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Arati Chapagai is a second-year student at Ohio State University majoring in Criminology on a pre-law track. She aspires to be a criminal lawyer in the future but apart from that, she is determined to be an active leader with the Bhutanese Community. Ms.Chapagai has been an active volunteer at the Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio (BCCO). She has been involved with projects like the Bhutanese Response Assistance Volunteer Effort (BRAVE) and South Asian American Advocacy Forum (SAAF. Prior to moving to Ohio, Arati lived in Worcester, Massachusetts. As a high school student In Massachusetts, Arati was very involved with extracurriculars such as the food drive club at her school, Soccer, and Track and Field. She was also a participant in the Judicial Youth Corps Program, an intensive spring and summer internship for high school students that teaches about the Massachusetts court system and rules of law.
As a refugee, Arati Chapagai always aspired for a greater change in the community due to the inadequate knowledge of the outside world and the constant confinement of a small limited world. This has been her motivating factor in being an active social agent through organizations such as the Worcester Refugee Assistance Program (WRAP).
Aside from her extracurriculars, Ms.Chapagai also enjoys writing and soccer in her free time. She is an enthusiast for traveling and trying ethnic cuisine from all cultures. Arati joins Bhutan News Service to learn more about our history and culture whilst contributing towards preservation and storytelling.