Yamima Sharma, sophomore nursing major, came to Malone after growing up as a missionary kid in Nepal. Yamima is a talented, self-taught musician, and she is incredibly skilled on the guitar, but she would never admit it. Get to know a bit of her story here before listening to her play her guitar or talk about life in Nepal!
Aviso: How did you end up at Malone?
Sharma: Long story. My parents are missionaries in Nepal, and they are supported by a church about 40 minutes from here. I was taking a gap year after high school, and somebody suggested I should apply to a place called Malone.
Aviso: What has been the most surprising thing about life on campus?
Sharma: Probably people going home every weekend. I lived in a boarding school before, and we didn’t get to do that. It was very surprising to me when I came here.
Aviso: What was it like growing up in Nepal?
Sharma: It was probably a lot different from here, and my life was different from my friends at boarding school because my family was constantly going around to rural villages for mission work. I grew up in a place where there was no certainty for time. People would just come visit and stay at our house. Sometimes there would be over 20 people at night. I never had a personal toy because people from the villages would come, and they would like my toys. My parents would ask me to give [the toys] away, so I could never get attached to one toy. I think that’s why I don’t get attached to anything. Except my guitar.
Aviso: How did the 2015 earthquake in Nepal affect your life there?
Sharma: I saw a great difference in how people were in Nepal. It was definitely different in a negative way. People had fear, including my family. That was really surprising. I also think I saw more of a community gathering because they were all suffering through the same thing and trying to help each other. There was no sense of class. The poor and rich people stayed at the same camps and ate the same food. I just saw people helping each other. That was beautiful.
Aviso: If you were an instrument, which would you be and why?
Sharma: I would probably be a travel guitar because it’s easy to travel and carry around. I really love guitar, and I would like to travel.
Aviso: If you had only one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sharma: Probably something that has meat and is super spicy.
Alicia Meyer is the Copy Editor for The Aviso