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Waseem Ahmad

I love technology! I love how it improves our lives by allowing us to instantly communicate with people across the globe, access tremendous amounts of data in an instant, and produce and consume meaningful information. Computers give you the power to take tasks of enormous size and complexity and simplify them. I find computing very exciting and challenging which is why I'm working at Facebook as a Software Engineer. I recently completed my Bachelors in Computer Science from Rice University.

I've moved a lot as I grew up. So I've lived in 8 different cities across the world and hope to live in and travel to many more. Currently, I live in San Francisco, CA. When I'm not working or exercising at the gym, I'm always ready for an adventure! I love coffee, good conversations, movies, biking, reading, writing, flying remote control aircrafts, and most of all, the company of good friends.

Initial Impressions and Experiences in London

Written by Waseem Ahmad. Posted in Blog, Studying Abroad

It’s only been two days and I am already so glad that I made the choice to study abroad in London.

It’s amazing how many assumptions we make in daily life which help us get through the day in autopilot. For example, in America I find it petty and annoying to carry around change with me so I dump it all in a container at home or throw it in a donation / tip box. It took me two days to realize that there are no single or two pound bills and in fact they are the coins in my pocket that I undervalued.

A New Year

Written by Waseem Ahmad. Posted in Blog

Time FliesIt’s January 1, 2013 and I already stumbled a couple of times while writing the date. I feel as if I’m in denial right now about the fact that 2012 is gone. I’ve had a flash of nostalgic and thought provoking memories. For example, I remember my elementary school teacher mentioning how we were lucky to be experiencing the beginning of a new millenium. Recently, I visited Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL and took a picture at the same spot where I had one taken over a decade ago. I could almost say that the person in the older picture is from another life. Yet, a part of me feels as if that only happened yesterday. It serves as a reminder to me how fleeting time is in this world. Yet if you make good use of time, it feels as if you’ve come so far on a long adventurous journey.

Today, I find myself reflecting upon what I want out of 2013 and I’ve come to realize that this year will be my last complete year as a student and a chance for me to make the most impact on the trajectory of my life after I graduate. This is my chance to realize my strengths so I can align myself to take leverage of them. It’s my chance to improve my lifestyle and form new good habits that I can carry into my bachelor life after college.

I want to focus on only two things this year because I want to be realistic about my goals and actually achieve them instead of spreading myself thin.