leaving Sudan Because of War

Anisa is 16 years old and she goes to Harrisonburg high School. She is from Sudan, she came to the U.S. when she was 12. She reflects on leaving Sudan because of a war. She likes life in America because it’s calm, but she misses her friends from Sudan, they are like family to her.
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Asmite Discusses Choosing a Career

Asmite goes to Harrisonburg High school. Smite plans on going to a 4 year college to get a degree in counseling. She discovered she wanted to be a counselor by helping friends with problems in their lives. Posted by permission from VPM’s Resettled Podcast
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Aween from Iraq Tells What Surprised Her About Living in U.S.

Aween is a Harrisonburg High School student from Iraq. “What surprised you about living in the United States?” “There are many different cultures all gathered around in one place. It feels like you’re living everywhere, in one place.” Posted by permission from VPM’s Resettled Podcast
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Gerald Talks about the Importance of Elder Respect in Zambia

Gerald is from Zambia. Gerald shares that in Zambia it’s important to greet someone older than you and treat them with total respect. Posted by permission from VPM’s Resettled Podcast
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Hakar on Learning English

Hakar is a Harrisonburg High School student from Iraq. School was hard at first for Hakar because he didn’t know English but he pushed himself to learn English and is graduating high school. Posted by permission from VPM’s Resettled Podcast
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Yosiaa from Uganda Wants to be a Doctor

Yosiaa is a Harrisonburg High school student from Uganda. The first day of school was hard because he didn’t know English but now it’s better. Yosiaa wants to become a doctor so he can help his family. Posted by permission from VPM’s Resettled Podcast
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Fatimah Talks about Being a Muslim Teen from Iraq at Harrisonburg High School

Not a lot of teens are excited about being the “different” kid that stands out in high school. As a Muslim teen from Iraq, Fatimah is learning to navigate that typical experience: striking the balance between fitting in and being your own person. In her senior year at Harrisonburg High, Fatimah decided to try out
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Enedina from Guadalajara, Jalisco Talks About Determination

Enedina Gasaway is from Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico. When she came to America she was determined to learn English. “I want people to know that people from Guadalajara Jalisco — especially women — do not give up.” – Enedina Gasaway The interview was recorded at the Harrisonburg International Festival as part of the VPM series
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