Some people don’t live a very long life yet they leave a mark of their existence and people remember them for the decades to come. Arfa Karim Randhawa was one of them who was born to a Punjabi family in Faisalabad, Pakistan. At the age of 5 when you hardly know what’s going around, this little girl was fascinated by the computer which she saw at her local school.
It was due to her father’s support and her personal interest that she took admission in IT education and training institute where she got the Microsoft Certificate in just 4 months and became The youngest Microsoft Certified Professional of Pakistan, at the age of 9. She knew it was a matter of honor for herself and her nation, she even added “Youngest MCP in the World”, in her email signature.
It was such a great achievement, and she was invited by Bill Gates himself to the Microsoft headquarters in Washington.
Arfa Karim was even given the title of Pakistan’s Wonder girl by publication and she was given many awards by the President and The Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was the youngest recipient of the Pride of Performance Award; an award for those who show excellence in their field. Arfa was also awarded the Fatima Jinnah Gold medal in the field of Science and Technology.
When she was only 16 while studying for her second year of A-levels, she had an epileptic seizure, which damaged her brain. It led to a cardiac arrest. She was taken to Lahore’s Combined Military hospital in critical condition. Bills Gates did the best he could in order to save this little superstar and he set up a panel of international doctors who kept in contact with her local doctors.
The condition of Arfa looked better when her brain started to respond to stimuli. But after 26 days in critical condition, on the 14th of January 2012, Arfa passed away. She was buried in her Home Town. Lahore Technology Park was renamed Arfa Software Technology Park right after her death.
This young Pakistani icon live a very short but her achievements and her mindset will never die. Her life was a message for all of us in one of her interviews she said that If you want to do something big in your life, you must remember that shyness is only the mind. If you think shy, you act shy. If you think confident you act confident. Therefore never let shyness conquer your mind.