“I came to the United States from Russia. All of my family lives here, too. It’s kind of a long chain of family reunion. It’s been a long story. My grandmother moved here after my great- grandmother’s sister in the late 1990s. We got here in 2006. I got married here in the United States. He’s from New Jersey. There’s a large Russian community here. I’m not really part of it. We came to State College to get to know the language and to get help with the culture. Then I went to Penn State, and then I got married. I worked at Penn State for a while in Information Sciences and Technology with one of my professors. For years I thought I missed something about Russia. I thought I missed the people I went to school with. But in recent years I’ve come to realize there’s nothing there that I miss because my family is here.” 18p10.jpg