| NSA Spotlight of the Month NOVEMBER 2019: Roshan Paudel |

“Walk the road you run, Dance the song you sing and feel the air you breathe. It will add value to what you are.”

Howdy, Namaste, Hola and Bonjour everyone! NSA is back with the November edition of SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH. He is the one who you see playing guitar 🎸 at every NSA’s event, in fact, he is our David Gilmour. He has been playing this instrument for the last 15 years. Interestingly he plays with his guitar like we play with a kitty ;-). He is none other than Mr. Roshan Paudel who is soon to be Dr. Roshan Paudel, Ph.D. Horticulture; primarily interested in research topics such as Genetics of plant disease resistance, Sustainable disease management, etc. All in all, he is the master of Guitars, Plants, Materials, Comfort & beauty for decoration, and the list goes on….. so what would his other half need? Nevertheless, he wants her to laugh at his jokes – “someone who accepts that we are not perfect.” (भाभी कहाँ हो आप ?) 😜

When asked about what question would he ask a sage if he meets one, he replied What came first? Is it the Chicken or an Egg? 🤨 When asked about the tips he would like to give to the prospective students aspiring to have a similar career as his, he said in simple words – Talk to your fellow students. You might feel like you are the only one that’s stuck but you are not. Sharing your experience with other people will make you feel lighter and at the same time learn from their successes and failures. This sounds like a generic statement but it works. (Such Humility…. WOW!!!) He credits his success to his parents and all the amazing mentors he has had so far.
“If you are looking for a 100K salary with limited office hours, probably not the right door to knock. But if you can enjoy working with plants, can put extra hours not complaining about the sun, then you are in the right town.” – Roshan Poudel

Name: Roshan Paudel

Qualification:  MS Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences; PhD Horticulture – ongoing

Research Topic interests: Genetics of plant disease resistance, Sustainable disease management etc.

Q: Why did you choose to become a (your profession)?

A: I think its pretty simple. The first thing we think about in the morning is “FOOD”. Our life has always revolved around food and nutrition and plus there is a need to feed an ever growing human population. I can’t do it alone but I wish to make a small contribution to this challenging goal.

Q: What do you love doing the most during the free times?

A: Jamming with “Take it easy Lamphey band” and talk stories with friends

Q: What is one of your favorite places to hang out in College Station?

A: Scented candles and essential oils aisle at HEB and Walmart 😊.

Q: How did your research interest come about?

A: All my life I have been in close contact with farming and agriculture. I come from a subsistence-based farming family. I saw the hardship of my parents for feeding their kids totally relying on what nature has to offer. Small scale farming in the face of climate change and emerging pests and diseases was not an easy job; my parents persisted, however. It motivated me to get an advanced degree in agriculture and develop a career in this arena.

Q: What advice would you give your younger Self?

A: Make your passion your career. Things you are doing on the side could make you both successful and happy. I would go for the latter if I could.

Q: Any suggestion for the upcoming students or those aiming for pursuing a career in your field?

A: If you are looking for a 100K salary with limited office hours, probably not the right door to knock. But if you can enjoy working with plants, can put extra hours not complaining about the sun, then you are at the right town.

Q: Can you please write something about your advice on beginning in research or the most rewarding part at Texas A&M or the hardest part about research?

A: Talk to your fellow students. You might feel you are the only one that’s stuck but you are not. Sharing your experience with other people will let you feel lighter and at the same time learn from their success and failures. This sounds like a generic statement but it works.

Q: What are the activities/organizations you are/were involved within the University?

A: I was a member of TAMU Unicef for a year. I am also a member of Nepalese Student Association (I am, right?)

Q: Can you describe your success story?

A: I don’t think I have any. I will tell you when I have one.

Q: Apart from the academics, what other skills do you have? How did you learn those and manage time?

A: I play guitar for fun. I do it on the

Q: Whom do you credit your success?

A: My parents and all the amazing mentors I have had so far.

FUN TIME:

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now?

A: Probably a beach house at Maui. Haha!

Q: What qualities would you like to see in you significant other?

A: She should laugh at my jokes. Someone who accepts that we are not perfect.

Q: If you were God for a day, what changes would you make to the world?

A: I love the world just the way it is 😊.

Q: If you could ask a sage any question that you want to know the answer to, what would you ask?

A: What came first ? Chicken or egg.

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: Cant think of anything.

Q: Do you have any best inspirational quotes? It could be someone’s thought!

A: Walk the road you run, Dance the song you sing and feel the air you breathe. It will add value to what you are.”