“Not being in a lab is like Sherlock Holmes without a case to solve — nerve wracking and boring,” said TUMO student Vahe Sargsyan. So far, he has 18 workshops and 21 learning labs under his belt on topics such as filmmaking, robotics and game development, just to name a few.
Despite the variety, Vahe has already made a decision about his future profession. He’d like to develop 3D games and movies.
“When I was 5 years old, my father downloaded 3D Max and a bunch of instruction manuals. Together, we used them to build 3D cars with cubes. That was my first experience with 3D modeling,” he said. Fast forward to his time at TUMO, where he’s taken all three levels of the 3D modeling workshop twice, because in his own words, “there’s always something new to learn.” Once he discovered game development, his future plans were decided.
If you want to know what real excitement looks like, ask Vahe about YouTube. He can’t stand being idle, and avoids it at all costs by searching for free educational resources online. “Most people aren’t aware of all the free education that’s out there and accessible. For example, most of my day is spent watching YouTube tutorials. You can’t imagine how much there is to learn from them!”
Last year, Vahe made the short film, “Make the Future a Dream,” in a three-day learning lab with director and producer Johanna Bernhardson for entry into the 2018 European Film Festival. “The film is about how young people like me and their parents don’t get enough time to interact. You greet them in the morning, then see them at the end of the day to say goodnight, and that’s it. Communicating with parents is an important part of a person’s development. Today, we’re lucky that working from home, and giving more time to our families, are options.
Vahe is a loyal fan of Assassin’s Creed. The future 3D modeler and digital enthusiast is also a jazz pianist.