Madikha Badar is the first in her family to earn a higher education degree. She transferred to UT Dallas from area community colleges because the University was fairly close to her home in Crandall, Texas, and would further her pre-med academic career.
When the neuroscience major graduates, she hopes to attend medical school. Badar wants to be a general practitioner and
perhaps a neurosurgeon one day.
“I want to have interaction with lots of patients. I wanted to become a doctor because I wanted to help people,” Badar said. “I figured it would be good to start with the brain. The brain is fascinating to me because it controls everything about us.”
Badar said she was impressed with the quality of academic life at UT Dallas and the expectations of her professors.
“That was really surprising. It was my first exposure to university level classes. I never knew what university life was like. I learned to run with the pace,” she said. To get up to speed, Badar said she found help with library resources and study groups. Though her time was limited because she also worked, Badar also got involved by volunteering at student orientation.
“I have learned leadership skills,” she said. “It built up my whole personality and gave me so much confidence, like when speaking in front of a group. UT Dallas provides so many ways for students to get involved. I encourage every student to experience each and every thing.”
Badar works as a financial assistant at the Martin Luther King Jr. Clinic in Dallas, where she also completed a student internship, assisting physicians with case management work and interviewing patients.
“That really helped me want to become a doctor more,” she said. “The level of education we get at UT Dallas, and the expertise our professors offer is amazing to me.”