Katia Hadjeb is the latest addition to the SLA community. Hailing from Algeria, she brings with her the love of human rights and her dreams of becoming lawyer. SLAMedia sat down with Katia and discussed her transition to this school among other things.
SLAMedia: Where did you grow up, how did you enjoy it?
Katia: It was hard to live there, I still love Algeria, but I was born in Algeria and I grew up in Algeria.
SLAM: When did you move to this country?
Katia: Three months ago.
SLAM: What are the differences between Algeria and this country?
Katia: Everything, the language, the society, the school, the people. When I walk outside, I feel like I’m not in Algeria, it’s different, but everything’s different even the water and the food.
When I asked Katia about the water, she couldn’t exactly describe the difference. But there is a clear distinction between the water in this country and Algeria.
SLAM: Did you like the change of setting?
Katia: It’s like everything in life has something better or something good. Maybe I like it because I have a dream to become a lawyer and study human rights. It would be hard to study that in Algeria.
Katia also mentioned that she’s happy to be in America because of the opportunities presented to her. She wants to be a human rights lawyer and understands that the best schools for that career are outside of Algeria.
SLAM: Favorite thing about this school?
Katia:I don’t know exactly, I like that every student can say what they think and no one can say, “no you can’t say that”. The teacher doesn’t have a lot of power, but we still respect them.
SLAM: Least favorite thing about this school?
Katia: The food.
SLAM: What’s the most difficult part of being you?
Katia: I don’t know, it’s like life is so hard. The hard part is building a personality. If today I have something hard and I need to move past it, It doesn’t mean I won’t find something harder. It means developing my personality.
Like today I want to be in university, and I’m in highschool, right now it’s hard. When I’m in the university, it will become harder.
Interview by Jesús Jiménez