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By Tolu Salako, BubbleLife Intern

On Nov. 27, acclaimed CNN broadcast journalist Dr. Sanjay Gupta visited Southern Methodist University for both a student forum and a TATE lecture. SMU and high school students attended this event in order to ask Gupta some questions regarding his view on health policies, personal life and his career.

Throughout the student forum, Gupta reiterated that students should find what they love to do and pursue it as a career.  

“If you are not good at something, and you don’t like something, don’t do it — it is that simple,” Gupta said. “Once you find something that you love, try to see if you can pursue a career in it. You will probably be a lot happier if you do that.”

Gupta is currently the chief medical correspondent for CNN and is also a practicing neurosurgeon. He reports health and medical news with Soledad O’Brien and Anderson Cooper and started working at CNN in 2001, having reported from New York at the 9/11 attacks. Gupta also won an award for his outstanding coverage in 2006 on Hurricane Katrina.

“Probably the most interesting thing I have seen in my career was meeting patient zero of the swine flu in Mexico,” Gupta said. “It was interesting to see where this family lived and to actually shake hands with this five-year-old child who survived the earliest documented case of swine flu. It is times like these that I look back and think about some of the interesting opportunities I have.” 

Both SMU and high school students asked a variety of different questions. SMU junior Christian Genco asked one of the most memorable questions that night, which was about if technology would ever replace humans. Gupta answered the question humorously with “I hope not.”

Students enjoyed the chance to ask a great journalist some burning questions that they have always wanted to ask. Many students also attended Gupta’s lecture that was held at McFarlin Auditorium.

“It was really cool to see a journalist that I had grown up watching on CNN in person at my university,” SMU junior Mai Bedair said. “His lecture was great, and I hope I get to meet more influential people in the future.” 

The TATE lecture series resumes at SMU in February, starting with award-winning historian Michael Beschcloss, followed by Douglas Brinkley, M.K Asante Jr., Niall Ferguson and Alvaro Uribe.