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My parents are the biggest inspirations in my life. My father, an ex-Indian Army personal, has taught me that age is not a barrier for people who want to learn. My mother constantly reminds me that our will power is stronger than our suffering. She taught herself how to read and write through sheer will even when her parents were against it. They have always been the source of positive energy for me. As a student, I encountered two kinds of teachers: one that prioritized competition and appreciated only the bright kids in class. Their only cared about your grades in exams. Another set of teachers, however, were the ones who taught with gusto and instilled a sense of responsibility in students towards their studies. It is thanks to the latter I got to explore more about life during my college life. I participated in various competitions and fund raisers in college while steadily improving my grades. Teach For Nepal has given me a stage to fulfill my duty as a citizen, it has he...

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I was born in Kathmandu after my parents moved here from Udaypur in search of a better life. I was a confident, friendly and outspoken person. But in the eighth grade, my personality shifted drastically. I started doubting my abilities, became more introverted and less expressive. This got worse after my parents decided to move the family to Haraicha, Morang. I was stressed and frustrated. I somehow managed to complete my +2 but did not pursue my dream of becoming a nurse. I joined BBA instead. Things got a little better when I was selected for Ace Spectrum 2016. My teacher for entrepreneurship and my senior Ashrina supported me and despite wanting to quit many times, I stuck to it. Participating in that program gave me a much needed boost of confidence. Slowly, I started to once again come out of my shell. I had heard of Teach For Nepal before and thought I should join. The idea was cemented when in 2017, Ashrina whom I look up to joined TFN. I knew then that this was a righ...

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As a child I wanted to be a helicopter pilot. My house was near an army camp and I would frequently see helicopters fly above my roof. Now, I would like to think that maybe one day I will ride a helicopter not as a pilot but as a passenger. As a student, I performed well academically, however I was too shy to participate in extra curricular activities even when I wanted to. But everything changed when I realized I can grow more and make myself better. My perspective changed after the 2015 earthquake. I volunteered with an organization that was helping earthquake victims and I decided to challenge my fears by going on a solo trip. The experience I had made me realize my abilities and the fact that I can be much more than who I was now. I had the ability to make a difference in someone’s life and bring a change in society. Working as a TFN Fellow, I want to teach the students the importance of education, and encourage them to gain knowledge in the fields they are interested in....

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I was born in the capital city of Kathmandu where I gradually learned what freedom in life meant. However, I was brought up in a small conservative patriarchal society. As a teenager, I tried to ignore societal norms and kept away from them but did find solace in nature, my friends and reading novels. I had a strong desire to be a teacher since my childhood. I was inspired by my principal, Mrs. Rachana Karki, who was a nurturing and caring educator. I used to be impressed by her strong personality, her soft voice and her love towards students. When I was in school, I failed in Mathematics for the first time. I felt so hopeless that I spent all day crying. I thought I would not even pass school level examination and I would never be able to achieve my aim in life. My class teacher then motivated me to not lose hope. That was when I realized the role a teacher can play in a student’s life. She helped me regain my confidence. I graduated from the school with distinction. I was ...

I grew up watching my parents struggle to make a living and provide the quality of life they wanted for us. Early on in life I decided the only way I could make them happy was to do my best in studies. I secured the highest scores in SLC from my school. To commemorate this, my school held a program where I received the token of love from veteran actor Madan Krishna Shrestha. This is one of the most memorable events in my life. My school ensured that we had a comfortable environment to study. All my teachers made sure we understood the lessons, but I still remember my Nepali teacher. I was slow in writing and couldn’t express myself properly but he believed in me and helped me improve. I wanted to bring positive change in social sectors and therefore chose to study social work in my undergraduate level. Our teacher always told us, “social work and social service are two different things. If you give food to the hungry, it is social service but if you enable him to earn food for...

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On one side, I had a friend who left for Malaysia to work as a migrant worker at an early age due to his family’s economic condition. So, I was always curious to know the core reason behind having to leave his schooling and go to a Gulf country. On the other, I too wanted to quit school at one point because I was constantly being ill-treated in class. I shared this situation with my sister. She was the one who encouraged me not to leave school over these issues and reminded me of the consequences of quitting school early. Because of her, I communicated my issue in class, pushed myself and completed my high school, even won district speech competitions, and eventually ended up leading few social organizations. Now I am on my way to getting a Master’s degree. If I had left school, I would not have gotten this opportunity. However, the picture of Nepal with bleak hope remains the same for many young people as it did for my friend who left for Malaysia. I have joined TFN to change th...

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I come from a middle-class family. My father is a government officer and my mother is a housewife. Overall, I’d describe my childhood as good. Since I was an introvert, I spent most of my time with my family. After completing my SLC, I wanted to study in Kathmandu. But my parents couldn’t afford to send me to the capital. My only option was to get a HSEB scholarship. The day I got the news that I got the scholarship was the best day of my life. I started my schooling in a private school and then attended a public school after the second grade. In that way, I have seen both sides of the world. The difference between a private school and a public one is huge. Among other things, there is a difference in the way the teachers treat students, the sense of punctuality among both students and teachers etc. After my graduation, I was unsure of what to do next when I saw the advertisement for Teach For Nepal. I decided to apply for the Fellowship since I felt that I can bring unique i...

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I was the youngest of twelve siblings: seven sisters and four brothers. My father is a farmer, so my relationship with the land is an old one. Although I wanted to be a police officer when I was a child, it was the connection I had with the earth that inspired me to pursue a degree in agriculture. My sisters have played an important role in my self-development. It was due to their support that I could graduate from school. I was an average student, but I loved the process of studying. It was my strong willpower and desire to study that led me to complete my bachelors in India. The first time I came to TFN office, I met with Ashrina who introduced me to the senior Fellows. That day a group of students from Lalitpur too had come for an exhibition of their projects. I could see the impact the Fellowship had made by looking at these students. And I wanted to be a part of that process to. Therefore, I applied for the Fellowship.

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I was lucky to study in a school where academics and co-curricular activities were equally prioritized. I used to take dancing and music class, participate in literary and sports competitions. I loved participating in leadership activities. I was also the coordinator for science and maths exhibition while also serving as school prefect. I learned to be independent early in my life as my brother and I moved to the capital with my father and uncle. My mother stayed behind in our village. My brother and I would walk to school, come back to an empty house, fish for keys in the shoes rack, eat a snack and leave for tuition classes to complete our homework. Much later I convinced my mother to come stay with us. My mother has been the most important person in my life. Despite the circumstances, she motivated me and my siblings. A friend of mine is a Teach For Nepal alumni, she was the one who suggested me to apply for the Fellowship. My interaction with the TFN staff and other alumni...

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