July 18, 2017

The Mentor Spotlight series by Project YETI aims to showcase the amazing young Tibetans involved in our YETI Mentorship program and share some of their valuable advice publicly for young Tibetan students. We'll be posting a new Mentor Spotlight every day, so stay tuned!



Namkha Yeshey Norsang grew up in the pristine hills of Darjeeling, India. After graduating from UMass Amherst (where he was actively involved in the Students for a Free Tibet chapter) in 2016, he is currently at Georgia Tech pursuing a Masters in Robotics/Mechatronics. He has worked internships in both the medical device and commercial drone industries. In his free time, he loves working on electronic prototyping projects as well as playing and recording music.


What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Not, Entirely, Sure.


What is a fun fact about you most people don't know?

I can do some pretty good character impersonations!


What is your favorite quote?

“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy," by [His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama]. Sweet and simple philosophy. As long as you are not hurting anybody else, do whatever that makes you happy.


What motivates you to be successful/achieve?

Success is a relative term and our own personal meaning of the word also changes over the course of our lives. I am simply motivated by doing the things that I love, taking care of my family and helping those in need in any way I can. As Neil deGrasse Tyson, a famous astrophysicist, puts it: "I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you."


If you could offer one piece of advice to Tibetan students in their college application process, what would it be?

Anything you do, whether it be preparing for the SAT, or looking for scholarships, etc etc, START EARLY and keep track of deadlines! I had personally missed many opportunities in the past when I kept things till the last minute and crucial deadlines passed by. Don't be like me (in this regard). You're still free to be a cool cat like me though. <insert cool cat emoji here>


If you could offer one piece of advice to Tibetan students entering the college experience, what would it be?

Don't be worried if you haven't found out exactly what you want to do. Take different classes, join different clubs and be open to different perspectives. Don't feel pressurized to have everything figured out before you even set foot on campus. Find what makes you happy and enjoy your time in school.


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