“I come from a conflicted place, so politics was and still a part of my life and of who I am. I see myself focusing on the conflict and becoming an important factor of making a change.”

“I come from a conflicted place, so politics was and still a part of my life and of who I am. I see myself focusing on the conflict and becoming an important factor of making a change.”

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Luna is from Gaza, Palestine. Luna worked with our partner organisation, AMIDEAST who helped with her applications for universities abroad. Luna won the Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) scholarship to be a foreign exchange student in Ohio completing her Junior year in High School. This experience really helped Luna adjust to the culture of American studentship and helped her to understand the American life, culture, and processes involved with applications for university.

 

Luna studies Political Science and Economics at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Settling into university was easier because of Luna’s experience at Ohio, however Luna comments on how different college life is to High School. Given the small size of the university there is limited opportunity for extracurricular activity however Luna has thrown herself into organisations, hoping to be part of the Model United Nations from next year.    

 

Following graduation, Luna is interested in returning to Gaza and work for an organisation that focusses on Palestinian rights. She’s also looking forward to becoming an activist for human rights and specially women.