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It’s always tough to be away from home for a long period of time. I spent my nine years of school life in hostel. Being away from home, I was shaped in a different way; to be humble, disciplined, and less talkative. After completing SLC, I decided to stay home for two years for higher secondary education. Following the trend, and my parents’ wishes, I left for the US for my further education in 2004. Once again, I left my home. I didn’t only leave my home but also my country, my culture, my people, and my language. Being away was not a big deal for me then. The real challenge was the adjustment; adjustment with new people, new culture and new educational system. But slowly I was able to adjust with the support from my friends and seniors. Then my concern was my education; I had seen many friends who skipped classes for work and dropped out of college eventually. But I completed my undergraduate studies and I felt accomplished. I also got a nice job after college but after complet...

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In my community (Kanchanpur district of Far Western Development Region), most of the children go to government schools where education isn’t so good. Most of them drop out of their school before reaching Grade 10. After leaving school, one and only option for them is to go to India to make money through low paid jobs. But fortunately, being the eldest son in my family, my grandfather sent me to a private school. Because of our financial constraints, my siblings had to go to public schools. I could see the difference in education quality we received. I was a hardworking student and did quite well. I completed my Bachelor’s in Development Studies from Pokhara University. I was honored with the award of Deans List for my outstanding academic performance during my Bachelor’s level. Another big achievement for me was to be selected as the delegate from University students from Nepal to participate in JENESYS 2.0 conducted by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) in Tokyo, ...

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As the youngest child in my family, I was supported by my elder brothers for my education. Despite not coming from a very privileged family, I was able to complete Bachelor’s in Engineering from Western Regional Campus in 2070. During and after People’s War, I used to listen to political programs on the radio which made me think about the inequality, injustice, and problems that existed in the society. I also took part in Jana Andolan-2 in 2062. I engaged in different organizations and regularly read newspapers that got me thinking about the inequality in education and teaching methodology. I first learned about Teach For Nepal through a newspaper ad that featured Mahabir Pun along with one Teach For Nepal Fellow. As I have become a part of it now, I am glad that Fellowship has turned out to be more than teaching and pedagogy, and lays emphasis on changing myself from inside and then the community. Having come from a public school myself, I understand the challenges of public ...

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I was raised by a single mother, and I give all the credits to my selfless mother for making me what I am today. She taught me to be graceful, caring and independent. Her sheer determination to overcome difficulty has always been an inspiration to me. Her dedication to fulfilling our needs and necessities through hardships has helped me to strongly believe that one should never lose hope when faced with difficult circumstances. I remember while I was in school, I had a hard time understanding the concepts of mathematics. With the help of an amazing teacher and the influence of my mother, I was able to overcome math anxiety. After finishing higher education, I decided to study Environmental Science at Kathmandu University because of my interest in learning about the earth, its biology and to help develop solutions to environmental problems. After graduating from Kathmandu University, I was in the process of joining Tribhuvan University until my brother whispered in my ears, “Teach...

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My mother has always been fond of learning, she loved going to school and was always eager to learn and understand new topics in her life. But due to family responsibilities, she had to leave her education to tend household needs. She sacrificed her education to make sure we had an easy life and her wish has always been that we attain an excellent education. My school days experiences are also one of the most memorable phases of my life. When I look back at those days smile automatically comes on my face. Teachers there were kind, supportive, humble and always motivating to thrive towards academic excellence. Their support made learning easier and fun. Their method of teaching was very effective not just to me but the entire class. Our teacher delivered the subject content in a simple yet unique way. They are the kind of teachers, I aspire to be during my Fellowship. I want to teach children maths by not just concentrating on formulas and problem solving, but with the help of ...

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I was never motivated to participate in class activities and my teachers and classmates never even noticed me until I met an amazing teacher in eighth grade. He changed my life as a whole. He constantly supported me, trusted my abilities and encouraged me every day to give my best. His constant support and motivation helped me receive, “The Most Ideal Student of the Year” award. After school, I enrolled at Acharya Institute of Technology for Bachelor’s in Aeronautical Engineering. My parents always supported me and guided me in my studies and difficulties in life. One day while surfing the Internet, I came across Teach For Nepal’s work and how they were creating change through the medium of education. I wanted to be part of the movement where I can use my degree in Aeronautical Engineering to motivate children to explore the field of aerospace. Throughout my Fellowship, I want to use my passion for mystery novels to teach students. Using brain teasers that will require logi...

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You wake up early morning and hear your dad saying over the phone “Beta, I’m doing well, you need to keep up your hard work.” You want to ask, “Dad! Are you really alright, there?” However, you become numb and carefully weight on every words your dad has pronounced. It then becomes your power and your strength to rise up again although you don’t know what’s next. The process then continues. That’s how my life was like while living on a foreign land. Asian University for Women (AUW), in Bangladesh, the university where I completed undergraduate degree from on a full scholarship, was more like an ideal world. Although I missed family often and it put me down especially during festivals, I felt so much relieved when I didn’t have to remind my parents about my tuition fee. I didn’t need to worry about payment to be made for using internet or the library. Despite each of our (AUW students) differences, AUW was home away from home. We were unique with our challenges and therefore our c...

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From early on in life, my siblings were very ambitious. Compared to me, they performed well in school. This is the reason why my parents had high expectations from me as well. Add to that, we had come to Kathmandu and had struggled to adjust with the city life. Our family once came to that point in life when my father lost his job because he didn’t want to take a bribe and we had financial difficulties. The situation made my parents insecure about our future so they wanted us to grow up and land on secure and high paying jobs. However, apart from studies, I also had interests in a lot of other things. During my high school and college, I was interested in sports; I was an active basketball player. I also participated and won two beauty pageant titles; Queen Nepal 2010 and 1st Runner up in Miss Youth Nepal 2015. I even worked as a VJ for a program in Nepal Television. Scoring the highest in English in SLC from my school was another big achievement for me. The dream my parents...

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While I was teaching in a school, one of my students in Grade 2 lost her father. Being the eldest child, she was given the responsibility of her father’s funeral. Despite going through such a hard time, she patiently managed to handle her household responsibilities and her studies simultaneously. This was a very inspiring moment for me. Even I was going through a difficult time at home. My father had met with an accident and the financial burden of my family was upon my shoulders, too. I also had the responsibility of taking care of my siblings. Before this, our parents had always pampered us. Despite coming from a remote village of Terai region and starting off with just a small room, one bed and a few utensils, they had made sure we had the most comfortable life. They worked extra time just to fulfil our wishes and we never had to worry about anything before. But with the new situation and challenges at hand, I was scared and not strong enough for the responsibilities yet. I wa...

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I was born in a family, where every child in the family was instilled with an idea that their ultimate goal in life is to get a government job. Both my parents are government officials and they have their opinion about the career I should have but I have different plans for myself. While pursuing Bachelor’s in Medical Lab Technology in Sharda University, I had an opportunity to volunteer in Urban Health Care and Training Center. There I learned that working in grass root level can bring big changes. After graduating, I took a job as a medical laboratory technologist. The job did not offer me a satisfaction I was looking for, so I decided to head back to Nepal. I applied for Teach For Nepal Fellowship because I wanted to serve my country like my parents but just in a different way. Throughout my Fellowship, I want to use my education in health to educate members of the community as well as children. After completion of Fellowship, I want to pursue Masters in Medicine as well...

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