An Achiever

Pakistani-American students continue to excel in studies. Quite a few succeed in making it to Ivy institutions. Farah Tariq is one of them. She has joined the Harvard Law School.
Farah graduated from the Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo in 2003 as a Valedictorian (GPA above 4.0). Three years later she successfully graduated from the University of California, Irvine. She scored in the 99th percentile on her Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).
“I would definitely attribute my academic success to my parents. From a very early age they had instilled in me a desire and the assumption that I would go on to college and most likely graduate school. They truly motivated me early on, and later I felt that I had been taught to motivate myself, and continue aspiring to do great things not just to make my family happy, but because I enjoyed it as well. My grandfather has also always been very interested in academics and encouraged me to be the very best. I am very happy to have made him so proud,” says Farah.
“My father came from Pakistan in 1978 to get his Master's in Mechanical Engineering from USC on a scholarship. My mother is actually from Mexico. She came in 1982 and met my father here in California,” Farah adds.
Commenting on her decision to study law, Farah says: “I am very interested in the legal system and I think I have the ability to help a lot of people.” Her advice to Pakistani-American students is to find a field they are passionate about and pursue it with all of their enthusiasm and intelligence. “I think its important to lead a life balanced with fun, friends, and family as well as hard work and school. That is probably the best way to discover what you are passionate about, and enjoy yourself along the way. Success is all that much more meaningful if you enjoyed the journey.” True.



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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