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Life is full of opportunity. That’s something I’ve known ever since I was born. Being in the right place at the right time has a lot to do with things. That’s something I’ll figure out later.
My loving parents will tell me all about the day I arrived. They’ll explain that I came into the world in the early morning of Oct. 16, 2016, and how being the first baby born in a local hospital on that day made me extra special. There will be talk about SAIT and a hundred years of history. I’ll hear about how I won a full scholarship to go there (and how I slept through my first visit to campus — and the little celebration they held in my honour). I’ll try really hard to understand what it all means. When I’m old enough to get it, it’s going to mean a lot to me.
Opportunity. It’s a big word with humungous potential and I’m hearing I was born with an extra dose of it. When I’m ready, they say I’ll have the opportunity to attend this really old school with a respected reputation; to study a trade or secure a degree in a field of my choosing; to embark on a rewarding career free of student debt (whatever that is). It all sounds good for me.
Sharing my birthday with SAIT the way I did made me incredibly lucky, but I know it’s not all about me. A bunch of existing students (born way before I was) are receiving a prize of their own, sharing in $100,000 of student awards specially created to mark SAIT’s centennial. Wow! I wonder if they got balloons too. I hope so.
It’s only the first year of my life and I’ve already got a great story going on. Of course I have a lot to learn. I’ll start with walking and talking and playing. We’ll see where that takes me. Maybe check back here in 20 or 25 years. I may well be in a position to provide an official alumni update.
AS THE FIRST CHILD BORN IN A CALGARY HOSPITAL ON SAIT’S 100TH BIRTHDAY, MOHAMMAD FALAK SHER WAS NAMED SAIT’S CENTENNIAL BABY. THE HONOUR CAME WITH A FULL SCHOLARSHIP, GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY MAWER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT. TO BENEFIT FROM THE SCHOLARSHIP, MOHAMMAD HAS TO MEET ALL THE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
FOR HIS CHOSEN PROGRAM OF STUDY AND ENROL AT SAIT PRIOR TO HIS 25TH BIRTHDAY.
Photo by Josie Chu