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The First Days Project shares
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"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
"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
"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
"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
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Raj Mohan's First Day
Chennai, India to Detroit, MI (1994)
Gujarat, India to Detroit, MI (1999)
Sisir Biswas' First Day
Calcutta, India to New York, NY (1969)
Bridge Hu's First Day
Beijing, China to Pinehurst, NC (2014)
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