College readiness

Mahgol’s Story


This year, Mahgol finished her generals at Saint Paul College and transferred to the University of Minnesota as a math major. Four years ago when she arrived to Minnesota from Iran at age 18, the only word she knew in English was “hi.”

“I didn’t give up.”

After learning some English working as a lifeguard at the YMCA, Mahgol came to the Institute and completed College Readiness Academy. She passed the Accuplacer and was able to enroll in college.

Navigators helped her apply for financial aid, enroll in classes and even prepare her resume to apply for jobs, but it was Mahgol’s drive and hard work that ultimately led to her success.

“I was a full time student, I was working full time, and I was taking care of my dad and my sister who was in high school. So I’m really proud of that. I made it.”




We could tell 3722 stories

Every New American who walks through our doors has a powerful story. Since we can't introduce you to our 3722 clients, here are three more stories that represent our mission.


“I feel Minnesota is home.”

Read Alliance’s Story >

“The day I became a citizen I was so excited and so happy.”

Watch Nang’s Story >

“I did my best, and now I have hope.”

Watch Ruth’s Story >