When I think of MAI, the first two words that come to mind in terms of what I’ve learned are open mindedness and ambition. All of us are here because we wanted to try something new while making a difference which speaks volumes. We each have great ideas about how to enhance our mission and are personally invested in seeing them through. Traits like these can be applied to so many different aspects of life and I’m forever grateful to MAI because of that.

Sartaj Bal, MAI Member

What made you join MAI and how long have you been in MAI?

I have been in MAI for two years and to be honest, I had no idea what medical waste was when I first heard of the org which is exactly why I joined! Such a unique mission and exceeded expectations by a mile.

What has been your favorite part of MAI? 

My favorite part of MAI has definitely been all the people! All big time MVPs no doubt. I’ve made so many enjoyable memories since I joined the org and there’s so much to learn from everyone as we’re such a unique group with many different experiences and passions. I really appreciate how willing everyone is to help each other out and the support is extremely valuable.

What has been the most rewarding part so far?

The most rewarding part so far has definitely been the personal and professional growth along with the opportunity to raise awareness about medical sustainability to many of the current and future key players in healthcare.

What’s been you favorite class or instructor at UCLA? 

My favorite class at UCLA has been “Engaging Los Angeles” which is part of the Community Engagement and Social Change major. Along with a service learning component to immerse ourselves in the nonprofit world, we learn about issues plaguing our world today, their root causes, and foundational solutions to create change.

What is your ultimate career goal or plans? 

I love working with kids, they make me so happy! My ultimate goal is to become a pediatrician and play a significant role in nonprofits that help children residing in challenging environments develop their social-emotional intelligence and discover their passions for what they want to do in life.

Do you pour cereal before milk or milk before the cereal?

Cereal before the milk duhhh and Honey Bunches are unmatched forever.

Has MAI helped you with your future plans? If so, how?

100%! I’ve learned so much from everyone’s perspective on our team which has provided me with a clear understanding of what I hope to do in the future. With regards to MAI’s purpose, I aspire to use my platform as a medical professional to reduce medical waste by emphasizing education, research, and positive long term outcomes.

Cats or dogs? Sunrise or sunset? Dream job?

Dogs although they scared me so much in the youngin’ days haha. Nothing beats sunsets on the beach! And my dream job would definitely be hip hop star, what a dope lifestyle.

Favorite TV Show? And a Netflix recommendation if you have one.

My favorite show is All American on Netflix! Definitely check it out as it highlights the experiences of the characters as they face prominent issues such as racism, mental health struggles, and drug addiction, among more, all of which deeply affect our society today. There’s so much to be learned from it!

Favorite Musical Artist/Group?

Shoreline Mafia! They hit different and are just a whole vibe for sure.

Other Interests?

I’m the biggest Lakers fan you’ll ever meet and penny boarding is a big move too!