Carnegie Mellon University
May 01, 2015

CEE Junior Participates in CMU IMPAQT Program

CEE Junior Participates in CMU IMPAQT Program

Annually, Student Affairs selects a small group of students to participate in the IMPAQT (Initiating Meaningful Pittsburgh and Qatar Ties) program. During spring break these students travel between the Pittsburgh and Qatar campus to cultivate more meaningful relationships between the student bodies in Pittsburgh and our campus in Doha.

This year Angela Ng (BS '16) traveled to Doha and was immersed in student life on the CMU-Q campus. She attended classes and activities; interviewed students, faculty and staff about their personal experiences; met with student organizations; explored residential life in Education City; and toured facilities relevant to the student experience in Education City and Doha.

Below is a glimpse into the week Angela spent in Doha.

Angela Ng - CMU-Q

CMU Qatar Campus

On our first day in Doha we settled in and had time to visit the Islamic Museum of Art.

First Day in Doha

On our first day in Doha we settled in and had time to visit the Islamic Museum of Art.
 
From left to right top row: Joe Hill, TJ Murray, Angela Ng, Lizzy Nolin, Olivia Roy, Seyonna Christian, Evan Wineland, Nikita Maheshwari, Tias Sen, David Chickering; 2nd row: Juan Sam, Fazail Ahmad, Siriana Abboud
View into the Majlis, place to gather and enjoy others company, which features a wall with an arabic proverb

Majlis

The majlis (meaning: a place to gather and enjoy others company) inside of CMU-Q features a wall with and an arab proverb. 
 
This  seating area is very popular, especially on thursdays, when the whole community gathers for  discussions. The week I was there an orchestra played while we drank karak, strong tea with milk.
Ceremonial courtyard where special events such as graduation are held.

Courtyard

Ceremonial courtyard where special events such as graduation are held.
We enjoyed a traditional Qatarian meal with rice, chick peas, meat, and eaten with your fingers. We had a yogurt drink as well. 

Enjoying a Picnic

We enjoyed a traditional Qatarian meal with rice, chick peas, meat, and eaten with your fingers. We had a yogurt drink as well. We picnicked on The Green Spine, a space similar to The Cut on the Pittsburgh campus.
A favorite spot was the majlis inside of a tent outside of the student center.

Majlis

A favorite spot was the majlis inside of a tent outside of the student center.
Angela and CMU-Q student pose with a camel

Camel Selfie

CMU-Q student Shashank Shetty drove me to a place to see camels.
Group of students with CMU-Q Scotty mascot

Football: CMU-Q vs. Cornell-Q

Scotty welcomed our group and gave us a "TarFAN United" Scarves (aka tartans but fans), and clap sticks to cheer. The student groups served us chai karak and cinnamon rolls as we cheered for the team.

Relaxing on the beautiful patio at the Islamic Museum of Art with an amazing view of New Doha's skyline.

New Doha

Relaxing on the beautiful patio at the Islamic Museum of Art with an amazing view of New Doha's skyline.
Dressed in my penguin onesie, i gave a speech about Randy Pausch, being the first penguin, and dreaming big.

Dreaming Big

Dressed in my penguin onesie, i gave a speech about Randy Pausch, being the first penguin, and dreaming big. I talked about how I started Project Smile and the Mindfulness Room on the Pittsburgh campus. CMU-Q now wants to start their own Mindfulness Room.
 
The speech was in Pecha Kucha format, 20 slides for 20 seconds. I presented with one other CMU staff member, a CMU-Q staff member, and three CMU-Q students.
In Education City, roundabouts have sculptures in english or arabic, with words like think, create, and achieve. This says prosper in arabic.

Prosper

In Education City, roundabouts have sculptures in english or arabic, with words like think, create, and achieve. This says prosper in arabic.
Students soaking up as much sun as possible before heading back to Pittsburgh.

Final Moments

Soaking up as much sun as possible before heading back to Pittsburgh.
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