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Taylor Institute second Long-Life Learning Scholar Sana Tajangi 23
Sana Tajangi ‘23 is a first-year student from Tehran, Iran. She learned about Franklin from a friend, and although she initially had other college plans, the more she discovered about Franklin the more she was convinced it was the perfect place for her, both academically and personally. Building close relationships with caring staff and professors beyond the classroom has made Sana’s university's first impact an incredible experience.
Young but determined, Sana is passionate about personal and professional growth and understands the need to work tirelessly to be successful and meet goals. Encouraged by her father, she began writing her short and long-term goals in her diary from the time she was nine years old. With empathy as one of her strengths, she engages intently with others and enjoys learning from their experiences, while also striving to continually learn about herself.
Whether a romantic narrative or a philosophical novel like Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Sana is a true “bookworm”, a book enthusiast, and learns from every story precious lessons on people and life. She states that books can help you view things from a different perspective and educate you on problem-solving and the world's secrets. She began reading books almost exclusively in English as soon as she became fluent in the language because she found that words were lost in translation in Persian. Writing is also one of her passions, and in her spare time, she is writing a romantic novel to help teenagers address their difficulties and struggles.
At Franklin, Sana studies International Management with an emphasis in Marketing, and hopes to become an entrepreneur with her own business in the food industry – you can learn more here. One of her biggest aspirations is to see her name printed in the Forbes magazine someday. Both online or in-store, Sana is working relentlessly to introduce her Persian products, directly from Iran, to her customers. President Warden has been a great encouragement to her on business ideas and plans, and the chosen course of studies is teaching her the art and psychology of selling goods. Sana loves all she is learning and realizes that part of the knowledge you accumulate comes from the experiences you have gathered and placed in your heart and mind.
Academic travel has been one of her favorite experiences from her first year. Sana explored and learned extensively about Swiss culture, architecture, and history. She also discovered that traveling with a group of people you do not know very well can be an amazing experience and can greatly alter misplaced first impressions. You learn to see things through others’ eyes and deepen your own interpersonal skills, making global lifelong friends.
Sana shares that the Franklin community has greatly helped her build up her confidence in her abilities. Being independent and away from home is rough, but she found support and encouragement which has made her feel like nestled into a second home.
Bright, confident and hard-working, Sana is additionally assisting the Taylor Institute as a scholar and is excited to contribute to this project, measuring her accomplishments at the end of the day. She believes that this program will improve her ability to collaborate, work in a team and start making the right connections to help her achieve her goals.