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It all started in the summer of 2000 My parents had been telling me a lot about the hijab headscarf and why it was so important to wear it if you were Muslim that is I was slowly accepting the idea of having to always wear the hijab but I was still a bit unsure about how everyone would react at school I was already the only Muslim at school you could tell from my dark skin tone and looks that I was from some foreign country and now I was about to make the decision of either standing up for my religion and beliefs which would result in my wearing of the hijab or not giving my religion any consideration which meant I wouldnt wear it Yeah it was a tough decision well until I found out something Before I tell you what I found out I just want to say real quickly that I was obsessed to my sisters literally I wanted to do everything they did just the way they did it So when I found out that my sisters both had started wearing the hijab when they were in the sixth grade I had made my mind up right then and there I had decided that I would officially wear the hijab for good once the summer had ended and the new school year had begun In the mean time I would be practicing For practice I started wearing head bandanas every time we went somewhere Also I practiced on not wearing any short-sleeved clothing I started always wearing long-sleeved shirts pants or jeans and skirts I had plenty of time to adjust and get use to the new situation Before I new it summer had zipped right through and the new school year was only days away I learned much much more about my religion that summer then I had ever did It was a great experience and I guess
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