I went inside carrying my documents. The front desk girl reviewed my documents and gave me a token number, and told me to take a seat and wait for the number to be called. I could see in front of my eyes that many students visas were approved at the same time many were denied. No doubt, I was nervous a bit while I was waiting for my number to be called, but as my number was called I told my heart “let’s do
There was a lady in the counter. I acted very confidant and answered all her questions. I thought the interview would be long, but it wasn’t. After few questions and answer, she asked my passport and told me to pay the student fees in the cashier office. She didn’t tell me anything whether my visa was approved or denied. Then I asked, does that mean I received a visa; her answer was “YES”, smiling. That was the word I was waiting for and I was so happy. I paid the student fee, left Embassy and went home directly. I swear, I was smiling all my way to home. When I reached home, my family knew that my visa was approved seeing my smile and a bright face. Then, there was a joyful moment in the house. My parents were really proud of me.
My flight to US was on March 11, 2015 at 10 PM. On that day all my siblings and friends came to see me in my house with some cards and farewell gifts. That was the best moment for me because I was surrounded by so many loving and caring people who have always helped me and supported me in my life. Finally, I left home around 7 PM to airport and some of my friends along with my parents and sister came to drop me off in an airport. I could see my mother’s eye full of tears because, I was never away from my house for even a single night in Nepal and now, I was leaving for a couple of years to another country, very far from Nepal. That was the love from my mother and a family but, they understand that studying and living in US will make their son a successful person with better education. I still remember the tight and intense hug that I gave to my mom before leaving in an airport. I miss my family more than anyone and also my nephew who was born just before a month of my flight to the USA. My sister sends me a video and pictures of my nephew which makes me so happy and excited to go back home, hold him and cuddle with him and give him all the love. I miss you Dawa (My nephew name is Dawa too!) 🙂
Traveling in a big plane was a dream since childhood and I was happy and excited for that. I had a layover in Dubai airport for 6 hours. This sounds stupid but I didn’t sleep even for a single hour in Dubai airport while others were, thinking that I would fall asleep and miss the 2nd flight to USA, so I spent 6 hours looking and experiencing things in Dubai airport. Dubai airport was really big and full of everything. I never thought an airport could be this big. The view from the plane was so awesome. I enjoyed being in air and looking a perfect view from the plane.
Finally, I reached Seattle-Tacoma airport around 1 PM. There were Laura (Sister), Justin (Brother), and Nancy (Mother) coming to pick me up in an airport. I was very happy seeing them and a little nervous because, I knew that I would only be a Nepali guy in a bunch of white American. We went to mother Nancy’s house from airport and on the way I saw America; real America, which I have seen only in T.V and heard from other people, a totally different country than Nepal. Clean environment,
less noise and a big buildings.
That was exciting. My first night in the US was at mother Nancy’s house, and because I was having jet lag so I went to bed right after I reached her house around 2 PM and woke up the next afternoon around 4 PM. Long and sound sleep. After couple of days, Sister Laura and mother Nancy took me to Seattle for sightseeing, where we rode ferries and went to big wheel which was so fun and joyful.
I lived with mama Chris (Host mother) at her house when I was at Green River Community College. It was fun and I also got to taste real American food. She enjoys cooking and I can say she is a great cook. She used to make cookies for my for lunch which I miss them now. It would be injustice not to mention about Willa. She was a