My grandfather was one of the most renowned doctors in Old Dhaka who used to practice in the 1950s. He passed all his whole life giving free service to the poor before passing away suffering from cancer. Hearing about his stories, I was inspired to serve the people of my community by joining in the healthcare-related field. My focus to study in healthcare-related subjects got substantiated when I lost my father as well at an early age due to cancer. Since then, I was highly passionate to develop cancer therapeutics which can help thousands of people around the globe. As a result, when I was searching for an undergraduate institution, I was looking for a place which not only provides quality education but also renders me with the opportunity to take part in some cutting edge research opportunity. As an alumnus of the Department of Pharmacy, Brac University I can assure that the department has ensured active learning of the admitted students through group works, presentations, case studies, in-class debate, research projects which were supervised by world-class faculty members.
Moreover, the Department of Pharmacy of Brac University has also ensured that the students should grow holistically and that they are competent enough to solve all the real-life problems that might lie before them. The department has encouraged the students to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities such as Pharma Poster Challenge, Chembio Hackathon, Brac University Pharma Society, etc and also organized webinars and short courses under the ‘Toolbox for Success’ series allowing opprotunities for the students to become professionally competent. I have participated in most of the competitions and won many awards and certificates from those, but the biggest award which I received from all these events is the change in my attitude that “If you work hard, anything is achievable.” This perseverance has helped me in many ways to grow as a better version of myself such as in developing my communication skills,completing B.Pharm with high distinction, getting VC certificate in RS, passing GRE and IELTS with good scores, getting employed in Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Head office as the first person from the department. As a student, I had numerous opportunities to visit many pharmaceutical industries as part of industrial visits as well as I had the opportunity to do my internship in the very renowned Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Limited. This has guided me to apply my theoretical knowledge in the practical field and helped me understand better my responsibilities as a student. This understanding has given me a competitive edge over others to perform well and fulfill the responsibilities proactively in my current occupation. Also, during my tenure as General Secretary of the departmental club (BUPS), I got the opportunity to participate in many activities as a volunteer such as in Winter Dimple, Cleaning Buriganga, Flood Relief Donation, etc and was able to share my experiences in one of the most popular public platforms in Bangladesh known as “People’s Radio”. These opportunities have improved my presentation skills for which I would always be grateful.
Lastly, I have no hesitation in saying that I have passed the best time of my student life in the Department of Pharmacy, Brac University and I still get overwhelmingly proud when I reminisce my days as an undergraduate student. If it was possible, I would have gone back to those days of mine as a Brac University student. I would always consider studying at the Department of Pharmacy as a blessing and would always try to uphold the reputation of the department as an Alumnus by performing well just like the other alumni of the department.