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Living in Iran

My first day of my Western Civilization class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor Robert Porter had has go around the room and tell everyone our name, year, major, hometown and an interesting fact about ourselves.  Luckily he started with the other half of the room so I was able to think of what I was going to say.

At first I thought I would bring up that I am an avid movie fan and at the time I owned over 250 movies but then I realized that it was not interesting enough especially after one guy got up and told the class that he was in New York City on September 11, 2001.  I could have told the class that I had gone to Yosemite National Park in 1997 and took 9.5 roles of film or that I attended the games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on the two nights that Cal Ripken tied and broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game streak.

But I had a truly unique experience, one that probably no one in the class had ever experienced, let alone most in the class were not even born at the time this happened to me.  I stood up, gave my name, year, major, hometown  and then “my family and I were evacuated out of Iran in 1978.”  There were a few gasps around the room.

I remember bits and pieces of our time in Iran. My mother kept a journal which she recently turned into a blog: http://americansiniran1978.com.  The United States really let Iran down in the late 70s and we are all paying for it now.

An interesting twist happened a few semesters later when I took another class with the same professor.  In the class were two Iranian girls (their parents were Iranian) but they had never been to Iran.

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March 26, 2010 - Posted by | Experiences | , , , ,

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