Along with Billy, sponsored student Nelson will graduate from Makerere University next month. Nelson's degree will be in Computer Science.
In a recent email, Nelson wrote, "Born as a nobody, very soon I will be somebody flying that black graduation hat in the air."
Following his last exam this past June, our industrious and talented young friend worked with AidData.org for three months, helping with geo-coding and analysis. Once that internship expired, Nelson began working as an intern doing Microsoft SharePoint development for ACTS, a Florida based company. He spends his spare time working on his start-up company, Sodzo Limited and as a Research Assistant at Makerere in the Artificial Intelligence Development Research Group.
Regarding life after college, Nelson wrote, "I thought leaving college would avail me with enough time to sleep, watch football or visit friends, but NO. Maybe I was wrong. Waking up at 6:30 AM and going to sleep at 1:00 AM has been my daily routine since I finished classes in June. Trust me, if you're in college, there is plenty of time to waste - more than in the real world."
Those of us who know Nelson know how determined and focused he is. Once he sets his mind to something, he is halfway there. We are so proud of his accomplishments, which have included two trips to the US to present research findings. We have no doubt that Nelson, who has been sponsored by CTT since secondary school, will fly very high after graduation, right alongside his graduation cap. In his own words:
"I have worked really hard. When I finish college, I should get high pay. In the real world, payment is commensurate with skill."
We'll keep cheering you on, Big Nels. And we couldn't be more happy for you. You're doing what you love, and you are succeeding on every level. Bravo!