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Nikita Moharir, Saisindhuja “Sindhu” Veeramachaneni, Divya Lella and Harika Javangula share an evening snack of aloobjjie, southern Indian fried potatoes, before working on homework. The four girls are first semester graduate students from Southern India who decided to move to the United States to seek an independent lifestyle and become more competitive in their fields. Their goal is to return to India and find a job that will support their parents as they age. “When they are old, they become like children and then it is our responsibility to take care of them,” said Moharir.