Bibek Thapa '17

Internships are a key component of a Colby-Sawyer education, offering students the opportunity to receive real-world experience before graduation. The Alumni Office is thrilled to introduce our first-ever intern. Bibek Thapa '17, a native of Nepal, will be interning in our office during the Spring 2017 semester. Majoring in Media and Communications, Bibek will focus on social media and content creation.

Bibek Thapa

Before my parents moved me and my brother to Kathmandu, the capital city, for a better life and better opportunities, we lived in a remote village called Balapur in Dang district with our grandparents. My grandfather was a farmer, so despite the hardship of his profession he was able to provide for his family. While my father’s siblings didn’t go further in their education, he managed to get his master's and get an entry level government job, which led to other opportunities and ultimately his transfer to Kathmandu.

Thanks to my dad and the exposure he gave me and my brother, I was lucky enough to even consider applying to colleges in the US. When I finally made the decision and started filling out applications, my parents were my staunch supporters throughout, although my mom hated the idea of me being so far away from her. Anyway, long story short, I got into a couple of schools here in the US and picked Colby-Sawyer. Fast forward three and a half years and here I am, about to graduate with a degree in Media and Communications.

Being part of the Colby-Sawyer community has been a dream. When I first came to the United States and Colby-Sawyer College, it all felt so intimidating. Everything, from the place to the education structure, was new to me, and while I made some mistakes and stumbled here and there, I wouldn’t trade the overall experience for anything. My first time away from home could not have been in a place better than CSC. Not only did I find a supportive and friendly community here but was also able to find the freedom to explore my passion and my intellect.

I came to Colby-sawyer with the intention of studying Biology, hoping to get into the field of scientific research. But once I came here I decided to give my other interest - film and media - a chance. After months of thinking things through and taking classes in both media and science, I decided to change my major to Media and Communication with a minor in Film Studies. While I enjoy science, I realised that I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life. My passions are media and film, and I am so glad I was able to try out my interests before having to settle. I wouldn't have had this opportunity back home, because you have to choose what field you want to go into right after high school, and changing your field is very hard. The liberal arts education here helped me explore and evaluate my interests and passion, helping me figure out what I wanted to do with my life, moving forward.

Apart from the freedom that I’ve enjoyed, both academically and personally, and the close relationships that I’ve developed with my professors and peers, CSC also provides me creative outlets. I joined the Theater Club and Dance Club my first semester and have done multiple shows with them. I never thought of myself as an actor but getting to play characters in plays like "The 39 Steps" and "The Importance of Being Earnest" was so much fun and added so much to my experience. I also got to hold onto my love for dancing, which I appreciate more than I can put in words. Taking classes with Ms. Laura, our dance professor; being part of her show and the club shows; bringing the dance styles I grew up performing and loving to the college and receiving loving feedbacks from people has been an adventure in itself.

I am graduating this year in my chosen field of interest and am very excited about it. In my internship I will be working on creating connections with alumni through social media and other platforms. I am hoping to put my knowledge of social media, video making, etc., into the process and create content that alumni and others can enjoy, while at the same time learning about the many facets of social media that has become our means of communications and information over the years.

Colby-Sawyer has been my home for nearly four years now and I am very glad of the moments I got to spend here learning and developing myself. After graduation, my hope is to move into the field of television and movies, learning the craft of making stories come to life, and I am thankful to CSC for teaching me all that I know and helping me grow along the way.