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Majeed Hassan remembers the exact day — February 8, 2017 — that he officially, and legally, gained entry into the United States.That concluded a harrowing, nearly year-long voyage that began in his native Ghana when one of his soccer coaches bought him a plane ticket to Lima, Peru.Hassan’s journey to Chicago’s northwest suburbs took him through jungle, desert lowlands and parts of the Andes.Through it all, there was a singular belief that convinced the current Hersey senior to keep going.“I always knew good things would come in my life,” said Hassan, who enrolled at Hersey last November after briefly living in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. “Getting to the United States was a great opportunity for me.”Two primary factors shaped his trek to America: education and soccer. Hassan joked that he’s been playing soccer “since I was in my mom’s womb,” and he latched on with one of the Chicago Fire’s youth training squads shortly after arriving in Chicago.But getting an education was also paramount.Neither of Hassan’s parents attended school, and he openly explained that few educational opportunities are available in Ghana, primarily due to the cost. Hassan hadn’t been in school for years...
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