Nepal is a world away from Texas, but for Durga Pathak overcoming the distance and differences was part of the educational experience he wanted.
Durga grew up in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, where he helped in his father’s textbook publishing business during school breaks. He was determined to attend a U.S. university. After scoring well on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), he attended the University of South Alabama for one semester before transferring to Austin Community College.
Then Upon the recommendation of one of his professors at ACC, Durga visited Texas State and talked to current students. He decided it was the right place to complete his bachelor’s degree in computer science.
“The main reason I transferred to Texas State is the quality education” Durga says.
Staying in the Austin-San Antonio area allows Durga to continue his volunteer work with refugees from Bhutan, a small country east of Nepal in the Himalayas, helping them adapt to U.S. culture.
As for his own adjustment to Texas State, Pathak says, “The orientation was really helpful. My advisors and professors in the computer science department are very helpful and friendly.” He has one piece of advice for future transfer students: “Start your transfer process a little early.”
Transferring enriched his education experience more than Durga could have hoped for. “It will be the best decision you’ve ever made.”