Faces of change
The Boston Globe / Boston.com
Emande Exantus
Emande Exantus, 37, Mattapan
-- Arrived from Haiti in 1999.
-- Nursing assistant/nursing student at Bunker Hill Community College

It's a dream for everybody in foreign countries to come to America. You think it will be like gold in the streets. When you're here you realize it is completely different from what you thought before ... There is gold, but you have to dig deeper to get it. You have to work hard a lot ... In my country, I was working in an office as an accountant. Now I am a nursing assistant. At first it was hard for me to stay; every day you dream to go back home. But finally I realized, instead of living like a princess in your country, here at least you have your freedom.
(Globe Staff Photo / David L. Ryan)