Hurshed hails from Seoul, South Korea, where he began swimming at the age of 10. Unlike many Imagine instructors, it was not a skill that came naturally at first, but Hurshed persevered - and the memory of his own struggles has given him much empathy when working with children that might be a little apprehensive in the water. He emigrated to the States In 2008 and soon joined his high school swim team at Abraham Lincoln High in Brooklyn. Hurshed chose to remain in his adopted borough for college, at Long Island University in Ft. Greene, where he worked as a swim instructor and met many Imagine teachers. He is now majoring in Chemical Engineering at New York City College of Technology, and joined the Imagine staff in the summer of 2015.