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Kaleem Ahmid

Philosophy and Health Science, BS


Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kaleem had always wanted to do the most he could for those around him, and thought the best way to do that would be to study to become a physician. He entered Northeastern as a pre-med Health Science student, but soon realized his love of philosophy through his NUPath coursework. Through academic research with faculty, Kaleem developed a strong interest in Effective Altruism, and came to believe that there are ways to make a bigger impact than becoming an MD. Subsequently, Kaleem became the only Health Science and Philosophy double-major at Northeastern, and after graduating in 2020, is now pursuing his Masters of Public Health, with aspirations of continuing into a PhD program, ultimately to work for an intervention evaluator in the global health and development field.

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Kaleem’s Path

“About 30% of what I have gained from my time at NEU has come through coursework – the rest has come from the things that people view as ‘accessories’ to the college experience: building relationships with peers and faculty in the philosophy department, participating in research I care about, exploring extracurricular interests, engaging with the local community, and thinking about ways to change the world. Make the most of each day at Northeastern, there is so much to learn and share, especially in the philosophy department.”

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