Who am I?
I’m unique…no, I’m weird…actually, no, I’m the happiest person I know. My name is Satyam Veean, and I am 24 years old. I graduated DWS in 2009 and attended the University of Georgia, graduating in the top 5% of my class. I went straight to medical school and am now a 3rd year at the Medical College of Georgia. My plan is to become an interventional neuroradiologist. I’ve written 2 books. One is called Stop Smoking… Now! The other, Life. I have my own charity, Hearts and Hugs Foundation, and every penny from my books goes towards the charity. The foundation of all these pursuits and accomplishments find their roots at DWS.
Actually, the real question is, why didn’t I start DWS earlier? I began as a 9th grader, and I remember my first day of high school like it was yesterday. It was quite intimidating. I only knew a handful of people, and my primary concern was making friends. Things worked out though as I was the 2009 Prom King! Anyway, why DWS? I give DWS every bit of credit for my success in college, medical school, and life. When I attended UGA, I felt overly prepared due to my experience at Deerfield. I’m not saying I never had to study, but I had the opportunity to enjoy my college experience while absolutely crushing all of my classes with ease due to the foundation DWS provided. Compared to college, I worked significantly harder in high school – DWS gave me the tools to succeed and it was up to me to make the most of them.
I owe a debt of gratitude to the DWS faculty. Thank you so much for teaching me how to be a great professional both in and out of the classroom. Moreover, thank you for instilling in me a work ethic that is simply unparalleled. Lastly, thank you for helping me develop a broad enough knowledge base to conquer every day with swag.
Students, I know it’s homecoming week and the last thing you want to read is a blog by some alum who graduated six years ago, but trust the process, LISTEN to your parents, teachers, and mentors. Be the best you can be every day. Surround yourself with successful people because you’re a reflection of those you surround yourself with (and no one wants to be around failure…trust me on this one). Wake up every morning knowing you can be better than you were yesterday. Have an open mind and accept differences in opinion. Learn from others and make an effort to talk to that “nerd.” Be involved in your community and lift others up when they need a hand. And seriously, be yourself.
Thanks everyone and GO KNIGHTS!
Satyam Veean, Class of 2009