When Chandni Karmacharya’s professor presented her with an opportunity to do an internship in Rwanda for a micro-nutrient supplementation project, Chandni knew she had to go for it. “I am a student because I wanted to find my passion and learn about myself,” she says. “Now that I’ve found it, I feel that it is my responsibility to use that experience, knowledge and passion to help other people.”
Chandni worked with Rwandan university students, UNICEF, Care, Concern, World Vision and the Ministry of Health to conduct baseline surveys of under-12-month babies in different Rwandan provinces who are going to receive micronutrient powder — a project spearheaded by Chandni’s professor, Dr. Judy McLean. Chandni also took anthropometric measurements (weight, height, and arm circumference) of babies who were fed the supplement to chart their development and growth.
“I got the opportunity to witness an amazing culture, make some good friends, network with professionals in my field, apply what I had learned in university, and figure out the kinds of work I would like to do in the future,” says Chandni.
Chandni believes that UBC has a niche for every student. “It’s really up to the them whether they want to sit in rooms studying every day or reach out and really get involved with clubs, student government, undergraduate society, and residence life.”