Hello, my name is Smritee Bajracharya and I am an international student from Nepal. I obtained a BSc. Hons. Degree in Environmental and Public Health from Middlesex University, London and I will receive my Masters degree in Health Education from Ithaca College in the Fall of 2012.
I have always regarded the field of public health and health promotion as very rewarding considering how it can encourage changes that can benefit a large group of people and affect their health and standard of living. This has been the prime motivation for me to aspire in this path. I have been well aware that this sector of public health is still in its infancy in Nepal and there is a great need of professionals and trained personnel in this field.
My academic ventures in the UK and the USA reflect my desire to learn ways of health in the developed countries which then, I intend to utilize and implement back in Nepal. My time here in Ithaca has been very pleasant and valuable, in a sense that it has helped me learn a lot and strive further to achieve my goals. I have gained skills that I believe will deem useful in my career as well as in my personal life and I am very glad that I am a part of this institution
My philosophy on teaching
I believe that each individual is unique. Be it a school or a public health setting , everyone needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which they can grow emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a health educator / public health worker to help students and people in the community meet their fullest potential by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites sharing of ideas. I am inspired by Paulo Freire and want to utilize his notion of dialogue and conversation in any career path I take. Learning should not be static and should involve both the teacher and the student or the leader and the team members. The roles of the group leader and team members or the teacher and the student should be interchangeable. This way both teacher and students or the group members and leaders will relate to each other as opposed to the authoritarian method of learning where the relationship of a teacher or a leader to students and group members is clearly vertical. Dialogue will encourage people to speak for themselves and no one will stay silent.