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MY AMBITION: Twin sisters share a passion for medicine

Tanzida Shahjahan Denah and Tasrina Shahjahan Dane, both 22, are identical twins who share a passion for medicine. With unlimited enthusiasm for learning, the duo put in all their hard work pursuing the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at SEGi University, to realise their dreams of becoming a doctor in the future.

Future doctors

Meet Tanzida Shahjahan Denah and Tasrina Shahjahan Dane of Bangladesh. These twin sisters came to SEGi University to pursue MBBS last year and haven’t looked back since.

The sisters decided to enroll in SEGi University at Kota Damansara while studying at a school in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“Counsellors from SEGi University came to our school (in Dubai) and we felt their humility,” say both sisters. Tanzida and Tasrina felt they could learn and grow at SEGi University and they were on their way to Malaysia.

It started with a dream

In their younger days, medicine was not their first choice. “I’ve always wanted to become a teacher because it is a respected profession. However, when I was studying in secondary school, it was then that I made up my mind to become a healthcare professional.

“Becoming a doctor is my passion because I would like to help the less fortunate community by treating and curing them,” says Tanzida.

Tanzida is already talking about her future plans. After graduation, she would further her studies as she aspires to become a cardiologist.

Cardiologist is a doctor with special training in finding, treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

Meanwhile, Tasrina reveals her love for Science subjects. “Previously, I was interested in engineering because of my love for Physics. However, while studying for A-Levels in Biology, I was fascinated by how the human body works.

“The topics (in Biology) were more interesting than those in Physics. One thing led to another and it led me to my journey in MBBS at SEGi,” says Tasrina.

Upon graduation, Tasrina plans to further her studies in the United Kingdom. “I am interested in oncology and it takes 15 years to reach that path,” she says, explaining her plan after completing the MBBS at SEGi.

Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention and treatment of cancer.


They were inspired to study medicine by their eldest sister.

Tanzida said her eldest sister is her biggest motivator and has helped her to move forward with her dreams.

“When I was in secondary school, my eldest sister was already pursuing MBBS. She used to come home and shared stories with us. Friday night was our sharing session. Since I was already fond of Science subject, it triggered my interest to pursue this course,” explains Tasrina.

Studying in SEGi University

There’s no easy shortcut to become a doctor as it takes years of committed study and hard work.

Fortunately, there is a strong support group at SEGi to relieve the sisters’ stress. “There were a lot of hurdles while studying here but thanks to the support from my lecturers and friends, I found it easier to cope with stress and studies.

“My classmates and I have an incredible bond and they even taught me how to speak in Bahasa Malaysia,” says Tanzida.

Tasrina expresses her gratitude to SEGi lecturers, who are also her mentor-cum-guardian in Malaysia.

“We can approach them anytime, whenever we have issues. The lecturers motivated and guided us in every aspect of life. Since we are international students and our family is back in Bangladesh, it’s difficult for us but thankfully, our mentors helped us out,” she says.

Advice for new students

“Enjoy your life and go with the flow”

The twin sisters urge new students to enroll at SEGi with an open mind. “If you are considering MBBS, just try your best and go with the flow. Be prepared for the challenges. Since this programme is different from the other courses, come with an open mind.”

They are currently pursuing the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at SEGi University. The programme has received full accreditation from the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

To find out more about our courses and other academic opportunities at SEGi, come and speak to our counsellors from March 23 to 31 at our Open Day. Alternatively, visit our booth at the upcoming EFS Education Fair at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre on 17, 18, 23 and 24 March from 11am to 7pm.

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