Zeenath K.

Pakistan - Saudi Arabia - United States

21, College Student, Physics and Astronomy

My Pakistani father moved to the U.S. to go to college in the 80's and met my Minnesotan mother along the way. They moved back to Pakistan to get married and eventually ended up raising me and my siblings in Saudi Arabia. I moved to the U.S. to go to college, and my family followed shortly after so that we could all be together. My biggest fear will materialize if any of my family members travels outside of the U.S. and isn't allowed to come back. The concept of home to us is no longer one of a physical location, but a state of being. Our home is when we are all together, and if we aren't together we're never truly at home.

Why did your family come to the United States? My parents moved to the U.S. to open the world up to us. They wanted to give me and my siblings the opportunity to be whoever we wanted to be and remove any barriers that may have prevented us from doing so.

What would the U.S. be missing out on if you or your people were banned? A multicultural, multilingual, educated, well-traveled and mindful group of people that strives everyday to love those around them. A house that any of our friends can call home whenever they need it. A space that constantly reminds us to be thankful, grateful and thoughtful for everything that comes our way. And a physicist in the making with a passion for social collaboration and a love for Bollywood music and astronomy.