Computer Science Major, Business Administration Minor, Scholar Class of 2013-2014
“Carnegie Mellon showed me the true meaning of diversity and collaboration. While I got to excel in a very technical program, I also took courses like technology for development and computer music, which really showed me the value of exploring new fields. In my fifth year I plan on exploring more academic areas, like languages and literature, and thinking about how to use technology to make a difference in these areas.”
Afnan hails from Pakistan, but grew up in Beijing, China. He then moved to Doha to attend Carnegie Mellon’s campus in Qatar, where he studied Computer Science. While at Carnegie Mellon he organized a TEDx event, spent a summer in Uruguay developing technology to improve literacy, and also visited CMU’s Pittsburgh campus to study advanced courses in Computer Science. He has thoroughly enjoyed working on student-led projects with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, and in his Fifth Year, he aims to bring students from both Pittsburgh and Doha campuses together to work on such projects. He is also excited about exploring his academic interests in Chinese Language and Human Computer Interaction, and his childhood love - Literature.
Business Administration Major, Film and Media Studies Minor, Scholar Class of 2013-2014
“Words like ‘hard work’ and ‘dedication’ lose their meaning at a place like Carnegie Mellon University, where intellectual curiosity and innovation are commonplace. It is an extraordinary honor to simply bear the title of “student” at this university, and I can only hope that the five years I spend here are a testament to my deserving of such a title. During my Fifth Year, I seek to deliver an enthralling portrayal of our school’s founder, Andrew Carnegie, through the medium of film.”
Before coming to Pittsburgh, Nick spent his “early years” in the blissful Green Mountain State of Vermont. Ever since he saw Toy Story in 1995, he has been committed to becoming a professional filmmaker. In high school, he was part of three student film crews which shot on-location in Utah, North Dakota, and Ireland. In addition to being a coordinator of the 2012 Faces of Others International Film Festival, he is the Vice President and Treasurer of the CMU Filmmaking Club, for which he has produced multiple short films. Nick’s life goal is to be a Hollywood film director whose name is recognized by people in Wyoming. For his community-impact project, he will write and direct a short period piece drama which tells the story of Andrew Carnegie's relationship with Henry Clay Frick in the 1890's and how their partnership in the steel industry turned into a violent rivalry. Nick will continue to test his abilities as a writer, director, and producer during his fifth year as he dives headfirst into the captivating history of Pittsburgh.