Biz grad continues family tradition
Simon Fraser University’s Spring Convocation 2012 will take place this week starting today, Tuesday June 12 with the first ceremony at 2:30 p.m. and two ceremonies (9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.) on each of Weds, Thurs, Friday. For more on SFU’s Convocation schedule as well as this spring’s honorary degree recipients, see http://at.sfu.ca/KvHUWY.
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017; Marianne_Meadahl@sfu.ca
Convocation hometown lists: http://at.sfu.ca/hcrEAR
When undergrad Fahad Yasin collects his degree in business administration this week, his family’s association with Simon Fraser University will have returned to where it started.
His father, Mohammed, graduated 30 years ago after leaving his home country, Fiji, to study at SFU. And his two older sisters also attended SFU, one of whom will join him at convocation when she graduates with a bachelor of arts degree.
“My family spoke so highly of SFU that it was an easy decision to come here and carry on the family tradition,” says Yasin. “My dad always said his years at SFU were the best of his life and now it turns out they were the best of mine so far as well.”
Yasin has certainly made the most of his time at SFU. He took part in four different co-op placements during his studies, including a stint with the U.S. Department of Commerce, and placed in the top three at several international case competitions while representing SFU.
He also took his SFU experience global, with exchanges to Copenhagen and Mumbai, where he worked with renewable energy, and found his second language of Hindi was a huge advantage.
Yasin’s father now runs his own accounting firm in Vancouver and helps immigrants find gainful employment. “As a former international student, he knows what it’s like to deal with a new culture. It’s his way of giving back,” Yasin explains.
Even with his time at SFU nearing an end, the young business grad has no plans to slow down now. He will spend this summer in Sri Lanka on an Education Generation fellowship, measuring the sustainable impact of education in the communities.
“It’s funny how things change over time,” he says. “Originally, my dad came to Vancouver from a developing country and now today I am doing the opposite, leaving here to pursue work in a developing country. “Everything has come full circle.”
Yasin, who will be the student speaker at his convocation ceremony on June 12 at 2:30 p.m., also writes a blog at www.thedarkhorsejourney.com.
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