Going away to college is a major rite of passage for any young person, especially when you travel halfway around the world to do it.
Lina Regmi, who participated in Liberty’s largest Commencement last month, came to Lynchburg from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. She received her business degree, with a specialization in finance, in December 2011.
Nepal was one of the more than 70 countries represented at May’s Commencement. Regmi hopes to return there one day and use her degree to help in an economic or socio-economic capacity.
For now, she works at Liberty’s Office of International Student Services as an international student retention specialist, helping other international students adjust to college life and American culture as well as assist students in continuing their education at Liberty.
She said she first heard about Liberty through a recruiter in her home country. Like many international students, she had her concerns about adjusting to American culture and the educational system.
“To come from a different background like in Nepal, it was very difficult,” Regmi said. “But God brought me here for a reason, a reason that is beyond my imagination.”
At first she experienced “quite a culture shock.”
“You have to learn everything, from the language to how you check out at Wal-Mart. My experience has been very transformative and growing. My view isn’t as limited as it used to be,” she said. “What impacted me the most were the people and their generosity.”
|Lina Regmi poses with fellow staff members from the Office of International Student Services during a summer kick-off picnic for Liberty University international students.|
She plans to pursue her Master of Business Administration degree at Liberty this fall and is excited for what the future holds for her.
“I can confidently tell you that Liberty has fully equipped me with all that I need to succeed in life,” Regmi said. “Coming to Liberty and graduating with an American degree is a dream come true. I have learned to embrace new challenges and accept any situation.”
The Office of International Student Services serves the growing population of students that come to Liberty from around the globe. In 2011-12, over 900 students representing 83 different countries studied on campus. Along with academic support, the office offers more than 50 events annually through the C. Daniel Kim International Student Center located in Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center. This year the office hosted its first International Student Week, celebrating Liberty’s cultural diversity.
The office recently held a summer kick-off picnic for international students who remained in Lynchburg for the summer. Hiking trips and pizza and movie nights have also been planned.