College and Beyond

Watch AKEB’s College & Career Panel for middle and high school students

Video Chapters
Moderator Questions
0:00 – Introduction of Panelists
4:20 – What do you do professionally and what led you to this career path?
16:25 – What were the classes/activities you were involved with in High School that shaped you and helped you prepare for college?
24:33 – Describe a time when things did not go as well as expected or you experienced a failure in High School?
31:34 – Who has helped you along the way? Who are your mentors and how did your find them?
42:40 – How do you deal with stress? What tips do you have for time management?
51:49 – What do you wish you had known in high school? If you could go back in time, what would you tell your high school self?Audience Questions
1:03:27 – I used to go to a public school and now go to a private school where it must much more difficult and competitive. How do you cope with stress from parents and peers?
1:14:08 – What skills are most important for your job today and where did you learn them?
1:22:16 – How many of you made it into the college you wanted to and how did you make yourself stand out in your apps?
azraAzra Panjwani works in Product Development on the Ads Team at Facebook. Prior to this, she has worked at several venture funded startups in marketing, analytics and product development capacities. Azra has a B.A. in mathematics from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in Mathematics from ASU. She initially pursued a career in academics before realizing her passion for technology and its ability to transform the world.




shagShagran Hassan is passionate about K-12 education, youth development, social impact, and the nonprofit sector.  He graduated from Yale University in 2004 with a B.A. in Political Science and a focus on South Asia, the Muslim world, and international development.  After working under the CEO at Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. in Washington D.C., Shagran served as a Managing Director of Strategy at Teach For America on the east coast, and then spent a year helping to launch an education technology startup in San Francisco.  In between, he has worked on political campaigns, designed educational curriculum, and been a classroom teacher.


shamilaShamila Zindani is a native Texan who graduated from Cornell University in snowy upstate New York, where she studied Chemical Engineering and Business. After graduation, she started working for Essence, a digital media agency. While at Essence, she worked on various Google accounts, including Google+, YouTube and Chromecast. Shamila moved to the Bay Area last year to work on a rotation with YouTube’s marketing and media team. Upon completing her rotation, she returned to Essence as an account manager for Google’s B2B accounts. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, travelling, Harry Potter movie marathons, and collecting all four railroads on Monopoly.


rahimRahim Bhimani is an industrial designer/design strategist originally from Toronto, Canada. He is currently a Design Strategist/UX Designer at Ixonos and works with business development. Rahim has a background in Industrial Design from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and an MBA in Design Strategy from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He recently designed a coaster set exclusively for the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, where it is currently being sold at the gift shop. He loves creative problem solving, technology and simple solutions to complex problems. His inspiration comes from his surroundings, traveling and electronic trance music group Above & Beyond.

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