Story by Lena Wallace '14
Ahmad Nazeri '16
Randolph-Macon College student Ahmad Nazeri ’16 is a computer science and mathematics major. Nazeri is originally from Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to Glen Allen, Virginia in 2002 after living for five years in Pakistan. He decided to attend R-MC after visiting campus during a Financial Aid information session, and after getting some good advice from his high school history teacher, Britt Arthur ’06.
Yellow Jacket ConnectionsArthur, who majored in history and minored in education, teaches at Henrico High School in Henrico County, Virginia.
“Ahmed attended the International Baccalaureate program at Henrico High School, and I had the privilege of being his history teacher during his senior year,” recalls Arthur. “I told Ahmed that I wouldn't trade my Randolph-Macon education and experiences for any other. The history and education departments at R-MC are fantastic. The small classroom settings and brilliant faculty make for a unique and irreplaceable learning experience. Ahmed was an excellent student, and I knew he would do exceedingly well at any school—but I am very proud that he chose to attend R-MC.”
Web DesignNazeri, an Honors student, says his favorite classes are web design/programming and calculus, which he took during his freshman year.
“Ahmad’s work ethic and enthusiasm are almost boundless,” says R-MC Webmaster Brent Hoard, who serves as Nazeri’s supervisor. “He has a voracious appetite for learning new web programming languages, often spending countless hours outside of his normal academic pursuits and work responsibilities to acquire new web skills. In fact, he exhibited that strong desire to learn before he began working in our department. During the summer between his high school graduation and the start of his tenure at R-MC, Ahmad asked me for a reading list that would ‘jump start’ his learning about web design. On the first day of work, he even came prepared with questions about his summer reading!”
Faculty MentorshipNazeri says Mathematics Professor Eve Torrence has been especially helpful to him.
“She encouraged me to add a major in math because that’s an area that is important to employers,” he says. “I appreciate her guidance because she points me in the right direction and supports me as a student.”
Student LifeNazeri is a member of R-MC’s Ideas Revealed in Science club (IRIS), a newly founded photography club. Members meet every Tuesday and Thom Morgan ’16 teaches the club photography skills.
“I have an interest in taking photos and creating videos,” says Nazeri. “I enjoy taking photographs because they can mean different things to different people. It sounds cliché, but a picture really is worth a thousand words.”
Future PlansNazeri’s post-R-MC plans include working for a web programming company and attending graduate school.
“My dream job is to become CEO of a tech-based company,” he says. Read more Student Experience stories.