This is the next segment of our blog series highlighting Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors who achieved the Gold milestone, the highest level attainable, and have recently graduated from university.
Each blog in the series features a different student and highlights their accomplishments, their experience with the Student Ambassador community, and what they’re up to now.
Today we meet Aryan Garg, who recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology in Jalandhar, India.
Responses have been edited for clarity and length.
When did you join the Student Ambassadors community?
I joined the Student Ambassadors community in April 2021.
What was being a Student Ambassador like?
Being a Student Ambassador was an extraordinary experience that enriched my life in countless ways. From the moment I stepped into this role, I knew I was embarking on a journey filled with learning, growth, and meaningful connections.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a Student Ambassador was the opportunity to engage with diverse individuals from different backgrounds and cultures, with a shared passion for technology. These interactions opened my eyes to new perspectives and expanded my understanding of the world. I learned to appreciate the power of collaboration and the value of teamwork as we worked together to promote technology awareness and education.
As a Student Ambassador, I had the privilege of attending various events and conferences, where not only did I represent my community, but I also had the opportunity to learn from industry experts and thought leaders. The exposure to cutting-edge technologies and innovative ideas fueled my curiosity and inspired me to explore areas I had never considered before.
Beyond the technical aspects, being a Student Ambassador nurtured my communication skills. I discovered the art of articulating complex concepts in a way that was accessible to all, irrespective of their tech background. Whether I was delivering presentations, hosting workshops, or writing articles, I learned to convey information effectively, leaving a positive impact on my audience.
Perhaps the most profound aspect of being a Student Ambassador was the sense of belonging and camaraderie among like-minded peers. I built lasting friendships with fellow ambassadors, and together, we created a supportive network that extended beyond the confines of our official roles.
Aryan Garg, Gold Student Ambassador from India.
Was there a specific experience you had while you were in the program that had a profound impact on you and why?
During my time in the program, I had the privilege of being involved in several impactful experiences, making it challenging to highlight just one. However, two instances stand out for their profound impact:
Firstly, mentoring a fellow Student Ambassador was an incredibly rewarding experience. Witnessing their growth and success throughout the program was truly inspiring. I provided guidance and support, and it was heartwarming to see them excel and embrace community-building in their college. Knowing that I played a part in their journey towards becoming a community leader filled me with a sense of fulfillment and pride.
Secondly, participating in Ambassador-led India informative sessions was eye-opening. The immense interest shown by the Indian community in self-improvement and technology was astounding. As Ambassadors, we became catalysts for transformation, fostering an interest in knowledge and growth within our viewers. It was humbling to realize the impact we could have in empowering others to explore new horizons and embrace the world of technology.
Both experiences highlighted the program's potential to change lives and uplift communities. They reinforced the power of mentorship and community engagement, driving me to remain dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of others. These profound encounters will forever hold a special place in my heart and motivate me to continue contributing to the growth and empowerment of individuals through technology.
Tell us about a technology you had the chance to gain a skillset in as a Student Ambassador. How has this skill you acquired helped you in your post-university journey?
As a Student Ambassador, I had the incredible opportunity to gain proficiency in a range of innovative technologies, including cloud computing and MERN Stack web development. These skills have been a game-changer for my post-university journey as a software engineer. With my expertise in cloud computing, I can now design and implement scalable solutions for high-performance, large-scale systems, which is a critical aspect of my current role. The interpersonal skills I cultivated during my time as an Ambassador have proven to be invaluable in my professional journey. Effective communication and collaboration are now second nature to me, allowing me to work seamlessly with colleagues and contribute to a cohesive team environment.
Overall, the Student Ambassadors program equipped me with a well-rounded skillset, paving the way for my success and providing a solid foundation for my career growth. I am forever grateful for the program's impact on my journey as an upcoming software engineer.
What is something you want all students, globally, to know about the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador Program?
I want the students who wish to know about the community worldwide to understand that the MLSA program is a community that welcomes students of all backgrounds and skill levels. It's essential to have faith in your own abilities and believe that you can thrive in this program. Whether you are an experienced tech enthusiast or just starting your journey, there is a place for you to grow, learn, and succeed.
What advice would you give to new Student Ambassadors, who are just starting in the program?
Embrace the learning process without hesitation and avoid rushing into things. The program offers a wealth of knowledge and guidance; your fellow Ambassadors will be your companions and mentors. While being enthusiastic, remember that your university studies must take priority. Being an Ambassador is a marathon, not a sprint, so avoid overwhelming yourself with newfound responsibilities. Always remember that the hare does not win by being fast, only patience and the urge to move forward will make you succeed here in the program. Strike a balance between your academic commitments and Ambassador duties, and always remember that you are first and foremost a student. Enjoy the experience, connect with your peers, and seize every opportunity to grow personally and professionally.
Share a favorite quote with us! It can be from a movie, a song, a book, or someone you know personally. Tell us why you chose this. What does it mean for you?
My favorite quote is: "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." This quote was said by Steve Jobs in a speech he gave at Stanford University's commencement ceremony in 2005. This quote helps in emphasizing the importance of passion and dedication in achieving remarkable accomplishments in my life.
Tell us something interesting about you, about your journey.
I was really aligned towards building a community; one day in January 2021, I was discussing the same with my friends about the MLSA community. I always wanted to succeed and work within my passion. I learned skills around the same time and built my focus on software engineering. I pursued that path by learning new skills and interacting with my seniors to know what it takes to be a software engineer.
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