Mentor Spotlight: GYURME KARMA

July 23, 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!



Gyurme Karma was born in Nepal and raised in California. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2013 with a degree in Business Management Economics. He was a Senior Associate at CliftonLarsonAllen in the audit practice focusing on the agriculture industry until May 2017. He is currently pursuing his MBA from Cornell University at the Samuel Curtis Johnson School of Management in Ithaca, New York.


What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Driven, Logical, and Sociable.


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

I talk in my sleep.


What is your favorite quote?

"Fake it till you make it." Though it is a little cliched and overused nowadays, I feel that this is one of the most applicable sayings I've heard after starting my career. There will be times you face challenges that you aren't prepared for with no one to help and you just have to adapt and face it head on with confidence.


What motivates you to be successful/achieve?

My parents/family are my biggest motivator to achieve success. They were the ones who gave me this great opportunity to better myself by uprooting their lives and everything I have achieved thus far would not have been possible without their support.


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

I would advise any aspiring college students to properly consider what major they choose. Though they should follow their interests, they should also consider the long term benefits of this major and how it will assist them in starting their career in the future after they graduate.


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

If finances should allow for it I would advise students to study abroad while in undergrad. Due to having the opportunity to travel to different countries after graduating from school, I would say experiencing different cultures and meeting people from across the world has helped in broadening my mindset and viewpoints.


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