Archive for June, 2013

Move fast and break things

Written by Waseem Ahmad. Posted in Blog, Computer Science

fb_likeIt’s been an exhilarating week jam-packed with excitement and lots of moments of complete awesomeness! I can’t fully describe what an amazing experience this first week at Facebook as an intern has been but I’ll try my best. By the time I landed in San Francisco, I had been awake for about 24 hours and travelling throughout so I was very tired. After grabbing my bags, I hopped on the first available cab and set out for Mountain View. I noticed how open and different everything was from what I had been seeing for the past few months – bigger roads, people driving on the right side, mountains in the horizon… I started chatting with the cab driver, and it didn’t take me long to figure out that public transportation is going to be a huge bummer. Especially after being spoiled by the convenience of getting around in London. But I was ready to adjust accordingly.

Goodbye London

Written by Waseem Ahmad. Posted in Blog, Studying Abroad

platform934If I weren’t so excited to come to California and start my internship, I’d be quite depressed right now as I’ll really miss London. I’m sitting in the giant Terminal 3 lounge of Heathrow Airport and I remember sitting at the same spot 6 years ago on a connecting flight. 6 years ago… That just shocks me. Connecting the dots backwards, that flight 6 years ago was a pivot in my life. What was supposed to be a casual summer trip to America to visit my older siblings convinced me that I should move there. Its ridiculous how fast time passed and the things that have happened since then. I remember being so mesmerized by London. Rather, the idea of London as I didn’t know much about the city back then. But it was just very fascinating to see people around me and wonder what they were up to and how life was like for them. I don’t think I ever saw myself walking out the airport back then.