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Passion for Education Leads Member to Phi Theta Kappa

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A passion for education led Phi Theta Kappa member Vijayant "VJ" Kanwar, a recent graduate of Central Arizona College, to move to the United States from India in 2009, just before beginning his senior year of high school.

VJ Kanwar

VJ Kanwar

"The main reason that I decided to come to the U.S. was that it has the world's best higher education system, emphasizing practical knowledge and preparing students for the real world," he said. "(The) United States is truly a land of opportunities, and a person just needs to be willing to utilize what this great nation has to offer."

Kanwar joined Phi Theta Kappa because it allowed "opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming."

"Being the Public Relations Officer for the Alpha Theta Delta Chapter, I had the chance to develop as a leader by helping our college and community become aware of the activities and events we were organizing and by getting many involved with these causes," he said. "Phi Theta Kappa has made my college experience exceptional by connecting me with the people who had the same level of passion and love for education as mine."

Kanwar entered the Honors Program at Central Arizona College (CAC), building a robot that can solve a Rubik's Cube, which he presented at the Western Regional Honors Conference.

While at CAC, Kanwar attended the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, was a member of the All-Arizona Academic Team, and was nominated to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. He served as President of the STEM Club and was part of the Student Public Policy Forum. He also received a Rotary Youth Leadership Award.

"The Honors Program at Central Arizona College was one of the most important reasons that I chose to attend a community college," he said. "I had heard that this program is the best organization to join, as they prepare students to pursue their individual goals and dreams by providing the skills, scholarships and connections with the right mentors."

Kanwar plans to transfer to Arizona State University's Ira Fulton School of Engineering, where he will major in Computer Software Engineering as part of the Barrett Honors College. He plans to utilize the university's dual degree program, allowing him to earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in three years. Ultimately, he hopes to work for Intel or Apple.