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 Osinachi Chukwujama, who recently graduated with abachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Federal University of Technology in Nigeria.
Responses have been edited for clarity and length.
When did you join the Student Ambassadors community?
What was being a Student Ambassador like?
Being a Student Ambassador had its peaks and valleys. One of the challenges I ran into was juggling community work within the program with the demands of school activities. I felt I truly experienced the program after organizing an event or encouraging other students to participate in the different initiatives within the Student Ambassador community. That was when I felt I was making an impact.
Being a Gold Student Ambassador requires dedicated commitment. I have had the opportunity to mentor other Student Ambassadors, demonstrate Microsoft Azure and other technologies to my peers, and organize tech events and programs to help students level up their technology skillsets, which include earning certifications and engaging with MVPs. The program taught me a lot about myself as a leader and a person in tech.
Was there a specific experience you had while you were in the program that had a profound impact on you and why?
I was involved in organizing the Microsoft Student Summit Africa (MSSA) 2020 which gave me the opportunity to connect with other Student Ambassadors from Kenya and Nigeria. This exposure helped me understand the process of organizing global events and helping students participate in such events.
Osinachi Chukwujama and fellow students at his university.
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?
I was able to learn how to deploy different services on Azure through a manual process on the Azure portal and automation using the Azure CLI and scripts. I also explored Azure functions on several occasions and really enjoyed using it and building things with it. The knowledge and skill I acquired helped me as a technical writer at Draft.dev. I can pick up articles that concern Azure and give them my best shot.
Osinachi Chukwujama with fellow students during a Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors event.
What is something you want all students, globally, to know about the Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador Program?
It's a cheat code for all students interested in tech who are in higher institutions. It gives you the platform, the network, and the resources to succeed in tech.
What advice would you give to new Student Ambassadors, who are just starting in the program?
Engage more with your peers, especially those in other countries. Also, utilize the resources you are given to the maximum. Deploy all the things you can on Azure and aim to become a professional by taking certification exams and learning through and through.
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?
"If you want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't want to do something, you'll find an excuse." I heard this quote from my roommate in university and it stuck because it shows how humans truly are when faced with adversity.
Tell us something interesting about you, about your journey.
I see myself as the result of the combined care my friends and acquaintances have for me. I wouldn't have been at this point in my journey without the gift of good friends and well-wishers. I got into the program with the encouragement of my mentor Chuka Dean Ezeoguine. I got better at tech through my friend Samson Amaugo. I got my first job through the recommendation of my mentor Ndubuisi Onyemenam. I got to speak at the regional Microsoft office through the recommendation of an MVP whom I met at a tech event. So, it's all combined love and care and I'm grateful for it.