NOTE: This article was originally published on Carleton Stories and has been cross-posted with permission of the author.
Babur Jahid, a third-year Biology and Health Sciences student at Carleton, has a clear vision for the road ahead.
After graduating, he plans to follow his passion for medicine to Harvard and complete the MD/MBA program. Then he’ll return to his native Afghanistan and work with the government to make health care more accessible.
Ultimately, he wants to become the country’s Minister of Public Health.
These goals may sound audaciously ambitious, but when you consider the 21-year-old’s accomplishments to date — including embracing social entrepreneurship to create a social enterprise that will provide affordable eyeglasses to Afghans — they seem not only within reach but also a pretty good bet.
“I want to use the opportunities I’ve had to make the world a better place,” says Jahid, who arrived in Canada as a refuge via the United States in 2013. “It’s my obligation.”
Third-year Biology and Health Sciences student Babur Jahid. Photo by Chris Roussakis.