International Student Profile

Ashma Sapkota

Psychology Major

Why did you decide to enroll at the College of Coastal Georgia?

  • Coming to America was going to be a big enough change for me and I did not want to add the hassle of getting lost in a big university crowd to it. I wanted somewhere I could actually interact with my professors, and somewhere coastal as I wanted a change of scenery. I also did not want somewhere with a lot of international students as I wanted to observe the ‘American life’ with all the small things that accompany it. Fortunately for me, CCGA met all those marks.

Where were you born and where do you consider home?

  • I was born in Nepal. Honestly, at this point, there is no certain place I consider ‘home’. I have met amazing people wherever I have been and have felt at home in all those places. So, for me, home is wherever I am at the moment.

What has been your most memorable moment at the College so far?

  • The midnight breakfast before the finals! It feels good to catch a break along with some food and games with some of our favorite staff members.

What do you like to do when you are not studying or attending classes?

  • Have some peaceful ‘me time’. After being around people all day, I need some time to just relax, catch up on some shows, take a nap, go for walks, work out or just pamper myself.

What advice do you have for prospective international students?

  • Studying abroad means you are up for a big adventure and believe it or not, you are going to need people by your side to help you adjust. The College of Coastal Georgia can be your second home if you let it, there are people here who will help you make that transition easier and people who will actually listen. So hop aboard and be a Mariner, the sea may sometimes be rough, but your Mariner Mates will help you sail.

What has been the most surprising thing since arriving in southeast Georgia?

  • Strangers smiling at and opening doors for each other (even when the other is quite a distance away). When they talk about the Southern manners, they are in no way joking.

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