Jannatul Ferdous Sigma – Founder and CEO of Nerd Community
This short chat is from interview 20 of the Bangladeshi Perspective with Jannatul Ferdous Sigma.
Note: Cover photo used for feature has been captured by Avipsu Das Gupta for Nerd Community’s feature on the Daily Star.
A bit about Sigma:
She is currently pursuing her bachelors in Mathematics from the University of Dhaka and is an alumni of Maple Leaf International School. She founded Nerd Community in 2015 after the completion of her A levels. It is the largest student community for English Medium students in Bangladesh which provides continuous peer to peer academic support. She participated in the YGAP Accelerator program in 2018. In 2017, Sigma also co-founded an international test preparation and university application centre, Synopsis Education, where she along with her team provides support to students to fulfill their dream of pursuing higher education abroad. She is passionate about education and community development, and has been working actively for the last 5 years in small and large projects and initiatives. She wants to establish her career in the Edutech business and development sector.
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Seeam: What was the most early on important part of your resume that got you here?
Sigma: I didn’t use any resume for any work that I have done so far.
Seeam: What is a book(s)/movie that influenced you a lot?
Sigma: Forrest Gump.
Seeam: What’s one weird habit that you have that you think is great?
Sigma: I think it’s overthinking.
Seeam: What is one apparent failure that set you up on a successful path?
Sigma: My failure to express myself till my early teenage.
Seeam: What’s one advice/philosophy that changed your life?
Sigma: “Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
Seeam: What is one monetary investment that you consider your best?
Spending money for establishing Nerd Community was the best monetary investment of my life.Jannatul Ferdous Sigma
Seeam: What do you do when you can’t focus/feel overwhelmed?
Sigma: I take a power nap.
Seeam: What drives you to do good work every day when you wake up?
Sigma: My initiatives, works and responsibilities.
Seeam: What is one advice that you’d give to a student looking to enter your field?
Sigma: I’d advise them to have patience.
Seeam: If people wanted to reach you, what is the best way?
Sigma: Both Facebook and Email.
Seeam: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I want to see myself as an Edutech entrepreneur and change the education system of Bangladesh.Jannatul Ferdous Sigma
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This interview was transribed by: Fateen Tahseen Alam
Fateen Tahseen Alam is a 1st year student at the University of Dhaka studying Mass Communication and Journalism, and is passionate about promoting “Empowerment through ideas and skills, Sustainability through empowerment”. He is an ardent supporter of professional development in communities around him. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to express opinions, requests and compliments.
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