Heena Timsina came to Mississippi University for Women from across the globe. She found a university that is a close-knit community full of inclusive minds and helping hands.
On Saturday, May 11, Timsina walked across the stage, received a diploma and graduated with a degree in public health education. Her journey to the stage in Whitfield Hall started when she arrived on campus over three years ago.
“I came to The W from a completely different world. I had many expectations. The W never failed to amaze me with its hospitality and care for its students,” said Timsina.
The Nepal native said she would always remember the relationships and friendships made at The W, but there are specific people across campus who made an impact on her life.
“President Miller, her being the president gave me the strongest ray of hope that the future of women in leadership positions is booming and is very bright,” described Timisina. “Mrs. Sirena Cantrell has always made sure that I was safe. Her door is always open for students like me when in need. She has not only played a role of dean of students in my life, but also a mentor and a guardian.”
Timsina also thanked her adviser Karthrynmay Malone, instructor of health and kinesiology, for the lessons in patience and positivity that played a key role in her success.
“She made sure that she was always accessible through email or in person to guide me whenever I needed her. In times of negativity and failures, she always made sure that I stayed positive and helpful,” said Timsina.
Before returning to campus in early May. Timsina interned with the Foundation for Drug Free World of the Americas in New York City. As representative of the foundation, she delivered Drug Free World donation start-up kits to government offices, religious centers and schools and presented at local schools and after-school programs. Timsina will continue to intern as the social media moderator for the American Cancer Society through June. For the society, she manages multiple accounts for Relay for Life and both creates and promotes content for their national page.
Finishing her senior year strong, Timsina was recently recognized as the top public health education undergraduate student by the Department of Health and Kinesiology. She also recently received national awards from the Eta Sigma Gamma Society and The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. She has accepted into multiple master of public health programs. Timsina plans to pursue a master’s degree pursue a doctorate degree with a special interest in studying epidemiology, global health, maternal and child health and health behavior and promotion. Her long-term goals are to work in public health on a global scale with the United Nations (UN) or World Health Organization (WHO) in the area of maternal and child health.
The biggest lesson Timsina said she will take away from The W is the respect of diversity and inclusiveness.
“I never felt foreign in this country. My opinions were always considered and respected, especially at The W. I was able to enjoy all the privileges enjoyed by the fellow national students,” said Timsina.