Immigrant Heritage Month: Oana Marina

Oana visiting the Grand Canyon in July, 2002 shortly after arriving in the U.S.

Oana visiting the Grand Canyon in July, 2002 shortly after arriving in the U.S.

 

In 2002, I left everything behind in Romania – friends, family, and a promising law career – to follow my heart and be with my then newly-wed husband. I never had a dream to live in America but thirteen years later, I feel accomplished here, even though my marriage ultimately fell apart. I started from scratch, learned English, graduated law school with honors, and managed to raise three amazing children. I passed the bar exam on my first try and chose the profession that fits perfectly with my background – immigration law. I thank God, my family, and my friends for who I am and where I am today and hope to be able to give back to them and this country. I look forward to what the future holds – feeling stronger and more independent than ever.

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