The Google Student Ambassador Program is an opportunity for students to act as liaisons between Google and their universities. They learn about innovative Google products and programs, plan and host fun campus events, act as campus contacts for Google teams, and help Google better understand each university's culture. Our own Nathaniel John V. Castro (BSCS) is one of them. Here's what he has to say.
One of the best and most life changing moments of my life had just started to unfold, I can never forget the day when the confirmation email was sent to us last May 2. I was just lying in my bed when I saw the email notification me and Mike Nicole Cajurao [also from FEU Tech] were accepted! It all felt like a dream!
Ever since I became a Computer Science student here at FEU Institute of Technology, I dreamed of working at Google because Google provides an excellent working experience. I applied for this program online last March and just filled out an application form. Nothing to lose, but so much to gain, I wanted to expand my horizons. Being a Google Student Ambassador was once my dream, but now it is my reality. I never thought it would come true. It was indeed a great feeling, and I'm forever grateful to the ITE and HSC departments for their full support. When I received my acceptance letter from Google, it was them who took charge and helped me to get ready for the Google Student Ambassador Southeast Asia Summit, in Cebu Philippines (Philippines was the host for this year's Google Summit).
After the summit, Mike and I started our Official GSA duties. We went to different universities here in Manila to conduct talks, including Arellano University and MAPUA Institute of Technology. Almost 4,000 people came to those talks. We also conducted Google Apps training for FEU Tech Student Leaders. We have a lot more planned for our fellow iTamaraws in the coming months, including seminars on how to join the Google Student Amabassador program. My advice to them? Just be Googley!
– Nathaniel Castro