The bright lights of Las Vegas shine as a beacon of opportunity for many. And, for Simon Lamsal, UNLV's glimmer caught his eye when he was looking to transfer to continue his education. He saw UNLV's diversity and research opportunities as a foundation for his future. As a first-generation student from Kathmandu, Nepal, Lamsal has taken advantage of the UNLV experience as a leader in CSUN, the UNLV Debate Team, and the National Millennial Community while working toward his degree in business information management.
Why did you choose UNLV?
Location was key for me as I wanted to be in a city setting but also have the opportunity to get away, so Las Vegas was the best destination for me. Another reason I chose UNLV was the ability to work for big companies as well as smaller organizations, and I felt Las Vegas offered both.
Get to know Simon
Wisdom for your 10-year-old self? Be confident, be brave, and never be scared to ask for help.
Can't-live-without item in your backpack? Portable chargers
Best place to study on campus? Top floor of the Library! When you get tired of studying, you can just watch the view outside!
Does pineapple belong on pizza? Absolutely it does! Pineapple, ham, and jalapeno — amazing combo!
You’re looking to grab a bite between classes… where are you going? The food trucks or Rebel Grounds.
Best part about being in Las Vegas for college?
Personally, I have had a lot of opportunities to be involved with the community where I am able to volunteer for causes I personally believe in. Additionally, the opportunity to network and meet people around the valley has been refreshing!
Number one reason a future student should consider UNLV?
The amount of opportunity UNLV provides. No matter what you’re interested in, you will find it. And if you don’t find something you are interested in, UNLV will help you create and provide other students with these opportunities as well.
UNLV has truly challenged me in various aspects of my life including my personal and professional. The amount of opportunity that is available to students is astounding and I really hope more students get involved and take in the full college experience.
How have you overcome challenges as a first-generation college student?
The hardest thing is simply the lack of knowledge of how to navigate college. Everything from the application process to financial aid and even registering for classes was hard at first. I even struggled a lot to find out what one should be doing other than being in class, but I am glad that I was able to reach out around campus to get help. [Learn about UNLV's student resources.]
What would you tell your freshman self?
I would tell freshman self to be open to all experiences and never hesitate to reach out for help. As I have found that this path in college, there are so many people here to help us no matter what we are going through.