Graduating Greyhounds 2015: Mustafa Wahid

By Stephanie Weaver  |  Photo courtesy of Mustafa Wahid, '15

Spotlight on

Mustafa Wahid

Hometown

Mount Sinai, New York

Major/Minor

Biology/Psychology Interdisciplinary Major, Philosophy Minor

Campus involvement

Green and Grey Society, Student Government Association (director of resident affairs), Muslim Student Association co-founder and president, Jiu-Jitsu Club, Leadership Launchpad, Club Roller Hockey Goaltender, Wasabi Venture Cohort 2014

I also took part in service trips including a Spring Break Outreach trip to Immokalee, Florida, and a Rostro de Cristo Cultural Immersion Trip to Ecuador. I was a Jennings International Summer Research Fellow, studying public health and medicine in El Salvador.

Co-founding the Muslim Student Association was a privilege because it showed me that Loyola welcomed dialogue between different faiths. The creation of the club was a collaboration of several students and Father Tim Brown.

Plans after graduation

Simple answer: Looking to pursue my entrepreneurial interests further.

Crazy answer: I want to change 10 billion lives by the time I am 65… so it’s time to get cracking!

I was inspired by Singularity University’s mission, “Change 1 billion lives within a decade.” I thought, why can’t I change 10 billion lives with in 4 decades? So, I am bringing together biotechnology, design thinking, sociology, and entrepreneurship. Hopefully this also includes an entrepreneurship fellows program at the University of Baltimore.

Success Coaching

Starting my own success coaching business during my college years was my answer to spending 60 hours per week at an awful marketing internship. I thought, why don’t I spend this time building something of value for myself? I did some consulting work for a personal trainer in Bel-Air, and was invited to speak at a national insurance company. I created my own experiential learning regarding coaching, but I still have a ton to learn.

How I chose my path

I didn’t choose my path, it chose me. I came to Loyola looking for my vocation, and it called to me through intense curiosity, and countless sleepless nights reading and attempting to master my craft. All I know is that I am meant to be of service to others, and I feel blessed everyday to make even a small impact on others’ lives.

Favorite Loyola memory

I still remember reaching inside of the black mailbox and pulling out a beaming white envelope embossed with the Loyola University Maryland crest. It was my acceptance letter to Loyola, which was a beacon of hope to my family in the trying times we were having. I find it funny that my favorite Loyola memory happened even before I got to Loyola.

The professor who had the biggest impact on me and why

I’ve had the privilege of being molded and influenced by multiple mentors: Dr. Angela Leonard, Dr. Lovell Smith, Dr. Charles Lopresto, Dean Joshua Smith, Dean Illona McGuiness. Dr. Francis Golom, Dr. William Everett, and Dr. Chris Thompson. They all played a key role in getting me to where I am today by providing critical information at the right time. It would be an injustice to pick just one.

My strong truth/how the Jesuit college experience shaped me

My strong truth: Sprint after your wildest dreams. You are meant to share your brilliance with others.

There were many times during my Loyola experience where I was swayed by outside pressures to pursue activities or classes that may have not been the best fit for me. However, after discernment, I saw that pursuing my wildest dreams with full force not only helped me, but also served those around me.

My Jesuit college experience has opened me up to a whole new worlda world of faith, interdisciplinary, and love. Loyola is a large community that helped foster my courage to walk out in the world and accept others with open arms—because that is the decent thing to do, the just thing to do, the Jesuit thing to do! Be with the person next to you and love them as your own, because you never know what excitement or pain the person next to you is going through.

Shout outs to…

My mother, father, lil’ sister Sasha, and all my friends and family at Loyola that have changed my life forever.

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1 Comment

  • Posted by Carolyn Townsend | May 18, 2015

    Though I only got to work with you for a short period of time, it was such a honor and please getting to know you. Good luck on your new journey and I wish you all the best.

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