“Do you like it?” Faisal Kawar, SY ’14, asked me as he showed me his newest painting.
I liked it. I liked it a lot.
“I like to say Picasso wasn’t the best when he started either,” he said.
Although he’s a painting novice, Faisal is experienced in other art forms.
He’s got a three-course signature meal, but he only makes it for the luckiest of ladies.
“You must, must start with my tuna tartar. Or beef carpaccio depending on who I’m cooking for,” he said. Then, he’ll serve you a wonderfully spicy lamb chop. The third course, served for its reputation as an afrodesiac, will be oysters.
He’s a chef, a painter and an avid Risk player. He loves Risk, because, as he explained, “You gotta risk it for the biscuit.”
What can’t this man do? Tell you what kind of cologne he wears, that’s what.
Also, Style is very important to Faisal. Unless he’s playing basketball, you’ll probably find Faisal wandering around campus sporting a nifty blazer, because he loves wearing blazers. Blazers are his favorite.
At Yale, Faisal has made a name for himself as the Michael Jordan of students from Jordan: he organized a program to help Yale students get internships in the Middle East. He also plays club basketball and, as a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and his current senior society, Faisal is quite the social butterfly. But, he doesn’t need any of that to have fun: “You put me in a room with nothing to do, and I’ll make it fun,” he says.
To his credit, we were sitting in a room with nothing to do and I had a fantastic time.
I was impressed with his many talents and couldn’t help but wonder what the future has in store for this man. The answer: a lot.
“Where do you see yourself in five years?” I asked him.
“Five years? So, that’s four years out of college… I guess probably retired on a beach somewhere,” he told me.
As you can see, Faisal straddles the line between a retired old man and a young, ambitious whipper-snapper. He described himself in similar terms: “I am a sloth in a tiger’s body.”
That’s a very, very lucky tiger if you ask me.