Degree program: BS in Computer Science ‘22
Megerdich and Azniv Dersookian Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Petros Mkheyan is from Gyumri and is currently a sophomore studying computer science at the Akian College of Science and Engineering (CSE) of the American University of Armenia (AUA). “As a child, I wanted to become a doctor, but after participating in the FLEX (Future Leader Exchange) program, I became more interested in technology. I also knew that AUA would help me work on my personal and professional development, which is important to me,” he says.
From 2016 to 2018, Petros carried out his military service in Artsakh. He continued his studies a month after returning. Although adapting to civilian life was difficult at first, Petros believes that the social environment and community of AUA is what helped him get back on track. He notes, “Having support from fellow students and professors was extremely helpful, but I can’t say it is the case for everyone. Some guys return disappointed — they look for work because education is not a priority anymore. This is why the support of AUA, and especially the Veterans’ campaign is so important. Seeing that other people care about your education reminds you of how valuable it is and becomes very motivating for us.”
While still a second year student, Petros already has a vision for his future, saying, “I always wanted to develop something innovative, something that will change the world. I don’t know what exactly this is yet, but I’m working on figuring it out. My biggest goal is to help at least one person change his or her life.”