Rachit Neupane '13
Rachit, from Kathmandu, Nepal, is a biology and chemistry major. He received University of New South Wales gold medals in science and mathematics while in high school, and completed an internship at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as part of a project to make a library of 8,000 compounds.
When I arrived at Bard, the first thing I noticed was the beauty of the campus. This boosts my spirits even in bad weather. As an international student who couldn’t visit colleges ahead of time, I was also pleased with the Reem and Kayden Center, which shows that Bard is dedicated to science, alongside the arts. It has been my dream from childhood to become a scientist.
I was also encouraged by the opportunities to engage in club activities and the Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) Program
. If you have ideas, Bard gives you a place in which to implement them. I’m involved in the Bard Leprosy Relief Project, a TLS effort that increases awareness about the disease and raises funds for an eco-friendly leprosy village in Kathmandu. I’m also a peer counselor, which offers another huge opportunity for personal growth. First-year students really do look up to their peer counselor, and in return I have to develop leadership skills.