Once Again a Freshman

Written by Waseem Ahmad on. Posted in Blog

Almost 4 years ago, I packed all of my belongings in my car and showed up to Rice University in Houston not knowing a soul over here. College life sounded very exciting to me from the time I started reading Harry Potter among other books. Little did I know that I would find Rice just as magical as Harry found Hogwarts!

I read How to Win at College by Cal Newport during freshman year which has 75 chapters each of which focuses on a habit or approach on how to make the best of your time at college. Today I went through the list and I’m glad to say that I did almost everything on that list.

I have grown so much intellectually and professionally. I found a discipline that I grew to love and become very passionate about. I had the chance to form new legacies at Rice through my leadership with the Rice Computer Science Club.

But what I really cherish is the lifelong friendships that I’ve made and the amazing memories that I’ve formed during my time at Rice. Thank you everyone who has made me into who I am today. I feel forever indebted to Rice and part of its community. I hope to actively engage as an alum and remain in touch.

In full circle, I have packed all of my belongings in my car and I’m about to drive away from Houston. In this new chapter that is the rest of my life, I am now a freshman again.

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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.

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