This is the next segment of our blog series highlighting Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors who achieved the Gold milestone and have recently graduated from university. Each blog in the series features a different student and highlights their accomplishments, their experience with the Student Ambassadors community, and what they’re up to now.
Today we meet Japhlet Nwamu who is from Nigeria and recently graduated from the University of Benin with a degree in Computer Science.
Responses have been edited for clarity and length.
When you joined the Student Ambassador community in September of 2019, did you have specific goals you wanted to reach, such as a particular skill or quality?
I’ve always loved being unique and making a difference. My goal when I joined the community was to do just that--empower thousands in unique ways and make a difference. Have I accomplished this? I can proudly say “yes”. With the support of this global community, I have empowered thousands and counting. The community has given me access to the right opportunities, the right people, and the right platform to accomplish this goal.
What were the accomplishments that you’re the proudest of and why?
They are so many of them I am grateful for, but here are just a few:
- A personal project I built with Microsoft 365 and Power Platform was featured on the Microsoft 365 Developer YouTube channel
- I wrote 4 articles featured on Microsoft’s Developer Blog which has had over 8,000+ views. Writing these articles helped me harness and improve my critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- I was selected as a judge for Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Junior competition twice in a row.
- I was a judge and mentor at DubHacks 2021, representing the global Student Ambassador community.
- I spoke at Microsoft Reactor 4 times. Here are some of the sessions:
Why do these accomplishments matter to me? Before I joined the community, I was an introvert and never thought I would attain such milestones, that I would be able to empower people so much, but the community has allowed me to empower thousands of lives and inspire others in ways I never thought possible.
What are you doing now that you’ve graduated?
I am currently working towards securing a job that would give me the opportunity to empower the lives of people around the world.
My goal for 2022 is to “democratize technology and make a difference”. I hope to do as much as I can. I’ve already started it and hope to continue with it.
If you could redo your time as a Student Ambassador, is there anything you would have done differently?
I would have started empowering people earlier. As an introvert, especially in global spaces like the Student Ambassador program, I spent 5 months trying to find my feet, connect, and make friends before I hosted my first event, and I wish it didn’t take so long.
If you were to describe the community to a student who is interested in joining, what would you say about it to convince him or her to join?
“Love to empower lives and make a difference? Then join the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors community.”
What advice would you give to new Student Ambassadors?
You have an amazing and solid support system in the community. People are ready to help you. They want to see you grow, they love to see you succeed, so harness this opportunity. Connect with them, collaborate, make lasting friendships, and empower others.
What is your motto in life, your guiding principle?
Set goals, commit to them, be consistent, and attain them. That’s all you need to succeed.
What is one random fact about you that few people are aware of?
I love playing football, travelling, meeting and interacting with new people.
Good luck to you in all your endeavors, Japhlet!
Readers, you can find Japhlet on Twitter and LinkedIn.