The Freshmen Story (Fall 2013)

By All Around CMUQ

So it’s been a month since the fall semester of 2013 has started. And, it’s not too late to say that everyone’s already getting along the rush of university work, club activities, HBKU events, and much other stuff. Some of our Tartans around the campus, however, are still on the verge of finding themselves: The Freshmen. Change must be coming at them rapidly! It is not easy for upper classmen to adjust to such a change either. After conducting a minor role of being the sociologist in the house, I have observed few things commonly taking place in campus this year. And, as far as I have investigated, I wasn’t the only one.

Common Incidence #1: As a junior student who has already established her life in campus, I find it frustrating to find a group of freshmen occupying my table at the food court in any given day. The fact that my friends and I have a meeting spot for us to gather (that is, our table at the food court) after almost every class clearly facilitates our university routine. But it’s not like that when you can’t help but face situations of niche invasion! Asma Al Naama, a Biological Science freshmen said, “I really don’t care if I happen to see myself sitting in some upper classmen’s spot. After all, the tables in the food court aren’t labeled by people’s names!’ Al Naama has also added, ‘I think the upperclassmen hate it whenever we talk. They always have this look on their faces that read, “You’re kids therefore you’re wrong, and we’re right.”’

Common Incidence #2: Whoever hasn’t complained yet about how noisy the library has recently been have probably been there only to print something and leave. The place isn’t a study-oriented place anymore, as it turned out that it is the perfect place for steamy freshmen discussions. Apparently, they’re getting it wrong. Yes, we see them doing calculus problems while in the library, but our young Tartans might probably need to acquire the norms of working in the library. Are the signs posted in the library not enough? If so, then that should probably be a whole new discussion..

These were a couple of the common incidents starring the freshmen while they, unfortunately, seemed like they were trying to violate some campus ‘norms’—the Don’ts! Any Dos, though? Feel free to contribute to this story in the comment section below.



Q-Connect: CMUQ’s Online Recruiting System

By Anas Farah

Q-connect is the brand new online recruiting system developed by the career development office and open to all CMUQ students.

Students who have been to Pittsburgh would be familiar with the TartanTrak online recruiting system. Similarly, Qatar campus built its new online recruiting system based on TartanTrak. While TartanTrak is open to all CMU students, it’s more focused on U.S jobs and internships. On the other hand, Q-Connect is targeted toward CMUQ students and provides them with more relevant jobs and internship opportunities.

But Q-connect doesn’t stop in providing jobs and internship opportunities to students. In fact, the platform has a resume builder, career explorer and a several others options that help the students learn more about career opportunities and interests. Also, the Career explorer provides an extensive list of potential career guides. The guides include information on career average salaries and its future potential of growth, it has also sections on the type of tasks performed in the jobs and some of the skills required to perform the job. A section discusses some of the drawbacks that might come with the job.

Q-connect features guides that help students develop job search strategies and ace their interviews as well as networking tips. Some of the guide we found interesting include “Break into Banking”, “How to land a consulting job” and “Making your social network work for your job search”.

The website has even a database of CMU alumnus who volunteered to offer their help and advices to students. An important note on the Q-connect system concerns the networking opportunities it offers. Q-connect is linked to TartanTrak database of alumni who volunteered to offer their advice and help to students or fresh and junior management level graduates. Many share their Linkedin accounts making it even easier for students to connect with them and why not secure a job or an internship in their firms.

This Week, the Career Development Office held several Q-connect sessions. The students who attended the sessions registered in Q-Connect system, set up their profiles and went over the different features the website offers. Every student is in fact encouraged to attend those sessions and can talk to Jeff Davis or Amy Walker for more information.

So what are you waiting for, get your hands wet and start using Q-Connect to its full potential.


Editor’s letter

My colleagues and I are more than happy to be back this year. Last year was the most flourishing year for the history of All Around. Maryam (our previous editor) and our dedicated club members did a fantastic job with it, and I couldn’t be happier. They took the newspaper to a whole new level with their remarkable enthusiasm. Everybody loved how active All Around was last year, and I hope our members would still continue their promising work this year as well.

All Around is every Tartan’s source of news. With its web version, our team is able to update and post stories at anytime and you, in turn, get the chance to engage with us through the comments section. Needless to say, we welcome your feedback and suggestions for anything, really. Do not hesitate to communicate with us via email and/or Twitter:
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Sara Al-Sulaiti, Editor-in-chief