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Another Life Changed

The city of Columbus is known to have a high percentage of immigrant families, and as you walk the halls of the ANU Columbus Campus you see a clear representation of the many different nationalities that reside in the community. For some, attending college can be challenging, but ANU has helped many international students continue their education and realize their dreams.

Sujata Adhikari, an immigrant from Nepal, is a prime example of such a student. She moved to the U.S. with her family while still in high school. “After finishing high school, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to college, because I didn’t know if I could handle it,” she recalled. “I was living at home with my parents and I wasn’t working, but I knew I needed to make a change.”

After researching and visiting a number of schools, Sujata heard about ANU from a friend.  She came to the Columbus Campus for a visit and got excited about the prospect of attending ANU. “I really liked the small class sizes, and it was nice to see that I wasn’t the only one from a different country,” she explained. “Also, I was relieved to find out there was free tutoring which I use whenever I need it.”

“I really liked the small class sizes, and it was nice to see that I wasn't the only one from a different country.”

Sujata is currently in her third term at ANU and she is majoring in business administration-management. She is proud to have earned a spot on the Dean’s List the last two terms, while taking a full class load of 16 credit hours per term.  In the next five years, she hopes to earn her bachelor’s degree and find a job in human resources. “I want to be able to take care of my parents and possibly start a family,” she shared.

Sujata loves her instructors and the friendly staff at the Columbus Campus. She feels that she made a great decision by enrolling at ANU, and she encourages others to do the same. ”I guess the best advice I can give someone would be not to be afraid to make the first step and enroll,  and also to ask for help if you need it,” she said.




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