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World Record Breaker Attends SUU

Published: October 30, 2015 | Author: Tommy Gugino | Category: Academics

SherpaSouthern Utah University welcomed 36 students from Nepal to campus this fall, one of them a world record breaker. Ngim Chhamji Sherpa, a freshman biology major, is currently in the Guinness World Book of Records for being the youngest female (16 years-old) to ascend Mount Qomolangma and for being the first father-daughter team to climb Mount Everest and reach the summit from the Nepali (south) side in 2012.

As part of the Outdoor Education Series, Sherpa will give a presentation titled, “Making it into the Guinness Book of World Records: My Journey as the First Father/Daughter Team to Summit Mount Everest” on November 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the Sharwan Smith Student Center Living Room. When Sherpa finally reached the top of Mount Everest, she was relieved. “I opened my sunglasses and realized I had finally made it as I looked around and felt on top of the world.”

Sherpa discovered SUU through an online search and worked closely with SUU’s International Affairs office while filing all the necessary paperwork. “When I was researching schools, I found that Utah was a beautiful place and SUU would allow me opportunities to get involved,” said Sherpa.

Stephen Allen, vice provost for international affairs, said the International Affairs office devoted significant time and energy to recruit students from Nepal beginning last January and said the students have been great to work with.

“Since August, I've had the chance to get to know our Nepalese students and have found them to be intelligent, bright and hardworking,” said Allen. “Faculty report that our students from Nepal are well prepared and active learners.”

In between her studies, Sherpa is an avid hiker, climber and mountaineer. She credits her adventurous spirit to her dad and will discuss how he inspired her to take the month-long journey to the top of Everest at the upcoming Outdoor Education Series. 


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