"I could relate more with Algorizin's community because it understood the immigrant experience."
Hello, my name is Kinjon Saha, and I am a Bangladeshi. I finished my O levels in Dinajpur, a small town in Bangladesh, and then moved to Dhaka city to finish my A levels searching for better facilities. I’ve always wanted to attend a prestigious university. Unfortunately, in Bangladesh, just a few universities meet international standards and provide high-quality education. I wanted to pursue Computer Science from a very young age. I’ve wanted to study computer science since I was a child. I was amazed by how simple it was to communicate with people when I first opened my first Facebook account. I have many relatives in India, and communicating with them has become much easier thanks to Facebook. That’s when I realized how powerful technology could be. Since then, I’ve known I wanted to study computer science and work in the tech industry. So, after finishing my A levels, I sat for my SATs and had good results. I began applying to universities in the United States soon after. Fortunately, after a few applications, I was accepted into UTA with a good scholarship. So, In the pursuit of contributing to the Tech field and pursuing better and higher education, I came to the United States.
What were your biggest struggles in America? How did you overcome the challenge and what did you learn from it?
Being an international student itself has been my greatest challenge. I was torn between several options and didn’t know which path to take. I was completely bewildered and lacked self-confidence. It’s not simply your technical talents that matter while looking for work in the United States. You’ll also need a solid portfolio, a strong network, and professionalism, among other things. When I first joined Algorizin, I began to build confidence as I progressed through the career classes and one-on-one sessions with the mentors. To add to that, as an immigrant in a foreign country, I was lacking in support. I didn’t have someone who could connect to my situation, nor did I have a sense of belonging. But in Algorizin, I met a wonderful community who helped me realize I wasn’t alone in this and who stood with me through all of my difficulties. However, because Algorizin was still relatively new at the time, I wasn’t sure if I would benefit from it and be able to find work. However, their demonstrated track record of alumni achievement aided me in making my decision. I’m glad I did it now that it’s been a few months.
What major values did you gain from Algorizin?
First and foremost, as I worked on the Nudge application, I gained practical experience with a real-world project. There, I was able to work as part of a team and contribute to developing an application. This strengthened my résumé and gave me the confidence to go out into the job market knowing that I also had some actual industry experience. Second, I am pretty fond of algorizin’s immigrant-friendly platform. I could relate more with Algorizin’s community because it understood the immigrant experience. It provided me with not only professional but also emotional support. Finally, I’d like to mention the community and my peers. Algorizin teaches you something new that you didn’t know before every week.
What is your vision for the future?
My goals are nothing short of the American dream. In five years, I see myself as having grown professionally. I want to develop new tech skills, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. I also envision myself giving back to the community that has helped me become who I am.
Do you have any advice for the international students?
To all international students who come here to pursue their dreams, it’s challenging to be away from home, navigate a new country, and speak English if it’s not your first language. What matters is that you have faith in yourself. Know that you’re here because you’re deserving of being there. So, have faith in yourself.