Hopes to heal the world?
Bilal Jawed ’17
When a global health course took Bilal Jawed to Paloma Alto, Peru, he knew he’d found his purpose. When a Global Health course took Bilal Jawed to Paloma Alto, Peru, he knew he’d found his purpose. “I went in with a superficial idea of what a doctor is, but as I worked firsthand with patients and doctors in Peru I got a deeper understanding of why I want to do this work.” And once Bilal found his path, he took it at a run. He next traveled to Uganda as an intern with a clinical trial for a drug used to fight pneumococcal meningitis in HIV/AIDS patients. The conditions and limitations made Bilal begin to wonder if he could ever really make a difference in this world. Instead of letting his frustrations get the best of him, he decided to do the best he could where he was, which led to the creation of the Mental Health Concerns Committee on campus. “We go after problems not because they are easy but because they are hard. What makes Wabash great is not convincing ourselves that we are perfect but the self-awareness that we are not – the understanding that there is progress to be made.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.