by Umaima Reshi

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SRINAGAR: A Downtown girl has made a mark for herself by securing a fully funded scholarship for a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at a US university. Nineteen-year-old Furkan Jan, a resident of Srinagar’s Badamwari area, has earned admission to the University of Arizona for Fall 2024 in Political Science in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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Furkan studied at Presentation Convent School, Rajbagh until class ten and later attended Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kothi Bagh. “I met incredible teachers who guided me throughout,” Furkan said, crediting her teachers for her success.

During her higher secondary years, Furkan completed three internships and volunteer work. “It was a youth-run internship where I participated in IIMUN conferences across multiple cities in India and in Srinagar. My conferences saw significant delegation participation and were supported by around five sponsors,” she explained.

Furkan has always excelled academically. “I secured good marks in my 12th standard,” she said.

Her father is a businessman, and her mother is a professor. “They have always supported me,” Furkan added.

In addition to the University of Arizona, she has also been accepted for a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Asia Pacific University, Malaysia.

After clearing her part two examinations, Furkan applied for admission to multiple universities across the USA and Asia.

“My aspiration towards political science has deep roots, nurtured by my late grandfather. He used to teach me a lot about politics during his time, shaping my understanding of political history spanning from America to the Maldives.”

Furqan aspires to pursue a career as a diplomat. She earned the scholarship based on her exceptional 12th-grade results and participation in four significant internships as part of her extracurricular activities.

“My parents have been saving money since my childhood for MBBS. It was not easy for me to convince them that I wanted to pursue ‘ARTS’. Eventually, somehow I convinced them, and my friends and their parents played a crucial role in that,” she said.

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