Nazareth College admissions counselor and multicultural recruiter Diva Shrestha is currently traveling to Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Shanghai, Korea, and Thailand to recruit international students to Nazareth. Sending a recruiter to Asia to talk about Nazareth is a first for the College, and sending Shrestha seemed like a natural fit for this former international student from Nepal who graduated from Nazareth in 2008 with a bachelor's in international studies. In her own words, Shrestha talks about her experience of coming from Nepal to Nazareth.
August 19, 2005: the day when I made the big 8,000-miles-across-the-Atlantic leap to Nazareth College from Kathmandu, Nepal. It was not an easy decision to make. I spent about a year finding the right college, taking all the required tests, and applying to different colleges and universities. And of course, I had to make the decision about which college I would like to attend. Even though I did not get a chance to visit the campus, there was something right about Nazareth.
Growing up in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, I had access to modern technologies and American TV. Thanks to the various shows (and Oprah) I thought I knew everything I needed to know about America. But I was definitely surprised—and shocked—when I arrived. Nazareth (and Rochester) was nothing like I had imagined: no tall buildings, no subways, and no hustle and bustle. Coming to campus a few days before everyone else meant that I saw Naz at its quietest. Tucked in the corner was dear Nazareth: beautiful, serene, and in its own little world.
However, it was a different story once school started and the campus filled with students. The energy amazed me. Thus began my life as an undergrad at Nazareth. Early morning classes, assignments, procrastination, late-night studying, and all-nighters (sometimes) became the norm. Aside from the academics, we certainly knew how to have fun. I loved walking around campus with friends, getting dinner or ice cream on the canal, yelling out loud at the echo circle, spending hours at the dining hall talking and eating, and taking late-night trips to Wegmans grocery store. Even though I participated in various clubs and activities on campus, I regret not doing it earlier in my college career. It was quite an adjustment in the beginning, but with the support that I received from the people on campus, my transition to being a Naz student was easy.
Now I am a college graduate and a professional working in the world of admissions. Whenever I talk with families and students, I mention my personal experiences at Naz. Everything I have learned at Nazareth has been applicable in my work in some way or the other.
There definitely is more to a college experience than the academics and grades you receive. In the end it is the friendships that you make, the people that you meet, and the memories that you create that will last a lifetime.