Zeeshan Hanif: CMUQ Freshmen Orientation




As I sit down and ponder over my experience of the CMUQ orientation, I truly find it indescribable, and no amount of words can completely do justice with it. However, it would be equally unfair to not record such a wonderful memory.

I must admit that my initial excitement upon deciding to attend one of the most prestigious schools in the world, Carnegie Mellon, was overshadowed by anxiety as orientation drew nearer. Having lived in Islamabad my whole life, I was worried that the transition would prove to be an extremely tough experience. However, as it turned out, I had absolutely nothing to be troubled about. Four days of orientation, and I feel part of the Tartan family already.

I went in on the first day of orientation uncertain of what to expect. I was fasting and the cruelly humid weather during the walk to campus had robbed me of what little energy I had. Nevertheless, as the day’s activities started, all my weariness was replaced by enthusiasm.

The campus was adorned with colorful posters and balloons supplementing the “pirate” theme. The HOCs, OCs and OLs were all dressed up as pirates, as they went around introducing themselves and socializing with the freshmen. The theme gave the place a festive look, and to an outsider it would have seemed like a small carnival rather than a college orientation.

The freshmen were divided into groups all led by two Orientation Counselor’s. I was part of the Rangers, the most enthusiastic and creative group of pirates I have ever met and our Boatswains were Layal and Talal. The activities designed for us gave us a glimpse of what our time at Carnegie Mellon held in store for us, the hard work we needed to put in, diverse social interaction, teamwork, competition, the importance of community service and most importantly, the enormous amount of fun we were going to have as a Tartan.

After coming up with a decent team cheer, “ROW ROW RANGERS, *hoot*”, we set out to compete with the others. The activities included a flag-making competition, an egg race, tile painting, building tower balloons, a scavenger hunt and of course, the AWESOME skits at the end. The orientation was rounded off by a surprise from the HOCs which turned out to be an iftaar at the Four Seasons and was the perfect end to the event.

I must commend the HOCs, OCs and OLs for all the hard work they put in to make every moment of orientation enjoyable, even the long and boring lectures on CMU’s core values. Contrary to what I had imagined my first week in Doha to be, I had a blast and am glad that I made the decision of coming to CMUQ.

Tartans AHOY!!!!

by Zeeshan Hanif  Sep 4th, 2011
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Vicky , 11:54am on Sep 18th, 2011
Hey, klielr job on that one you guys!
Hamza , 12:24am on Sep 16th, 2011
well done!
Adnan Khan , 9:37pm on Sep 15th, 2011
Good stuff man. Liked it all the way through.
Taimur , 9:25pm on Sep 15th, 2011
Well done
uzair , 8:03pm on Sep 15th, 2011
looks like you are having fun!!! best of luck man!!!
Meena Asad , 6:16pm on Sep 15th, 2011
Amazing , Wish u best of luck.
Fatima , 1:41pm on Sep 15th, 2011
nice :D
Zeeshan , 1:09pm on Sep 15th, 2011
zoha zee kay , 4:26pm on Sep 14th, 2011
Nice work
Zoha Zee Kay , 4:08pm on Sep 14th, 2011
Like the story telling style and fluency. Nice work.
fahad , 3:23pm on Sep 13th, 2011
Well written !
jillani , 1:16pm on Sep 13th, 2011
Great effert. Keep it up.
Syed Ali Sardar Jafri , 1:15pm on Sep 13th, 2011
nice work zeeshan keep it up :)
Amina , 1:14pm on Sep 13th, 2011
is CMU this amazing or is it just that you\\\'ve done a very good job writting about it ? :p
anyways this is an amazing blog !
short and fun to read :)
Well done !
Have fun !
and goodluck our future computer scientist :)
Taaha Hameed , 1:11pm on Sep 13th, 2011
really nice work :)
Aaima , 1:08pm on Sep 13th, 2011
Looks like you had an amazing time :)
Have fun and make Pakistan proud :)
Sara , 1:07pm on Sep 13th, 2011
OMG a pirate theme orientation is such an amazing idea :D
And Good work Zeeshan :)
Azeen , 1:03pm on Sep 13th, 2011
Well written Zeeshan :)
Best of Luck for your Semester :)
Aafid , 12:16pm on Sep 13th, 2011
Mustafa Hasnain , 11:04am on Sep 13th, 2011
Nice read! Glad to see you\\\'re having a good time
M. Amin Afzaal , 10:01am on Sep 13th, 2011
Well Done Zeeshan :)
Ali Taimur , 9:12pm on Sep 12th, 2011
Awesome :)
Zain Shami , 8:54pm on Sep 12th, 2011
Congratulations on your achievement man and this is wonderfully written! Best of luck!
misham , 8:47pm on Sep 12th, 2011
good work man
haroon , 8:46pm on Sep 12th, 2011
what a nice
misham shahid , 8:46pm on Sep 12th, 2011
good job man
hayyan , 8:10pm on Sep 12th, 2011
Oh nice job man! :)
sehar , 7:33pm on Sep 12th, 2011
nice work man :)
Hammouda , 7:28pm on Sep 12th, 2011
ur orientation theme and activities where much more fun than what we did last year :D great job man :D
Saad Rehman , 9:53pm on Sep 10th, 2011
Good Stuff!
Mariam , 9:42pm on Sep 10th, 2011
Nice work! :)
Shah Nawaz Larik , 4:48pm on Sep 10th, 2011
Congratulations Zeeshan!
Have an awesome time there

