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November 22, 2012

'I can see a good future'


She is studying criminal justice at North Shore Community College, though she is starting college over due to academic requirements.

“In Russia you go from high school to law school,” said Veber, who now speaks excellent English. “So here I will have to get my college degree and then start law school.

“What I learned about law in Russia would not help me here. The legal systems are so different.”

Veber, whose father was German, is an only child. She came to this country alone, but many Americans have reached out to aid her in adjustment. Still, she recalls that her first months were difficult.

Her parents were reluctant to see their daughter go so far away, and she did not have family or friends waiting when she arrived.

“I was scared when I got here,” she said. “I had studied English, but I really didn’t know the language.

“There were no friends or family here when I arrived, but people helped me. Many people, especially in Newburyport, have been kind and helpful.”

Veber returned home in May for the first time to visit family and friends, but because the trip takes 23 hours, it is a journey she won’t often take.

She recalls it was a joyful reunion. Nevertheless, she returned to Newburyport with a conviction to continue her life in America.

Veber is making plans to transfer to Bunker Hill Community College, and there she plans to continue studying so she can attend law school here with the intention of practicing immigration law.

“When I arrived in America, I didn’t expect to stay,” said Veber, who admits to her share of ambition. “But there are opportunities here that I wouldn’t have in Russia, so I am going to keep going.”

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