This morning in Upper School assembly, Yadav Sapkota, a 21-year-old native of Nepal, shared his inspirational story of hard work, vision, and perseverance as a political refugee. Growing up in a Nepal refugee camp, Yadav dreamed of what it would be like to be American, but that aspiration seemed so far out of reach that it he considered it unattainable. In 2011, however, he was given the opportunity to come to the United States and live with his family in Roanoke. With little English language skills and limited resources, Yadav began a new journey in a foreign country where everything was unfamiliar.
After two years at VWCC, Yadav was admitted to several universities, and ultimately decided on UVA. There, he served as a college ambassador, a lead tutor in anatomy, and led the International Students Club. He is fully immersed in the community.
Mrs. Hamlin invited Yadav to speak to the Upper School today in order to demonstrate the power of perseverance. Yadav's message to the students was simple: through hard work, dedication and a love of learning, nothing is impossible. Just a few short years ago, he was living in a refugee camp, never having owned a pair of shoes and playing soccer with a ball built from dumpster scraps. Yadav represents what it means to live the American dream. He serves as an inspiring example for our students to set their goals high, develop a plan of action, and watch as their dreams unfold.
Read more of Yadav's story on the Roanoke Times.