"I won the lottery" said Nastaran Nikram when discussing how she came to the United States. Nikram, or "Nasi" as her friends call her said she won a green card lottery in Iran in 2009 that enabled her to come to the U.S. and she is now an American citizen.
Nikram said "I lived in Isfahan, Iran my whole life." After high school she applied to dental school and graduated from Isfahan University after going there for six years. She said that they just go to dental school straight from high school and don't have to graduate from college first like they do in the United States.
Her aunt went into dentistry. "I always wanted to be like her. She's my aunt and I love her so much" Nikram said. For three months after Nikram graduated she worked in her aunt's dental clinic in Iran. After she won the lottery she moved to the United States and just started working in dentistry as an assistant at a dental office again after working for a long time as a babysitter.
Nikram would eventually like to move to California after finishing dental school. She has not been accepted to a program yet but wants to start applying soon.