Ahmad Bajjey, a meteorology major, has yet to graduate from CMU. However, he says he's already raising the bar. Ahmad is currently employed as the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter at NBC25 in Flint.
"I never thought I would be where I am right now this fast," Ahmad says of his journey so far. "This is a dream I feel like I haven't woken up from yet. CMU gave me so many chances to try something new that I realized that I can really do anything."
One of the things Ahmad was involved in during his time at CMU was the Chippewa Marching Band, where he played the alto saxophone for four years. In his last year as part of the Marching Band, Ahmad became a section leader, an experience he says prepared him for speaking in front of the camera at NBC25.
"I went to my interview with the skills to perform," Ahmad said. "Being a section leader in the Chippewa Marching Band helped me with public speaking, but it also taught me to know when I've said enough. Being in the band helps you block out the stadium a bit and focus on your specific job, and that's what I do every day at work."
As far as his favorite experiences as part of the Chippewa Marching Band, Ahmad says he'll never forget the run onto the field for pregame.
"The fans are screaming, the video is on the Jumbotron and the energy is just overwhelming," Ahmad said. "When you start coming out onto the field to the beat of the drums, you get this feeling like 'this is our house.' It's such a rush."