Raj Shrestha is certainly one of the more colorful personalities here at Pace University.
His full name, Raj Krishna Shrestha, would be enough to catch anyone's eye, but he doesn’t think of it as anything particularly special. “I’m of Nepalese decent,” says Shrestha. “Raj Shrestha is kind of like John Smith where I’m from.”
Where Raj is from is just as intriguing as his name. “I have spent 17 years of my life overseas. I have lived in nine countries, namely Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Yemen, and the United States and traveled to over 25 others.”
He has been all over and is planning to go on to more. Raj is one of Pace’s Honors students applying for a Fulbright scholarship. “The Fulbright is an amazing opportunity to travel to over 140 countries worldwide and conduct the research of your choice.” Raj’s choice is the Kingdom of Nepal where he plans to research, in layman’s terms, “what the private banks in the Nepal are doing to improve the quality of life for the local community.”
Raj is a senior in Lubin’s Business Management program. Only a few short years ago he was a transfer student to the Pleasantville campus. Since then he has immersed himself in the campus culture. He is a Student Ambassador and represents Pace to the outside community. He was also involved in the startup of the Filipino Student Association (FSA) which is now housed on the NYC campus. Further, he is an active member of Pleasantville’s student government, the Student Association (SA). He is one of the most gregarious multimedia station employees working in Mortola Library.
Most important to Raj will always be his school work. “I take my academic career here at Pace very seriously, as I know it is very important to do well now, which will, in turn, will help me lead a happy and successful life after graduation.” Besides his regular extra curricular activities, Raj is also a part of several Honors societies including The Golden Key International Honour Society and the Lubin Leaders and Scholars program.