Born in Kathmandu at the foothills of the Himalayas, Saurav Upadhyay attended a Catholic boarding school in Nepal where he learned from an early age the ideas of egalitarianism and service to the most vulnerable populations. The American priests and volunteers he encountered had dedicated their lives to serving the impoverished people of Nepal, and they were also the ones who inspired the young Saurav to dream of immigrating West. "I knew that I wanted to come to the United States even as early as third grade," says Saurav.
Saurav got his chance in 2006, when he moved to attend college in St. Louis, Mo. After leaving school due to financial hardship, Saurav desperately sought opportunities for employment to help fund his education. He eventually relocated to Philadelphia to work for The School District of Philadelphia as a liaison for the burgeoning Nepali/Bhutanese refugee population. Ever since, he has been involved with providing translation and interpretation services, and with helping new immigrants navigate through School District processes and bureaucracy. He was also able to find work as a part-time sales associate for T-Mobile, and after a two-year hiatus from academic study, Saurav was able to enroll at Arcadia University.
"The welcoming atmosphere and global outlook was especially appealing to me," says Saurav. "I made friends, I have good relationships with my professors, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Arcadia."
After three years of juggling two jobs with school work and classes, Saurav recently completed program requirements for a bachelor's degree in
Print Communications, and he currently resides in Center City. "I love the city life, especially because I encounter people from different backgrounds every day. There always seems to be interesting things going on here, and I am happy to call Philadelphia my home."
Sunday, March 30, 2014
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Common Great Room
Talk about Us
is organized and produced
by the Arcadia University