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The Flying Dutchman: Shahbab Choudhury

By DeAnna Britton, Staff Writer

"It was very hard to leave home because I had to leave all my friends and family. I had no idea what to expect," he explains. "It was difficult in the beginning but now I'm good. I'm thankful to God that I have great friends in life who care about me. They helped a lot and so did my family."

Choudhury, an International business major with a minor in advertising, hopes to use his education to eventually better his home country. Choudhury wants to start his own business that helps under developed countries like his. "I haven't decided yet if I'm going back to Bangladesh or stay in the U.S. but I do want to go back and help people out," he said.

Although academics are important to him, Choudhury is also a member of the South Asian Student Association (SASA) on campus. He helped out at the Diversity Gala that was held at the University in October. Being a part of the group "helps me get in touch with my South Asian culture and I get to help out with my community," he said.

Choudhury is also a part of the club soccer team. Soccer is very important to him, his favorite quote being, "'some people think soccer is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more than that.' "I've been watching soccer all my life and it makes me happy. I've been supporting Liverpool for over 12 years," Choudhury said.

This winter, Choudhury will be interning for an advertising firm in the city called J. Walter Thomson where he will work in account management. "This is my first internship so I don't know what to expect but I hope it will be a good experience and lay a good foundation to get me to where I want to be. I want to be successful and to make my parents proud," he said.

As Choudhury tries to bring his two worlds together, his passion to help will build a bridge to where he wants to go.

Shahbab Choudhury (Photo courtesy Shahbab Choudhury)

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