Print Edition - 2015-08-17  |  The Collegian

My steps after college

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 17, 2015-

When you are curious and willing you find a lot of interesting things to do. Pursuing them requires all but a single courageous step. This single attempt has enough significance to change your life forever. 

I am currently awaiting my +2 results. To kill time, I went off on a personal journey of touring my home, Nepal, and discovering things on my own. Travelling gave me happiness and refreshment that was long due from the hectic studies of my high school days. I was grateful to be living my days meeting new people and visiting new towns. However, all of it was momentary. 

My tour ended and everything soon became memories that I will be cherishing for the rest of my days. In the days after my tour ended, I realised how meaningless and purposeless my life was. Then the earthquake happened. 

Amidst all the chaos and fear, one of my friends asked me to join a training programme for earthquake relief. It was organised by WIN (We Inspire Nepal), an organisation that helps the youth voice their opinions. They had organised a programme called the Psychological Support for Children with the aim of helping children who were traumatised by this horrific calamity. This was what I had been waiting for. Without a second thought, I signed up myself, and my friend, for it.  

My friend and I met, and socialised, with new people. We were trained by staff who had volunteered in similar rehabilitation programmes. The training taught us how to react during difficult scenarios as well as help other people cope with them. It was a four day programme that ended with our deployment to affected areas around the Valley. Helping school children brought immense happiness and made my four days of training worth the experience.  

In life, it seems that there are many doors that open up for us, only if we keep our eyes open. And often, one open door leads to another. The four day programme inspired me to keep this motivated attitude. I then continued to work at programmes such as We: The Changers and the Scientology International Organisation of Nepal where my knowledge in aid further developed. I picked up training in first aid and communication skills as well. 

Opportunities come in various forms. The earthquake, though wreaked havoc throughout the country, found me my calling in life. I look forward to continuing this pursuit. 

Alish Manandhar

Manandhar is a 

student at Khwopa HSS

Published: 17-08-2015 13:10

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