How a Student from Kazakhstan Came to Shoreline at 16, Earned a UW Degree, and Got a Job at T-Mobile Headquarters

I was 16 years old when I started at Shoreline Community College in the High School Completion Program.This program allowed me to work on finishing my high school diploma and begin my college-level studies at the same time.  During my time at Shoreline, I was a math tutor and an International Peer Mentor, which allowed me to meet international students from all over the world, who would eventually become lifelong friends.

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When I started applying to four-year universities, the advisors at Shoreline encouraged me to apply to schools that I never thought I would get into.  Through their support and encouragement, I was accepted into engineering programs at Purdue, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, and University of Washington.  I chose to attend the University of Washington, where I interned with Synapse Product Development, Inc. in downtown Seattle. Even though the classes at UW were more difficult, my classes at Shoreline taught me study habits that helped prepare me for the academic rigor.

I am currently working at the T-Mobile Headquarters as an Associate Engineer – Systems Designs, where I test mobile devices for liability issues on the T-Mobile network.  Eventually, I would like to attend Cornell University for my master’s degree.  Looking back, I wouldn’t be where I am today without Shoreline.  Shoreline helped me grow personally and academically, and ultimately helped me believe in myself.  It also provided me the opportunity to transition into U.S. culture and get to know the Seattle area, which now I call home.

If you’re looking for friendly and supportive faculty, a beautiful campus, and great university transfer options, definitely check out Shoreline!

Aigerim Shintemirova
Almaty, Kazakhstan