Student from Nepal makes UNI home

For some students, college is just another phase of life, and it is expected of them to pursue higher education. While for others, it is a dream to go to college.

Parash Upreti, a freshman international student from Nepal, is one of 488 international students at UNI. He is a business economics major and is considering a minor in accounting or finance. "I feel like I can make a decision and analyze the problems in the world and figure out how to solve them," says Upreti, who enjoys this because he feels this will be useful anywhere in the world.

After high school, Upreti had a very unique opportunity to work at a high school teaching students. His work would start at 6 a.m. doing various jobs at the school until around noon. Then at night he would go to the students' houses to tutor them. While he was working with them, he would not only teach them the material, but how to prepare for and answer test questions. Doing this not only benefitted the students, but him as well. "Tutoring helped me better understand the material I had already learned, as well as have to prepare for tests at UNI."

Parash Upreti

Being involved at UNI has helped Upreti meet new people. It has also had a 

positive impact on his schoolwork.

During this year of teaching, Upreti was able to think about what he wanted to do with his future education. In the end, UNI was clearly the best choice. When asked why he chose UNI, Upreti replied, "I wanted to get not just an education in economics, but an education outside of business. The liberal arts classes at UNI allowed me to do this. Also, Iowa is very safe. No one has to worry about me. UNI has good class sizes and the professors know you by name. All these things allow me to explore my full potential."

Upreti said being involved in campus has been the biggest thing in helping him transition to life in America. Along with being involved in residence hall programs, he is involved with the International Admissions Office, specifically the International Student Promoters, which promotes UNI to international students around the world. Being part of many activities has not only helped him meet new people, but it has had a positive affect on his schoolwork. "I wanted to get as much exposure as I could with different activities and see what was good for me. Being involved has helped with my studies," said Upreti. Other than this, International Services also offers ethnic dinners every month, trips around the Midwest once a semester and holiday dinners for international students on campus.

The top countries where international students are from are Saudi Arabia, China and Hong Kong, respectively. "We are still seeing a flow of students from Saudi Arabia, mostly due to the fact that the students like it here and tell their friends to apply. We are seeing more interest from students from South Asia, including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal," said Nadia Korobova, assistant director of International Programs. Multi-cultural enrollment is at an all-time high of 7.4 percent.

Upreti loves every minute of his time at UNI. "Here at UNI I am unleashing my potential, experimenting and learning more." UNI is more than just a college to him. "It feels like home."