Developer Student Club Lead— So It Begins…
Hey all! This is a big feat trust me.
After digging the buried blogger side of mine, I am writing this piece. So you can clap now 😎
Buried? Yes buried under the dust which accumulated over the course of time. Fear not though, its back!
Today I’m here to tell you a story. A story of how a boy stumbled onto an opportunity and…well ignored it. Typical I know for the millenials but bear with me. It happened when my friend shared this link to this program on Facebook and it intrigued me. I researched about it, found out how lucrative it was and then decided to take part the next year. Since I was a freshman and thought it would be better if I applied when I am a sophomore.
But…fate is tricky thing.
On 13th May, 2019 it appeared in front of my eyes again, this time through the Google Developers Instagram Story. I am slightly supersitious. I took this as a sign and decided to have a go at it, “ what’s the worst that could happen right?” The next day; I got my letter of recommendation from the Chairman, posted the 30 second (well 34 seconds 😜) video on YouTube and completed the application.
The deadline was 15th May, I applied on 14th May at 2pm sitting in the library after blowing a prayer on my smartphone screen. 😇
- 2 days after the deadline…
- My reaction…
After the reality sunk in, I grew conscious about the interview and started to browse the many time slots. I chose one for the day after tomorrow. I don’t like to drag activities. If you’re ready, get it done!
The interview went amazing! Mr Pradipta K.Sharma was a gentleman. He kept the session friendly, professional and motivating. Although the interview was quite comprehensive (about 40 minutes long 😬). During the interview I learned something peculiar. Mr Sharma told me that I was the first applicant from Pakistan. I was like…umm okay…that’s great? 😁
The next day I found out, the date was extended till 15th June. That meant one thing… LATE Decision! 😠
On the fine morning of 30th June, I accessed Gmail to check my daily email and what do you know? Your boy got in!
Immediately I got the feels. DSC LEAD! 😎
The next thing I did was visit my Departmental Chairman and aware him of the upcoming business. He was supportive, offered his ultimate help, got me in contact with the Dean and employed a Professor to assist with all of my future activities. The best line of the meeting — “You want a free slot, free classroom, just let me know.” Ooooff! 😻
What followed was community building and connections establishment. Just recently on 9th August, we all (leads) had our first ever Hangouts Call with a Google Developer Community Manager, Shad Roi de la Cruz.
The session was great! All Leads introduced themselves, exchanged interests and expertise. The agenda of the program was made clear — spreading awareness about Google technologies and enabling students to solve real world problems using them.
Shad also informed about the upcoming Google DSC Lead Summit 2019 — the first EVER to be held in Islamabad! Stay tuned to stay in the know. 😉
Since then, your boy has been pulling all-nighters (partly due to Peaky Blinders) studying. All the other leads are so experienced and skilled, its daunting. Although I am aware of the journey ahead and am ready to give it my all. Progression of tech in Pakistan and empowering the youth to BE the change is my sole priority.
“YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE GREAT TO START, BUT YOU HAVE TO START TO BE GREAT.” –ZIG ZIGLAR
I am Shahzeb Kazmi. One of the first ever DSC Leads in Pakistan and this is my story.