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The First Days Project shares
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"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 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
"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
"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
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Tony Shevlin's First Day
London, United Kingdom to New York, NY (1988)
Yaran Cui's First Day
Chongqing, China to Seattle, WA (2016)
Ary P.'s First Day
Unknown, Indonesia to Seattle, WA (1994)
Hiroki Kawamoto's First Day
Tokyo, Japan to San Francisco, CA (2014)
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