Home: Lokanthali, Bhaktapur, Bagmati
Education: B. Sc. (Applied Science), University of Wisconsin- Stout, U.S.A.
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 completing my two years as a working professional, I was in dilemma. I wanted to do something meaningful in life. Finally, I decided to return even though there were several paths that I could’ve taken to make my living there. Getting back and working here, I felt, was the right decision and that’s what my father had been encouraging me to do for ages.
But what got me inspired for TFN Fellowship? Firstly, I was contemplating my involvement in such a group for a long time. My friends and I used to talk about getting back to Nepal and serving the nation in some ways. Next, I always followed the social works and life stories of personalities like Former CNN Heroes Anuradha Koirala and Pushpa Basnet, Dr Sanduk Ruit, Dr Govinda KC, Dil Shova Shrestha (Aama-Ghar), and Mahabir Pun, among others.
I want to seek satisfaction in life by exploring new challenges and working for my people. I’ve had success in my field of study but now I want to share my learnings and experiences with the less fortunate ones. I want to do something for my people while I still have such zeal, motivation, and time. My friends and my family did not like my idea about coming back from the US. Now most of them don’t like my idea about joining TFN. I want to prove them that I’m not joining TFN because of frustration but because of my true passion in this movement towards ending our national educational injustice. I’m sure that this team of optimistic minds will help us realize our dreams and find happiness in this journey.