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Student Spotlight: Yasin

Name: Yasin Chowdhury
High School: Franklin High School
Graduation Year: 2020

Yasin Chowdhury dreams of becoming an astrophysicist. A recent high school graduate from Franklin High School, Yasin has been dreaming of enrolling in the  astronomy program at the University of Washington. He was raised in Bangladesh, a country south of India, where he was on the National Cricket Team, studied astronomy and worked hard in school. Last year, Yasin’s family moved across the world to the United States for better educational opportunities.

His family is a big source of motivation. He recognizes the importance of being the first person in his family to attend college.

“If I go to college, my brother will feel it is easier; I can guide him.”

Though moving to the United States has been a transition for Yasin, he was able to explore his interests in high school. He was a member of the Art of Resistance Club, a group focused on social and environmental justice and the Robotics Club, which led him to the opportunity to visit the University of Washington, Seattle campus. During a robotics competition, Yasin was immediately captivated by the campus, especially Suzzallo Library.

When Yasin started at Franklin High School, he quickly recognized the multitude of challenges he would face on his path to success. That’s where his College Possible coach, John Luke stepped in to help him to apply to colleges and scholarships. Yasin recalls,

“Everyone helped me a lot as a new student. College Possible is another family to me supporting my dream and trying to make college [it] possible.”

With the support of his family and College Possible, there is no doubt that Yasin can achieve his goals. One of his dream has already come true: He will begin college at the University of Washington in just a few short weeks!

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