Nepal native Sarthak Karki ’14 is an aspiring writer and photographer with a philosophical bent and a desire to help preserve natural resources. He’s also an avid hiker, a musician and an environmental-studies major at Dickinson, and as he prepares to graduate in May, he’s setting sights on a career that combines his creativity, his interest in world travel and his love of the great outdoors.
Clubs and organizations:
Dickinson jazz ensemble, soccer club, Waidner-Spahr Library (student worker).
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo.
Favorite Dickinson learning experience:
Studying [wildlife management] in Kenya and Tanzania. It was an incredible experience to take part in cultures that were completely foreign to me.
As a kid, I wanted to be …
… an astronaut, like many kids.
If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be …
… Bruce Lee.
On deciding to attend Dickinson:
Initially, my decision to join Dickinson was mainly driven by the financial aid that I received. That decision has been more than justified, based on the experiences I’ve had here, and on all I have learned from my classes and from the people I have met.
I want to be an accomplished travel/nature photographer and filmmaker and, hopefully, create work [that furthers environmental] conservation.
Most important thing I’ve learned so far:
It’s important to do what you want to do, not what other people want you to do.
My dad. He taught me to be modest and to respect others.
On taking care of others:
In ninth grade I raised a homeless, abandoned kitten, even though I already had a dog at home and did not like cats. My parents were cool enough to let me bring the kitten home.
In a perfect world …
… everyone would accept and appreciate the world’s imperfections.
Published April 11, 2014