Afghanistan native hopes to pursue justice in legal career

Axana Soltan.

Axana Soltan.

Axana Soltan wants to give a voice to the voiceless and advocate for those who have no champion.

“I am so fortunate to be here,” said the native of Afghanistan, who came to the United States eight years ago with her family. “I am blessed to be a citizen. This country has given me so many opportunities, and I want to help those who aren’t as fortunate.”

Soltan, a criminal justice major in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, aspires to a career in law. “I’m interested in working with juveniles or international law. I’m inspired by prosecutors who stand up for justice and help people.”

The Honors College student, who describes herself as focused and motivated, has a 3.9 GPA and typically carries 17 to 19 credits a semester. She hopes to graduate in under four years this December. She’s the president of the Pre-Law Society. When she is not studying or working as a teaching assistant in the Department of Statistics, she is preparing for her LSAT exam.

She credits the Wilder School’s professors and their passion for learning as a key factor in her academic success. “My professors inspire me. They’re also so friendly, kind and willing to help.”

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