written by
Julia Riew

CollegeAdvisor Scholar Spotlight: Maryam

Student Spotlight 3 min read

The following article features recent Washington University in St. Louis admit Maryam, who was a member of CollegeAdvisor.com’s Scholars Program. For more information about our programming and personal guidance about the college application process, head to CollegeAdvisor.com and sign up for a monthly plan to work with an admissions coach 1-on-1.


As CollegeAdvisor.com Scholar Maryam went through her usual work routine at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, all she could think was, Questbridge, Questbridge, Questbridge. Acceptance emails were to be sent out that day, but she wasn't sure when they would arrive.

When the notification finally came, Maryam immediately opened it to see the incredible news: she had received a full, four-year scholarship to study at Washington University in St. Louis.

The first thing she did was call her school counselor, who had supported her throughout the college application process. Then, she dashed home to tell her mother the news in person.

This year, Maryam joined the CollegeAdvisor.com community (formerly known as Bullseye Admissions) through the CollegeAdvisor Scholars Program, which offers free, personalized college admissions advising for low-income students and families. Maryam was one of 10 CollegeAdvisor Scholars to receive early admission into a college of their dreams.

Maryam first heard about CollegeAdvisor.com through a friend. She thought it would be a great opportunity to receive guidance on her college applications.

She highly recommends CollegeAdvisor.com’s services and webinars to anyone who plans to apply to college. From the very first webinar, Maryam knew she had found something great. She says, “My favorite webinar was the introduction — the rush and excitement of being part of something new, and the ability to explore. It was so exciting — discussing our college agendas, making plans, and meeting each other.”

In addition to attending CollegeAdvisor.com's many webinars on college admissions, Maryam enjoyed getting to know other applicants through the CollegeAdvisor Scholars program. "I think the community of CollegeAdvisor Scholars is just really amazing," Maryam adds. "The other scholars and I have a group-chat where we help each other out and give each other advice."

Born in Nigeria and now living in Indiana, Maryam is the first student from her high school to ever receive a scholarship through the Questbridge National College Match. "I never thought something like this could happen to me," says the WashU admit. "They picked me, of all people! I feel so lucky."

Maryam immigrated with her mother — whom she credits as her greatest role model — to the United States at the age of 12. For Maryam, moving to America changed everything. "I didn't really think about college back in Nigeria," she reflects. "When I got here, I realized, 'I have this opportunity now. I can make a difference in my own life.'"

For much of high school, Maryam dreamed of becoming a doctor. She even took several college-level courses in the sciences taught by university professors. However, later, her interests began to shift to business.

Today, as the current Vice President of Chapter Activities in her state's branch of the Business Professionals of America (BPA), Maryam represents over 2,000 students across Indiana. She hopes to pursue a career in law or business and plans to double major in Business and Political Science or Economics. As she looks forward to her journey at WashU, Maryam is most excited to gain independence, explore adulthood, and make new friends on campus.

When asked what advice she would give to current high schoolers who are considering applying to college, Maryam says, "Do it. Just do it. I thought my dreams of going to good school with a full ride were just a fantasy. But look at where I am today! Just as long as you persevere, you are resilient, and you are persistent, your dreams are not just a fantasy — and they will come true."


This success story was based on an interview with CollegeAdvisor Scholar Maryam. If you want to learn more about the CollegeAdvisor Scholars program or get 1-on-1 help with your college applications from a CollegeAdvisor.com Admissions Expert, register with CollegeAdvisor.com today.

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