Macaulay Honors College
The Macaulay Opportunities Fund has allowed Kawsar Ibrahim to participate
in international service learning. Learn more >>
My name is Kawsar Ibrahim and I am pursuing a psychology major while minoring in studio art, chemistry and biochemistry. During my freshman year at Macaulay, if you had asked me how I was planning to spend my college summers, I would have probably said doing research or shadowing, the typical pre-health student’s summer. Having done both during my first two summers, I still wanted more. And so I ventured into an experience that has become a life-changing journey: I volunteered with the Macaulay Global Brigades amid the mountains and rainforests of Panama. There, I participated in an indigenous welcoming ceremony, made Panamanian friends, constructed a composting latrine for a family and met Fabian, a young boy who came to the clinic we set up at a school for a check-up. He was so excited that we had set up the clinic at his school and did not want to leave. Seeing the excitement in his eyes, we gave him a stethoscope to put on. When he came up to me to “listen” to my heart, I remembered playing with my toy stethoscope as a child; so I too put my stethoscope on his chest. His heart was beating so fast that I felt it run through the chest piece and through my fingers—that’s when I knew that I had experienced what our brigade calls the heartbeat of the world.
Macaulay CSI students join Bloomberg LP employees and New York Cares
volunteers to paint and beautify the grounds of IS 27, Staten Island
Breast Cancer Research Assistants, Sophia Varriano and Suriah Iqbal,
in the CSI Breast Cancer Walkathon