This feature lets us become better acquainted with the students that use the Himmelfarb Library resources on a daily basis. Meet Mehrshad Fahim Devin, MPS a first-year medical student.
Mehrshad Fahim Devin, MPS is a first year medical student and recently earned first prize for his entry, Fall Ride - Roof of Kennedy Center, in Himmelfarb Library’s Fall Colors Photo Contest, sponsored by Healthy Living @ Himmelfarb.
Fall Ride - Roof of Kennedy Center
Can you share your path to medical school?
After I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with my Masters in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership, I had the privilege to work in the non-profit sector for a little while. I fell in love with innovating solutions to clients' issues and realized that I wanted to continue problem-solving in my career as a physician. As a result of this newfound aspiration, I hoped to attend a medical school that placed a heavy emphasis on public health. GW SMHS had opportunities for students to approach public health through the lens of entrepreneurship. I fell in love with GW's mission and their Clinical Practice Innovation and Entrepreneurship scholarly track, and here I am today!
How long have you been taking photographs, and what are your favorite subjects?
I have always loved taking photos, but 99% of the time they remain hidden in my camera roll! My interest in photography especially peaked when I took a class in high school. Learning about concepts like "the rule of thirds" and "depth of field" allowed me to take photos that brought me a feeling of satisfaction. But I don't consider myself a professional photographer at all, just someone who enjoys casually capturing the beauties of the world. Beyond tons of selfies, my camera roll is filled with photos of friends, pets, nature, and dishes I cook.
How did you hear about the Fall Colors Photo Contest? Tell us about your winning photo.
I first learned about the contest while browsing my inbox and it definitely piqued my interest. As I was walking around the Kennedy Center with a friend, we came across the rooftop patio and decided to have a look at the Georgetown waterfront. The sky, the skyline, the foliage, and the water were all breathtaking sights. I wanted to capture that moment to look back on later. Fortunately, while I was clicking away on my phone camera, a boat floated into the frame. I wanted to submit the photo to share the beauty I witnessed with the rest of my community.
What is your favorite part of medical school and or GW/Foggy Bottom?
Medical school can be hard, but our community is definitely what keeps me going. We have such a colorful and diverse group of people at GW SMHS; it's hard not to feel at home in such a place. Everyone works very hard to achieve their dreams, but they do it together. It's this sense of camaraderie that is my favorite part of medical school. (Foggy Bottom is a nice little town too!)
How do you spend your free time? (or What do you do to relax?)
I play video games with my best friend (shout out to Phoebe Qiu for all her support and goofiness), I write poetry, hang out with friends, discover new areas of DC, work out, and cook!
What advice would you give to a new student just starting at GW?
As the great philosopher Doryi once said, "Just keep swimming!" I would be lying if I said that starting medical school in such a big city as DC wasn't initially an overwhelming experience for me. But it gets better! Enjoy the little things in Foggy Bottom or at GW, put yourself out there, and don't be afraid to take risks. All of your efforts will pay off in due time; that's a promise.