Q&A with Shayda, MA Bioethics and Society

PG Shayda's photoWhich book changed your life?
Practical Ethics by Peter Singer.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
The 100 Club on September 20th, 1976. The line-up was the Sex Pistols, The Clash and Siouxsie & the Banshees.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
In all honesty, getting accepted into my master’s programme. Education is hard work!

What is your most treasured possession?
My dog, Sophie.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
The giant HMV on Oxford Street.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
John Cusack’s character in Say Anything… I melt every time.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Probably “dude” and “awesome”.

How do you relax?
I spend a lot my time (and money) going to gigs around London. The wild energy and loud music force you to forget your troubles, live in the moment and have an awesome time.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Dr Greg Graffin. I’d love to discuss punk rock, academia and politics over a meal and bottle of red.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Stop leaving things to last minute.

When were you happiest?
When I was at my first gig. I was nine, and it was Steps, and I loved every minute of it.

What is the best advice you’ve ever given?
Don’t waste time worrying about things you can’t change; learn from the past and look to the future.

What inspired you to study your field?
John Harris’ work on human enhancement. Everyone should read his stuff; he packs in a lot of punch in his work.

What would your best friend say is your best quality?
Probably loyalty; I never leave my friends behind.

Born in London, Shayda Kashef is a part-time Bioethics & Society postgraduate student in the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine. She graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from King’s College, making her the only King’s alumni in her programme. While she enjoyed studying philosophy, her passion is in applied ethics. Her research primarily focuses on the ethical obligation behind the use of PGD to select out the Huntington’s gene. Her dream is to be at the forefront of new advancements and technologies related to human enhancement, pushing for a healthier tomorrow.
For more information about Shayda’s course, please follow this link.

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