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SYSK: Muslim student from Kosovo helps break stereotypes


This doesn't happen every day, a Muslim student from Kosovo speaking at a Christian church in Cedar Falls.

Krenare Loxhaj earned an international exchange student scholarship to live and study in the U.S. for about a year.

"It was a chance to change my life, and I was like why not?" said Krenare Loxhaj.

She lived with the Harding family, attended Cedar Falls High School and came to First Christian Church.

Krenare admits she was worried about attending a church different from her own religion.

"What's it going to be? But the people I love most are in this church, and I made a family here and I'm happy about it," she said.

She joined the choir at First Christian Church. She was recognized on Senior Sunday, and she also spoke to the congregation about her experiences in Iowa.

"I had never actually heard of Iowa before coming here," said Loxhaj.

While attending high school, she played sports, joined the choir and made new friends. But, she did have to adjust to getting up early. She was used to sleeping in in Kosovo.

She also learned more about Christianity and helped people learn more about being Muslim.

"Breaking that stereotype of me about Christians and breaking stereotypes about Muslims has been just great. I feel honored for having a chance to do it," she said.

She said she'll take a lot back to Kosovo, including her amazing teachers and welcoming host family.

"The good spirit Americans have. The good attitude, good behaviors people have. I'm totally going to take back the education system. I hope one day Kosovo has this type of system," she said.

Krenare said her time in Iowa was the best time of her life.

"I'd like to thank everyone I met in Cedar Falls. I don't have words enough to say thank you as much as I would like," said Krenare Loxhaj.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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