Program: Master’s Program in the Department of Gerontology
Previous Education: B.S. in Nursing from Kathmandu University, Nepal (2014)
Professional Interest: I want to work for community organizations, creating community programs for the benefit of older adults and educating them on their healthcare needs.
How did you become interested in your field of study?
During my student life and when I started working as a health professional, I got to work with patients of different age groups. Working in a critical area such as the Intensive Care Unit, I got the opportunity to provide direct care to elders suffering from various acute and chronic disease conditions. I realized that I greatly enjoyed working with older adults. I enjoy listening to their life experiences, hearing their history, encouraging them to express their fears, and providing emotional support and reassurance. I was curious why some people aged healthier and more successfully while others face chronic disability and illness. With the success of scientific and medical advancements, people are living longer lives. I think the study of older adults and aging has never been as important as it is now.
What made you decide to attend Georgia State University?
After I decided to pursue my Master’s in gerontology, I researched universities offering the degree. There are not many universities offering this course in my country, so I started researching universities in the U.S. and found Georgia State. I found the courses and requirements very interesting. There were also various opportunities for students to be involved in volunteering, student organizations, and organizations in the field of aging. I was very fortunate to get offered a Graduate Research Assistantship, which I thought would be a great opportunity for me to learn and gain new experience.
How has being an international student impacted your educational journey?
Being an international student is a tough journey, especially when English is not your first language. Coming from a whole different culture and society, I became overwhelmed and intimidated with new environment and new education system. But the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State is like a family. The professors, staff, and colleagues are very understanding, helpful and supportive, making my journey a lot easier. After completing my first semester here at Georgia State, I now feel more comfortable with the system.
What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned?
At first everything surprised me because I was in a new environment. A surprising thing I have noticed would be classroom differences. In my country, the education or teaching technique is mostly lecture based, which is less interactive. Here, all the classes are interactive and discussion based, which I think is better. We are provided with the syllabus and readings beforehand, which help us prepare for the discussion in class.
What is your advice to other international students considering Georgia State?
Moving to a different country for further studies is a huge change. Georgia State University provides a warm and friendly environment. There are lots of opportunities for students to be involved in organizations, volunteering, scholarship, and assistantships, which can help in your future career. Professors and staff are supportive and helpful, making the transition to new culture and environment easier. The International Student and Scholar Service Office and international student organizations can provide any advice you need.