By Saif Ur Rehman, YES 2014-2015, Pakistan, hosted by YFU in Ann Harbor, MI
I am Saif Ur Rehman, an exchange student from Pakistan. I have been meeting wonderful people and learning a lot about America since the day I arrived. YES has given me so much to be grateful for, and Civic Education Week is one of the things I am most grateful for this year because it brought 100 amazing people from 33 different countries to Washington D.C. to learn about the American government system and to explore American history.
This workshop gave me incredible opportunities, like meeting Senators Debie Dingell and Gary Peters, and talking to them about my exchange experience; listening to the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Evan Ryan, and asking her questions; and discussing what life after the program is like with YES and YES-Abroad alumni. Not only that, but this workshop also allowed me to see the beautiful museums and memorials in D.C., and learn more about American history.