that I had at that moment. When we rode away in our bus,
the children ran after us for at least 10 minutes. I could feel
that they appreciated us from the bottom of their hearts, but
I have to say that we appreciated them even more for the
precious experience they had given us.
What I felt on this trip, in general, is that the people we
met were not fake, and we need this in our society. The
smiles on their faces were true smiles. The night after we
said our goodbyes to Tana School, while we were having
dinner, Edom Tadesse said that she felt like she was in her
‘true home’. She also said she never felt this comfortable
in America, even though she was actually born and raised
here. I felt I couldn’t be silent, because that is exactly how
I feel in America. As an international student, I only feel
like I am “home” when I go back to Korea, and it’s not just
because that’s where I’m from – it’s something more than
that, something that is hard to put into words.
Becoming “Music Man”
Jayana Alvarez, Grade 11
Anyone who knows me well knows what I hold most
dear to my heart, what I’m good at, and what I aspire to
accomplish in life. But even those few people would not
associate me with music. So, when asked to perform a song
in front of hundreds of Ethiopians I had never met during
the welcome reception at Tana School, I was caught a bit
off guard. As I walked back to the van to get my guitar, I
could feel a pinch in my throat.
I am still a bit perplexed as to why I was so anxious.
Perhaps my unfamiliarity with live musical performance
was creating self-doubt. Nevertheless, when I got back
with my guitar, I sat myself up on a desk, facing the crowd,
placed my fingers on the frets, and strummed the notes as
best I could, trying not to let my voice crack. At the end of