2015 Award Winning Essay


Describe your career goals and how you plan to achieve them. (700-1000 words)

To me being called a Nepali means much more than merely haveing been born in Nepal. If it were only for that reason that I should be proud, then my pride has no meaning. Being born in a certain country does not grant someone any form of nobility but instead, grants reasonability.
Being called a Nepali means my words and actions are what are used to represent my people and my culture. I represent my parents and all the other men and women who have travelled to foreign countries and established within them, a new life not only for themselves, but also for their children. I represent the countless hours that these Nepali people have spent working, in order to put food on their tables and a roof over their heads. I represent my language and my customs and traditions. I represent the people of Nepal. Above all, I represent my family, for without them I wouldn’t be who I am and where I am today. And not only do I represent all these things and all these people, but in turn they also represent me. This is why I take pride in being a Nepali.
However, this title also comes with a price. With it, I represent over 25% of the people in Nepal currently living below the national poverty line. I represent the corrupt politicians that run rampant in all levels of the Nepali government. I represent the fact that Nepal has the highest level of income inequality in Asia. How can I call my self a Nepali and take pride in my country when I am aware of all the injustice that occurs within my country and do nothing to stop it? To me, being called a Nepali should be a title worthy enough to be held with pride. So we must act when it is shared by those who try to devaluate it’s meaning. It is my responsibility and the responsibility of all those who share my nationality to combat the injustice endured by the Nepali people. For if we don’t, we do a disservice to the name itself.

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