Faisal Usman ’16
What have you been up to since graduation?
Finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
What is one of your greatest achievements since graduating from MCC?
Getting into a co-op (6-month internship) program in a pharmaceutical company (Ocular Therapeutix) with state-of-the-art of drug delivery technology.
What is your fondest memory of MCC?
The classes. All my classes were small enough that everybody knew everybody and the relationships between students and professors created an encouraging milieu to be persistent in asking questions and contributing in class.
What was your favorite place on campus, why?
The Cafeteria. People watching is one of my skills and the cafeteria is one of the few places where I could relax and just watch people of different backgrounds and orientations and wonder.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
This is a tough one. Dr. Gail Becker certainly tops the list because of how stern she is. The discipline I needed to survive in her class permeated beyond her class into all my other classes. Dr. Phalguni Ghosh was also very instrumental in my success at MCC. He encouraged me to pursue opportunities that I would have overlooked.
If you could offer a current MCC student advice, what would it be?
Listen to your professors, advisors and counselors. They only have your best interest in mind. Also, don’t wait till last minute to do what needs to be done. The earlier you do them, the less stressed you’ll be.
Why was attending MCC the right decision for you?
MCC was the best starting point for me because of the relatively low cost of attendance and the high quality of instructors. All the professors I had at MCC were exceptionally good at their job and genuinely cared about the welfare of students.