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 Nadeem Akhtar, who recently graduated with abachelor’s degree in computer science from Kardan University in Afghanistan.
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When did you join the Student Ambassadors community?
What was being a Student Ambassador like?
Being a Student Ambassador was an enriching and rewarding experience. It involved representing the school or university, assisting with events and open houses, providing campus tours, and helping prospective students and their families, as well as supporting fellow students in a variety of ways. The role allowed for the development of leadership, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Additionally, being a Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador offered great opportunities for networking and building connections with peers, faculty, alumni, and prospective students.
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, a specific experience that had a profound impact on me was mentoring another Student Ambassador. This experience was particularly meaningful because it allowed me to share my knowledge and skills with someone who was eager to learn and grow. By helping them navigate the program, set goals, and overcome challenges, I not only saw their confidence and abilities flourish, but I also gained insights into my own growth as a mentor and leader. This experience solidified my passion for supporting others in their personal development and has motivated me to continue seeking opportunities to empower others through mentorship.
Tell us about a technology you had the chance to gain a skillset as a Student Ambassador. How has this skill you acquired helped you in your post-university journey?
As a Student Ambassador, I had the opportunity to gain skillsets in Python programming, Azure, Quantum Computing and BI (Business Insights) platform. As a Student Ambassador, I led workshops and tutorials on Python, which allowed me to refine my coding abilities. This skill has been invaluable in my post-university journey, as it has opened multiple career opportunities in fields such as data analysis, software development, and machine learning. Furthermore, my Python proficiency has enabled me to automate tasks and solve complex problems effectively, making me a versatile asset in any industry.
What is something you want all students, globally, to know about the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador Program?
The Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador Program is an excellent opportunity for students globally to enhance their technical and professional skills while networking with similarly passionate individuals, helping them build a foundation for their future careers.
What advice would you give to new Student Ambassadors, who are just starting in the program?
Some recommendations I have for new Student Ambassadors are:
Be proactive and establish relationships with your peers, faculty members, and administrative staff.
Familiarize yourself with the program's mission, goals, and objectives to represent it accurately.
Attend trainings and workshops for personal and professional development.
Stay organized by consistently managing tasks, schedules, and deadlines in a planner or digital tool.
Engage in open communication by actively seeking feedback, asking questions, and sharing ideas with your team.
Identify your strengths and interests to select projects that align with your skills and expertise.
Be adaptable by embracing challenges, stepping out of your comfort zone, and learning from experiences.
Demonstrate a positive attitude while supporting fellow ambassadors and participating in events.
Stay informed about the latest educational trends and resources that can benefit your campus community.
Lastly, remember to enjoy the journey and make memorable connections during your time as a Student Ambassador.
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, "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on," by Robert Frost. I chose this quote because it's a simple yet powerful reminder that no matter what challenges and setbacks we face, life will continue to move forward. For me, it signifies the importance of resilience, adaptability, and finding strength in challenging times. It encourages me to make the most out of every situation.
Nadeem Akhtar and fellow students pose for a photo during an event in Afghanistan.
Tell us something interesting about you, about your journey.
During my journey as a Student Ambassador, I developed a blockchain Based Secure Communication Application to communicate more securely. This project not only won an innovation award but also contributed to creating new things worldwide.