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!
Tenzin Rangdol graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in International Relations. In 2015, she participated in the International Campaign for Tibet’s Tibetan Youth Leadership Program. In the summer of 2016, she joined Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) as a U.S.A grassroots intern. Following her internship at SFT, she interned at the Education Outreach Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information at the UN headquarters in New York City.
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Personable, pragmatic and assiduous.
What is a fun fact about you most people don't know?
I can cook well (if I'm in the mood).
What is your favorite quote?
"Thoughts become things" is a quote I try to live by because I believe that the energy, intentions and of course work you put out into the world are what you will receive in return.
What motivates you to be successful/achieve?
My parents definitely motivate me to succeed because of all the sacrifices they have made for me. They have definitely afforded me every opportunity within their means and I hope to make them proud and care for them in the future. I am also motivated to achieve by my fear of failure.
If you could offer one piece of advice to Tibetan students in their college application process, what would it be?
Shortlist a couple of colleges in your freshman year and evaluate the qualifications necessary for acceptance. Keep those qualifications in mind and use them as tangible goals for your GPA, SAT score, extracurricular activities, etc. Also, DON'T fall off the wagon freshman year, something I regrettably did, because classes are easiest freshman year and improving your overall GPA in later years will be much more difficult.
If you could offer one piece of advice to Tibetan students entering the college experience, what would it be?
Definitely seize any opportunity that will add to your resume because experience matters. Even if it is a part-time job filing papers, that experience will teach you certain skills and will serve as a point of conversation when applying for a lucrative internship or job.