Whenever you think of creative and brilliant minds around the world, the names Bill Gates and Steve Hawkins come to mind. Right? But there is one name that stands out from the rest: Arfa Karim Randhawa.
In 2004, a Pakistani girl stunned the world with her intellect by becoming the world’s youngest Microsoft certified professional.
Arfa Karim’s achievements in IT at such a young age have made her a big star not only among those in the IT education and IT industry but all over the world.
She was born in Faisalabad, one of Pakistan’s cities, in 1995. And can you believe that when she was just six years old, she convinced her father to buy her a computer, and her journey as a great Microsoft certified Arfa started from there. In the early days of her studies, she began working on app development. At the young age of nine, she took the Microsoft test and aced it.
She was an all-rounder who had achieved everything, from being the daughter of a poor family to meeting the world’s richest man, Bill Gates. Yes, you heard it correctly. Bill Gates, the business tycoon from the United States, welcomed Arfa and her parents to the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
After meeting Arfa, the founder and chairman of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has described the girl as one of Pakistan’s brightest minds. Her charisma and boldness, which were unusual for anyone her age, wowed the workers and people there.
Other notable achievements by her:
She became a national hero in Pakistan after returning from the United States. She was interviewed by a variety of media outlets, invited to several international conferences and summits, and won awards from Pakistan’s President and Prime Minister. She is also Pakistan’s youngest winner of the Pride of Performance award.
And guess what? In 2006, Microsoft invited her to be a spokesperson at the Tech-Ed developer’s conference in Barcelona.
She had always dreamed about Pakistan’s technological future. Arfa Karim a talented young girl was made brand ambassador for Pakistan Telecommunication Company’s 3G Wireless broadband service “EVO” in January 2010. As she was done marvelous work in computers in her childhood, she became much famous and gained more appreciation and honor worldwide.
Arfa a big loss for Pakistan:
Arfa Karim, the youngest Microsoft professional, died at the age of 16 in Lahore. After the epileptic fit, Arfa suffered a cardiac arrest that becomes the cause of her brain damage. Bill Gates contacted Arfa’s parents and instructed his physicians to take “every possible measure” to save her. He tasked a group of foreign doctors with keeping in touch with her local physicians.
Her message for youth:
In the form of an interesting quotation, she left a note for the whole world:
“If you want to do something big in your life, you must remember that shyness is only in mind. If you think shy, you act shy. But if you think confident, you act confident. Therefore, never let shyness conquer your mind.“
For all young girls, she will definitely remain a beacon of inspiration and motivation. A gem like Arfa Karim may have gone though never forgotten.