| NSA Spotlight of the Month OCTOBER 2019: Ashik Khulal |
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of great achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Name: Ashik Khulal
Interests: Reading books, playing FIFA, playing drums, hanging out with my friends, and learning new things.
Q: Why did you choose to become a (your profession)?
A: Initially, I came to the United States to study Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Then I switched my major to IT. During one of the summers here, I took an Economic class and it quickly piqued my interest. Ever since then, I have been interested in Economics. For me, investing is a huge passion. In the future, my investment philosophy will be similar to that of Warren Buffett.
Q: Where do you call home?
A: I was born and raised in Nepal. So, I guess now I could just say Nepal, but not really, because I don’t live there right now. I have my family there and I plan to return there someday in the future. Currently, I live in College Station, Texas, but I wouldn’t call this home as such. Eventually, I guess my home will be wherever I settle.
Q: What is one of your favorite places to hang out in College Station?
A: Northgate. Hahaha, not really! I have been there a few times but it’s not my favorite place to hang out. I am not a fan of noisy and crowded places. I like to be somewhere quiet. Usually, I hang out around the third floor of the Annex library in between my classes. I also like to hang out at the MSC flag room. The piano music there is good for concentrating.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
A: I have been thinking about this question a lot lately. Since I am graduating this semester, I have been asking myself what my next step would be. I want to get a job in my field after graduation. And then, while working, I want to learn to be a commercial pilot. Even though investing is my passion, it won’t take a lot of my time. I remember saying I want to be a pilot whenever people used to ask me what I wanted to become when I grow up during my childhood. So, in the next ten years, I guess I want to see myself flying an airplane of a major airline company. I think it will be very exciting!
Q: What advice would you give your younger self?
A: I would say to live with more kindness and compassion.
Q: Any suggestions for the upcoming students or those aiming for pursuing a career in your field?
A: For any students who want to pursue a career in Economics, I would say to go for it if you like studying your Micro or Macro Econ classes. Economics is a very wide and interesting field! You can go to almost any sector with a degree in Economics. In my opinion, three of the biggest problems that we are facing right now are poverty, climate change, and terrorism. Economics degree will allow you to tackle the problems of poverty.
Q: What are the activities/organizations you are/were involved within the University?
A: Currently, I am the treasurer of our Nepalese Student Association. Every weekend, I volunteer at Family Promise at Bryan, Texas. It provides temporary shelter for the needy family. Here, we also help the family to find their feet back up so that they can become independent again. Previously, I was a member of the International Mentor Student Association at TAMU and also a member of the International Student Association at TAMU.
Q: Whom do you credit your success?
A: I credit my success to myself, to the people around me and God. I am very grateful to the support of my family members, especially my Mom and Dad. I am the eldest child of my parents. I have two siblings. They push me to give my best and to set an example. Of course, it would an extremely long list to name all the people who have helped me to get here or in other ways, but I am also very grateful to each and every one of them. And lastly, I am very thankful to God for everything.
Q: What qualities do you want there to be for your significant other?
A: Highly compassionate.
Q: Can you describe your story?
A: My story, in short, is: I was born in Morang, Nepal. I finished my SLC there. Then, I moved to Kathmandu and did my A-Levels at Xavier International College. After A-Levels, I came to the States, initially at Oklahoma State University. By the way, the people are really nice there. Then I moved to Ocean City for a summer job and then moved to Texas, near the Oklahoma border in a small place called Sherman. I finished my associate degree at a community college there. After that, I transferred to Texas A&M and here I am now. I had a few hardships along the way, but God hasn’t given me anything that I couldn’t handle.
Q: If you were God for a day, what changes would you make to the world?
A: I don’t want to play God. I am afraid I would probably greedy of the godly power and ask for more.
Q: If you could ask a sage any question that you want to know the answer to, what would you ask?
A: I would ask how he or she is doing.
Q: What things in your life would you give up in an instant if it got you to an even better place than you are now?
A: I can’t think of anything!
Q: Do you have any best inspirational quotes? It could be someone’s thought!
A: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of great achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt