This year’s Google Student Ambassador (GSA) program in Europe brought together 57 students from 26 countries and 54 universities. Akif Karaismailoğlu (MAN/III) was one of them, serving as Bilkent’s Google Student Ambassador during 2013-2014.
Google Student Ambassadors have the unique opportunity to act as a direct link between Google and the students on their campuses, for whom they can hold workshops, training sessions and events exploring Google’s core products, programs and initiatives. At the end of their year of service, the most active ambassadors are awarded a trip to Google’s San Francisco office.
Among the GSAs to receive this recognition was Akif, who was selected as the top Google Student Ambassador of the year in Europe. Google flew him to Mountain View, Silicon Valley, in the US at the end of July to host him as the only non-American participant at this year’s GSA summit.
“It was an amazing experience for me to work for my childhood’s dream company, even though it was for only a year,” Akif commented in regard to his ambassadorship. “After I was selected as a GSA last year, we worked hard and organized 14 events with more than a thousand attendees, thanks to my wonderful friends from the Google Student Events team on our campus. I have learned that sometimes even when it seems hardest to succeed, all you need to do is devote yourself to your work, and as you pursue excellence, success will follow.”