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Dollars Raised: 69%
Deadline: Jun 30, 2017
Total needed: $60,000
AAYAM POUDEL ’18
Home Country: Nepal
Major: Computer science
Middlebury firsts: First snowfall, learning to ski and tap dance
Activities: Social chair, Middlebury Debate Society; admissions tour guide; member, Tavern social house
Campus job: At the Center for Careers and Internships
What Middlebury means: “At Middlebury, I've found the perfect environment to develop as a better student, a better person, and a better citizen of the world.”
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The members of International Leadership Committee aim to bring students from around the world to Middlebury through the MiddSTART International Scholarship. Learn more: watch this video from scholarship co-founder Humberto García-Sjögrim ’96 by clicking the link or scrolling to the bottom of this page.
When Aayam Poudel graduated from high school in 2014, he had no idea what kind of career he wanted to pursue. That was a problem, because high school graduates in Nepal are expected to begin training for work in a particular field right away. Fortunately, a MiddSTART International Student Scholarship enabled him to come to Middlebury, where he could explore a range of options.
“One reason I wanted to go to a school in the United States was the liberal arts curriculum,” Aayam explains. “It was important to me to be able to explore different fields of study before choosing a major, and that is exactly what happened at Middlebury.”
As a first-year student, Aayam took courses in literature, environmental studies, mathematics, computer science, and German. He had never studied computer science before, but he discovered that he had a natural affinity for it. “For me, it was the perfect balance between deductive and creative, so now I am a computer science major, and I love it,” he says. “In the future I would love to be a computer programmer. I might also consider doing further research in the field of artificial intelligence or software development.”
In addition to his academic work, Aayam is an admissions tour guide, and he works part-time at the Center for Careers and Internships. He is the social chair of the Middlebury Debate Society, and he has learned how to tap dance and ski. “None of this would have happened if I had not come to Middlebury,” he says. “I am so thankful to everyone who has helped me in the process.”
Hear from scholarship co-founder Humberto García-Sjögrim in the video below.
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