But it's going to look bizarre in Kuwait, where he's about to return after almost a year away.
"They're going to see me as a weird person, but I don't care," he said. "It's, like, my thing."
If that sounds like classic American teenager, it may be because Ali is one of about 650 Middle Eastern high school students who this month are wrapping up a 10-month exchange program in the United States sponsored by the State Department. The program aims to improve U.S. relations with a volatile part of the world, and the exchange students play the role of young ambassadors.
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