Students who spent the Summer 2016 semester at BRAC University, Savar Campus as part of their Residential Semester participated in an interactive session with distinguished guest, Shammi Shawkat Quddus, member of the Research Transparency team at MIT’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) on July 30.
For the students, it is the last week before they return to Dhaka at the end of their semester, and they had the unique opportunity to know about the motivating experience of Shammi Quddus at the session.
As an undergraduate in 2008, Shammi co-founded BYLC’s (Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center’s) flagship program Building Bridges Through Leadership Training. She won the Davis Projects for Peace Prize and an MIT Public Service Fellowship which provided seed funding for the pilot program that has since grown to the premier leadership institute we know today as BYLC.
Shammi told the students how she was able to pursue her undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. As a high school graduate from Chittagong, it was purely a journey of ambition and willingness to go out of her comfort zone. Each day, she worked hard to shape herself and be the best she can be, took new challenges and developed leadership skills to become a confident individual.
On the other hand, students shared their wonderful experiences at Savar Campus. The Residential Semester (RS) at Savar is aimed to teach students values such as diversity, good governance, history and culture, and encourages students to engage in debate, recitation, cultural activities, sports, yoga and indoor games. It also creates awareness of social issues and awareness against drug abuse. RS teaches the importance of friendship, respecting each others’ views and to coexist in diversity.