Atif Mahmud

2018, Engineering

School & Degree:

University of Waterloo, Engineering

High School/Cegep:

Waterloo Collegiate Institute

City & Province:

Waterloo, Ontario

Nominated by:

Douglas Ranton

What undergraduate program are you enrolled?


Software Engineering


What is your favourite inspirational quote?


““Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best.””


– Richard Feynman”


What is a little known fact about you?


I like to write in my free time. It’s not often that I get the chance, but when I do, my work is either vivid and fantastical or descriptive and analytical – but never both – and most importantly challenging, regardless of style.


Why do you make a great Schulich Leader?


For me, balance comes down to finding enjoyment in everything you do, I try to be an optimist and focus on intrinsic metrics for my own success, that way I can always gauge how I’m doing without focusing on what other people think. I strive to bring this balance to others through everything I do, because at the end of the day, we’re all just pursuing happiness, and if being a leader means caring about that pursuit, count me in.