Afeefah Khazi-Syed

Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
20.309 Instrumentation and Measurement for Biological Systems. This was my last hands on class before the COVID-19 pandemic began. I have such fond memories of spending late evenings in the 309 lab with my partners. Between building our own microscope and navigating through pages and pages of MATLAB code, I learned so much about circuitry and imaging. The 309 staff were phenomenal and were so passionate about the material!! 20.380 Biological Engineering Design, I took this course last Fall, just as the world was getting read for the very first vaccine candidates. It was incredibly rewarding to think about how everything we had learned in Course 20 and at MIT so far could be applied to the current pandemic.

What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
Hands down the people. Every single nook of MIT, whether that’s a classroom or a zoom room, just has this energy to it. My classmates in Course 20, friends, dorm-mates, mentors were all not just really inspiring to be around, but they constantly showed me what it meant to be supportive of one another. People > PSETs

Where will you be next year?
I will be starting my first year of medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX!

Who deserves a shout-out?
It really does take a village! First and foremost, my family. My parents and my brother have been my biggest support system, and have always reminded me that being happy and healthy is the most important thing in life. To my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, thank you for the countless Facetime calls and study breaks. To my friends at MIT and beyond, thank you for the most amazing of memories and for going on this crazy adventure with me. To my mentors and professors, thank you for seeing the potential I sometimes didn’t see in myself and for supporting me through my endeavors. We did it y’all!!!