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Rapper Shah slams expectations

Most students have a hard enough time choosing a major in college. The usual pressure of choosing a path that will hopefully lead to a future career is placed upon every college student. Imagine, then, the increased pressure of graduate school. What if there’s a change of heart about a career path? What happens next?

For Suraj Shah, he had already graduated from the University of Toronto, gaining an undergraduate degree. This was the easy part. Then, Shah entered medical school to pursue a career as a doctor. However, two years into medical school, Shah changed his mind. One of his passions overcame his academic commitment, becoming his new professional drive: music.

“This just isn’t that dope,” Shah said, recalling his thoughts at the time of the switch.

Despite snagging a job with the New York Knicks as a team physician, the adrenaline wasn’t quite enough.

“I tend to avoid safety –– I’ve always been attracted to danger,” Shah said.

It’s no surprise then that Shah chose music over medicine in the end; Shah wasn’t affected with worries of job security. Perhaps because he was sure of where he was headed in life, regardless of his path.

“My parents are Indian immigrant parents, so at first, they thought it was a joke,” Shah said of his parents when he first told him about his decision to switch.

“When they heard the entire plan, they understood,” Shah said.

Shah had a plan and that plan was to succeed. Shah knew that he would. His parents knew that he could. Now, Shah has proved that he has succeeded.

With the debut of his album, “Today,” in November of 2012, Shah has continued to climb to success. He is on the rise as a respected artist, especially with the college crowd.

Shah said that the age of college students are by far his largest and most receptive demographic.

“I think people can relate,” because “at that point in life, it’s about living a life of having fun,” said Shah.

Shah has made his way down to the south, including the Dallas area. Shah is familiar with Southern Methodist University, having partied with its students in the past.

“I started making some SMU friends just partying,” Shah said.

The Canadian-bred artist is no stranger to the party scene at some of the most popular cities in the U.S. He has spent a lot of time in New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Of course, Shah remembers that although he’s having fun, he knows when he needs to be serious.

“We’ll do what we need to,” Shah said, referring to both himself and college students.

Shah’s only regret is “not pursuing rap from the jump,” he said.

To college students everywhere, though the pressure is immense at times, and at this point in life, Shah sends a message to all that there is no time limit. You can change your mind and change it again. There’s no one that can tell you that you can’t.

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