SAM X MCMASTER AFGHAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION (ASA)

First off, tell us about ASA, and what made you want to join?

M: Afghan Student Association is a club that has a family aspect to it. 

M: Family aspect was the biggest thing for me to join. I grew up in Canada for 17 years and I didn’t know much about my culture and about Afghanistan. So joining this club, meeting the members, and learning things like the different accents we have, how we speak and the small things like the food we make slowly made me become apart of a big family. And its growing every year. 

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