Rasheeda Harding is a second year Barbadian student at the American University of Barbados. (Picture by Christoff Griffith.)
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Rasheeda Harding is ready to make her mark in the medical field.
The 19-year-old second year Barbadian student at the American University of Barbados (AUB) emerged top of her class last year, besting dozens of other students to claim several top prizes.
Rasheeda was given awards for Outstanding Academic Achievement in both the fall semester of 2016 and spring 2017 of her pre-medical class.
The Belair Terrace, St Philip teenager also made the Dean’s list in those two semesters
Despite achieving so much, however, the former St Michael School student was still humble as she spoke to EASY magazine at the AUB campus in Wildey, St Michael.
Sitting in her white coat, Rasheeda explained the medical arena was always in her field of vision from as far back as her primary school days.
Rasheeda said while she was at St David’s Primary (now Blackman and Gollop), she developed a love for the sciences and excelled at health science in particular.
When she went to the St Michael School, she did integrated science, which quickly became one of her best subjects.
And when presented with the options of medical schools, Rasheeda said her decision came down to one factor – overseas clinicals.
“It was a case of what was being offered. I looked at both universities, but AUB offered me the opportunity to do my clinical rotations and internship overseas and outside of the Caribbean,” Rasheeda said.
“I’m aware that right now the medical market is a bit saturated here, so I wanted to have all available opportunities,” she added.
With her family supporting, Rasheeda said she hoped to enter into either gastroenterology, the study of the normal function and diseases of the oesophagus, stomach and other related organs, or sports medicine.
The idea of gastroenterology came to her as Rasheeda said she had a family member who was suffering from a related ailment.
Sports medicine on the other hand came to her out of her genuine love for sports.
“I’ve always been interested in sports and I still take part in it,” Rasheeda told EASY magazine.
“So I was looking for a way to combine my two loves, my hobby and my studies, so sports medicine was maybe the best field I could get into,” she continued.
Rasheeda said she swam for her secondary school and played volleyball for St David’s Primary.
With Rasheeda possibly poised to cop yet another prize in the coming semester, it seems the world is at her feet.
And while her studies at the AUB are set to take her overseas, for Rasheeda, as the saying goes, home is where the heart is.
“I would like to come back here and work eventually, but I would also want the experience of working overseas and I know that down here is saturated,” she said
“So if there is no opportunity for me to work here, then I wouldn’t mind working overseas. But my main goal is to come back here and work,” Rasheeda added. (AD)