Belco MD joins forces with Consulate to promote educational opportunities in US
A Bermudian has teamed up with the US Consulate to make a video about his experience of studying and working in the US.
Nadir Wade, the managing director at Belco, made the video as part of the Consulate’s Study with “US” campaign.
The initiative was started to encourage Bermudian students to take advantage of educational opportunities in the States and its first video was released last month.
Mr Wade earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in electrical and power systems engineering from Howard University in Washington, DC.
Thanks to scholarships from the university and the Bermuda Government, his education was fully paid for.
In the video, he said: “There is a realisation that when you go to university, it is not just about your academic study, but also finding your identity.
“I went to a historically Black college and university, so that, within itself, had its own culture and history.”
Mr Wade was involved in Howard’s optional practical training programme, which allows international students to work in the US for a year after finishing their studies.
Thanks to this programme, Mr Wade worked at an engineering consulting firm, which led him to become a federal government contractor at a heat and power plant in Washington, DC.
He said: “Between academic study and the optional training one-year experience, it all came together to provide the perfect opportunity that I would not trade for the world.”
For more information about #StudyWithUS, follow the US Consulate General on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Bermudians who are studying or have graduated from US universities who want to participate in the campaign can contact the Hamilton US Consulate’s public diplomacy assistant, Camille Haley, at email@example.com.
For information about student visas and Bermuda’s special visa exemption, visit: bm.usconsulate.gov or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.