Julia Talks About Being 20 and First Moving to the U.S.

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I know Julia for a while now. But this photo shoot is the first time we hang out outside of work. I have known her to be such a sweet girl, but getting to know her more makes me realize how strong she is!


Julia moved to the U.S from Ukraine with her Mom a couple of years ago at the start of her high school. Now she is going to transfer to a four year university at his Fall. I feel like I have watched her grow into an adult, haha. Because she started working with me when she just started college.

We talked about out experiences when we first moved to the U.S. For her first class in high school, she had no idea what was going on. She was so nervous for her first class and it ended in 20 minutes. She was so confused. It turned out it wasn’t a class, it was a news reading section.


When I asked her if High School was really hard socially with all the popular kids and cliques. She laughed and said it was not like in the movies. They didn’t even have lockers. I was like, what? No lockers?? Haha.

Julia showed me all sorts of cool places in Golden Gate Park, because she used to ride her bike all around the park when her family lived around there. We were saying how much  changed for us as immigrants just in a few years. Even it doesn’t look like there are a lot of changes on a daily basis.


Now she has a car and drives to different parts of California with her friends. She introduced me to some cool artists from her playlist and took me to this Boba place in Sunset.

I feel so proud of her. Every immigrant has his or her own story about why and how they moved to the U.S. It’s so sweet to see Julia come of age within the past few years. I’m glad we got the time to do the photo shoot and got to know each other a little more. Who knows what the next few years have in store for us? Let’s just be young a little bit longer.

Julia practiced gymnastics when she was younger.


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