Our Stories: Tayier, Scholar (2021)

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Born and raised in Xinjiang, China, Tayier and her family fled to the United States in 2017 to escape rising political threats against the Uyghur people. The only person in her family to speak a bit of English, Tayier became the link to help her family begin a new life in a country she had only previously known through movies.

Tayier is excited to have the opportunity to attend college and looks forward to exploring the environment and programs offered at Virginia Tech before selecting her major.