Marjur Rahman, a student at Lawrence North High School, is only 17 years old, but he is already a prolific philanthropist.
Rahman’s TikTok account, which mainly provides note-taking tips for students in advanced placement classes, has gone viral. Emile Learning is now sponsored by Abdul Rahman, who has used some of the funds to create several national and local scholarships.
Founded in December 2020, Emile Learning is a subscription learning platform that provides premium, on-demand courses.
Rahman’s largest scholarship, Mirajur Rahman’s Perseverance Scholarship, was recently awarded to Lawrence North High School classmate Marceline Pérez. There were 1,200 applications nationwide. The scholarship criteria states: “Mirajur Rahman Perseverance Scholarship, will be awarded to a junior or senior high school senior who is planning to attend college and has persevered through life’s hardships toward a brighter future for themselves and the world.”
Current’s attempts to reach Perez for comment were unsuccessful. The grant was $1,000.
Rahman gets paid for every TikTok he makes for Emile Learning. He did not disclose the dollar amount, but said he keeps a “small portion” of his college payments. He said he wanted to attend Princeton University or Johns Hopkins University and study philosophy before applying to medical school.
Rahman said, “(Emile Learning) offers online lessons instead of in-person classes for students who cannot be in school.” Since my account was related to education, they wanted me to promote their brand because it was completely new at the time. Since my followers were already a group of students, it was perfect.”
Rahman also creates social media content for Emile Learning.
Rahman’s first TiKTok video, which advises viewers on what to do if they accidentally get wet, has had more than 1.6 million views. Since then, he’s mostly focused on note-taking tips, tests, and SAT preparation.
“After (the phone video), I started posting a bunch of random facts. I had a video of cool things I didn’t know about science, and people were interested,” Rahman said. “I thought, ‘Okay, maybe I can turn it into something educational.'” “
Abdul Rahman said his novel gained traction when students returned to class after the COVID-19 pandemic after several months of virtual learning.
“We started school again, and it was really hard for all of us to learn,” he said. “It was tough. We didn’t have the patience to sit in class. We didn’t have the patience to stare at a screen for eight hours a day.”
Abdul Rahman took an organized diary about the history of the USA, and put it on TikTok.
“I saw millions of people love and follow him, so I decided to write more notes,” Rahman said. “I started making 15 to 30 second videos covering short sections or concepts from US history and a bunch of other chapters. Then a lot of students (nationally) would come to my page and say, ‘Oh, this guy has XYZ notes for XYZ classes. The notes were popular because this happened in the midst of COVID. It was hard for teachers to teach by default, and I knew I didn’t have a long attention span. So, I can’t just sit there and watch the screen for 90 minutes.
“My notes are colorful and well organized. This is what makes it easy to follow.”
Many of Abdul Rahman’s videos have thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, of views.
He said he had the heart to return the favor. In 2010, he moved with his family from Bangladesh to Lawrence. He wants to study philosophy at Princeton University or at Johns Hopkins University and then apply to medical school.
Abdul Rahman said his dream job is to return to Bangladesh and build hospitals.
To view Rahman’s videos, search for @mirajur1 on TikTok.
Mrajur Rahman said his TikTok account linked him to Noah Schnapp, the teenage actor who plays Will Byers in Stranger Things.
“We talked and it was great,” Abd al-Rahman said. “He was studying for the SAT and he said, ‘I noticed you had a bunch of AP stats notes,’ so he followed me. I talked to him, and it was the best feeling ever knowing I had an impact on someone like him.”
Rahman said he and Shanab are more acquaintances than true friends.