Mentor Spotlight: TENZIN PALMO

July 22, 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!



Tenzin Palmo was born in India, raised in Chicago and currently lives in Los Angeles. She graduated cum laude from Connecticut College in 2013 with a liberal arts degree in Economics. Palmo is a POSSE scholar and has four years of experience in Finance Management Consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is currently on a sabbatical and working on pursuing her entrepreneurial goals.​


What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Adventurous, adaptable, [and] ambitious.


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

I studied abroad in Vietnam!


What is your favorite quote?

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible," [by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama]. Sometimes surviving and thriving in a capitalistic/egotistical society leads us to act in selfish ways, but this quote from HHDL helps keep us grounded and reminds us to always be compassionate.


What motivates you to be successful/achieve?

My family is the greatest force that gives me the fuel and fire to succeed. Coming from humble beginnings as a first generation college student from Chicago, I learned to have grit and tenacity to excel in all aspects of life. My goal is to pay it forward and create opportunities for other first generation Tibetan Americans to achieve their highest potential in life.


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

In the college selection process, always have your reach and safety schools. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take, so there is no harm in applying to your dream schools. Go big or go home!


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

Don't take a back seat; instead, be involved and push yourself out of your comfort zone by joining clubs, sports, and student associations. It's important to make meaningful friendships and connections with a diverse group of people to widen your perspective.

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