Hi, my name is Alina. I am in Year 4 and I am nine-years-old. I was born and adopted from Russia when I was almost three.
We moved from the U.S. where I lived in Washington, DC., I went to the British International School there so I knew the ways of the British system. My school was very small and I rode my scooter or skateboard to school every day! I really miss home but I love my teacher at BIS Abu Dhabi, Mrs. O'Connor. I love talking to her about books and life.
I have met a whole lot of friends here and the people are nice. People here work on respect and thoughtfulness. My favourite subjects are spelling, guided reading, and English. I love reading and books are my favourite thing about school. My favourite thing about life are animals. Animals are my life, to be specific! I am a vegetarian. I care about animal rights and the planet. We do not have a car because of global warming.
I want to be a wildlife vet and work in Africa.
I cannot do protests in Abu Dhabi but I have saved a street kitten by taking her to the Falcon Hospital Animal Shelter and I have done a beach clean-up.
I am on the Falcon Swim Team at school and the Fourth Lane Swim Club. I have been on a swim team since I was five. At school I am learning to sew in CCA.
I also fence and play the piano. But we don't yet have a piano in Abu Dhabi.
I like the malls here and I love the Manarat al Saadiyat. I love doing art there.
Moving here has been hard but it is an adventure. I am happy to have my friends and Mrs. O'Connor.
Alina, year 4