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College Readiness Academy: Mahgol’s Story


This year, Mahgol finished her generals at Saint Paul College and transferred to the University of Minnesota as a math major.

Four years ago when she arrived to Minnesota from Iran at age 18, the only word she knew in English was “hi.”

“I didn’t give up.”

After learning some English working as a lifeguard at the YMCA, Mahgol came to the Institute and completed College Readiness Academy. She passed the Accuplacer

Navigators helped her apply for financial aid, enroll in classes and even prepare her resume to apply for jobs, but it was Mahgol’s drive and hard work that ultimately led to her success.

“I was a full time sudent, I was working full time, and I was taking care of my dad and my siser who was in high school. So I’m really proud of that. I made it.”

Mahgol was featured in our 2018 Annual Report.