Janak M

Janak M

Drew University

BS in Computer Science | BA in Business

What has been the biggest overall lesson that going to college has taught you?

I am a part of my community in Nepal and will always be connected to it forever. I am a resource to my community and will help towards making it better than what it is today. As a college graduate, I have a strong voice in my community; this will inspire parents to send their kids to schools rather than pressure them into child labors.

What did you learn about yourself?

I learned that I am flexible with things around me and I adapt to changes quickly.

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2020 & 2021 were extremely challenging under the confinement and constant menace of the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully there were some silver lining and lessons learned.
Tell us about the highlights or accomplishments of this academic year 2020/21, in spite of all!

College is a wonderful journey full of emotions. Embrace the journey and enjoy the ride. Everything will be ok!
College prepares you for a life that you want to live ahead. You get exposed to different people, courses, interests and other things that you may have not discovered before. To me college education means an opportunity to get exposed to different things and get to learn about them.

Thinking of the whole 4 years, what were the greatest challenges you faced? How did you overcome them?

Greatest challenge for me was to get into the habit of making decisions for myself. I come from a culture where: we are told what to do/ are too dependable on elders. I overcame this by just being surrounded by people from different cultures and by learning I can decide what’s best for myself.

What were your proudest accomplishments or highlights from attending college?

- Semester on Wall Street.
- Working on Campus during Summer breaks.
- Meeting people and making connections that’ll last for a lifetime.

If you could go back in time 4 years ago, what would you tell your 18 year old self? If you could do-over, what would you do differently?

Try taking classes on the subjects that you know nothing about maybe you’ll find something new that’s interesting.
I would definitely start looking for internships early on rather than applying for them after I graduate. Having an internship on your resume before you graduate would definitely put you at an advantage over someone who doesn’t have one.

What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?

Don’t be too scared while starting out. College is going to be a beautiful journey where you’ll get to meet so many amazing people who’re going to support you reach your destination.

Now that you have graduated, have you formulated any new short term / long term goals?

My short term plan is to use OPT (Optional Practical Training) opportunity by interning over the course of 1-3 years for FinTech companies.

My long term plan is to successfully land a job on Wall Street.

How did being a Bella Scholar contribute to the success of achieving your goals?