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I have been privileged enough to attend the best schools growing up. I went to India for my schooling, I was a good student, attentive and curious. It made me a favorite amongst the teachers. As a child I was fascinated by wildlife and idolized Steve Irwin. In +2 I took up Science to pursue a career in veterinary science but somewhere along the way the world of hospitality intrigued me. Therefore, I completed my undergrad in hospitality and hotel administration. The biggest obstacle I had to overcome is starting over in Neal. When I decided to come back to Nepal, I had to start from scratch. I had no idea what I was doing and from where I should begin. For the first two months I felt lost as I had no one to consult with. I constantly thought of going back to the cmfort zone. But I convinced myself to stay saying that the right path is always difficult at first. As a TFN Fellow I will check every possible aspect that could make the learning process easier and efficient. My long...

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Living in a joint family, I was a happy kid. I received love, care and support. Materialistically, I been through a life where my parents were sometimes not able to afford toys for me and my sibling but I have also seen a life of a middle class family where I can fulfill all my desires as I wish. I have always been the type of a kid who talks less and listens more. I have always loved books and stories. I was a frequent visitor at my school library and saved money to buy at least one book every year. I am a homebody and enjoy doing things around my house. However, I do like traveling to new places especially surrounded by nature. I have been a student that doesn’t stand out in the crowd but hardworking and sincere. Most of the time of my school life was spent either in the library or in the classroom reading books. As I was neither talkative nor active inside the classroom, teachers found it difficult to remember my name. Most of them knew me either because I cried a lot during m...

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For most part of my life, I followed my elder sister. I liked what she liked and hated what she hated. It was not until she went to India to pursue higher studies that I discovered things about me, things that I liked and hated. My family along with my teachers have played a significant role in my student life. I always loved the subjects taught by good teachers. A good education has given me the ability to understand the thought process of people, and where they are coming from when they say or do something. It has also helped me discover creative and innovative things that people have created all around the world. These have shaped me into what I am in terms of how I think. One of the things I remember about the first meetings with Teach For Nepal is how everyone was joking with each other and how comfortable everyone made me feel. My interviewer wore a smile and was supportive in helping me understand my own answers. The thought of giving back to the society and being a mo...

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I learned from my parents was that life is a battle, and knowledge is the only weapon to win it. My life’s philosophy is mostly guided by my father’s direction. According to him, people who work hard stand out amo ngst the crowd. Highly motivated to become a doctor, I took Biology as my major in high school. As responsibilities took over my dreams, I changed my career path and ended up studying Nursing in India. I believe that all the hard times come in our life to make us strong and to realize our true potential. In spite of all the challenges of a new place, faces, culture, language and food, I gave my best without losing hope, and I was able to keep working hard and top all my exams. I believe quality education helps people dream big and follow the right path. The first time I heard about TFN’s mission, I decided that it could become my path for supporting and helping the needy. I have always felt that inequality in education has stood as a barrier in the country’s develop...

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I was born in one of the well-facilitated cities of Nepal, Biratnagar. I grew up, painting, writing and reading a lot of books. Unlike many students, I loved going to school. I remember I went to school even when I had high fever. I was worried I would lose a lot if I missed even a day. My dad went through a lot of hards hips to provide education to me and my two other elder sisters. Both my sisters went to a public school, whereas, I got an opportunity to study in a private school. My sisters did their best and achieved a lot but one of them always used to be disappointed that she did not get the chance to study at a private school. Whenever I saw anybody in pain for not having attended or not being able to send their kids to a good school, I always wondered why income or money had to determine if one can access quality education. If income has to be the main factor, we can say that 75% children of our country are not receiving quality schooling. This is not acceptable to me. ...

I got my education from private schools of Kathmandu. I was an average student fascinated by sports. I have won in various sports competitions, but winning at sports always scared me as I had a dream to become a scholar one day. I was driven by the misconception that my studies would get ruined if I kept winning at sports. Eventually, my fear turned into reality and it started showing in my results. I started getting negative results in studies. I was disappointed and distracted by this incident. One of my teachers then came to me and told me not to be worried. She gave me suggestions to improve which was based on practising and continuous learning. She motivated me to do good in my studies. I thought it was my luck that I had her as a teacher who kept motivating me to move forward. After that incident, I have always again aspired to be a scholar and to work with scholars around the world someday. Receiving a scholarship at Sichuan University, China was the proudest momen...

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As a child I looked up to my father a lot. I wanted to be just like him: I copied the way he talked and the way he walked. At present, my father is a representative of our ward and runs a retail shop. My mother supports the family by running a poultry farm. To ensure that my siblings and I had a good education, my family moved from Shringa to Majuwa in Gulmi. My dream in life is to make my father proud. Last Dashain when I went home for the festivals, I facilitated a six-day menstrual hygiene training for the women in our community. It was done in collaboration with the local government. On the last day of training, the local dignitaries gathered to provide feedback and praised my work. My happiness knew no bounds when I saw how proud my father was. Everyday when I travel or go out, I hear people complaining about a lot of things. While I understand why they must be so frustrated, I also believe that the onus lies on all of us to look for a solution to the problems. Therefore I w...

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Being the youngest child of the family, I was pampered a lot. My parents would fulfill everything I wanted if not I’d throw tantrums and cry. So in a sense I was very spoiled as a kid. My parents didn’t believe in raising hands towards their children, instead they counseled me properly. This helped me get over the bad habits. The accomplishments I am proudest of is getting a scholarship during my undergraduate level as well as being selected for the student exchange mobility program held in Jaipur, India. The scholarship helped lessen the financial burden of my family and attending the program gave me exposure to new people, environment, and culture. During my final year research preparation, I had a talk with Bhumi Rana Magar, who is a friend from college and works as a Program Assistant in TFN. She provided me with detailed information about Teach For Nepal and encouraged me to apply for the Fellowship. The main reason I want to be a Teach For Nepal Fellow is to know what su...

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As a child I had a habit of collecting books and notebooks, thinking they’d come handy in the future. I was shy and it was difficult for me to socialize, so books became my companions. From an early age I always said I wanted to be an engineer. Often, I would get scolded by my father for breaking apart radio and watches. Science fascinated me. At school, I had few friends and devoted more time to studies than extra-curricular activities. The teachers focused on interactive activities during classes which helped us learn better. We had educational tours and the teachers made sure to give personal feedbacks to the students and parents after every examination. When I worked for Raleigh International, I led a team of Nepali and Foreign volunteers to build taps and conduct menstrual and child awareness programs. I also wrote an algorithm to solve the loop pipe network in optimized way. I am proud of having served as an engineer in a rural community. As a Teach For Nepal Fellow,...

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I once went to the hospital with my grandfather. He saluted the doctor who passed by him. Baffled with his gesture, I asked him, “What was so special about these people wearing a white coat?” He replied, “They are a great human beings; they save people’s lives.” That was the day when I started dreaming about a career for myself in the medical field. My dad’s constant emphasis on the importance of education was my motivating factor for my higher education. Growing up, I had to walk three hours just to reach my school. I still remember the day when my father saw me surrounded among hundreds of students in a class, he decided to send me to India for education instead. He was convinced that I would do well in a large classroom environment. That was a wise decision because after changing my school, I was a completely different person. I started participating in sports and also got scholarship for my higher education. Soon after graduation, I was back to Nepal and it was my siste...

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