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OW Saahil elected as President of the University of Sheffield British Asian Society

Congratulations to OW Saahil for his new role as President of the University of Sheffield British Asian Society!

Saahil is currently in his third and final year of University, studying biomedical science and says he is committed to building on the society's previous successes, and nurturing and driving the society in a plethora of areas. 

He was elected to the position by his peers for a 12 month period – and he’s wasted no time arranging events including a laser tag social, football matches, and an invite to the University of Manchester Christmas Ball where he will be giving a speech. 

Saahil is currently leading a research project on various genetic and environmental factors and their impact on FEV1 (lung volume) and lung function. He has a particular interest in the pharmacology of respiratory illnesses and craves a career where he can ‘make a difference’. 

Speaking about his new position, Saahil said: “I was elated when I heard the news. It gave me a real vote of confidence that I was elected by my peers. This, and my role of deputy head boy, are the two most honourable roles I’ve held to date.  

“The role is a bit of everything – leadership, celebrations, sports teams, events, meetings and finances. I was on the committee last year in charge of events. 

“It’s actually very similar to the head boy role at Westholme. It’s a role of leadership and leading by example. "

“I attended Westholme from Reception to Sixth Form – before coming to university seeking another leadership role. It wasn’t just the academic skills I learnt at Westholme, it was the soft skills like public speaking and debating that I have benefited from. I’ve already had to give three speeches to large groups of people this semester!” 

He has already liaised with fellow Presidents of other university British Asian Society’s to build relations across the North West.  

Saahil admits he’s always had a curiosity from STEM subjects and says this curiosity pushes him to always try to be better and seek new experiences. 

He said: “I encourage current students to take their own initiatives and seek out meaningful conversations with people in the areas they find interesting. Not only did the career advisors at Westholme go through the different sectors, they also looked at what you’re interested in. Don’t be afraid to reach out.” 

We wish Saahil the very best in his new position!

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