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The First Days Project shares
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"And then you come over and then suddenly it's a different environment and you don't have a single friend. I mean zero. Zilch."
READ ALI'S STORY
"It was a date in mid-September, 1957, when the Pan Am round-the-world flight I had caught in Calcutta reached San Francisco."
READ C.M.'S STORY
"It was just so sad because I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t know what to do... I still was just traumatized by what happened."
READ DESIRE'S STORY
"My first impression was that it looked like a fairy tale... I felt a sense of freedom, though there was both fear and joy in the back of my mind."
READ SARMISTHA'S STORY
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Navneeth Kannan's First Day
Bangalore, India to Seattle, WA (1988)
Kalpana Kannan's First Day
Bangalore, India to Hillsborough, NJ (1993)
Lakshmi Kalapatapu's First Day
Hyderabad, India to Minneapolis, MN (1974)
Raelene Bushbeck's First Day
Melbourne, Australia to Seattle, WA (2001)
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