Tenzin Dhekyong

Hometown: Amherst, Mass.
Major: Nursing, Minor: Psychology
Year: Junior

Tenzin was born in Dharamsala, India, and her parents are originally from Tibet. Her family came to America for a short period when she was one year old, returned to India for ten years, then returned back to America.

From an internship in high school, she realized that she liked working with elderly individuals. She attended a community college in Massachusetts studying liberal arts and health science, then decided to transfer to Southern Vermont College (SVC) and enter the Nursing program.

So far, her favorite classes at SVC have been Concept of Nursing; Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class; Marketing; and Nature Journaling.

She likes to run, hike, kayak and travel. She is the Diversity Chair in SVC’s Student Government Association. From her strong cultural connection, Tenzin shares her compassion through Tibetan music, song and dance at SVC and elsewhere.

During the Spring 2014 semester, Tenzin coordinated a presentation on campus called Who is “Kid 382?” with her father telling the story of himself as a Tibetan refugee boy, the story of Tibet and the work of the Tibetan Children’s Village.

During the summer and school breaks, Tenzin works at her family restaurant, Lhasa Café, in Northhampton, Mass.

Upon graduation from SVC, Tenzin would like to be a traveling nurse. Her plan is to return to the Tibetan children’s school. She also wants to return with the skills she has acquired to educate Tibetan women on healthcare.

The transition from high school to college was a struggle for her. “Time management is key, says Tenzin. “I struggled in the beginning. Education is no joke! Only you can make the difference. If you want to become a nurse, you have to do what’s required; be prepared to study many hours. It won’t come easy. Through dedication, hard work and effort, you can reach that goal.”

Tenzin lives by the words of the Dalai Lama, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

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