This paper presents a comprehensive highlight of my high college experience as well as potential adjustments that should have been implemented to ensure equal therapy of students from a diverse religious background. Most global students seeking to engage in overseas studies face challenges such as racial discrimination and religious segregation. During my period when searching for further abroad studies, I also fell a sufferer of the situational challenges that face similar counterparts. My high school journey as a Muslim student in Oregon was not a easy journey since it was characterised by discrimination and unfair treatment based on my ethnicity and religion. Due to dwelling in the world area, the closest school was a private Catholic school. The institutional way of life of the school was grounded in the Catholic Interpretation of Biblical beliefs as well as preferential treatment of white Americans. The framework of administration within the school is set in such a way that the entire student body, regardless of their religious background, ought to adhere to its established standards and regulations. This became the main challenge since other students of different religion did not identify with the regulations and that difficulty in merging the religions resulted in religious segregation. For instance, being a Muslim, I could not conform to the Catholic faith and that struggle to fit in affected my academic progress.
Though the school has an excellent academic performance owing to its highly trained and experienced teachers, on the other hand, the school does not respect student’s religious beliefs. Since I was a Muslim student alongside a few other Muslim students, the school went too far by not only curtailing our religion but by also forcing us to attend Christian services regularly. Besides, the school also exhibited increased white dominance since it is located in America, thus admitting many white students that other international students. For this reason, the non-American students were considered the minority group and they included the Mexican Americans and Black Americans. Throughout the period of studying in Oregon, it was evident that the minority international students were treated unfairly.
Furthermore, the kind of treatment that I received due to being a Muslim in school was unbearable. In the whole institution, were only three Muslims and based on that ratio, our number was insignificant to raise our concerns. During class lessons, I used to sit alone in the back row simply because my white desk mate was not comfortable having me around him. During class lessons, I used to feel as if I am not part of the class conversation since very few questions were posed to me. Furthermore, during history lessons, any discussions regarding terrorist attacks and the Muslim religion were aired out to me because I was an International Muslim student. The situation made me depressed and hindered me from concentrating on my academics. Indeed, having that feeling that you are alone in the world may be the worst feeling, and since you have no one to turn back to, such situations may be traumatizing.
The segregation grew to a point where I had to report it to the principal for his help. Being an international student, I was unable to communicate fluently, and my difficulty in conversing with the principal did not air out my deepest concerns. Through requesting the principal to allow the Muslim students to conduct prayers in school, we were denied the change and told that the matter would be looked upon. The only solution was to form a group with the other two Muslims in schools with the aim of sharing with each other and strengthening our faith. During lunch breaks hours, we used to sit alone and no student could attempt to join us, and the few who passed near us used to mock us. Indeed, my high school period was the most traumatizing period in life, and the institution of religious segregation became my biggest setback in achieving my career goals in life.
Based on my negative experiences it is apparent that the institution failed considerably in its mandate to foster the freedom of association, religion, and respect for individual religious beliefs envisaged in the American constitution. Furthermore, the fact that the school enforced only one religion became a major challenge since other religions were disregarded, thus limiting the freedom of worship. In its role as a leading educational institution, the school ought to foster students’ unity by serving as a role model in valuing and appreciating the rights of students from other ethnicities and religious background. Therefore, the school should have provided a consideration by putting in place appropriate measures that give the Muslim students a chance to associate and worship.
The fact that the school did not put any stringent measures to punish students who interfered with other student’s privacy was a major challenge. For instance, in situations where other students humiliated me during my quiet lunch break was not supposed to occur and disciplinary actions were supposed to be imposed. In addition, the aspect of unfair treatment especially to the Mexican Americans and Black Americans should be handled critically by ensuring every student has the right to be fairly treated and respected as a member of the institution. Furthermore, the institution should incorporate non-academic studies that teach students about the importance of co-existing in the society and loving one another. The institution can attain this progress through train its teaching and non-teaching staff to respect and treat equally the entire student body during their daily endeavors. By adopting such changes, the school could reduce and ultimately abolish all incidences of discrimination and unfair treatment based on religious affiliation against minority students.
In conclusion, various academic institutions incur challenges in managing their students and providing suitable conditions that are favorable to all students. Despite the logic of externality, whereas one person is made better of the other is made worse off, academic institutions should try to merge both sides of the coin to enable every student to succeed. When a student faces interference regarding religion and racial matters, the students tends to drift attention thus missing the ultimate goal of academic success. Therefore, challenges such as religious disparity should be trimmed in institutions to allow peaceful co-existence with other students.