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transfer student finds a smooth path to her goal—to shape young minds

november 10, 2020 | by the office of marketing and communications

photo courtesy of college of dupage

transferring from community college to elmhurst university already is a significant life step.

doing it during a global pandemic adds an element of uncertainty. for hira qureshi ’22, however, the process went even better than expected.

“being fully online this semester is definitely a different experience than i had expected to have when i transferred, but it has been a good experience,” said qureshi, a junior majoring in elementary education. “all of the professors and advisors have been extremely understanding and have done a great job making this semester and transition as smooth and normal as possible.”

qureshi came to the university from the college of dupage, where she was a member of the phi theta kappa honor society. she became interested in elmhurst after speaking with a transfer representative who put her in touch with the department of education.

at elmhurst, qureshi has continued to be involved in phi theta kappa. she’s also a member of the kappa delta pi education honor society and the muslim student association.

“elmhurst has done a great job at providing ways to get involved virtually,” she said. “everyone here is extremely welcoming. it really is like a small family on campus.”

after graduating, qureshi plans to teach elementary education at the third-grade level. that’s where she believes she can make a real impact on children’s lives.

“at that age, students are really impressionable, so i will be able to make a difference in our future generations,” said qureshi, who is pursuing a reading specialist minor. “i want to be a teacher who motivates her students to do their best and succeed every day. if i can help just one student reach their own goals, then my goal as a teacher has been met.”

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