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I’ll Never Forget the First Time I Saw My American Hometown

It’s a very exciting moment when international students see their new American hometown for the very first time! Yongdan shares her experience the first time she saw Columbus, Ohio.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Columbus on an airplane.

On August 2, I boarded an overnight flight from Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio. I fell asleep as soon as the plane took off. I had already been on a small, uncomfortable international flight for 12 hours and I really wanted to get out of this giant iron machine. After three hours of being half-asleep  sleep and half-awake, I sat up straight and opened the window shade  trying to find some views in the dark night. After a few minutes, I saw some lights down on the ground. It was a small town but I didn’t know what it was exactly. Thousands of tiny orange lights formed a map on the ground, and those warm lights broke the cold atmosphere of dark night. The plane passed the town quickly and I began to feel happy because I was arriving.

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A few minutes later, I saw Columbus. It was late in the night so all the streetlights were on. Those places that may be just farm field during the day look like part of the city. The area filled with orange lights that were so big that I felt like I’m on a soft, warm carpet, with warm tiny lights surrounding me. I was so cold and so sick because of the horrible flight, but the warm night scene of Columbus really saved me at that moment. What’s more fortunate for me, the plane started to descend and made a banking turn to the right. Thanks to the angle, I could nearly overlook the whole city! While surrounded by those lights I felt safe for the first time in USA and I’ll never forget the first time I saw Columbus on an airplane.

Submitted to ISV Magazine by:

Jingyuan Wu

The Ohio State University

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