Evergreen Park teen has 20/20 vision for his future career plans
BY CHERYL DANGEL BARTOLINI Correspondent September 20, 2013 4:10PM
Nabeel Kassam, of Evergreen Park High School, aspires to be an ophthalmologist. | Supplied photo by Bill Sanderson
Updated: October 24, 2013 6:12AM
Nabeel Kassam is an Eagle Scout.
The Evergreen Park High School senior also is a member of the National Honor Society.
He belongs to a long list of other clubs at the school as well.
With that kind of background, he seemingly could pursue any number of careers.
That said, it is his father who has inspired his career choice.
“My father has had very bad vision most of his life, and if I can do anything to help that, it would be a really great thing,” said Kassam, 17.
Thus, he plans to become an ophthalmologist.
“Anytime he is looking at something, he asks me to read it to him,” Kassam said of his dad. “He can’t use a smartphone because it hurts his eyes.
“There is a lot he can’t do. If I can do anything to help, I would.”
That’s not to say Kassam doesn’t have other interests. High on his list is playing the saxophone, something he has done since he was in fifth grade.
Kassam loves jazz and finds music very relaxing and enjoyable.
“I just love music and expressing myself through it. I will continue playing the saxophone in the future but I don’t see myself pursuing it as a career,” Kassam said.
Instead, he would like to attend the University of Notre Dame and major in mathematics. He then would pursue medical school en route to becoming an eye doctor.
In the meantime, he will continue with his roster of activities at Evergreen Park High School.
He is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, band, chess club, mathletes and Scholastic Bowl. He also plays soccer.
Kassam, the son of Mumtaz and Zahir Kassam, of Evergreen Park, said his mother is his mentor.
“She is always pushing me to go the extra mile, try my hardest, and tells me to be the best,” he said.
In fact, that is what keeps him at the top of his game.
“I’m motivated by trying to be the best,” Kassam said. “When you’re on top, people look up to you. You’re an example for others and they want to follow you.”