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Sanjay Gurung recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. He is a former Nepali speaking Bhutanese refugee who resettled in the United States in the summer of 2008. Adjusting into a new life was challenging for Mr. Gurung as he faced a language barrier, cultural shock, and identity crisis. As time passed, he gained unique experience and learned many lessons to adapt to a new environment.
Along the journey, Mr. Gurung found a new passion and hobbies. With the difficult background of growing up in a refugee camp, his passion for helping others by serving the community became one of the first priorities. At a young age, he volunteered and participated in multiple community events by fighting against hunger, fundraising for the cancer society, make a wish foundation, and after school programs. In this journey, he also gained leadership skills through his hobby of playing soccer by representing teams as captains at high school, club soccer, and in Bhutanese soccer teams. This sports platform also allowed him to play at a state, regional, national, and international levels.
In college, Mr. Gurung provided educational training to designated students as a teaching assistant. He was a TRIO scholar and a mentor to low-income and first-generation students. He was involved in multiple clubs and organizations as a secretary and a member such as; Athletic Training organization, Multicultural Student Affairs, UNH Connect Program, Asian Coalition, and Black Student Union. These clubs helped him to provide community services, promote equality and diversity, and fight for social justice issues by spreading knowledge and awareness.