wajih chaudhry

University: Stanford University
Major: Economics
Languages: Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi
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Biography: I have always been a fighter. Born initially into a country where the minority religious community I belonged to was constantly attacked, my parents fled Pakistan. Arriving in the United States as refugees, they dreamed of a better life to come; however, they were faced with a slew of new tribulations. Without an understanding of English, a college education, or knowledge of the culture, my family struggled to survive. Eventually falling deep into poverty and emotional dysfunction, they collapsed into a state of chaos. In turn, I focused on the only safe haven I had – school. I realized education was the only way to improve my background and help my family, so with the support of loving people and my own personal determination, I fought for the impossible. Now a student at Stanford University, I hope to give back to my community and create positive change in the world.