This student expresses uncontained excitement after learning that Zlata is going to come to Long Beach. S/he compares Zlata’s life to her/his own experience of escaping war in Nicaragua. When Zlata answered the students personally, saying she would be happy to meet them, this student felt that s/he is going to meet someone that s/he can identify with.
This student’s desire to meet Zlata reflects her/his desire to share her story with someone else and see her own experience validated, as she is able to find someone else who has gone through something similar. She longs for the comfort of knowing that someone else can fully understand her.