Episode #5: Ayhan – The College Student Experience from Turkey to Pittsburgh

In this episode of Not an Alien, Ayhan recounts the story of his immigration journey, as a young man, from his native Turkey to the United States. With great humor and warmth, he shares memories of eating peanut butter sandwiches three meals a day and of the harrowing experience he had at the U.S.-Canada border after running into trouble with his student visa. Rich with hard-earned insights, Ayhan’s story should leave listeners smiling, as from humble beginnings and after serious trials and travails, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, met with success as an architect, now runs his own small firm  – at which he often hires, and sponsors the visas of, immigrants – and having long since become an American citizen, lives with his wife and teenage son in New York City.

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