Hi there! My name is Zaid Haque; I also go by Z. I’m an Information Systems Major/Communication Design Minor from the Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. I’m doing a semester in Pittsburgh just to fulfill my minor requirements.
A little about me: Indian dad, Pakistani mom, born in Michigan (USA), brought up in Malaysia, and currently residing in the Middle East. Yes, my dad is an avid traveler!
People always ask me my favorite place to live – I say Malaysia! I really love Qatar as well, and though I came to the States for this semester, I just can’t wait to get back there – it’s the first week of the semester and I’m already feeling homesick 😦
Ola! I’m Varun Arora, an Information Systems student from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. I’m a pretty active face when around – but right now, I am doing a semester at Singapore Management University, thus becoming the first student to do an exchange semester abroad outside CMU.
I am a originally from Muscat, Oman, but am Indian by nationality and race. No, not as complicated as Zed!
I love being in Singapore. I do not know if I have realized, but I guess I enjoy traveling and meeting new and different people. The world is indeed such a stage, and I am playing my role while being a good audience. But honestly, I miss Qatar, I miss Muscat, and I miss a lot of special people!
3 campuses. 2 travelers. 1 semester abroad.
Zaid: We’re both pretty tight, and when one of us decided to do a semester abroad, the other couldn’t stay in Qatar alone so we both went our separate ways. Think of this as our opportunity to keep in touch with each other, and a way for the rest of the world to see what we’re up to. For students, they can see how it feels to study abroad, for our friends, they can see what we’re up to, and for our parents, they can make sure we’re being “good” children 😉
For all of you, we hope you enjoy reading about us. And if there’s anything specific about our study abroad programs that you want us to write about, please feel free to let us know in the comments section.
Varun: Z and me share a lot in common. We end up working together in classes, student orgs and even just randomly become the only ones to pull off all-nighters many times in the uni. We are both Information Systems juniors who decided to do the semester outside Doha, and have some memorable experiences. In simple words: we are just really special friends!
I feel Doh Musafir is a way for us to speak to someone every night after we have seen or experienced something new and special. That someone is you! In this way, we hope that you will get closer to us and understand us better. We are thrilled to share out thoughts with you, and we hope you enjoy reading about the experiences we have 🙂