I first heard the word volunteer when I was a second-year student at El-Shorouk Academy’s Faculty of Engineering, in Egypt, majoring in communications and electronics.
I joined the academy’s IEEE student branch with the main goal of getting the word out about all the work we do. We’ve held a lot of events and competitions on our campus. The most recent was the Robobond robotics competition. We also offered workshops to teach students about the technology behind the subjects they were studying.
I started volunteering because of all the advice I received from my friends who were experienced volunteers. One was the founder of our IEEE student branch, Student Member Ahmed El-Saeed. He told me about benefits I would gain from being a volunteer, especially building up my graphic design skills.
One of the best pieces of advice I received was “Enjoy taking risks.”
My next goal to was participate in IEEE Day, one of the organization’s largest worldwide events. I was excited to be selected as an IEEE Day ambassador in Egypt, because it had been one of my goals. As an ambassador, I contact IEEE groups to motivate them to come up with ideas for events. In that position, I’m getting to know both the volunteers and the core team.
I was given the opportunity to be a member of the Skills Center, a program that assists IEEE Day board members. I also am an IEEE Day design lead, responsible for providing all kinds of designs for the program, including those for printed materials and social media. It was an unbelievable honor for me.
Although there have been some difficult moments—such as the pressure of producing high-quality work for IEEE Day, for my student branch, and for IEEEXtreme—there also have been enjoyable moments. I really love what I’m doing and for whom I’m doing it.
I was happy to receive a thank you from IEEE Day Chair Hossam Ali and his staff.
Through my involvement in IEEE Day, I’ve gotten to know many members in the IEEE Egypt Section. The event brings people together and increases everyone’s network. Everyone gathers to celebrate, and to have special moments with IEEE friends.
I invite all IEEE members to join us for this year’s celebration.
Student Member Al-Fiky is this year’s IEEE Day ambassador for Egypt.