If being totally honest, Nina Sodji will say her first impression of America wasn't great. She flew into New York City, which struck her as noisy and overwhelming. Eventually she made it to Omaha, where she remembers thinking, Now this I can do. "There were a lot of cornfields, but it felt more like home," says Sodji, who was born and raised in the bucolic West African country of Togo. "I like the quietness."s."
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