Tasnim First Hillcrest Student Accepted to Yale
by Naomi Dutes, Copy Editor
Tasnim Mollah, a senior in Pre-Med, Hillcrest High School was accepted to Yale University, marking the first time any Hillcrest student has been accepted into the prestigious university.
With one of the highest SAT scores in Hillcrest and known profoundly for her stellar academic record, she is surely a gem of Hillcrest. “Tasnim is an amazing student who is really focused and knows what she’s aiming for,” said Mr. Ertel, School Counselor for Pre-Med.
Ms. Piccarillo, Director of the Pre-Med Institute, quotes leadership expert Robin Sharma when thinking of Tasnim. “‘Hard work opens doors and shows the world that you are serious about being one of those rare - and special - human beings who use the fullness of their talents to do their very best.’ We are very proud of her because she has accomplished so much despite her struggles.”
Going through this process of applying for Yale was not an easy challenge for her as it is for anyone with a similar background. Tasnim moved to the United States from Bangladesh two years ago, and this was one of the hardest things she had ever experienced. “I was depressed because my mom was not with me and it was difficult,” the Pre-Med student stated.
Tasnim had to work to support her family, and she became the head of her family for some time. Regardless of these obstacles, Ms. Piccarillo cites Tasnim’s humble nature and willingness to work hard as her greatest strengths. “In all honesty, she did this all herself. She has only been in this country a short while, and she showed me what no other student has done before,” said Mr. Ertel.
The acceptance to Yale came to Tasnim one night during prayers. “The phone rang and I immediately knew this was a great phone call.” It was Questbridge, a non-profit organization that helps students apply for colleges calling to tell her she had been accepted to Yale. Tasnim immediately was overcome by tears which was shared by family members. “My mother said if she can go through what she did all over again for this moment, she would,” said Tasnim.
Tasnim credits many influences for helping her overcome her issues but is very thankful for Ms. Thomas, her Global History teacher who stepped in to offer support. Fully grateful for Ms. Thomas, Tasnim will always remember what this teacher had done for her. “Ms. Thomas helped me and boosted up my confidence. She commended my writing abilities and made me believe I could do it,” Tasnim stated. Ms. Thomas told her of her daughter that went to the University of Pennsylvania and told Tasnim that she was one of the people that deserved to get into an Ivy league school. “She made me believe that it was possible,” said Tasnim.
Tasnim also believes that her journey to America was a worthwhile trial that paid off major dividends. “I’ve also been blessed to be able to come to America. It has given me so many resources and has made me independent because now I actually feel as if I could start a new life and pursue success.”
With her acceptance into Yale, she plans to pursue Medical Sciences in which they have a 2:1 Science faculty to student ratio. Tasnim considers this major accomplishment one of her stepping stones in life towards becoming a Cardiovascular Surgeon. Taken away by Yale’s gothic architecture and the experiences they have to offer Tasnim is ready to start her success story.
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