As an undergraduate at Loyola University, Chicago, Raihan Sayeed is enrolled in the pre-medical program, with previous experience shadowing doctors Zeba Shakir at her Homewood, Illinois, clinic and Prem Rupani, a doctor with Sinai Medical Group in Chicago, Illinois. Raihan Sayeed has also helped perform free medical screening as a volunteer with the Al-Kareem Welfare Society. Other philanthropic organizations with which Ray Sayeed has volunteered include the Chicago-based SUFFAH Educational Guidance Center and Indian Muslim Relief & Charities (IMRC). Headquartered in Mountain View, California, IMRC receives donations from individuals in the United States and United Kingdom to fund programs such as its rural development projects aimed at relieving the economic inequities suffered by Muslims and members of other minority groups in India.

IMRC currently operates two initiatives within its rural development program, Project REED and the Kurnool Flood Housing Project. Established in 2009, Project REED addresses the lack of religious education in many rural Muslim communities in India by providing these villages with the resources to construct and manage their own schools for Islamic instruction. Due to the overflow of the Krishna River in 2009, 2 million people lost their homes in the most severe flood to strike the region in a century, and the Kurnool Flood Housing Project is dedicated to building new homes for families in need of shelter.

Project REED directs its efforts at villages where community members have abandoned their faith or have been geographically cut off from any religious study institutions. IMRC has facilitated the construction of 38 schools, each equipped with a prayer hall and classroom, washing rooms, and a living space for the imam. As part of the project, imams receive training in how to lead daily prayers and teach lessons from the Quran.

Though the Kurnool Flood Housing Project has successfully rebuilt one village of 162 homes, the project’s goal is to build an additional 500. While the Indian government is providing displaced families with free land to occupy, American and British supporters of IMRC finance the construction of one new permanent home with each $500 donation.


An experienced traveler, Loyola University pre-med student Raihan Sayeed has volunteered extensively abroad. Ray Sayeed continues to sponsor 50 underserved students at Crescent High School in India and firmly believes in the power of intercultural communication for young people.

The adolescent years stand out as a crucial period in the development of a person’s worldview, regardless of where he or she lives. During adolescence, individuals learn how to relate to and communicate with others, and today’s global society demands that they learn these skills as applied to cross-cultural communication. Experts believe that cultural tension stems largely from unchallenged preconceptions and stereotypes of those who are “other,” a response that human beings are likely to develop if they are never given the chance to interact with different groups on a personal level.

Diverse cultural experience teach teens that those from different backgrounds are fully realized human beings like themselves, with closely held beliefs and universal emotional responses. At the same time, these experiences allow young people to learn new things about a culture or group from a firsthand perspective. This in turn provides the teen with a reference point that he or she can use to challenge stereotypes and communicate with people from a broad range of backgrounds, thus encouraging positive and productive interactions rather than generalizations.

A student at Loyola University in Chicago, Raihan Sayeed is majoring in business while taking part in its pre-med program. Throughout his life, Raihan Sayeed has shadowed primary care physicians, volunteered at St. James Hospital in Chicago, and assisted medical professionals providing care in India through the Al-Kareem Welfare Society. While in college, Ray Sayeed has joined a number of extracurricular organizations and has served as a senator with Loyola’s Unified Student Government Association.

Recognizing the importance of giving students a voice in its operations, Loyola University in Chicago introduced the Unified Student Government Association. This body allows enrollees to meet with faculty and administration and express their concerns and desires. Additionally, it consists of three branches (executive, legislative, and judicial) and promotes ways to get involved with the school and the neighborhood.

During fall 2013, the group joined in many events that aided its members, fellow students, and the university community. Newly elected senators spent a September weekend at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus, learned about conflict resolution, and took part in an obstacle course. In November, Loyola University’s Unified Student Government Association partnered with three other entities to host Developmental disABILITIES Awareness Day. To learn about upcoming activities, log onto

The Importance of Teamwork

February 4, 2014

A student at Loyola University Chicago, Raihan Sayeed has participated in a wide variety of extracurricular and educational activities. In 2011, Ray Sayeed shadowed Dr. Prem Rupani, MD, in his clinic, the Sinai Medical Group. Currently, Raihan Sayeed volunteers at the Olympia Fields Hospital in its emergency department. Working in hospitals and medical clinics has demonstrated the benefits of teamwork and how, when everyone works together, it can achieve great things.

In addition teamwork’s efficiency advantage, it has a number of other benefits. One such benefit is improved morale. When employees feel they have more responsibility and control over their work and environment, their morale and quality of work often improves. Increased involvement is also helpful to foster innovation. Innovation is rarely the work of a single unit or person; teams that work together have greater resources to explore different ideas to find the best possible solution. The benefits of teamwork can also help to keep businesses ahead of the curve, making them longer lasting and more stable.

A business major and pre-medical student at Loyola University, Raihan Sayeed believes strongly in the power of education. As part of his volunteer efforts, Ray Sayeed has supported 50 underprivileged children at Crescent High School in India.

Located on the outskirts of Chennai (Madras), Crescent High School, a branch also located in Hyderabad, was founded in 1968 as a residential school for boys. Sponsored by the Seethakathi Trust, the school’s academic program covers classes V to XII. Physical education and religious studies are also included.

At Crescent High School, education extends beyond the classroom. Older students are invited to become involved in various community service projects, including work with the World Wildlife Fund. Several clubs and associations provide opportunities for students to further explore their talents in areas such as mathematics, literary arts, and nature. Through the annual Seethakathi Tournament and the Imam Mapillai Aalim Oratorical Contest, Crescent High School students test their athletic and oratory skills against students from nearby schools.

