Despite his lack of English skills, Samarin succeeded in winning a place. For a couple of months, he would be allowed to live and work Harrisburg, a city in south central Pennsylvania. And even though the job would see him toiling away in the kitchen of a chain restaurant, he was excited to begin the next chapter of his life.
In 2012 Samarin arrived in the United States. However, he soon found that life in the land of opportunity was more difficult than he had anticipated. And even though he had hoped to save enough money to attend an American college, he quickly realized that the high tuition fees were far beyond his grasp.
With his visa due to expire that September, Samarin could see his American dream slipping away before it had even begun. But then, he befriended Stephayne McClure-Potts and her husband, Michael Potts. An older couple who had no children of their own, they took a liking to Samarin and the trio soon forged a close bond.