Sandhya

Sandhya

I came to the United States alone from Nepal and I quickly learned how to adapt and live in new communities and among different cultures. I am currently pursuing an associate degree in science at Harry S. Truman College. I am also a proud member of Student Government Association where I serve as a Senator, a member of TRiO, and the treasurer of the Psychology Club. Once I complete my associate degree, I plan on transferring to the University of Illinois at Chicago to complete my bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Since early childhood, I have wondered how buildings are designed, built, and structured. After Nepal’s great earthquake in 2015, people’s lives were devastated because most of the homes, roads, bridges, and buildings were destroyed. It broke my heart, but now I see myself as a civil engineer who will help make bridges, roads, and well-built buildings for my country in need. In Nepal, I began a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering, which included some practical projects such as surveying roads and bridges. I won the opportunity to continue my study abroad through a governmental lottery followed by an extensive interview and application process.

Through America Needs You, I aim to further develop my public speaking, social, and leadership skills as well as my confidence and resilience. I look forward to acquiring many new professional skills like networking with a wide range of people. I am honored to be an America Needs You Fellow because I know that it will help me become a professional civil engineer.

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