Our Cultures, Our Community: Muhammad Farooqui

The flag display “Our Cultures, Our Community” represents the countries from which our students and their families come. It reminds us that including people from different cultures and experiences in decision making will help enrich community life at NEOMED.

How does the exhibit make you feel? Here’s one response:

I am an American from Sacramento, California, and I believe my upbringing in Canada has also significantly impacted my life. In addition to the cliché of saying “sorry” or “eh” excessively, most Canadians do not drink maple syrup daily. However, the flag is true to remind the powerful influence Drake (from the “6ix”) has had on the music industry in the States.

Apart from grabbing a coffee from Tim Hortons or having Canadian geese block traffic, the values I’ve learned about equality and justice will help me apply them as a pharmacy student at NEOMED. The Canadian flag reminds me of every human's rights and freedoms, which is an imperative notion when caring for patients.

Canada’s multiculturalism through different languages, such as French, allows me to understand and respect diverse perspectives, which is an essential asset for health care students. During my time in Ohio and NEOMED, seeing the Canadian flag outside Watanakunakorn Auditorium daily will empower me to become a transformational leader in team-based health care settings.

-- Submitted by Muhammad Farooqui, first-year pharmacy student

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