Nepal native encourages others to take that first step

Anup Poudel will not wait on success and opportunity to come to him. “If there’s something you really want, you want to be first. If it’s your passion, your goal, you want to be first,” says the Mathematics major. In Nepal, where he was born and raised, Poudel said he would have needed to wait on a medical school opening after graduating from high school. He didn’t want to wait, so he explored other options.

After being accepted at Fairmont State University, Poudel needed less than a semester to become acclimated to his new surroundings. The Kathmandu native serves as a Freshman Counselor, a math tutor, a residence assistant and a junior senator for Student Government. He plants to graduate in May 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and minors in Physics and International Studies.

As a junior, he has no time to waste. He says FSU is a welcoming and promising place for students, especially international students: “You learn from differences. You have to take that initiative, that first step to come here, to expose yourself to new people and learn a lot of things.”

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