Sambridi Gautam, a BYU junior majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics, traveled a long distance and received a lot of assistance to get where she is today.
Originally heralding from Kathmandu, Nepal, Gautam came to the United States to obtain an education in 2006. After enduring the lengthy process of obtaining a visa, she prepared to face the great unknown.
“It was [sad] that I would be very far away from the people I know and love,” she said. “I would be on my own for the first time in my life and in a place where I [had] never been before, and thus didn’t know what to expect. It was a mixture of excitement, fear and speculation.”
After spending a semester at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark., Gautam knew that, like most Nepalese families, her parents couldn’t help fund her education any further. She applied and was accepted to BYU and, with the generous assistance of donors, was able to come to Provo in the fall of 2007.
Gautam received a half tuition scholarship to help pay for her education, funded primarily by donations. She worked to pay for the other half of her education and, due to her hard work and academic excellence, qualified for a full-tuition, Brigham Young Scholarship. Additionally, she was awarded a Microsoft Scholarship that helped her cover the cost of books and other various school supplies.
“Donations and financial assistance have been very, very important [for me],” she said. “I have been able to focus more on my schoolwork without having to worry much about financing my education.”
Gautam speaks highly of her time at BYU and emphasizes both the social and educational strengths of the university.
“Everyone [at BYU] is really nice,” she said. “Apart from the valuable educational and research experiences, I will be taking with me the experience and privilege of meeting, knowing and working with the best and brightest people in the field of computer science, including my professors, classmates and friends.”
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