Kacper Sienkiewicz is a star in every sense of the word. The 19 year old Lane Tech graduate completed his associate degree in engineering at Wright College in May of 2018 and is headed to Northwestern University (NU) in the fall.

The first generation college student was a Star Scholar at Wright and will benefit from the Star Scholarship at NU, where he’ll receive up to $50,000 per year in assistance. He will study physics and plans to graduate in the spring of 2020.

While attending Wright he took advantage of the writing center and his meetings with his advisor. Learning to better communicate, in particular, paid off, as he used what he picked up at Wright when crafting essays on transfer applications. Kacper also appreciated the attention professors were able to give students at Wright because of the smaller class sizes. From the moment he started there in the fall of 2016, he felt comfortable and confident.

He first became interested in physics in high school, but that experience didn’t go as planned. “I took it junior year and was bad at it, but I liked it and stuck with it,” he said of the subject. It’s that perseverance and determination that prepared him for the many math and science classes to come when he moves from the Dunning area to Evanston in the fall.

This summer he will work as a tutor at Wright. Kacper’s ultimate goal is to get into research and teaching, but graduate school might come before that.

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