I am Manoj Chapagain, 19 years old and I am from Nepal. After spending five years in Thailand; where I not only got my high school IB Diploma but I also had the time of my life. It was honestly the best experience so far because not only did I get my education but I also met so many people who helped to shape my life in a different way. I got the opportunity to travel to many places and many other experiences which will always be part of my nostalgia.
I am currently a freshman at Westminster College, in the United States, Missouri, Fulton. The life in Fulton is very different to my high school in Thailand. My school was near the city, which was designed for tourists, so there were lots of activities to do. Whereas here in Fulton, there is not much to do at all and it is a very small town.
College life is very different than I had imagined, you have got a lot of free time and you have to make sure that you do everything that is necessary for you to do. Which I am finding not very easy as I was used to relying upon someone telling me what to do during my high schooling in the boarding house, etc. Not only that, college is tougher than I though it would be.
This semester I am doing Spanish, Ethics and academic writing and a few others which are one credit classes. They are all very interesting and challenging but the most challenging for me is Ethics. Ethics is a very interesting subject, I have learned about social norms and different perspectives of different ethics. It can be very challenging because it requires a lot of reading and it can be hard to understand the main concept at times.
I am enjoying the experiences so far and I have made a couple of very good friends who I know are going to be life time friends already. I have also joined a Frat, I thought it would be a good way to experience American culture by joining the Frat, because it is one of the big traditions in colleges for many years.
Submitted by Manoj Chapagain; Being Reflective, Global Mentor Award
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