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Arian A.


26, Law Student/Plant Enthusiast
Washington, DC

My parents are both from Iran: my mother is from Tehran, and my father is from Dezful. My grandparents sent my mother to an all-girls catholic boarding school in Orange County, California when she was 14, and she’s been stuck behind the Orange Curtain ever since. My father, on the other hand, moved to Oklahoma for college. He was 17, supporting himself and his older sister, and after two years, transferred to another college in Wichita, Kansas. My father originally planned on moving back to Iran after college, but the revolution in 1979 derailed his plans and he stayed. After graduation, he decided to move to California, where my parents eventually met.

Why did your family come to the United States? My family came to the United States to advance their educations and for opportunity.

What would the U.S. be missing out on if you or your people were banned? Someone who literally stops and smells the roses.