Currently a pre-med student at Chicago’s Loyola University, Raihan Sayeed has shadowed local physicians Dr. Zeba Shakir and Dr. Prem Rupani extensively at their clinical practices. Raihan Sayeed has also volunteered with the Al- Kareem Welfare Society in India, where he assisted physicians in providing medical screening services. Closer to home, Raihan Sayeed volunteers regularly at the ER of Franciscan St. James Health – Olympia Fields. The hospital’s emergency services are open 24-7, with care available for a wide range of issues, from heart attacks to bone fractures.

One of the most innovative aspects of the Olympia Fields emergency department is its Physician First system. This unique protocol ensures that those emergency room patients visiting during the busiest hours (from 11 AM to 9 PM) gain expedited access to a board-certified emergency physician. Within a matter of minutes, patients are assisted by the doctor and a dedicated support team made up of highly trained technicians, nurses, and paramedics. This emphasis on handling new arrivals quickly ensures that patients receive a preliminary diagnosis for their injury or condition, and have tests ordered, shortly after entering the emergency room.

Raihan Sayeed is a student at Loyola University, where he is currently focused on premedical and business studies in hopes to one day become a doctor. As a high school student Ray Sayeed was very involved in various organizations including Key Club and the Future Business Leaders of America.

The Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda is a non-profit organization that works to prepare students for business and business-related careers. The group was first established in 1937 and is currently made up of local chapters run by business teachers, school officials, businesspeople, and members of local communities. The high school division, the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), is composed of 215,000 members.

To give a recent example of the benefits high school students receive from FBLA membership, consider the Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree coordinated in Kinnelon, New Jersey this past October by members of the Future Business Leaders of America club of Kinnelon High School. Members of FBLA worked after school to organize and coordinate activities such as bake sales, pumpkin carving, and face painting. Prior to the event, the students promoted the jamboree with fliers at supermarkets and on local billboards and also discussed the event on the KHS morning show. Through this event, members of the FBLA are able to get a taste for the business world by learning how tasks are broken into corporate functions and how departments work together successfully.

Raihan Sayeed of Loyola University has served on the Future Business Leaders of America. Future Business Leaders of America, or FBLA, is the high school division of the non-profit education association Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL). As the largest business career development organization for students in the world, FBLA-PBL has over a quarter million student members preparing for business-related careers. The association also contains the FBLA – Middle Level division for middle school students, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students, and the Professional division for alumni, business professionals, and educators. FBLA-PBL hosts and sponsors a number of events, conferences, and competitions across the United States each year. These events, such as the National Leadership Conference (NLC), allow students to test their business knowledge and skills, develop leadership abilities, forge professional connections, and participate in motivational and career planning workshops. As a non-profit organization, FBLA-PBL relies on membership dues, corporate contributions, and grants for funding. FBLA-PBL offers scholarship opportunities for its student members. About the author: Raihan “Ray” Sayeed studies business and pre-med at Loyola University in Chicago. As the Vice President of his high school’s chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America, Ray Sayeed was an elected speaker at the State FBLA Conference and was awarded a certificate of merit for his work in marketing.

A longtime golfer and current undergraduate student at Loyola University in Chicago, Raihan Sayeed has spent considerable time practicing his game on the course. In particular, Ray Sayeed recognizes the importance of putting in reducing one’s score. Here he presents a quick list of tips to help you improve your green game.

Spend time practicing putting: Many players do not like putting practice because it offers far less glamor than driving, fairway shots, or even chipping. However, a 10-foot putt counts the same as a 300-yard drive and requires just as much practice to perfect.

Perfect your grip: There are many grips out there. Before you can succeed on the green, you must first find a grip that works for you and dedicate yourself to using it during every putt.

Aim short on long putts: On longer putts, many top golfers use a technique known as spot putting. Rather than aiming directly at the hole, they will concentrate on a spot no more than three feet in front of them, which enables them to stay focused and visualize the putt.

Now a current freshman at Loyola University Chicago, Raihan Sayeedserved as the Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter at his high school. Founded in 1940 and headquartered in Reston, Virginia, the FBLA is an American career organization that primarily involves national high school students. In addition, the FBLA also maintains ties with the collegiate level Phi Beta Lambda society, forming the full organizational acronym of FBLA-PBL. With more than 250,000 members across the United States, the FBLA-PBL is the largest student business organization in the country.Established in 1937 by the head of the prestigious Teachers College of Columbia University, the FBLA earned sponsorship from the National Business Education Association in 1940. After creating its first chapter in Johnson City, Tennessee, the FBLA authorized its first state chapter in Iowa shortly thereafter. By 1994, the FBLA had established separate divisions for middle school students, college students, and current professionals.

Today, the FBLA-PBL holds annual competitions that cover topics such as public speaking, technology, and business. Specific competitions include Public Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Website Development, Accounting, Management Decision Making, and Technology Concepts. The majority of individual competitions involve a multiple choice Scantron test or public speaking. Team competitions feature three unique structures: a two- or three-person team that submits a written solution to a problem, a two- or three-person team that submits a report or website, and a four- or five-person team that takes a test and averages the scores. Winners of competitions move up the regional ladder, progressing from local competition to state competition and eventually arriving at the national level. Winners at the national competition earn a spot on stage at the Awards of Excellence Program at the National Leadership Conference.

In addition to the various competitions sponsored by the FBLA-PBL, the organization also organizes State Leadership Conferences (SLC). During the SLCs, students participate in workshops and also have the opportunity to run for state officer positions. At National Leadership Conferences, held in major cities across the country during the early summer, participating students attend seminars, square off in the national competition, and run for national officer positions. As the FBLA’s elected speaker and leader, Raihan Sayeed represented the Lincoln-Way School District at the Business leaders annual conference held in March, 2010, in Decatur, Illinois. He was awarded the Certificate of Merit for second place in marketing.

To learn more about the FBLA-PBL, visit the website at