Afshin Ameri

Biomedical Systems Engineering, 1T4

Afshin Ameri

Afshin Ameri claims that world post-EngSci has been an eye opening experience for him so far. He quips that graduating from EngSci is like breaking up with a long-term girlfriend ­– you realize you have so much time during the day to spend for yourself and to explore interests that you couldn’t have even imagined existed before (while you may feel emotionally sore for a bit).

In terms of academics, Afshin has been mainly busy with school. In trying to memorize as much as he can in class while simultaneously trying to apply it in clinic, Afshin has noticed a major shift from EngSci and is still trying to get used to the difference.

Afshin provides his perspective on life post-EngSci:

“Life after graduation has been a time of unsettling questions for me. Instead of thinking about what I am going to do after graduation (which was the only thing on my mind during my undergrad), I have started to think about where I see myself in 20-30 or even 40 years. Will I be doing research in a shiny glass building in an academic hospital or will I be practicing medicine in rural Iran? Or maybe I should open up my own office and try to make a difference in that way. These questions, augmented by the numerous medical specialties, make my future look like an intangible mess sometimes. However, above all these I have been concerned with another question: What should be my guiding principle in making these decisions? In other words, how can you assess success in someone’s lifetime? Sure, money and prestige are all very alluring and components of them need to be present in every life, but after a certain point they don’t seem to provide long lasting satisfaction. What does provide satisfaction, in my admittedly humble and inexperienced opinion, is impact; the way to measure it is to imagine how the world would look without you. If the world looks the same or slightly better without you, you are probably on the wrong path and something fundamental needs to be changed. Having a significant impact can be very hard, mostly because it requires you to be a non-conformist and challenge the status quo. It can be all the more difficult in fields like medicine where a strict hierarchy is imposed. But being an EngSci was all about being a non-conformist. There was nothing traditional about the program and from CIV102 to AER201 we were always being pushed to challenge the status quo.

Despite the fact that I initially admitted to being amorphous and goal-less at this stage in my life, I do not think for a moment that I am lost. I still have the guiding lamp in my hand and I am equipped with the right skills. I just need to keep looking.”