- MAJOR: Law and Society
- COLLEGE: Yale University
“I grew up hearing stories about my big sister getting a banana for Christmas. She and my parents came here from Uzbekistan, where the deprivation was so great that fresh produce was a luxury even for affluent families.
I was the first born here. My parents would remind me of the privilege of being raised in the United States. It made me way more thankful for what I had.
Mom works in home care and Dad is a repairman. School was presented to me as a gateway to the opportunities they didn’t have. I took the SHSAT without any test prep. When I passed it, I told my mom I wanted to go to the local high school. All my friends were going there and I was afraid Tech would be too hard.
She told me that if I could pass the SHSAT without studying, I could probably handle Tech.
I would not be going to Yale if it were not for that last minute discussion at the kitchen table.”
Jacqueline Lashmanova says of her Law and Society major: “I am excited to come to school to argue about the meaning of a comma in a statute. My law classes are a playpen for thoughts.”
At Tech, she says. “For the first time in my life I learned that it is okay to be the kid that sits in the front of the classroom and never stops asking questions.”
Now at Yale on a full scholarship, she hopes to attend law school and work in corporate law.
For the first time in my life I learned that it is okay to be the kid that sits in the front of the classroom and never stops asking questions.
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