I began as a bright-eyed dreamer, freshly enrolled in Arizona State University through the support of scholarships funded by generous donors. Overwhelmed by the endless subjects to study, I explored classes in both the arts and sciences, ultimately declaring biochemistry as my major. I was initially hesitant in my own scientific ability, but ASU saw potential in me when I didn’t see it in myself. With the encouragement of my professors, friends, and mentors, and late nights studying at Hayden Library, I successfully completed my bachelor of science degree—earning a diploma and a deep sense of appreciation for my university community.
The philanthropic culture at ASU extends beyond financial transactions—its impact pours into the daily work of the professors, students, and staff who have left lasting impressions on my life and the lives of others. After graduation, I moved to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to teach as a Fulbright Fellow. I witnessed the incredible value of giving through the other side of the lens as a teacher. I realized my achievements could always be traced back to the investments of donors, who enabled me to transform my future. With this in mind, I made a financial gift to ASU to support students through their own educational journeys.
As I continue my professional career, I have been able to grow, learn, and serve others, thanks to the support of generous individuals like you. I invite you to learn more about this culture of giving as we celebrate and invest in the leaders, thinkers, doers, and dreamers who need your support to succeed.
Maisoon Chowdhury ’12