Ah, love. It can strike us in the most unexpected of circumstances, and this is no exception for former students Maham Rahimi and Nazanin Majd. Both attended Brookhaven College to complete their core courses and work on pursuing careers in the science field. Little did they know true love and marriage would be in their not-so-distant future.
The pair first met in their organic chemistry class Aug. 28, 2001 (yes, they remember the exact date!). The night before Thanksgiving the same year, Maham invited Nazanin along to see a movie with him and some friends. Maham’s friends apparently “canceled,” as Nazanin put it, but the two decided to go to the movie anyway. This was considered their first date, and they decided to become exclusive at the beginning of 2002.
Maham and Nazanin officially married in 2007 but did not have a wedding until 2010 on New Year’s Day. Nazanin’s mother was unable to attend their wedding before then, so they decided to wait until she could. Therefore, they choose to celebrate their anniversary Jan. 1. They currently do not have kids, but it sounds like there could be plans for the future.
While at Brookhaven College, Maham and Nazanin were active members of Phi Theta Kappa. Each transferred to different schools in fall 2002; Maham to Southern Methodist University and Nazanin to University of Texas at Dallas.
From here on out, it seems like the two became addicted to education— in the best way possible, of course! At SMU, Maham received a bachelor’s in biochemistry and a master’s in medicinal chemistry. He later went on to complete his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from a combined program offered by the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas Southwestern. Nazanin received a bachelor of science in biology, and a master of science and a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology at UTD.
Afterwards, both attended the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. Upon graduation, Nazanin completed her intern year at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan while Maham explored surgery programs at various New York City hospitals.
Today, they are resident physicians at the University of Cincinnati. Maham is a vascular surgery resident and Nazanin is completing a residency in neurology. As far as future education plans go, fellowships could be on the horizon for both if things work out.
As Maham and Nazanin look back on their Brookhaven College memories, a couple of things seem to stand out to them. “I will never forget BHC,” Nazanin says. “The library is definitely memorable for both of us. That’s where we had our very first conversations about our future plans.”
She also recalls the organic chemistry laboratory. It was here she not only studied the foundations of molecules, elements and chemical reactions that would play a major role in choosing her career path she now pursues, but she also “learned about Maham’s wonderful characteristics, persistence and curiosity.”
Brookhaven College always wishes its student the utmost success in their many endeavors. Not only have Maham and Nazanin gone above and beyond in their educational and career goals, but they also managed to find happiness in one another and build a life together. Who knew a simple meeting in a science class could lead to such greatness? We wish them well!