My father came as a diplomat from what was then Pakistan. We went to Washington D.C. My parents went back relatively soon and I stayed back just to finish up the last few months of 10th grade and I’m still here. When I finished 10th grade, then I said ‘I’m going to try to accelerate and finish high school’.That was the first thing and then it was to go to college and then I fell in love with somebody and you know it just kept on going. I worked as an au pair back when I was in 11th grade. When went to college I got a full scholarship but I had to do work study. In the beginning they couldn’t give me any money because I didn’t have a green card but then I got the green card and I felt like I was so rich. – Shaheen