“Nika” Vagner came to New York in 1989 from Warsaw, Poland. In her Welcoming Story, Nika remembers the moment she first learned she was leaving home forever, how she felt in an American classroom before she spoke English and how a sit-com and a teacher had a lasting influence on her life to this day.

ABOUT WELCOMING STORIES
Active Voice and First Person American have teamed up to create Welcoming Stories, a series of short videos that capture these small acts of kindness, big-hearted moments and simple but life-changing connections. Send us yours! Please visit our Welcoming Stories Tumblr (welcomingstories.tumblr.com/) to learn how to submit a “welcoming” story of your own.

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