Faculty & Students
Meet the Students
Name: Sangita Nirola
Professional Interests: Gender, politics, Conflict resolution, Human rights.
Bachelor's Degree: B.Sc. in Geology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal
Dream job: Political leader of my country, Nepal
Quote: The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies is unique as it provides overall knowledge on peace and justice in one year. This is an integrated course that gives us a chance to share our experiences as well as provides theoretical knowledge to frame our experiences.
1) What made you decide to apply to the MA program at USD’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies?
The course content, duration and diversity of the cohort were the major factors that attracted me to join this program. I have been working with conflict victim women for seven years and have grassroots level experience but I was lacking theoretical knowledge. With a busy schedule, I could not spend two years for a Master's program. I find the course duration suitable for me. Furthermore, I thought I would gain more knowledge on various issues with a diverse cohort.
2) During your first week here, what was one of the first things that impressed you?
I felt very welcomed by the university staff and I liked the orientation program. The university is really beautiful and well managed. The dean, staff and the faculty were very helpful and encouraging.
3) What activities have you been involved in at the School of Peace Studies?
I have been involved in the Joan B. Kroc Distinguished Lecture Series, Trans-Border Institute events, and Womens' Center programs.
4) How difficult is the School of Peace Studies? Is it more or less work than you thought?
The first semester was tough for me as I restarted my studies after a long time away. I felt the readings and assignments were too much. But the second semester is more focused on group study and topics are also very interesting. I am enjoying it.
5) What is the best thing that has happened to you here at School of Peace Studies?
The experience sharing is the best thing, as we are from different backgrounds. It gives us an insight of what other people are doing in their field and what are the challenges and opportunity in their work. Likewise the distinguished lecturers are very interesting as it gives us so much knowledge. Between the students and local community, I developed a network while participating in various programs.
6) What is some of your previous professional experience? How did that experience help you decide to go to the School of Peace Studies?
In Nepal, I established an NGO in 2002 with the mission of empowering women through economic independence. W provide skill training for conflict victim women. While working with them, I heard many stories about conflict and it’s impact on women. I felt women are the most vulnerable group when there is a conflict. I realized that I need more knowledge in the arena of peace and justice if I want to work more effectively for women. With this thought I decided to go to the School of Peace Studies.
7) What advice would you give to a prospective student? What things might you have done differently?
Try to win (get) as much as you can as it offers you so many things in one year. Try to attend each and every program to expand your knowledge and develop a network while you are here, so that you can use it effectively in your future endeavors.
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