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Hidden Gems: Schaumburg Student to enter Ivy League

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Bhavya Shah and her future university.

Bhavya Shah and her future university.

Bhavya Shah and her future university.

Raphael Portillo

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With over 500 students in class of 2018, seniors from Schaumburg High Schools now face the fear and excitement of college applications, financial aid, prom, and high school graduation.

One student who stands tall in the face of this whirlwind is senior, Bhavya Shah. Participating in Schaumburg’s softball and debate teams, as well as staring the school’s Girl’s Up club, Bhavya exemplifies the dream of many high school students by earning acceptance into the university of choice.

After four years of honors and AP courses, clubs, and sports, Bhavya was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania with a full scholarship.

Although never in the top of her class during middle school, Bhavya strives to prevail as a paragon for students from humble backgrounds. Bhavya believes that even if students are not exposed to AP rigor earlier on in their academic careers, the desire to pursue better educational opportunities is what matters in the end. She also recommends taking hold of these opportunities the moment the chance presents itself, crediting her success to the network of successful individuals with whom she has had the chance to work.

“Always work hard and follow your dreams,” Shah states when discussing her work ethic.  “You want to be able to do something you set your mind to, especially in a set amount of time”.

She works on the mindset of “communication solving all problems.” Shah also enjoys working in educational settings, by working with children who face difficulties learning the English language and mathematics at Kumon Tutoring Center.

Truly, her hard work has earned the respect of both students and faculty. Shah navigates the same path as former alumni whom entered highly respected schools. By entering the University of Pennsylvania’s student body, Shah will walk the same hallways as President Donald Trump, entrepreneur Elon Musk, singer John Legend, and CEO Warren Buffet.

She plans on maintaining her heavy course load during her freshmen year, by enrolling in a dual-degree program in both Wharton Business School and the College of Arts and Sciences. She intends to focus on a financial field and a biological field, respectively. Bhavya represents the best of Schaumburg’s educational system. Her time at the University of Pennsylvania will create a ripple effect for future Schaumburg hopefuls.

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