20 Years

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Today marks the 20th Anniversary of when my parents decided to immigrate to the United States of America.

I was 9.89 at the time. My brother was 7.

My Mom and Dad were in their early 40s and they embarked on a journey of not only reinventing their own lives, but their entire livelihood and the trajectory of how my little brother and I would grow up.

Today as I reflect on the past 20 years here, I can’t help but be thankful for all the benefits, advantages and opportunities that this great country has provided for me. My parents changed every aspect of their lives so I could live in a city like New York, so I could go to an amazing public school like Townsend Harris and an institution like RPI, and most importantly, they brought me to a place close to Silicon Valley where I could push my passion for technology well beyond my wildest dreams.

As a country, we face a tremendous number of challenges in these changing times. Same sex marriage, women’s rights, gun control and even immigration reform the agenda is endless. However, let’s not forget that it is far better to live on a land where such open dialogue and debate is happening vs a place where nothing is.