Hometown & Home Country: Islamabad, Pakistan
Mother Language: Urdu
Field of Study: PhD in Electrical engineering
Interests: Community involvement, reading, blogging, travelling
Favorite Quotation: “Education is a slow-moving but powerful force. It may not be fast enough or strong enough to save us from catastrophe, but it is the strongest force available for that purpose and in its proper place, therefore, is not at the periphery, but at the center of international relations.” J. William Fulbright.
Biggest Surprise Since Coming to the U.S.: I am profoundly surprised by cultural diversity of the U.S and hospitality of locals towards the internationals. Every place I have visited so far has something exciting to offer leaving me enthusiastic to discover more.
What I Miss Most from Home: I miss my family, food and gatherings on cultural events the most.
What I Enjoy Most About Clemson: The Clemson University has faculty and students from all parts of the world. This has provided me an opportunity to learn global cultural values in addition to sharing my own culture; the major objective of the Fulbright cultural exchange program being carried by me. I am also impressed by the professionalism and friendly attitude of faculty towards the students that helped in ameliorating my knowledge and developing long-term relationships that would be helpful towards my future research endeavors.
How Clemson Has Enriched My Life: I am among the few students who got the opportunity to live for a substantial amount of time both at the main campus and the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI), North Charleston. This provided me an opportunity to work in both an academic and professional work environment. I have developed strong relationships at both places, and I am excited to act as a bridge between the two campuses. I have made wonderful memories so far and look forward to the opportunities that await me during the rest of the time at this prestigious university.
Ambassador in Action: I am the vice president of Pakistan Cultural Association (PCA), Clemson University aimed at disseminating the cultural values of Pakistan on the myriad of events that include First Friday parade, international festival and awareness week. Being a Fulbright scholar, I am blessed with the opportunity to join innumerable social gatherings aimed at sharing of global cultural values among people from various nations.
Advice for CU International Students & Scholars: There are numerous volunteer opportunities at the Clemson University either through joining a student organization or via community engagement, which is a great tool for developing leadership, communication, and team-work skills. Effectively utilize your stay at Clemson University by contributing in building a vibrant culture that blends and strengthens academic and professional development and supports the cause of quality education for all.