Ithacan Immigrant: Voda
We interviewed Voda, a Nigerian national, for this week’s Ithacan Immigrant who moved to upstate New York after he married. Voda originally came to ISP to access our legal immigration services and has returned to get assistance in applying to become a U.S. citizen.
ISP: Why did you come to US?
I came to New York City for vacation and that’s when I first met my wife. I went home, and after that I visited the U.S. again for her birthday, went home, and then came back a third time and got married.
ISP: Why did you decide to live in Ithaca?
We moved to Ithaca because my wife is from around this area and she wanted to be close to her family. She thought this would be a good place to raise a child.
ISP: What was your first impression of Ithaca?
I looked at it like it was too quiet and boring for me. I was sad for a couple of months and then I started acknowledging the beauty little by little and finally realized wow, this place is really beautiful.
ISP: What is your favorite American food?
Double quarter pounder with cheese and a vanilla milkshake.
ISP: Where is your favorite place to shop in Ithaca?
Dick’s Sporting Goods – they have clothes that last long.
ISP: What is the biggest difference between Ithaca and your home town?
Ithaca is kind of a tourist destination. It has so many beautiful places that my hometown doesn’t have. My hometown was about the same size as New York City but it’s not a tourist location.