warda , 4:48pm on Sep 10th, 2011
Niceee :)
shahmeer , 4:27pm on Sep 10th, 2011
Aqib , 2:53pm on Sep 10th, 2011
good job :)
mahnoor , 1:36pm on Sep 10th, 2011
Sharjeel , 1:34pm on Sep 10th, 2011
Nicely written. May God Bless you and be with you.
aisha , 4:21pm on Sep 9th, 2011
This is getting ALOT of resposne !
goodluck Zeeshan :)
amar , 4:17pm on Sep 9th, 2011
well done
ajk , 4:17pm on Sep 9th, 2011
Shahroze , 4:16pm on Sep 9th, 2011
Good job
Bukhtiar , 7:41pm on Sep 8th, 2011
Worth a read :)
Hisham , 7:07pm on Sep 8th, 2011
Well written!!
mussarat farooq , 4:55pm on Sep 8th, 2011
very nice and best of luck
nilofer yawer , 4:32pm on Sep 8th, 2011
great job zeeshan and good luck!
Faryal , 12:58am on Sep 8th, 2011
Is it actually that awesome or are you just an awesome writer? =P Glad to know that you\\\'re enjoying!
h.d.s , 9:57pm on Sep 7th, 2011
best of luck bro .blog seems to be written by some experinced writer all the best wishes r fr u
Huba , 9:49pm on Sep 7th, 2011
Nice :))
Ahmad Waqas , 9:47pm on Sep 7th, 2011
nice man...
aamir , 9:31pm on Sep 7th, 2011
Nicely written
Zeeshan , 7:34pm on Sep 7th, 2011
Thank you for commenting everyone :D
Nomi , 4:55pm on Sep 7th, 2011
Awesome :D
Mujtaba Qureshi , 4:39pm on Sep 7th, 2011
M.Naeem Afzaal , 1:09pm on Sep 7th, 2011
Well written dear. keep it up. well done
Waleed , 1:10am on Sep 7th, 2011
Nice one man... =)
Asfand Sohail , 1:03am on Sep 7th, 2011
Nice work boy!! =)
Asfand , 1:01am on Sep 7th, 2011
WoW!! nice work!! =) good luck!!
ali , 12:58am on Sep 7th, 2011
mustafa , 12:16am on Sep 7th, 2011
great job boi ,,,,, :D
adnan , 8:57pm on Sep 6th, 2011
shizzabukhari , 8:37pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Zohaib M, Pervaiz , 8:15pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Awesome Bro! :D
Nur , 7:47pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Great work. Good luck for the future :)
Raafay , 7:46pm on Sep 6th, 2011
nice =)
Hammad Malik , 6:42pm on Sep 6th, 2011
Good Job. :)
hira , 5:27pm on Sep 6th, 2011
this is getting a looot of response..:p
Danial Hayat Khan , 5:23pm on Sep 6th, 2011
WOW =p
Maha , 11:48am on Sep 6th, 2011
CMUQ seems to be amazing :D
zaineb , 11:46am on Sep 6th, 2011
I love the way you\\\'ve written it !
Makes me wanna be a part of the CMU family aswel :D
subhan , 11:42am on Sep 6th, 2011
well done Zeeshan :)
Muryam , 11:40am on Sep 6th, 2011
sounds interesting :)
Khadim Hussain Shah , 10:32am on Sep 6th, 2011
That seems to be such an amazing place and from the sound of it the teachers seem bent on making it a fun learning experience for the students. And that they are working on stimulating the students\\\' creativity, competitiveness and learning from the very first day! Nice description. Good luck for future. Make Pakistan proud of you!
anam , 10:49pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Great :)
Shirjiel Tariq , 9:21pm on Sep 5th, 2011
nice :)
Farhan , 7:31pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Great job :)
priya babar , 6:47pm on Sep 5th, 2011
it sounds like a really nice place !:)
Zeeshan , 6:36pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Thank youuu!
mahnoor , 6:28pm on Sep 5th, 2011
hassan tariq` , 6:25pm on Sep 5th, 2011
well done dude\\\"\\\"
Hmaza Ashfaq Raja , 6:24pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Dude well done i hope you will improve to attract more and more youth.
hajira , 6:21pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Nice work. :)
Jessica , 6:16pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Fantastic,i wish you goodluck for future :) x
mat4n , 5:39pm on Sep 5th, 2011
interesting .
Waleeja , 5:38pm on Sep 5th, 2011

