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Ugyen Lhamo

August 29, 2013

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From: Thimphu, Bhutan

Exploring: Psychology and international affairs

Fast friends: I’ve lived in Bhutan, Italy, Switzerland, and Thailand, and now I am in America for the first time. The transition was much smoother than I expected, thanks in large part to Lewis & Clark’s International Student Orientation. In those three days, I made some of my closest friends.

Melting potluck: The Third Culture Kids board hosts TCK Thursdays every other week to eat, talk, and get to know each other’s customs. Sometimes we cook, and other times we explore Portland’s downtown food carts. The carts offer so many cuisines, it’s like taking a trip around the world.

Late-night momos: Everybody loves the thrill of performing in the International Fair, but for me, the bonding that happens leading up to the event is the best part. This year, five friends and I cooked 200 momos, which are Bhutanese dumplings. We were up all night for two nights, but we had so much fun.

Personal connections: At my boarding school in Switzerland, I literally lived with my teachers, so enjoying close relationships with my professors here means a lot to me. I know them, and they know me. That personal connection really makes me happy.

It comes down to people: My dream is to work in diplomacy for the United Nations. My psychology and international affairs majors relate well, because in the end, everything does come down to people.

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