January 18 marked the thirtieth year of my arrival in the United States. Arriving in Kansas in the dead of winter, I experienced cold that I never knew existed, not even in a freezer, and never thought I could endure. Thirty years has taught me many valuable life lessons. The opportunities I was shown and of which I have availed myself have transformed my views, my interests and my outlook on life, education, family, country, poverty, wealth, life and death. Among many immigrants and international students, I was one of the luckiest.