taliya , 5:37pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Good work ! (:
furqan , 5:06pm on Sep 5th, 2011
kewl :P
Maryam , 2:22pm on Sep 5th, 2011
you actually make the university sound very appealing :)
baruch shahid , 1:42pm on Sep 5th, 2011
nice :)

Arham , 1:30pm on Sep 5th, 2011
luks like a grt place fr fun n studies!! gud luck...n nyc description!!! =)
Hassan , 1:26pm on Sep 5th, 2011
well done :)
Sheri , 1:13pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Wow. Nice work.
inshaal minhas , 1:02pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Gus job bro.......!!!!!!!!
hibban , 1:01pm on Sep 5th, 2011
nice work:)
aisha , 12:46pm on Sep 5th, 2011
Well done Zeeshan ! :)
Muneeb Elia , 10:26am on Sep 5th, 2011
Glad you had fun..:)
Syed Salahuddin , 9:17am on Sep 5th, 2011
well done zeeshan
rabail jehan , 8:14am on Sep 5th, 2011
OSum i wish i cud enjoy deex thngX in my campus...orientations get ax boring ax dey kan b =/
Omer , 7:31am on Sep 5th, 2011
jinne BM nahi takiya, oh jamiya nahi
Nida Mahmud , 1:57am on Sep 5th, 2011
Sounds amazing! so glad your happy! sounds greattt!
Ghufran Toor , 12:18am on Sep 5th, 2011
Very nice. I wish and pray that you enjoy your every moment in education city and may every minute and every hour you would spend here be the most memorable one throughout your life. Wish you best of luck.
Ghufran Toor
haseeb , 12:07am on Sep 5th, 2011
awsm :)
Zaahid , 11:55pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Interesting (Y)
Bbk, , 11:22pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Good work.
SMRH , 11:22pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Shahroze , 11:20pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Awesome! Well done zeeshan.
Subhyal Iqbal , 11:20pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Nice job man :)
Sundus Zafar , 11:19pm on Sep 4th, 2011
good job man!
Shahneez Haseeb , 11:07pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Sounds like it was a lot of fun. Makes me want to be there..great description of your experience. Keep it up!
Ramish Zafar , 11:00pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Brilliant man. Makes me wonder how boring my days are spent. :p
Zaina , 10:59pm on Sep 4th, 2011
A whole new dimension of writing, No joke.
Good luck with the semester, Zeeshan!
Ismail Haider , 10:51pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Zeeshan , 10:46pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Thanks people, keep sharing this :D
Mustafa Khalid , 10:31pm on Sep 4th, 2011
very nice, boy
Sama , 10:24pm on Sep 4th, 2011
I like your style
haroon , 10:23pm on Sep 4th, 2011
what a nice!
Mohamed B. , 10:21pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Really nice, love the style of writing and the vocabulary used
Intisar , 10:05pm on Sep 4th, 2011
nyc boy :)
Abdullah Khan , 9:46pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Zeeshan Hanif BEST HAI . HAAN Best hai Zeeshi WOhooo
Haseeb , 9:45pm on Sep 4th, 2011
brilliant and a must read article. while reading it one kinda feels like theyr\\\'e being transported to the writer\\\'s escapade.
hamza , 9:32pm on Sep 4th, 2011
nice sirr!!
zia ul rehman , 9:31pm on Sep 4th, 2011
thats good.
hamza , 9:28pm on Sep 4th, 2011
niceee :D
aleena , 9:27pm on Sep 4th, 2011
faseeh , 9:26pm on Sep 4th, 2011
nice!! :)
Ghalib , 9:05pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Very Nice!
faateh , 9:05pm on Sep 4th, 2011
good job bro!
junaid , 9:02pm on Sep 4th, 2011
great job dude
waheed , 8:59pm on Sep 4th, 2011
well done zeeshan :)
Mohamed B. , 4:11pm on Sep 4th, 2011
Awesome mate!
hira , 1:07pm on Sep 4th, 2011
great! :p
Waheed , 10:41am on Sep 4th, 2011
Great job!
Danny D , 2:07am on Sep 4th, 2011
very nice
Aamir , 1:19am on Sep 4th, 2011
Good job!
Hassaan Ijaz , 1:08am on Sep 4th, 2011
Good job, bro! (Y)
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