Reisher Scholars Everest Story - Tshering Sherpa

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Four years ago, Tshering Sherpa and her family left their home in Kathmandu, Nepal to start a new life in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Tshering will begin her third year as a Reisher Scholar at Colorado Mesa University this fall. Her father, Chhiring Dorje, has guided many expeditions up Mount Everest and Chhogori. This past May, Chhiring led a tour up Mount Everest, carrying the Reisher flag with him to the summit. 

Although Tshering is not a climber, she channels her father’s determination and grit within her education. She says, “My dad is a constant. He is a hard working person. He leads by example. He says to always keep learning, and to work hard to get where you want in life.”

She draws her inspiration from the sacrifices her parents made by leaving their families to move across the world to the United States, knowing little about the English language or American culture. “If you want something, you will have to work hard to get over the barriers. My parents inspire my sister [Tenzing,] and I to make the most of this opportunity,” Tshering explains. Tshering applies these lessons as she continues to work toward her Bachelor's degree in Nursing. She wants to give back to her community by serving others who are in need. Ultimately, Tshering believes: “It‘s a cycle. You need to help each other for everyone to go up. It’s about sharing what you have.”

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