Make Your Parents Proud

  When I was 11 years old, my family moved from Russia to Canada. It is difficult to overstate the amount of effort and bravery that it took for my parents to leave their careers, family, and friends behind to attempt to secure a prosperous future in a foreign country halfway across the world. They had no job leads in Canada. Nobody met us at the airport. They didn’t speak the language and had just enough money to last six months. Stepping off that plane must have been terrifying. Growing up, there were few things for which I had...

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