Sections

Don the regalia and mortar board

Brooklyn Daily
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Downtown

Don the regalia and mortar board

Congratulations to Luvna Yeasmin, class salutatorian 2012 from LIU’s Brooklyn campus. This native of Bangladesh almost didn’t make it. She was just in her freshman year at LIU Brooklyn, when she lost her focus and wanted to quit, but her parents convinced her otherwise. Neither parent went beyond having a junior high school education and they wanted more for their youngest daughter. Now a little more than three years later, Luvna is graduating with a 3.89 GPA and has secured the school’s second highest academic honor. Luvna explained to Standing O that “In Bangladeshi culture, they don’t believe in letting a woman go far with her education. My parents were determined to give me the support and strength to break this pattern.”

Another incentive to succeed in school was that Luvna’s beloved grandma passed away from asthma in a small village in Bangladesh where clinics and hospitals are in short supply. Had there been medical personnel close by her grandmother might be alive today. Luvna commented, “They have doctors and nurses but not respiratory therapists. Respiratory disease is prevalent there because of the high rate of smokers. I want to expand the knowledge of medicine back home and improve the health system for the poor.”

LIU Brooklyn [One University Plaza at DeKalb Avenue in Downtown, (718) 488-1117].

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:


Reasonable discourse

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: