The following article was written by Microsoft Student Partner Avirup Basu
The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award is Microsoft's way of saying thank you to exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others.
The Microsoft MVP Mentor Program matches these MVPs with students from around the world who want to learn how to use Microsoft technologies through social mentoring, guided webinars, one to one mentoring, and much more. In this post, I will be discussing my experience as a Microsoft Student Parnter (MSP) in MVP student mentorship program.
Firstly, I would like to thank Kari Finn, from the MVP Mentor Program, for allowing me this wonderful opportunity. Windows Phone Development MVP Mayur Tendulkar was assigned as my mentor. I would say that I was lucky enough to develop under him. My interests was Windows Phone and as Mayur excels in this area, I was matched up with him. Who you will be matched up with for a mentor depends on the Microsoft technology you choose for the program. During my entire course my mentorship, I have developed 2 apps. I will mention more about those apps later. You can also find out more information in apps section of my website.
The duration of the mentorship was 3 months. My MVP Mentor, Mayur equally divided those months on the basis of "Learning, Development, Corrections". I must say he was an awesome mentor especially when it came to presentation, management and development. We set a goal that I would be publishing 3 apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace in due course but I published only 2 because of my heavy exam schedule.
Mayur pointed out that I always tried to skip steps which in fact a valid critique. He guided me thoroughly through various sessions, meetings, screen casts etc. Every week talked over Skype and discussed the progress and also about my future works. It was altogether a properly maintained sequential approach and I give props to Mayur. Lastly, after the end of 3 months, the mentorship officially ended, but Mayur sir still continues to guide me in my app development. I bet that once you join the MVP Mentorship Program, you won't regret it. So go ahead and apply today!
Editor’s Note: You do not need to be a Microsoft Student Partner to join the MVP Mentor Program. Any student may join by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org and filling out a short form telling us about your interests. Let us know you learned about the program from our blog!