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July 26, 2011

Pursuing a life of distinction

21-year old area Bahá'í, Sherwin Habibi, has recently been awarded the Governor-General’s medal for his achievements as an undergraduate student at Carleton University. Sherwin will be moving to Toronto in the fall to begin his studies to become a dentist.

“Winning the Governor General’s medal was a pretty amazing honor,” said Sherwin. “I had been motivated from a really young age by something that my dad always told me. He explained that everyone is different and that everyone has different capacities. To truly be “successful,” one has to strive to achieve their personal maximum capacity.”

Alongside his studies, Sherwin has been an active member of the Ottawa Bahá'í community, and he credits his faith with setting high standards for his life. “The Baha’i Faith has definitely given me a platform from which to base all my decisions. When I turned 15, my mom framed a quotation by Abdu’l-Baha that started with, “I desire distinction for you.” Although the passage was talking about spiritual distinction, I thought that I should strive for distinction in all aspects of life.”

After graduating, Sherwin will be taking a break before continuing as a student in the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at the University of Toronto, which he describes as his “career goal.”

Asked about his future goals and aspirations in life, Sherwin said, “I obviously want to have a successful dental practice in the future, be happy with my life, and have a loving and united family. I would want my own kids to have the same spiritual and academic guidance that my sister and I received.”

The Governor-General’s silver medal is awarded at the undergraduate level by each Canadian university to the student finishing with the highest academic standing. It was established in 1873 by Lord Dufferin to encourage academic excellence across the nation, and it is one of the most prestigious awards that students at Canadian schools can achieve.
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